4 Fun Places for Brunch on Sanibel Island

Published On May 16, 2018 | By Becker Chew | Travel

Residents and visitors know that on Sanibel, you’re on relaxing island time. To maintain a quaint island feel, Sanibel doesn’t even have any traffic lights. What better place to enjoy a leisurely brunch with delicious food and drinks? Several options are available, from casual take-out meals to formal resort-style brunches.

Totally Baked On Sanibel Bakery & Cafe

Everything on the menu at Totally Baked on Sanibel is suitable for a quick brunch. Choose from pastries, soups, quiches, and salads. Mouth-watering favorites include maple bacon and peach mango donuts. Gluten-free cakes are available, too.

Hand-carved ham and turkey sandwiches feature freshly baked bread. Add a side of pasta salad or vegetable quinoa to complete your meal. Enjoy your brunch to go, or grab a seat outside.

Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant

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Experience an elegant full-service brunch with ocean views. The upscale Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant serves unique brunch dishes. Try the Gillades and Parmesan Grits made with veal and tomato demi-glace or the Thistle Benedict with lump crab meat. The Surf and Turf Omelet offers a blend of tender Angus beef and succulent lobster.

Traditional brunch offerings include prime rib, pancakes, and waffles served with fresh fruit and homemade whipped cream. The Thistle Lodge is part of the Casa Ybel Resort. Check out the resort and other hotels on Sanibel Island.

Over Easy Cafe

If you’re looking for a casual family-friendly restaurant, visit the Over Easy Cafe. With breakfast and lunch served until 3 p.m. every day, the cafe is the perfect Sanibel brunch spot. Choose from a wide variety of omelet fillings like shrimp, crab, and Portobello mushrooms. The lunch menu also offers over 20 different wraps and burgers, which should make the whole family happy.

Combine breakfast and lunch favorites in one meal with the Reuben Benedict. Poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce meet corned beef and Thousand Island dressing on a toasted muffin. Top off your meal with favorite brunch beverages like mimosas and fresh juices. Save room for dessert and share a slice of Florida Key Lime Pie.

The Sanibel Cafe

Build the perfect brunch from four pages of breakfast and lunch items on The Sanibel Cafe’s menu. Island specialties include Pina Colada French Toast with pineapple-orange sauce and the Rusty Pelican turkey and Havarti cheese sandwich. There are plenty of eggs, wraps, and burgers on the menu, too.

The restaurant has a long history on Sanibel Island. It opened as a pancake house in 1974. Current owners Ken and Richard are dedicated to the island way of life and even gave the Sanibel Cafe an official tropical theme song. The cafe is open from 7 a.m. to  2:30 p.m. seven days a week.

On Sanibel Island, the relaxed vibe makes it the perfect place to linger over mimosas and good food. You’ll find plenty of brunch spots to try that fit anyone’s budget and palette. Choose from traditional favorites like pancakes and waffles, or try a new dish featuring local seafood prepared by top chefs.

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