First off, thanks to everyone for the tips. The Better Half (yeah…I’m old school & won’t go for the BH shortcut.) & I just got back from a week-end on Captiva. I just want to share some observations of what we ran into during our stay.
Mucky Duck: Went there Fri. night to see the sunset & the view was great. We asked about getting a table & was informed it would be about a 1.5 hour wait. I’m sorry, but I won’t wait that long even if Emeril was doing the cooking. Also thought that it was a little weird in that we asked the question at 8:20 pm & they supposedly only serve until 9pm. The math didn’t make sense.
Keylime Bistro: This place was very disappointing! We had dinner here on Friday night. From the daily specials, we ordered a baked grouper stuffed with crab & shrimp ($35). This thing was so dry that only 1/3 was eaten. To the restaurant’s credit, when we informed them of this, they took it off the bill. The second entree came off the regular menu & was described as tempura shrimp with a orange marmalade & horseradish sauce ($26). Our wait-person warned me that it wasn’t really a tempura coating, but more of a batter. She tried to warn me & I should have listened to her! The coating was dreadful…heavy, tasteless & with absolutely no crispness to it. The really sad part was that once I got the breading off them, the shrimp were large & of very good quality. The sauce tasted like someone openned a jar of orange marmalade & put the tinniest bit of horseradish in it. An aside to management…At these prices the sauce shouln’t come in a disposable plactic cup (it was a larger version of what McDonalds has you pump ketchup into.) I hate to really knock a place after only one shot, but based on our visit I feel that this place has an ambitious & pricey menu that their kitchen just can’t or doesn’t care enough to try to execute.
Captiva Cantina: It’s hard to say. We went there for dinner on Sat. It had been really hot on Captiva both Friday & Saturday. (Daytime highs in the 90’s & still in the upper 80’s when you were going out for dinner.) I was looking forward to one of the cold "Mexican" salad items on the menu. After we sat down, we were informed that the restaurant had run out of lettuce, so none of the salads were available & things like tacos that normally come with lettuce would be served without it. We were both forced into choosing something that we really didn’t want, so I think this really effected our objectivity of the food; hence, no real review of the food.
R.C. Otters: We had two solid breakfasts here. Nothing fancy, just good solid breakfast stuff, at reasonable (by Captiva standards) prices.
Green Flash: We went there with another couple & had our best dinner on Captiva. Three out of four really enjoyed their meal, with a fourth thinking that their "Bronzed Mahi" was a little dry. The only place on Captiva that I would really like to return to.
Bubble Room: With really diverse feedback on this place, we didn’t try to eat here. We did however stop in for a after dinner drink. All the dining rooms were packed. We didn’t notice that the place needed a good cleaning as a lot of posts on various sites have mentioned. We saw many desserts being served & reading how big they are does not really prepare you for actually seeing one for yourself. Considering the other meals we had over the weekend, my thoughts are that eating here is probably a better option than others we endured. Curious sidebar…our drinks here were the cheapest on the island (My B&B was a strangely priced $6.13, before tax.)
Doc Ford’s: We were roaming around Sanibel on Sat. afternoon. In need of refreshment, we stopped here on the way home. As I mentioned, it was hot, so the the good a/c & tinted windows were a major relief from the weather. The mojito was a hit (not too sweet) & it was a tough choice deciding which of the many draft beer to choose. We split an very enjoyable appetizer. The menu is pub ,20,396843.006,1,57701,184.108.40.206
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