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Top 10 in South Florida – USA TODAY

Sweet Melissa’s Café has been named as one of the top 10 restaurants in South Florida, according to USA Today.

Landing at number five on the list of the Best Restaurants in South Florida, USA Today touts the Sweet Melissa’s creative menu that is jam packed with fresh, local produce, seafood, beef and everything in-between.

Under the command of Executive Chef Melissa Donahue – Talmage, diners will experience delicious seasonally-inspired eats where fresh ingredients and small plates reign supreme. Diner’s taste buds will be challenged by trend-setting fare with a wide array of different tastes, textures and eclectic ingredients that truly make Sweet Melissa’s Sanibel Island’s ultimate foodie destination.

Listed #5 out of the top 10 restaurants in South Florida – USA TODAY

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Proclaimed The Best Food in Lee County, Sweet Melissa’s Cafe and Chef Melissa Talmage have been recognized and repeatedly celebrated by every major publication in Southwest Florida. Talmage continues to break the mold with her inventive cuisine. Her recipes, which are in great demand, have been featured in numerous travel and restaurant guides. In addition to being a 2010 Sanibel Island “Taste of the Islands” award winner, Chef  Talmage works with the acclaimed Sanibel Sea School to promote the use of sustainable seafood. Click on the articles below to read more about Sweet Melissa’s Cafe and Chef Melissa Talmage.

 


Wine Spectator Award 2017

Sweet Melissa’s Receives Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine – Sweet Melissa’s Café has won the prestigious 2017 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine.

Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine, and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

The Award of Excellence recognizes wine lists which typically offer at least 90 selections, feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers, and thematically match the menu in both price and style. Whether compact or extensive, focused or diverse, Wine Spectator only selects wine lists that deliver sufficient choice to satisfy discerning wine lovers.

In total, Sweet Melissa’s wine list includes 120 selections with an inventory of 1,000. Pricing is considered inexpensive and the greatest strengths of their wine lists are their California and French wines.

To qualify for an award, a wine list must present complete, accurate information, including vintages and appellations for all selections. Complete producer names and correct spellings are mandatory, and the overall presentation of the list is also considered. Lists that meet these requirements are judged for one of our three awards.

To read the entire Wine Spectator review, visit their website here.

 

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Sweet Melissa’s Café, one of the most highly regarded restaurants is celebrating five years of tantalizing taste buds at its current location on Sanibel Island’s famed Periwinkle Way….

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With the stunning presentations and mouth-watering, award-winning dining found at Sweet Melissa’s Cafe on Sanibel Island, you have to ask yourself: Is Melissa Talmage Executive Chef, Executive Artist or Executive Both?…..

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The Culinary Journey of Chef Melissa Talmage…..

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You’ve seen them before, those people who take photos of their food: you’ll become one of them when you eat here…..

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On a recent trip to Sanibel Island (just across from Ft. Meyers, Florida), Editor Anne Weaver and I enjoyed some of the most incredible mussels we’ve ever eaten….

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Chef Melissa Talmage opened Sweet Melissa’s Cafe on February 14, 2009, and has been delighting Sanibel diners ever since….

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See how chef-owner Melissa Talmage makes this wildly popular dish….

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Our critic shows you five Southwest Florida restaurants where all parts of the pig are appreciated… Sweet Melissa’s Café on Sanibel is one of them…

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Sweet Melissa’s Café offers diners charming atmosphere…

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Sweet Melissa’s Café picked as one of the “Five Restaurants To Visit” before the snowbirds and tourists descend…

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When Chef Eddie Vozzella of University Grill in Fort Myers, isn’t cooking for his patrons, he enjoys eating at Sweet Melissa’s Café….

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Sweet Melissa’s Café – Fish Stew named in the “101 Best Dishes in SW Florida” per Jean Le-Boeuf……

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