Category Archives: The Sanibel Cafe

A Groupon for The Sanibel Cafe! #swfl

Follow the link below for a really good deal on a meal at the Sanibel Cafe.  Aside from the fact that the Cafe is operated by some dear friends of mine, you can also find good food and friendly service at a decent price all year round.  And I love the shell tables!  This is more than 50% off so don’t miss it – the offer expires sometime early on Saturday 06-18-2011

$7 for $15 Worth of Breakfast or Lunch Café Fare at Sanibel Café in Sanibel

Some photos I’ve taken of the Sanibel Cafe – enjoy 🙂

Shell table – with a junonia in it!
Coffee at the Sanibel Cafe

Shrimp quiche:
Sanibel Cafe's shrimp quiche

Pina colada french toast – SO wicked-good!
Pina Colada French toast at the Sanibel Cafe - WOW

The always-attractive Sanibel Cafe Official Coffee Mug:
Brunch on Sanibel Island

$7 for $15 Worth of Breakfast or Lunch Café Fare at Sanibel Café in Sanibel

The Shell Tables at the Sanibel Cafe

Aside from the excellent food served, the tables at The Sanibel Cafe might be this establishment’s best feature. The tables are glass-topped and filled with shells! Many of them are fossilized artifacts from long-ago eras, sitting side-by-side with their modern day counterparts. Featured above: a fossil junonia sitting next to one we would all seriously consider going to jail for! (Just kidding, Richard… seriously, I’M JUST KIDDING!).

Both of the owners, Ken and the aforementioned Richard, are very friendly and welcoming, and seem to enjoy walking the floor to socialize with their guests. On this day, I ordered the Cafe Wafles Supreme; a HUGE waffle with a ham steak underneath and rasins and apples on top. It was delicious! Chris got the Blue Bull sandwich, and I think Tootie got the ribs.

As our meal was winding down, Anne and Al strolled in! They took a window booth right behind ours so we could converse a bit. Under the auspices of going out to have a smoke, Chris ducked into a nearby shop and purchased a starfish necklace that Tootie had been coveting. It looks lovely on her!

The Sanibel Cafe, continued

The interior is decorated with containers full of Sanibel booty – sea shells! I like the syrup pitcher and salt and pepper shakers full of shells the best. The seating is comfortable.

You can watch the chefs hustling and bustling around to create your meal.

A peek out the window at the newly improved Tahitian Gardens breezy porches.

Lunch at the Sanibel Cafe

It’s “season” in southwest Florida, and especially on Sanibel Island. This means all the snowbirds are in residence, and there are lots of vacationers as well. Eating establishments tend to be crowded, and the wait tends to be long. However, it was late enough in the afternoon that most of the lunch crowd was starting to clear out of The Sanibel Cafe

The Sanibel Cafe is located in the newly-renovated Tahitian Gardens shopping plaza on Periwinkle Way. Gone is the “tropical pink” that made Tahitian Gardens instantly recognizable from the road, but you can still find it. The Sanibel Cafe is all cozy and snug in the southwestern corner of the plaza. The food is good and the atmosphere is casual yet interesting.