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An island tavern in a cavern

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McT’s Shrimp House and Tavern is a stop on the Sunday Sanibel Bar Crawl, especially when it’s very hot outside. The SSBC started in the mild weather as a pool bar crawl, but as the weather turned that year, it was obvious that we needed to seek asylum in places that were both shady and air conditioned. McT’s has traditionally been a final stop, but now that they are open for lunch, we’ve actually started there a few times.

06132010988-Sanibel-McTs-crabI enjoy the ambiance at McT’s. It starts with the outside decor – they’ve got a beached dingy with tall sea grasses growing out of holes it its bottom, a dolphin sculpture and a tropically-decorated Adirondack chair at the front door. Inside, it’s kind of like walking into an undersea cavern – cool and shady, the whimsical mood is set by fantasy-tinged paintings on the walls and the twinkling “stars” strung over the bar. There’s a big blue crab over the bar, too. I like the way the artist just painted the crab’s feet right on top of the air conditioning duct.

06132010987There are other things painted on the walls and ceiling, including a couple of mermaids. One of the mermaids is framed on the wall beside the door to the Tavern. I’m a sucker for blue and yellow together, so this is my favorite scene in the whole bar. In this photo, you can see a bit of glare on the lower left of the frame – that’s coming from the glass in the door. As I was taking this photo, one of the wait staff passed by and remarked that she believed the owner’s wife is the artist who creates these paintings, and that she’d just been in recently to freshen them up a bit.

06132010985-Sanibel-McTs-shrimpSo, how’s the food? you ask. McT’s serves home-made potato chips that would be pretty hard to beat. They are pretty much inhaled as soon as the basket hits the table. Here’s my McT’s lunch of choice – fresh Gulf shrimp, just grilled plain, on a bed of romaine with Caesar dressing on the side. There are all kinds of ways to prepare shrimp, but I like it just grilled because you can really taste how fresh it is that way. To wet the whistle – after all, this is supposed to be a bar crawl – we have a Yellowbird, the official fru-fru drink of the Sunday Sanibel Bar Crawlers and Militant Shellers Association (TM). This is a wonderful libation made from amaretto, rum and pineapple juice, usually garnished with a cherry and an orange slice. The orange slice is typically the first thing ingested.

Overall, I’d say we all enjoy our stops at McT’s, and I’m looking forward to more in the future. Now, if only they had a pool… 😉

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LIVE from Sanibel on Sunday afternoon

Hi everyone! Starting around 2:00 PM Eastern, the usual suspects will gather for lunch and the next episode of The Sunday Sanibel Bar Crawl. Scroll down to see if I’ve started mobile blogging yet. See ya real soon!

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Yellowbird at McT’s Shrimp House and Tavern



Sunbird at McT’s Shrimp House and Tavern, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*. 8 Feb ’09, 4.45pm EST PST

Yellowbird, the official drink of the Sanibel Sunday Bar Crawl

PS – I had to edit this as I’d mis-identified it as a “sunbird”

Casa Ybel serves weak drinks

Casa Ybel serves weak drinks, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*.

Now we’ve moved on – we’re having pina coladas during “happy hour” at the Casa Ybel pool bar, “Coconuts”. There was live music for a while, but we were really too late to catch the whole performance. It’s a shame that the food and drinks are so very expensive here, because the environment is pleasant on a Sunday afternoon.

License plates at the Sanibel Grill

The flash washed this out a bit – on the right, that’s an Ohio license plate (or tag, depends on where you live) hanging on the wall at the Sanibel Grill. There are lots and lots of plates/tags and other fun signs on the walls there, including signs from the NYC subway.

Sanibel Slacker For A Day

Looks like the technical difficulties I had been experiencing earlier have resolved themselves – all of a sudden, blogging via Flickr works again!  So I’m going to start forwarding the photos I posted earlier today that never made it.  We had a beautiful day!  Sunshine, blue skies, a breeze, and low humidity.  Finally met Snowbird and Mr. Snowbird.  Of course, it is always a treat to see Gary and Tootie.  OK, no further ado – pretend the following posts were mobile and sent in real time 😉