Home' Island Sun : ISN 010617 Contents ISLAND SUN - JANUARY 6, 2017
Joe Cruz and Dwight Doherty of The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club
photo by Bob Petcher
DOC FORD'S RUM BAR & GRILLE
Doc Ford’s is a well-known local’s restaurant
famous for its great food and service. Plenty of indoor
and outdoor seating boasting “Award winning flavors
from the Caribbean Rim.” The restaurant is named for
the Doc Ford character in local author Randy Wayne
White’s best-selling mystery novels. With locations on
Sanibel & Captiva Islands and Fort Myers Beach, all
locations offer island favorites like Yucatan shrimp and
fish tacos along with raw bar selections and always
fresh local seafood dishes. Premium rums and tropical
drinks such as the Island Mojito are a specialty of the
house. The combined menu offers both lunch and
dinner daily from 11 a.m . to 10 p.m .
Doc Ford’s Sanibel, 2500 Island Inn Road, 472-
8311; Doc Ford’s Captiva, 5400 South Seas Plantation
Road, 312-4275, Doc Ford’s Fort Myers Beach, 708
Fishermans Wharf, 765-9660
BAILEY’S GENERAL STORE
Bailey’s General Store has a full deli, bakery,
coffee bar, daily lunch specials, take out and catering
for cook-outs, picnics and parties. This is the oldest
supermarket on the islands, established long before a
causeway linked Sanibel to the mainland. Services in-
clude shopping for your groceries and delivering them
to your home or vacation destination. If you are on a
gluten-free diet, pick up the extensive list of gluten-free
products near the entrance to the supermarket. Bai-
ley’s has a second location at Sundial Beach Resort &
Spa at 1451 Middle Gulf Drive.
2477 Periwinkle Way, 472-1516
Beach Piez New York style pizza offers carry
out and delivery on Sanibel and Captiva. Hours are
Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m . to 9 p.m .,
Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10
p.m., and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. With fresh
ingredients, mouth-watering mozzarella, provolone
cheese “secret recipe” dough, homemade pizza sauce
and family recipe meatballs, Beach Piez will deliver the
best pizza the island has to offer.
2441 Periwinkle Way, 472-3224
Cip’s Place is named for the late Jimmy Cipriani, a
longtime islander and owner of the property on which
the restaurant sits. In Jimmy’s memory, Cip’s styles
itself as a local watering hole. A mural that takes up an
entire wall shows lots of islanders through the ages –
including Cip – and if you don’t recognize them all, ask
to see the “key.” Food choices range from “comfort” to
culinary with some Caribbean and island favorites as
well. And do try the home-made potato chips, the fried
buttermilk chicken with sage gravy and the snapper
tacos. Choose between the outdoor garden patio and
front porch. Indoor seating and full bar are also avail-
able. Hours are 11 a.m . to 9:30 p.m. daily, with happy
2055 Periwinkle Way, 472-0223
DUNES GOLF & TENNIS CLUB
The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club is open to the pub-
lic and serves lunch daily from 11 a.m . to 3 p.m . Chef
specials include an assortment of salads, wraps and
sandwiches, soup buffet Monday through Friday, and
the popular hand-battered coconut shrimp and steak
sandwich. Dinner is available only on event nights from
THE BLUE GIRAFFE
The Blue Giraffe, under new ownership, offers
casual island dining for “no wait” breakfast from 7 a.m.
to noon daily as well as lunch and dinner seven days
a week until 8 p.m . Dine outside in the garden atmo-
sphere of Periwinkle Place or inside at hand-painted
tables, inspired by local artists.
The new menu is full of traditional and unique
breakfast items, signature burgers, custom sand-
wiches, fresh and local seafood, salads, steaks, pork
and vegetarian options. There is a full liquor bar and
various local beers on tap.
2075 Periwinkle Way (Periwinkle Place), 472-2525
The Island Cow is a family favorite with its colorful
indoor and outdoor seating and live entertainment.
