http://www.biminibaitshack.comYou know you are on island time when you pull into Bimini Bait Shack located just before you get to Sanibel. Once upstairs you can sit inside, outside or at the bar in a rope swing complete with a real fish tank as the bar.

It’s casual, there are whimsical things hanging from the rafters and live music playing. You might even catch the crew from the S.S. Minnow on stage.

The food is fresh from the shrimp to grouper right out of the Gulf. Or you can bring your own “Catch of the Day,” and they will cook it for you.

For starters we loved the Florida Gator Tail blackened and the Peel & Eat Shrimp. The Onion Rings are beer battered and come out on a long stick.

There are homemade soups and salads or order Fried Seafood Baskets of Grouper, Shrimp, Scallops or combo.

From the smoker, there is Beef Brisket, Sausage, Pulled Pork or Baby Back Ribs. Under Bait Shack Classics check out the Shrimp Fried, Coconut or Bacon Wrapped BBQ; Tacos, Crab Cakes, Grilled Chicken, Beef Tenderloin and more. $9.95 – $19.95.

You can go just for the Raw Bar. There are wings (really tasty), sandwiches and a children’s menu $7.95.

We also met local author Ron Base, a former newspaper journalist and magazine writer who writes a series about the Sanibel Sunset Detective. You can order Ron’s book from our blog.



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