It has been quite a while since my husband and I visited Sanibel, but, we think about the Sangria Grill everyday!
When we arrived we went to the visitors center and plotted out an itinerary for our three day weekend. Then we set out on our adventure. We went to the Shell Museum; took a cruise that sailed around the island giving us historical insight on places of interest. Spent time at the beach and went in and out of many unique shops and artist galleries. And every time we passed the Sangria Grill, we said "we have to try them".
Finally, we stopped by (a little before noon of our second day on the island), not sure whether they were open; because there was just a motor cycle in the parking lot. They had only been open a couple of weeks, at that point. Chef Todd was outside writing the days' specials on a blackboard. He assured us that they were open and escorted us in. From that moment, we were hooked. We had such friendly conversation with Chef Todd, Pepper and Candy (who was on the wait staff) and the atmosphere was so cheery and inviting, that we immediately felt at home. We sat at the bar and watched as Chef Todd prepared our meals while we all chatted. I had crab mac & cheese and my husband had roasted duck quesadillas. On both orders the presentation was outstanding and the food was oh..., so delicious! And that's not just the excellent Sangria talking!
We, eventually, left full and satisfied and continued on our adventures. Later that night, we decided to go back to the Sangria Grill for dinner. The restaurant was filled with people in conversation and eating what looked like works of art. We reprised the same seats we had sat in earlier, and had wonderful chats with the couple seated beside us. We had house salad with wonderful dressings, while we awaited our entrees. Yummy!
Usually, my husband has turf, while I prefer surf; but we surprised ourselves and did the opposite. I had an espresso rubbed ribeye steak, and he ordered scallops. He never eats shell fish! Our orders looked too good to eat, but, we got over that obstacle and were so happy. OMG!!!
The food was flavorful, tender, and just so damn good! Bliss....!
We cannot wait to go back, and that is, at least, a four hour drive for us. That will be soon, as my husband's birthday is coming up. Any excuse!
See you at the Sangria Grill......!!!
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