“Come as our guests... leave as our friends!” is the
motto. The Cow serves breakfast, lunch and dinner
featuring fresh local seafood and meats and has an
extensive children’s menu. Starbucks coffee is also on
the menu. Now serving full liquor island cocktails!
Breakfast is served between 7 and 11 a.m . Hours are
7 a.m . to 9-ish p.m.
2163 Periwinkle Way, 472-0606
JERRY’S RESTAURANT AND DELI
Jerry’s Restaurant and Deli in Jerry’s Market is
the next best thing to dining in a tropical garden. This
family-style restaurant has large windows to view the
lush garden with caged tropical birds that are favorites
with visitors and residents. Daily specials are offered in
the spacious restaurant and you can order a sandwich
or hot food from the deli or help yourself at the well-
stocked salad bar to take out. The restaurant is open
for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m . to 8:30 p.m .
1700 Periwinkle Way, 472-9300
The Jac, as it is known to regulars, has been
serving excellent seafood for three decades and offers
the best of two worlds: dining room seating or dinner
under the stars in the screened garden patio. The patio
lounge is home to some of the best nightlife on the
islands, seven nights a week. Bands include Renata,
Wildfire, and Cruzan Vibes’ reggae on the weekends.
The patio lounge menu includes a selection of “happy
apps” starting at $8 and half price drinks during
happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinner reservations are
1223 Periwinkle Way, 472-1771
Joey’s Custard is a family owned and operated
sandwich, coffee and ice cream shop within Bailey’s
Center. Owners Joey Almeida and mom Debi Almeida
offer fresh-to-order paninis as well as Working Cow
ice cream products (custard, yogurt, sorbet, banana
splits, sundaes, floats, smoothies, hard and soft serve
ice cream) and coffee (five-bean house blend, Tim
Horton, espresso, affogato). Try the Beach Box Lunch
To Go (add $2 to any sandwich and get a drink and
bag of chips). Ask about BOGO with Island Cinema.
Joey’s Custard is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m .
Monday through Thursday; 10:30 to 10 p.m . Friday and
Saturday; and noon to 9 p.m . Sunday.
2467 Periwinkle Way in Bailey’s Center, 472-7222
ROSIE’S CAFÉ & GRILL
Rosie's repertoire includes crab cakes, grouper
and shrimp entrees and steaks with all the trimmings,
Southwestern dishes such as burritos and fajitas,
soup and sandwich combos and salads. Among the
most popular items is Rosie’s Famous Cheese Steak
made from shaved rib eye, grilled mushrooms, onions
and green peppers, Ultimate Cuban and Classic
Reuben, home-made muffins and cinnamon rolls and
Key lime pie, root beer floats and banana splits. A
OVER EASY CAFÉ
Over Easy Café is a pet-friendly place with
indoor and outdoor dining for breakfast and lunch.
The covered patio is a popular spot. Choose from 22
different eggs benedict, scramblers and omelettes, 11
pancakes and French toast choices, 15 egg special-
ties and wraps, eight salads and 26 sandwiches and
burgers, plus baked goods. Beer and wine is available.
Breakfast is served all day. Hours are 7 a.m . to 3 p.m .
630 Tarpon Bay Road, 472-2625
MATZALUNA ITALIAN KITCHEN
Are you in the mood for pizza? Matzaluna Italian
Kitchen has a wood-fired oven to bake authentic
pizzas, including gluten-free ones. That’s in addition to
a big menu, involving over 20 combinations of pasta
dinners from $11.95 (including soup or salad and
fresh baked bread), affordable veal, tender chicken,
choice steaks and seafood (Italian style) in a casual
market-like setting. Gluten-free pizza is also available.
Matzaluna offers a large selection of Florida craft beer,
both on draft and in cans and bottles. Enjoy $5 apps at
the bar from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Hours are 4:30 to 9:30
p.m. daily and happy hour is 4:30 to 6 p.m .
1200 Periwinkle Way, 472-1998
The Lazy Flamingo is a famed island hang-out with
two Sanibel locations. “If our seafood were any fresher,
we would be serving it under water!” is the Flamingo’s
motto. And that includes, shrimp, grouper, oysters,
conch fritters and chowder as well as chicken. The Fla-
mingo Bread and the caesar salad are signature items.
