High on our list of restaurants in Boca Grande are:
The Temptation: At 350 Park Ave., this is “Old Florida” at its best. This restaurant with a supper club feel, has a lovely dining room, bar, a second bar dining room and a rear dining room called the Caribbean Room. I would ask for the main, front dining room when you make your reservation. I loved my grilled pompano entree with sweet potato and tomato topped with cheese. Make sure to meet chef/owner Kevin Stockdale who is fun to visit with.
The Inn Bakery, 384 E. Railroad Ave.: Owned by The Gasparilla Inn & Club, this is a good spot for coffee and a pastry. For breakfast you can get a fresh daily quiche. They have a more extensive lunch menu with soup, salads and sandwiches.
The Outlet Restaurant: Located at the Innlet Resort, this is a great spot for breakfast or lunch. 1251 12th East in Boca Grande.
South Beach Bar & Grille: This is the perfect spot for lunch or to see the sunset on the beach. I loved my salad with scallops which was perfect for a lighter meal!! 760 Gulf Blvd.
Hudson’s Grocery: Located downtown, here you can buy groceries if you are renting a house or if your hotel room has a kitchenette. 441 N. Park. Newlin’s Gourmet also has takeout entrees. They are known for their lobster rolls and key lime pie. 446 4th St.
The Pink Pony Ice Cream & Treats is a fun spot for ice cream. 421 Park Ave. For coffee, cupcakes, pies and cakes, you should visit The Tipsy Cake Company at 301 Park Ave. They now also feature breakfast and lunch items.
The Main Dining Room at The Gasparilla Inn & Club is a must for dinner. This elegant, fine-dining experience is definitely classic “Old Florida”. Jackets are required in the evening for men. I enjoyed a lovely meal on Saturday night. You can go early or stay after dinner to have a drink the bar.
The Pink Elephant, part of The Gasparilla Inn & Club is a fun two level restaurant along the bay. 491 Bayou Ave. Open for lunch and dinner, it has an upstairs restaurant plus a downstairs pub and patio.
3rd Street Cafe, at 310 E. Railroad, is a fun spot for lunch, dinner and breakfast/brunch on Saturday and Sunday. I enjoyed a lump crab cake benedict entree with fruit for breakfast.
Eagle Grille/Miller’s Dockside Bar & Grill: Located at 220 Harbor Drive, this is a restaurant overlooking the Boca Grande Marina. Miller’s Dockside on the first level features lunch and dinner, while the Eagle Grill is more of a fine dining experience on the second level open for dinner.