With visitors from all over the globe coming to our special island, Sanibel is loaded with awesome spots to feed the masses. So....Trip advisor seems to have the upper-hand when someone is looking for a little guidance...but for the ingredients for a special family vacation meal seems counter productive to look for the restaurant with the longest wait, and largest menu. This makes responses to the best spots, simply the most heavily seated places, because of the inability for a tourist to try the smaller, hidden, and all together-better eateries. For lack of a better analogy, it is the near-sighted, leading the blind. Smaller restaurants that require reservations are capable of fresh fish, meat, and produce. They are freezing less product and reordering more often because of the value of space. Projections are made more accurately so waste is decreased, which is very important to our island. Nothing is swept under the rug with less people for management to be responsible for, and everyone makes more money from a simpler, more efficient system.
The commerce of the island is fascinating. Regulations have grown a booming local economy without erasing historical integrity to it's past. Our microcosm of Sanibel is a magical place. Besides the Magical Kingdom and the Mickey Mouse, there is also an age difference here...I can answer questions on places to avoid with kids or where the spots are to escape from kids as well.
For visitors to my little island, ask me any questions about the activities you are interested in as well as using Trip-advisor resources...sometimes the better options don't include a drive down Periwinkle at 5 mph in the middle of the day.
There is also a new delivery service here for those choosing to avoid crowds completely...support local LOVE!