8 Best Places to Eat in Ft. Myers and Sanibel Island

One thing I love doing, near or far, is checking out a locations foodie scene. So naturally while I was in Ft. Myers and Sanibel Island I had to make sure I visited the best of the best. And so I did! Below you’ll find all of my favorite spots in the area, from coffee to breakfast to the catch of the day. You might even recognize a few spots from my other blog post: 6 Things to Do in Fort Myers and Sanibel.

Island Cow

This is by far my number one spot for breakfast. At first glance you’ll notice its quirkiness from neon Adirondack chairs to the outdoor games. Then, once you’re seated (expect a wait), you’ll take a look at the Cowa Bunga breakfast menu. Yep. Menu items are endless from eggcelent plates to island pancakes. I ordered the Kim not Kardashian the Neighbor omelet (filled with fresh veggies), I know boring compared to what else was on the menu: coconut pancakes and stuffed French toast. Drool worthy options to say the least. PS no need to stop for coffee, they serve delicious hot and iced coffee’s and latte’s!

Island Cow Island Cow

Sanibel Bean

A staple coffee shop! Order it to go or sit and enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee. Grab a bite to eat too, they offer simple breakfast items if you’re in a hurry like breakfast sandwiches, muffins, and bagels and same goes for lunch- soups and salads. An ideal spot to stop if you’re heading off on a boat for the day!

Sanibel Bean

McGregor Café

One word: delicious! Here I enjoyed yet another breakfast. Notice a theme yet 😉 This is spot both locals and travelers enjoy. It is also the oldest existing restaurant in Ft. Myer’s! Drinks are served in large mason jars too. How Instagrammy!

McGregor Cafe McGregor Cafe

Gramma Dot’s

This seaside saloon is a local favorite. You’ll most likely catch people arriving off their boats (read: yachts) because it’s situated right in a marina. This spot is known for its fresh seafood. From the inside it doesn’t look like much, but alas we were all taught not to judge a book by its cover.

Gramma Dot's Gramma Dot's

Bayfront Bistro

Catch this place during the day for lunch. The views are beautiful! My menu favorite is the Spanish Ceviche. Loaded with fresh crab meat and shrimp with a touch of jalapeño and lime juice. Oh and the wine list? ENDLESS!

Bayfront Bistro Bayfront Bistro

Cabbage Key Inn

Only accessible by boat! Another local and traveler favorite. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner- make it a lunch stop while you’re out on the ocean before heading back to your home base. Order a ½ pound of the cold gulf shrimp and the black beans and rice. I know, the black beans and rice doesn’t sound like much but Cabbage Key Inn is pretty much known for this stuff- aside from it being the place that Jimmy Buffett wrote Cheeseburger in Paradise about, allegedly. Anyways, top the black beans and rice with blackened Mahi Mahi- because you’re pretty much in a seafood lover’s paradise.

Cabbage Key Inn

Fresh Catch Bistro

The perfect spot for catching up with friends, celebrating a birthday and even a romantic dinner. Enjoy a glass of White while looking out to the endless ocean at sunset. Be sure to request a seat on the outdoor patio for the perfect view!

Fresh Catch Bistro Fresh Catch Bistro

Bonus: Ft. Myers Brewing Company

Brews and food. Need I say more. Food trucks are parked outside to help balance out all of the beer you’ll consume. Be sure to check their website for all things beer this summer! They have an extensive list of events. Perfect place to spend a Saturday with friends.

Fort Myers Brewing Company

Over to you! Did I miss any of your favorite foodie spots?

This post is written in partnership with The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel however, as always, all opinions are my own.

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