Friday, November 19, 2010

Dining on Sanibel Island

I know I still need to share with you all the seashells we found while on Sanibel Island and tell you about our night shelling adventure, but since it's Friday, and we all love talking about food on Fridays, I thought I would show you where we ate while there.

Karen and I stayed in a little (with the emphasis on little) cottage on the beach that had a fully-equipped kitchen. We had planned on eating all of our meals there and had stocked up on groceries for this reason. While driving around visiting some of the local proprietors, I spotted the cutest place and it was PACKED! I commented that the food must be good since it was the only place I saw that had folks waiting for their noonday meal.

Later, Chris at the T-Shirt Hut, more on him next week, informed us that the food was excellent, so we decided to stop in for a bite to eat. 

We LOVED The Island Cow!

Since our timing was somewhere between lunch and dinner, we were seated right away, choosing to sit on the outside patio. Although our mornings and evenings were on the chilly side by Florida standards, the afternoons were glorious — not hot and humid, but just perfect.

The curb appeal of  The Island Cow is so inviting. Just look at how bright and cheery their choice of colors is…

2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957   |   Ph: 239.472.0606   |

Let me give you a closer look at those adorable Adirondack chairs…

Aren't they the cutest?

Now I hope your gettin' hungry, because look at what we had for supper…

 Grouper and Shrimp Tacos!

Mouth-waterin' good!

They were served with these sauces…

and they were excellent, but Karen commented that they should also have a fruit salsa and I couldn't help but think of that fresh Pineapple Mango Salsa I made a few months ago for my Caribbean Shrimp Cocktail — it would have been even more delicious!

Now, I'm not complaining, because my taste buds were doing the happy dance and our experience at The Island Cow rates 5 Tikis on Shellbelle's Tiki Hut scale!

The staff was welcoming and friendly. The service was exemplary (and you must know that Karen and I were both in the restaurant business for many years). The atmosphere was wonderful and the menu is extensive. They have something for everyone's taste and you'd be hard pressed to go there with a party of twenty and not have each guest not find something to their liking. The Island Cow serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and they offer fish, seafood, steaks, pasta, sandwiches, burgers, meatloaf, duck, BBQ, quesadillas. gator, gumbo, and much more! 

One of my complaints with many of the touristy restaurants in Florida is that when you order fish, the server typically asks, "Do you want that fried, grilled or blackened."

Ho hum, so boring!

Well, take a peek at The Island Cow's choices:

You can find their complete menu here.

Plus, you just know that The Hut loves a cow dressed in a grass skirt and sporting a lei!

The Island Cow alone is worth the drive to Sanibel, but with it you get the best shelling spot in the United States. Oh yea, I was in paradise! This chair says it best…

Well, I've been talking about it all week and you can believe me when I tell you, that I'll still be talking about next week! Stay tuned — I have seashells, thrifty finds, The T-Shirt Hut and a story about one Sanibel proprietor who wasn't too pleased that Karen and I were in his store! Until then, have a wonderful weekend and remember that…

I "shore" do love ya'll!

Disclaimer: Shellbelle's Tiki Hut was not compensated in any way for this review.

22 Thoughtful Comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

What a total treat! Is that a fish taco on your plate? I had those once and absolutely loved them!

I will definitely keep an eye out for the Island Cow if I ever make it to Sanibel Island...which you have convinced me to do! I'm looking forward to hearing more!


The Florida Blogger said...

There are so many places I have to eat on the West Coast. I'm looking forward to moving closer to these restaurants.

rjerdee said...

Well, THAT was a cheerful post!!! My sister's staying at Sanibel in January and WE'RE going to the Island Cow!!! Thanks for the recommendation.

Have a great weekend, Rhonda, and I'm looking forward to more of your Sanibel posts...have enjoyed Karen's view of your time together...saw the "beach cottage" on her blog. Snug :)

Loui♥ said...

you know how I love tagging along on your jaunts,,this is one I really wish I could've done IN PERSON!
that food looked so mouthwatering..
never had shrimp or fish tacos.. they are now on my WANT,not wish list!!I may just print a copy and stare mouthwateringly at it all day!!
and those chairs..
how colorfully delightfully different!!love the unique cutouts..
can hardly wait to see what other escapades the two of you got into!!
glad you both had such an enjoyable week!
warm sandy hugs..

