George and Wendy's Sanibel Seafood Grille

Tonight we tried a place we have never been to, the Sanibel Seafood Grille.  We had heard it was a very good seafood restaurant but a bit on the spendy side.  We went early, around 5pm, to beat the Friday night rush.  We were first seated outside as we requested but decided to move inside because of the small black bugs flying around.  We ended up at a nice booth.

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We started off with an order of crab cakes, my favorite!  They came with a red pepper aioli on the side.  Very tasty.....  but I love crab cakes and rarely meet one I don't like!  They bring a warm loaf of sourdough bread and olive oil, parmesan and herb dipping sauce to the table as well.  I could have eaten that bread all night.  So good.

For our entrees we ordered the Drunken Grouper.  It is pan seared and sautéed with garlic, fresh chilis, and a tequila lime tomato sauce.  It is accompanied by garlic smashed potatoes and fresh vegetables (green beans with red pepper)

It was very good!  It was prepared perfectly and had a hint of spiciness.  The 2 sides were also very good.

The second entree was the Grilled Sweet Bourbon Salmon accompanied by yellow saffron rice and fresh veggies.

I loved this dish.  The bourbon sauce was yummy and the salmon was cooked medium, just the way I like it.  I loved the pineapple slice on top as well.

We had to try a dessert, of course.  They had a sampler called the Island Trio.  It was a tiny carrot cake, a tiny key lime pie, and a tiny cheese cake.  Just enough for a bit of each!

We will start with the Carrot Cake.  YUMMY!  That's all.  Loved it.

Next, the Key Lime Pie.  Great flavor!  We love love love the graham cracker crust.  A winner.

Finally, the Cheese Cake.  Delicious!!!!  For us the winner was the Key Lime but we enjoyed them all.

This was a wonderful meal and very close to our condo (right next door to Bailey's)  It is a bit spendy, however.  For the 2 of us it was almost $100 including tip.  We did not order any alcohol with our meal and just stuck with water.  They offer live entertainment every night after 9pm.  

Traders

We went to Traders for lunch on November 1, 2016.  It was not busy and we were seated at a nice table near a window.  The restaurant has a nice atmosphere and our wait person was extremely helpful telling us about the menu and specials.  I do not remember her name but she is from PA.

For an appetizer we both chose soup.  I picked the Sun dried tomato basil bisque.  It was fabulous!  Very very good.  Jeff had the Fresh Florida gumbo which he really liked a lot as well.  I did not like this one as much maybe because there was rice in it.

Sun dried tomato basil bisque   

Sun dried tomato basil bisque

 

Fresh Florida gumbo

Fresh Florida gumbo

For our main courses we had the Crab and spinach quiche which was one of the specials of the day.  I liked it a lot..... very flavorful.  Jeff had the Blackened grouper tacos with black beans.  The tacos had a nice spice which he enjoyed.

Crab, spinach quiche

Crab, spinach quiche

Blackened grouper tacos with black beans

Blackened grouper tacos with black beans

We were full after this meal so decided to pass on the desserts.  One more fun fact about Traders is that they have a VERY nice unique gift shop attached.  There were several items I was interested in purchasing as the holidays are right around the corner!  We will be back to Traders for sure.

Gramma Dots

We have wanted to try Gramma Dots for a long time and finally had the opportunity to eat lunch there.  It was a beautiful late October afternoon at the Sanibel Marina, where Gramma Dots is located.  We were able to comfortably sit outside and enjoy the marina.

We started by ordering the Sampler Platter as our appetizer.  It had large coconut shrimp, Crab Meatballs, and Fried Oysters.  They came with 3 different dipping sauces.  We both loved all three choices.  I especially enjoyed the Crab Meatballs.  They reminded me of a crab cake, just shaped like a meatball.

For our entrees we ordered the Blackened Mahi Mahi Sandwich and the Coconut Curried Lobster Salad.  I thought the sandwich was rather bland and wished I had ordered the Grouper Sandwich.  The chips were very good though.  

Blackened Mahi Mahi Sandwich

Blackened Mahi Mahi Sandwich

The Lobster Salad was similar to a chicken salad you could put on a roll.  It came with a roll so that was what we did.  It says "curried" but there was no heat to it al all.  It had a good taste but not spicy like we expected.  The fresh fruit was good.

Coconut Curried Lobster Salad

Coconut Curried Lobster Salad

Last but not least, we ordered the Key Lime Pie to go.  We love Key Lime Pie and this one did not disappoint!  VERY good!  I would go back to Gramma Dots just for that!