The morning ritual of breakfast mirrors the elegant cosmic dance of dawn, when the sun awakes to crack and scramble comets and then drink the Milky Way straight from the carton. Similarly rise and shine with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of breakfast or lunch fare (served 7 a.m.–3 p.m.) at Sanibel Café in Sanibel.
Sanibel Café tempts taste buds with a bountiful selection of omelets, burgers, salads, and sandwiches. The menu entices breakfast seekers with The Real Islander, sautéed gator tail served with eggs, hash browns and texas toast ($8.95), and coconut or almond french toast ($7.95). Lunchtime diners can sink fangs into a half-pound patty melt ($8.95) or scarf down The Rusty Pelican sandwich, a culinary combination of grilled turkey, bacon, havarti cheese, coleslaw, homemade jam, and a croissant ($7.99). Located in the Tahitian Gardens shopping plaza, Sanibel Café greets guests with ample parking and provides a welcoming environment to surround yourself in classic Floridian cuisine, which is surrounded by a familial staff, which is surrounded by an authentic atmosphere, which is surrounded by walls.
With sautéed gator, housemade crab cakes, and coconut french toast, Sanibel Cafe doesn’t let guests forget that they’re dining on a tropical island. This selection continues the tradition of homestyle cooking that the café established when it first opened in 1978 as the Pancake and Omelette House. This stage of its life ended in 1984, and, like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon, the eatery reopened as Sanibel Cafe. For more than two decades now, Sanibel’s kitchen has been keeping diners coming back with savory island-inspired cuisine for both breakfast and lunch.
In addition to signature items such as sautéed gator, morning diners fork into more traditional eats such as strip steak escorted by hash browns and stacks of pancakes that diners can scarf down or transform into smiley faces to convey the exact level of their happiness. At midday, the kitchen begins piling burgers and sandwiches with country-fried steak, charbroiled beef patties, fried shrimp, and grilled fish. Just like its seafood-laden kaiser rolls, the café’s decor pays tribute to its tropical location: joining hanging plants and cerulean pendant lamps, one-of-a-kind tabletops feature intricate patterns of fossilized seashells handpicked and patterned by artist Sue Stephens.