Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Mad Hatter, Sanibel Island, FL - June, 2007

I have visited Sanibel/Captiva at least a dozen times, and this is as good as it gets for fine dining on the islands. The restaurant features an intimate, interesting "Alice In Wonderland" motif (at least, it used to...I hear that's changed), with windows facing the Gulf of Mexico. This is one of the very few restaurants on SanCap with a Gulf view, btw, so it's particularly nice at sunset. UD and I enjoyed dinner there recently and had an extremely memorable meal. We started with perfect fresh French bread...tangy, hot and soft on the inside, and crispy/chewy on the outside. For appetizers, we tried the seafood cake and some wonderful little goat cheese purses wrapped in phyllo and drizzled with a berry sauce. WOW! The spousal unit had the rack of lamb and proclaimed it the best he'd ever had, and my hazelnut encrusted grouper was exquisitely fresh, perfect, and sublime. For dessert, we tried a miniature apple strudel with a scoop of ice cream and a tiny pitcher of melted white chocolate for drizzling. The Mad Hatter has a fine wine selection, too. Oh...and our server, Chris, was absolutely the best and made certain that our dinner was perfect in every way. This place is not cheap...the items I mentioned above with one bottle of wine and after dinner drinks was $200+. It was worth every penny.

Mini Apple Strudel with ice cream and melted white chocolate...a worthy finale!

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