Pinocchio's Original Italian Ice Cream has been a Sanibel Island tradition for more than 33 years. Loyal fans return each year to the "little green shop" located in the Seahorse Shopping Center on the east end of the island. Pinocchio's displays 37 of the 130-plus flavors from its repertoire each day. Among the signatures flavors are the World Famous Sanibel Krunch, the Dirty Sand Dollar, Wedding Bells and Gator Stew.
Patrons of the Great White Grill on Sanibel's Palm Ridge Road can enjoy a football game while selecting from the island's largest draft beer selection -- at 28 beers. The menu will get you started with a basket of fries or lightly-dusted and fried calamari; and offers a variety of salads, like the Pittsburg Salad, as well as pizza selections from The Great White with a garlic olive oil base, fresh tomatoes, spinach and artichoke to The Sanibel with traditional red sauce, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, bacon and extra cheese.
Gramma Dots Seaside Saloon, located at the Sanibel Marina on the east end, offers a lunch and dinner menu featuring fresh seafood, salads, sandwiches and more. Dine leisurely dockside, whether you come by land or boat. The restaurant is named after Gramma Dot (Dorothy Stearns) by her son Myton Ireland. She was a woman of many talents with a zest for life.
Check out delectable delights across Sanibel Island. From the elegant style of Il Cielo (1244 Periwinkle Way) or casual elegance at Cip's Place (2055 Periwinkle Way) to a seafood feast at one of the two Lazy Flamingo locations (1036 Periwinkle Way and 6520-C Pine Ave.), there is choice for every craving. And do stop by the Island Cow (2163 Periwinkle), which offers an extensive menu of delights.
Dining on Captiva Island will fill a hungry soul with culinary treats. Captiva's Andy Rosse Lane is home to fabulous restaurants like Key Lime Bistro, where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served with a touch of Key West in the atmosphere; and the Mucky Duck, where the sunsets are applauded, beer is always cold and the menu specializes in fresh seafood. Situated along the Roosevelt Channel, the historic Green Flash restaurant overlooks Pine Island Sound and the pristine beauty of Buck Key. One's culinary journey wouldn't be complete without a stop at The Bubble Room, known for its large slices of delicious cakes.