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SOLD OUT-April 11th: Easter Dinner, Family-Style, Takeout and Delivery

EASTER DINNER For Your Family, and The Medical Staff At Health Park Local hospital staff members battling on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Fort Myers will have one last thing to worry about on Easter Sunday. For every $50 spent by customers, a meal will be donated to the dedicated staff at HealthPark Medical Center. * Update: Thank you to the Island Community! We have officially sold out of our Easter Dinner Read more…

April 3rd: Family-Style Friday, Takeout and Delivery, featuring Fresh Boiled Lobster

This week, April 3rd : Lobster Family Dinner Every Friday we will feature a new theme. Give us a call and let us know how many people you plan to dine with. Price is per person. Check our website or Facebook each week for a new menu. Share the news! Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on email Email Our Menu Fresh Boiled Lobster Served with Drawn Butter (Whole Lobster) Fresh Cole Read more…

Introducing Family-Style Fridays, Takeout and Delivery!

This week, March 27th : Thanksgiving in March Every Friday we will feature a new theme. Give us a call and let us know how many people you plan to dine with. Price is per person. Check our website or Facebook each week for a new menu. Share the news! Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on email Email Our Menu Turkey with Gravy ~ Cornbread and Andouille Stuffing or Herb Stuffing Read more…

Amid Outbreak, Sweet M. partners to do delivery with Island Pizza

Covid 19 Updates. Continued service and Family Style Fridays 3/31/2020 Updated UPDATED HOURS FOR CALL AHEAD PICK-UP and DELIVERY SERVICE With everything going on, you deserve a night off. We would like to let you know that we continue to offer delivery and take away service Tuesday-Saturday from 4 pm-8 pm. Our staff is taking every precaution to keep ourselves and your family safe. That is why we now require that all orders be called Read more…

Regarding Covid 19 Developments

Regarding the COVID 19 Developments Dear Sweet Melissa’s Cafe Patrons and Friends, For the past 13 years, our mission has been to provide great customer service while upholding the highest standards in all aspects of our business. Our mission continues even during these challenging times. In light of the situation around COVID-19 (commonly known as the Coronavirus), we wanted to provide an update on our current actions and highlight the actions we are taking to Read more…

Sweet Melissa’s Cafe

Sweet Melissa’s Cafe Cuisine:American,Local Specialty,Seafood Price Range:$$ 10 BEST SAYS This unique Sanibel restaurant is where foodies go while on the island. Award-winning Chef Melissa Donahue sources local ingredients year-round, for a seasonal menu that leans toward small plates. Her creations are innovative and consistently pleasing. Sweet Melissa’s staffers are consummate professionals, and can easily recommend the best wine pairings for your meal. Many nights a week, you can find a local guitarist playing relaxing Read more…

LOCAL FLAVOR

Melissa Donahue, executive chef WE ALL HAVE CERTAIN GO-TO RESTAURANTS THAT we know will consistently deliver great quality and top-drawer service time after time. My favorites list is dominated by independent spots run by chefs whose passion for what they do is evident whether or not they are in the kitchen or, for that matter, at the restaurant that night (let’s face it, chefs need some down time, too). So where do discerning chefs go Read more…

BEST OF THE GULFSHORE 2019

Our editors’ choices of the greatest people, moments and dining achievements of the year. BY STAFF Food & Dining COLLIER COUNTY Best invention: The perma-food truck rally. The trucks rove around breweries and make stops at farmers markets, but the astounding success of Celebration Park—a plaza with eight kitchens on wheels and a waterfront bar near Naples Botanical Garden—proves the way forward is to just keep trucking. Best not-so-simple salad: The burrata at Jimmy P’s Charred (which now Read more…

THE 28 BEST RESTAURANTS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

BY DOROTHEA HUNTER SONNE Editor’s Note: Every year as part of our Best of the Gulfshore issue, Food and Wine Editor Dorothea Hunter Sönne cultivates an All-Star team, so to say, of the Southwest Florida restaurants that consistently offer the best dining experiences. Here is her list for 2019.  21 Spices by Chef Asif: This isn’t your average curry house (although you can get great chicken tikka masala and garlic naan)—expect soaring ceilings, sleek decor and a full Read more…

Sanibel chef brings national spotlight to Southwest Florida restaurants

Melissa Donahue of Sanibel’s Sweet Melissa’s Cafe became the first Lee County chef to earn a James Beard Awards nomination. It only took 20 years of hard work. Late on a Tuesday morning at the bar of Sweet Melissa’s Cafe, things are quiet. Mostly. There’s the occasional clang of pans from the kitchen. The shuffle of chairs as servers prep the dining room. And, backing it all, the constant endless ringing of the phone. “It Read more…

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