Sanibel Chophouse's owner was inspired by summers spent on Sanibel Island (on Florida's Gulf Coast) to create a restaurant with an elegant, island-resort atmosphere and classically prepared steak and seafood dishes. Navigate Sanibel's surf-and-turf matrix to perform a linear computation of six meats, such as filet mignon and chicken cutlets, and four seafoods, including lobster tail and Maryland crab cake (range $24–$45, mean $32.42, median $32.50, mode $28 and $32). Or go for the easy-to-hold chophouse burger: applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, fried onion strings, and special sauce stacked atop a huge, juicy ground-beef circle (served with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and fries, $14). The menu is rife with meaty eats, such as cider-brined pork chops ($21), and dry-aged steaks, including a 20-ounce rib eye ($32).
Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, there's none quite like Casablanca Cafe. Dotted with vintage posters and images from one of the most iconic films of the 20th century, this restaurant and music bar combines upscale continental cuisine with a casual, unpretentious atmosphere. Live entertainment?which ranges from classical guitarists to magicians?sets the tone in the dining room, where couples cozy up at intimate, candlelit tables draped with white linens. Among the dinner menu's most popular offerings are starters of stuffed and baked clams and main courses of rigatoni bolognese or pan-seared pork chops.
The dishes that emerge from New Yu Me's kitchen are awash with color. Carefully packed rice surrounds the glistening pink salmon and bright-green avocado of an alaskan roll, one of dozens of sushi options listed on the menu. Chefs also prepare more creative sushi variations including sushi pizza and tuna dumplings—raw tuna shaped like a pouch surrounding crab and avocado. There's no shortage of cooked entrees either, as patrons can choose from Japanese teriyaki, hibachi, and tempura meals or opt for pan-Asian specialties such as fried rice and curry.