Pull up a stool to the rustic bar or take a high or low
table. The interior feels like the inside of an old pirate
ship with its portholes and hewn wood surfaces. The
atmosphere is definitely casual and beer is available by
the bottle, on draft or by the pitcher.
1036 Periwinkle Way, 472-6939, 6520 Pine
The Pecking Order features tender, juicy, fried
chicken and all the fixins. The chicken is marinated
and seasoned, and the high-pressure deep-frying
system produces a crispy coating that seals in the
juices without allowing the fat to penetrate. Homemade
sides include slow-cooked collard greens, sweet
and spicy baked beans, cheesy shell mac, rice and
beans, cole slaw, mashed red potatoes and gravy,
Harlem special, cheesy grits and veggie chili. Try the
Black Betty, a warm, dark chocolate torte filled with
liquid dark chocolate, sprinkled with sea salt flakes
and confectioners’ sugar. Contractor Breakfast served
Monday through Friday 8 to 11 a.m. Take out, delivery
and outdoor dining available.
2496 Palm Ridge Road, 472-2534
Historically known as the neighborhood pub, The
Mucky Duck may well be the most famous restaurant
on Captiva Island due to its longevity of 40 years
in business and quirky name. Then there are the
fabulous sunsets. Patrons gladly wait on the beach for
tables. This place draws crowds – as customers sip
cocktails and beverages until they can take their seats.
Reservations are not accepted. The Duck, serving
fresh seafood, pub-style food, sandwiches, steaks and
other items, is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m . to 3 p.m .
and dinner from 5 to 9:30 p.m .
11546 Andy Rosse Lane, 472-3434
Gramma Dot’s, the only dockside dining on
Sanibel, offers a lunch and dinner menu seven days
a week from “Sanibel’s only seaside saloon” where
you can leisurely dine at the Sanibel Marina in view of
luxury yachts and modest fishing boats and watch the
comings and goings of seagoing folk and fishermen.
The menu features a full line of “only fresh” seafood,
salads, sandwiches and more. Appropriate dress is
required. If you’re arriving by boat, check in with dock-
master for a lunch slip, monitor VHF 16.You can tie up
for a night or two at the available dockage if you wish.
Gramma Dot’s is open daily at 11:30 a.m . For dinner,
arrive before 8 p.m.
634 North Yachtsman Drive, 472-8138
Il Cielo offers creative American cuisine and
internationally inspired specials in an upscale casual
atmosphere. From locally caught fish, American lamb
and grass-finished beef to farm-fresh organic produce,
there is a thoughtfully prepared dish on the menu for
everyone. Il Cielo is open Tuesday through Sunday
and features signature small plates, appetizers and
half-priced house wines, domestic beers and well
drinks. Enjoy live piano music by Scott McDonald
Tuesday through Sunday nights beginning at 7 p.m.
1244 Periwinkle Way, 472-5555
The Green Flash has marvelous waterfront views
of Captiva Island’s bayside and Pine Island Sound.
The Green Flash was built on the site of the historic
Timmy’s Nook, opened in 1950. Fittingly, seafood
dominates the menu, although other options are
offered as well. The Green Flash is easily navigable
by boat and is located southwest of Marker 38 on the
Intracoastal Waterway. Hours are daily from 11:30 a.m .
to 3:30 p.m . for lunch and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m . for dinner.
All seats have a view of the waterfront. Reservations
are not accepted.
15183 Captiva Drive, 472-3337
6 to 9 p.m . or for special seasonal dinners.
Featured monthly events include Trivia Night,
Karaoke and Themed Dinner Nights. There is a Friday
a la carte dinner menu with featured selections each
week, such as steak and seafood.
Take in the sunset views while sipping on your
favorite drink. Happy hour is every day from 3 to 6 p.m .
Enjoy with the famous crab bisque as a starter.
949 Sand Castle Road, 472-3355
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