Eating Your Way Through Sanibel

To many in Florida, Sanibel Island is considered a vacation getaway for Floridians and out of stators alike. Sanibel is also home to a fortunate few that live this amazing tropical island lifestyle all year long. Regardless of if you frequently visit Sanibel, or live in this paradise permanently, there are several great places to enjoy a bite to eat. Some of which you may have not yet discovered.

Here are some of the best places to grab a bite on the island of Sanibel, some are lesser-known gems that you may be excited to discover.

Sanibel’s Best TakeoutSanibel’s Best Takeout

As safety measures continue on for the pandemic take-out is a great way to enjoy the amazing eats on Sanibel Island. There are several places that offer great takeout if you prefer to keep your distance while enjoying a well-made meal. The Pecking Order is a longtime favorite stop for takeout food. The Pecking Order offers handmade pies and amazing deep-fried to order buckets of chicken with leafy collard greens, black-eyed peas, and so many other tasty side dishes.

Schnapper's Hots is a simple establishment that may not catch the eye of many, but it serves up a very yummy meal. Here you will find traditional American fare that you would expect to eat on vacation in the summer. The natural casing hotdogs are incredibly delicious, and if you are a burger lover you will find the perfect chargrilled delight at this small unassuming spot. The onion rings are a must-try, dipped in a sweet batter that is perfectly crunchy. Of course, you cannot go wrong with the classic and perfectly made french fries. Don’t forget to pair it with a tasty well-made shake, it is the perfect quintessential American beach food.

For takeout that is a little beyond the ordinary, Paper Fig kitchen does not disappoint. This hidden gem is mostly known by true Sanibel locals. The Paper Fig kitchen is only two years old and just recently launched a to-go restaurant in January 2020. This Sanibel gem offers grab-and-go heat when you like dinners and lunches as well as salads and handcrafted sandwiches on homemade from scratch bread.

Sanibel’s Amazing Dine-in Establishments

Island Cow has been on Sanibel for 18 years. It is super themey and some may pass it up, but you should make sure that you stop here. The paella is definitely worth a try and the watermelon cocktail is a favorite among those who come here often.

Sanibel’s Best TakeoutSanibel Fresh is the place to be for a perfectly made stack of pancakes in the morning. The Key lime pancakes are like comfort food with a classic Florida twist. The quiche is also delicious and if you are in the mood for something a little bit lighter, the house-made granola is amazing.

If you are looking for a sweet treat on the island there is Sanibel’s Best serving up Joeys Custard and Hawaiian style shaved ice with rich ice creams as well.

Somewhat of a tropical island staple food has become the poke bowl. If you’re a fan of a great fresh poke bowl you should check out Spoondrift Island Bowls.

These are just a few of the many amazing places to grab a bite on Sanibel Island. There’s so much to love on Sanibel whether you are like many that come back continually to enjoy a vacation or are fortunate enough to live here year-round. For more information on real estate in Sanibel island please contact us anytime.

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