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Sweet Melissa's Cafe
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Casa Ybel
Reviewed March 13, 2013

We are Sanibel old-timers but never ventured in to Sweet Melissa's. What a mistake to wait! The food, service, ambiance all lovely, but for us the best thing are the menu choices; you have an opportunity to order a half meal. We ate 3 courses, wonderful salads; fresh, crisp and clear, fabulous main courses; he steak, I fish, and a rich dessert. Because we chose the smaller main courses we pushed away from the table sated not stuffed. We will most definitely be back.

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Thank Lisa A
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

It was a cold and windy evening and we shivered at the door waiting to be admitted by the hostess who watched us for 5 minutes before inviting us inside. Yes, we were early and she let us know.

We were seated in the side room -- a rather barren room with a great parking lot view. Paul appeared and quickly rhymed off the evening specials. If it was cold outside, his manner only reinforced the chill. Rehearsed and completely impersonal.

The food was good -- seafood stew and cobia. We both ordered the small portion, a great option for diners. The cobia was truly small (less than the size described by the server) and the stew was of average size, so it seems the execution of "petite" varies some. Diners at a table nearby asked for pepper for their salad course and kindly passed it on to us, as we did to another table later. Paul seemed not to notice the roving pepper mill and did not offer pepper to any table he covered. Patrons at a fourth table also asked for it for their salad course. The salads obviously needed some seasoning. Pepper WAS the dominant feature in the olive oil presented with bread to start, however.

So, on the whole, a disappointment. Average food for the price; impersonal, almost unfriendly, service.

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Reviewed March 8, 2013

DW and I used to live in S.F. CA for 18 years and the City had the best of the best restaurants we'vbe ever eaten in the the whole USA, in terms of balance of taste, texture and inventivness of the chefs. We've been living in FL for 3 years now, and Sweet Mellisa's is the BEST restaurant we've found -- hands down -- in the whole Fort Myers / Naples area. You have to appreciate fine cuisine and fresh, creative dishes to like this place.. so if you're a hamburger and lasgana lover for cheap prices... don't go here. We went for lunch on a Thursday and had the conch chowder -- made with bacon, fennel, coconut milk and fresh lime juice... that gives you an idea how interesting they are... It was perfectly balanced, without any "overwhelming" ingredient. And it was served, hot, how lukewarm like many restaurant soups are. I then had the pork belly glazed with Bourbon sauce with a spicy cabbage slaw and roasted peanuts. Wow! Ihe red, thin sauce was reminiscent of a good, fresh Pad Thai sauce, the slaw was "cooked" (not raw cabbage) and the combination was just fantastic. Don't be afraid of "pork belly," the name should be changed to "really good pork dish." It is tender and not at all chewy. DW had the steamed mussels with a creole mustard cream sauce. Again, no harsh tastes and very well balanced with the white wine it was cooked in ... a light sauce that did not overwhelm the delicate mussels (which were medium size and very flavorful without being "dirty tasting" like they can be so often. Very impressed with this dish also! Then we had a bananna dessert... bannana slices wrapped in phylo pastry and baked (or lightly fried??) in tube-shapes and placed on home-made caramel sauce with a big scoop of caramel ice cream on top of some crunchy brown-sugar type "crumble" underneath the ice cream. Again, I've never had a dessert quite like this one and it was a huge hit! Iced tea was fresh brewed.. not a powder mix. Some great french fries came with the mussels, and were cooked in peanut oit for that really good flavor. And all this was just lunch. I'd like to have dinner there sometime. Prices are exactly what you'd expect for this quality of food, but are much less than you'd pay for the same quality in S.F. CA. Go on their website and you can see the dishes and the costs. THIS IS A REAL FIND!

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Reviewed March 6, 2013

We arrived at sweet Melissa's ready to be disappointed - so etching about reality never mat hing up to memory). We were quickly disabused . This is an excellent restaurant, and would be in NYC,San Fran , Boston, dc etc.
My only criticism is the olive oil with the bread is lackluster and butter would be better suited to the overall menu anyway.
The grilled romaine Caesar is outstanding and the smoked tenderloin is heavenly. All accompaniments are perfect as well. We are returning atbthevnd f the week
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Thank ronnieK K
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

My brother works here. Everything is top shelf. The Chef takes great pride in her food, and puts her own spin on things, and you will NOT be disappointed. Fantastic food. Reservations a must, as they fill up fast. The staff is great. Enjoy cocktails at the back bar.

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