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beachlvr

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looking forward to going to Doc Fords on our trip next month. Can't wait to be in paradise!!!
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DonFromSLC

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Who will (or has been) the first on this forum to eat at the new Doc Ford's?
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Not me, I won't be down until December. 
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OK, Beachlvr, looks like you're it!  I'm hoping it has a nice outdoor area....and maybe music volume that doesn't damage one's ears.    
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DonFromSLC

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Lookin' for a post from the first rummy to eat and drink at Doc's. Won't be there until Thanksgiving but I am sure I will try all of the rum drinks there this year!
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beachlvr

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I'm so excited to be there. !! Will upload pic when we get there next month
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Early October!
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captiivated

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Might as well start on the menu now!

http://www.southseas.com/d/southseas/media/PDF/DocFords_Captiva.pdf
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I'm still really surprised that they opened up where they did.  Their Rabbit Road restaurant was just about the closest to us of anything on Sanibel already.  However, during season it had an hour plus wait.  I also can't see how it's going to benefit the Harbourside Restaurant in any fashion...that said, it's one of the best developments that could have occurred.
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CaptivaBound

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It would be interesting to know what the rental agreement is between South Seas and Doc Ford's.  Clearly Doc Ford's will have an impact on food sales at the resort.  I wonder if the resort will still have the pool area open for dinner on weekends, as they have during our stay.  We have enjoyed having dinner on the porch with a group of 6 or 8.  We can hear each other, which is not easy at Doc Ford's on Rabbit Road.    

Also curious whether noise/music from Doc Ford's is going to negatively impact the Tennis Villas.  

Here's hoping the new Doc Ford's is great for hanging out at the bar.  The bar at the Flash is too small.  The food at the Mucky Duck is not very good.         


     
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DonFromSLC

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I think you have made some interesting observations CB. (And I think captiivated might agree with me). We have the greatest location. to eat on the island, that is the Pointe! If you had Doc Ford's menu and it was open to the public, we would have an hour wait to get a seat and you wouldn't be able to have a conversation with the person next to you (maybe). But, that is not how SSIR has decided to do it. Instead, the Pointe is not even open for dinner when we are there. Why? They restrict access to only those with amenities cards and the menu is mediocre, at best! I would love to be able to just walk over to the Pointe and have a "wonderful" dining experience, with all that implies! Will that ever happen?
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Don, you and CB "nailed it". 

I know with unequivocal ease the restaurants I like and the ones for which I have a lesser interest.  But, until your posts I never really searched my mind for the factor (priorities) determining that segmentation. Restaurant proximity and the recommendations of friends were not highest on the list.

My first criteria is panache.  The venue must be special in some or a few special ways.  Settings, views,  d├ęcor,...ambiance is primary. These qualities are difficult to duplicate locally but, almost every local has one restaurant with these qualities...you know it immediately, when you see it.

Next, but also important is the menu and the food quality along with the service. Price now enters the equation, it must be reasonably consistent with my primary considerations.

Finally, I dine out for the company.  I want wide table separation and a suppressed noise level so that I can appreciate the conversation with friends.  Occasionally, I find sitting at the bar is an un-expectantly good experience.

My least favorite venues are the typical Country Club troughs, universally poor food and service but the views usually superior. 

In conclusion, my favs on Captiva are The Pointe, The Lazy Flamingo (bar service) and Doc Fords (Sanibel). All this subject to change after reviewing the Captiva Doc Fords.




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DonFromSLC

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Well said Ed and I knew we were of like mind on this subject. I noticed you did not include The Green Flash on your list. We had great company and conversation the last time we ate there in May with you and Karol and we had a great view. But none of us thought the food was all that great. Strike out. Maybe it was what we ordered, our Grouper with Cafe de Paris sauce was very disappointing. I don't think the grouper was local or fresh.

BTW, I think you meant The Lazy (not Pink) Flamingo and I love that place also. Kind of "pedestrian" but still always a great experience. One of things we love about our new place on Pine Island is that there is a Lazy Flamingo just a short walk, kayak or bike ride away. And they cook the fish I catch superbly!
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captiivated

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Thanks Don, Changed my post to "Lazy" from "Pink" Flamingo.  Regarding the Green Flash, you're right, great views but unfulfilled potential.  Would like to try the Pine Island fare when we're there next year.
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CaptivaBound

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I agree about the Green Flash.  Time for them to do a "do over."  They have raised their prices, but not the quality of the food or presentation.  Their chef needs some inspiration.  

Actually, I was surprised how busy the Harbourside Grill outside was last season.  I wondered whether they were giving hotel guests restaurant credit at the Harbourside.  There seemed to be quite a few families with younger kids eating there, as we walked by.  Seems a pricey choice, but it was that or pizza on property at night.                  
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