Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & GrilleBy: TLP's Partners
When it comes to the islands off the coast of Fort Myers, each one has a personality all its own. Sanibel Island can be characterized as a laid-back, family-friendly escape. When you’re here, spend your days collecting a variety of seashells on white sands, paddling through mangrove tunnels, hiking or biking through a lively wildlife preserve, and enjoying delicious coastal cuisine.
One such spot for good eats with island vibes is Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille. While the restaurant boasts several locations, Sanibel Island is home to its flagship. The joint has an interesting origin story. Fishing guide Randy Wayne White wrote his first novel featuring the character Doc Ford in the late 1980s and subsequently published 23 more books about the adventurous marine biologist. Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille is a quirky homage to White’s character and offers a menu focused on fresh seafood with a Caribbean flair.
The “home of the island mojito” has a robust drink menu including several flavors of mojitos, rum cocktails, bloody marys, mules, and more. When it comes to food, make sure you try the signature peel-and-eat Yucatan shrimp prepared with butter, garlic, Colombian chilies, fresh cilantro, and key lime juice. Fresh gulf oysters are also on the menu, served Yucatan-style or with cocktail sauce and lemon. There’s something for everyone with a variety of casual appetizers, savory sandwiches, fresh fish entrees, and more. You can even bring the flavors home with you — just grab a bottle of your favorite Doc Ford’s signature sauce from the gift shop on your way out!