Kaybe said...

It was a wonderful 3 days. Rhonda, you always give the perfect spin on things. I think we are kinda like Ophrah & Gayle but without the ba-zillions. I wish we had pics from out Ft Desoto camping trip.

Drawn to The Sea said...

What a great little hangout. We have fish or shrimp tacos at least once a week, so this is very much my style. Love the casual, colorful, laid back style... & what a fun menu! Very glad I clicked over here after lunch, or I'd be drooling for sure.

RottenMom said...

Island Cow has some really amazing breakfast choices too! One of our favorite places to eat on Sanibel! I look forward to the rest of your Sanibel trip posts, especially curious to know which shop was not so welcoming. I've heard rumblings about one store in particular and wonder if it is the same one.

Can't wait to see your shell haul!

As usual, love your post and the yummy photos!

Kat said...

I can't wait to hear all about your trip. Sounds like it has everything - fun, food, and even a little intrigue - so what's up with the store proprietor? Inquiring minds want to know :)! This restaurant sounds like exactly the kind of place we like to go. And the choice of preparations for your fish is amazing. Coconut fried - they are speaking my language. Glad you had such a great time and can't wait to hear more. Kat

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I did not get to eat there my last visit, but did notice that lots of people were waiting in those fabulous chairs. I'll put it on my list for my next visit.

jmac said...

ok. that's it. I'm, to Sanibel, that is~~~!!!! Between the shells and that adorable restaurant...and our boat is sleeping right close by....well, it's just a done deal. Soon.
Emailing now about foot stuff.....
love everything about that cow place!!!

jmac said...

trying to send you mail but it keeps coming back to me...have you changed your addy? send to me plz~

CHERI said...

What an adorable place. I've always wanted to visit Sanibel and if I ever do I will definitely want to eat here. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

CrazyCris said...

Argh!!! It's noon on a Sunday and I'm reading this without having had breakfast (which is going to end up being brunch) yet! You've got my stomach juices all churned up!!! Looks fabulous and delicious! YUM!!!

Simple Daisy said...

OOh!!! That place looks fantastic!! I really love those next project! Maybe:)

Simple Daisy said...

OOh!!! That place looks fantastic!! I really love those next project! Maybe:)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Rhonda, I always love to read your reviews! You need to be a food critic. You have me on the edge of my chair! LOL! And speaking of which, love those. SO cute!

I also love you, and I hope you know how much. Thank you for your very, very kind words on Eddie's blog. One of the real blessings in blogging has been meeting friends like you, and it has made every word I've ever typed worth it!

Miss you! Come home soon!


Sheila :-)

Desert Dreaming said...

How adorable...and excuse me, but that grouper/shrimp taco looked out of this world. Wow!! Pictures are fantastic, sounds like you are having a great time. Enjoy every moment! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Flotsam Friends said...

Oh my goodness. Those chairs are just so insanely gorgeous. Don't they look amazing together like that. What a feast. Love this post. Pruxxx

Jane said...

I think a road trip may be in order...
Jane (artfully graced)

Julie@beingRUBY said...

This place looks so cute and laid back Rhonda... I can see why you had a fab time!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!! ciao xxx Julie

Sierra said...

I love all of the colors here, so much fun and that shrimp burrito looks so yummy. My dad was near by so I showed him and he agrees! :)

Magdalena said...

Hi Shellbelle,
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! This post has me starving!! I want to eat every single thing in that picture it looks so delicious. i love the Pink chair too, oh you are so lucky to be in that glorious warm weather, I hope the sun is shining brightly..we are coming down Christmas evening to Disney then down to Delray beach, if you are anywhere nearby we would love to see you!
Good luck with your business, It just reminded me of my Townie t shirt, I love that shirt you had made for me. I need to get one in a long sleeve soon.

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!


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