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).
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.
On Sunday at Cannon's Blackthorn, a fluid collective of flutists, drummers, and fiddlers gather around brick fireplaces and play traditional Irish music through the afternoon. They welcome all musicians into their circle, as well as the occasional Irish dancers, whose footfalls reverberate off the dining room's stone floors and wood walls. Though Sundays provide the liveliest display of Irish pride at Cannon's Blackthorn, the eatery celebrates Irish culture in more subtle ways throughout the week. Dining companions can settle into private enclaves to share a romantic dinner and whisper sweet nutritional facts into one another's ears before noshing on hearty meat stews and pot pies. Additionally, bartenders pour brews until 4 a.m. seven nights a week.
The foodsmiths at Ayhan’s Shish Kebab Mediterranean Restaurants expertly craft authentic dishes to pair with wines from Turkey, Greece, and beyond. Dinner-menu nibblings commence with an appetizer such as falafel balls, a collection of seasoned chickpea spheres ($7.95), or their creamified cousin hummus ($7.25), great for spreading on pita bread or the cracks of crumbling stone structures. Kebabs ($17.95–$24.95) come skewered with a plentitude of protein including cutlets of mignon, lamb, shrimp, or chicken, while the moussaka, an old-world classic, showcases strata of eggplant, potatoes, lamb, beef, and tomatoes ($17.50). Two glasses of house wine ($7.50 / glass), encompass the flavors California, Italy, and grapes who never lost the ambition to become California raisins.
At Sangre De Uva, visitors can relish the flavors of Spain, Cuba, and Portugal in the form of tapas—small, sophisticated appetizers that are meant to be shared. Options range from chilled seafood ceviches to ropa vieja, a dish of shredded flank steak served with fried plantains. Bartenders fill glasses with Spanish, Portuguese, and local wines.
At Cielo Ristorante Italiano, candles cast orbs of light on white linens. Marble columns intersperse potted palms, and marigold walls sport paintings of the Italian countryside, where meatballs roam free. In addition to the decor, Cielo Ristorante Italiano pays homage to the Mediterranean with traditional Italian dishes and drinks. Chefs toss pastas with fresh tomatoes and italian meats and drizzle free-range chicken and veal with herb-infused white-wine sauces, and servers happily suggest pairings from the eatery’s ample Italian wine menu.
Chefs at Prime Catch Seafood Bar & Lounge grill, roast, and broil a smattering of surf 'n' turf selections, serving them up in a lively, cozy dining room with festive, cinnamon-red walls and warm, glowing string lights. Swordfish, ahi tuna, and lobster headline the bill of seafood options, which arrive drizzled with savory sauces such as sambuca-infused dijonnaise and lemon-chardonnay cream. Turf-based dishes include the classic chicken parmesan and the 10-ounce filet mignon. A full bar proffers European draft beers and several signature martinis, and an extensive wine list includes tasting notes that make it easy to pair beverages with menu items and to cram for the wine quiz that's delivered with every dessert. Daytime patrons can nosh on lighter lunch fare⎯such as a surf ‘n’ turf wrap or fish and chips⎯on the outside patio during the summer months, or drop in on a Friday night for live music and karaoke.