The first time my wife and I visited Captiva Island and Boca Grande and Sanibel Island, we were surprised by the lack of quality restaurants and hotels. Maybe we weren't looking very hard. But things have changed dramatically in the last few years. Or maybe we're taking a closer look. If you're looking for good place to eat, Captiva House in the 'Tween Waters Inn Island Resort and Spa at 15951 Captiva Drive on Captiva Island is highly recommended. It is a high-end dining experience complete with classic meat and seafood dishes plus a selection of wines. Best of all, it has a Gulf of Mexico-front setting with spectacular sunsets. First built as a one-room school for children of Captiva's pioneer settlers, today it retains marks of its original charm--picturesque walls, white French doors and hardwood floors. In addition, whimsical vacation illustrations of the 1940s by famed cartoonist J.N. "Ding" Darling are on display. As is the case with most by-the-sea restaurants in Florida, Captiva House specializes in fresh seafood. My wife was delighted to find her two personal favorites, mahi mahi and grouper, on the same menu. She couldn't resist trying them both. Naturally, I ordered the shrimp cocktail for starters. And the Blue Crab bisque, too. I was intrigued by the Island snapper wrap and the lobster spaghetti, which turned out to be as delicious as they were unique. Other highly recommended options are seafood lasagna, linguini and baby clams, seafood risotto, blackened scallops, Chilean bass, peppercorn crusted ribeye, filet mignon and lobster tail and grilled rack of lamb. For dessert, what else do you choose in Florida but key lime pie? You never can get enough of it and it's always good.
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