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reebop

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I'm with all of you other than the Pointe has never been open for dinner when we've been down.  I used to be a fan of the the Green Flash but over the last three years or more, it has gone way down in food and service.  The bar is tiny, but at least there is one.

The Mucky Duck has been awful every time we've gone there.  Ford's can be congested, but for the most part it has been quite consistent.  Given the "food mill" it can be at times, that says a lot.  I've found the Sunshine Cafe to simply be a "fancy" extension of RC Otters with more no-see-ems.  I don't mind RC Otters.  It is what you expect it to be.  No more and no less.

The Key Lime Bistro is OK for breakfast or lunch but the experience is again more dependent on the company you're with that the place itself.  They have a mediocre bloody Mary and OK eggs benedict.  I'm not expecting much more.

The Sunset Grill is over priced with food that pretends to be gourmet and falls a bit short.  They've got a decent wine list at high prices and serve it at room temperature.  I'm not a snob, but when I go to a place that is snobby and order an over priced bottle of red wine they should at least live up to their own pretension and attempt to serve it if not somewhere close to cellar temp, at least lower than room temperature.

I still miss Captain Al's for all their faults.  Talk about a view, but then there is no better view than from our lanai at Plantation House.  With Fords being a quick drive away, it will give us a legitimate carry out option with parking during season and a place to go to during our off season October week at Harbourview.  I'm also excited about have a real bar to sit at.  That's something that has been missing for me.  When you're from Milwaukee, sitting at bar is a way of life.
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Reply with quote  #32 
reebop, Nice Summary.

Your respect for Milwaukee and Malibu bar flies is greatly appreciated.  Two of my favorites are the no longer available King Crowns lounge with piano music, dancing and Thom the bar tender and Captain Al's Bar with the steamed shrimp.  Of course the Lazy Flamingo bar with ring toss competition and a pitcher of Fosters is great fun.

Think the Captiva Doc Ford's three Rum Bars will compete.
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DonFromSLC

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So reebop, you brought up "gourmet" and no one has yet to mention "The Mad Hatter". We have driven by the place for years and have never tried until this past year to celebrate a special occasion. We thought that this was the best place we have eaten on the islands, bar none! The food was exceptional, the service unparalleled and extremely friendly and the atmosphere quiet and romantic. The view is quaint but not exceptional. However, this all comes at a price. Not a place for everyday eating unless you have more money than you know what to do with but definitely worth the splurge for a special occasion, IMHO. I think some will feel that it is way overpriced but that is clearly a matter of personal opinion about value for the buck.
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Reply with quote  #34 
I am just happy to see that I am not the only one that is not a Mucky Duck or Key Lime Bistro fan.  Both are way overrated.  Can't wait for Doc Ford's!
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CaptivaBound

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Don, thanks for the review of the Mad Hatter.  We too have not been there in years.  I looked at the menu on-line last season, but it didn't include prices.  At least one year recently we noted it was open for lunch.  We meant to go, but didn't.  We thought it would be a great view with great food.  This year we really enjoyed having lunch on the porch at the Old Captiva House.              
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DonFromSLC

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OK, so the dissing of the Mucky Duck raises another reason to eat at a particular place. Nostalgia. "What we always do" Routine. Etc.etc. Our very cherished time at South Seas would not be complete without at least one stop at the Sandbar for a Cadillac Margarita, a 40 minute walk up the beach as the sun retreats, playing the ring toss game, listening to "live" music while watching the sun go down, saying "Hi" to waitresses that have been there for 20 years, all for another lousy dinner at the Duck. Yep, the food is mediocre at best and the corny jokes never change but it is a tradition that we always look forward to and love!
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reebop

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That's what's all about.

I think it's one of the reasons why we all miss the old resort.  Because of the hurricane and the change that came with it, we lost just about all the things "we always did."  We lost family tradition, nostalgia and places where memories were created.

Our intervals are far from "free" vacations each year.  Our yearly fees add up.  I'm often asked why I'd want to go back to the same place every year.  Putting aside the uniqueness of where we go, the reason is familiarity and the continuity of experience.  Once the groceries are in the fridge, the suitcases are unpacked...we're on the lanai and it's as if we never left.

The changes at the resort took a significant portion of that continuity from us, and we were angry and grieving at the same time.  I think most of us are getting over that.  I don't like our weeks at PH like I used to, but at this point it's not so much the new resort as it is I'm older and peak season has lost it's appeal.  Our week in early October showed us the alternative...

Anne is less thrilled about the new Doc Ford's than I am.  I think it's for the reason Don states.  For us the drive to Rabbit Road has been part of the routine.  While we complain about the wait in season, it's been part of the tradition and there are good memories for us in that restaurant.  While I wasn't a big fan of the drive, I think in actuality we'll miss it.  I think at least once a trip we'll have to visit the old Ford's to maintain the continuity of the past and comfort of familiarity.
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DonFromSLC

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Very well stated reebop! So, we are now faced with one of the "big" questions in life. Do we fight inevitable change or to we embrace it? If I am honest about my life, sometimes I fight it and sometimes I embrace it with open arms! Why? I don't have a fu...ing clue! Can any of you help with this question?
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If Doc Ford's has free boat access at the Bayside Marina that's big.  We've had friends who want to come to the resort by boat for lunch or dinner, but in the past it's been either $50 to moor or not permitted.  It would be a destination for boaters, and closer than Cabbage Key.  Smart move.         
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ENJOY! All ye RWW fans.


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Just got back from our week in Plantation House. The weather for the most part was great after we got past 3 full days of torrential rain. The resort was quiet but staff was friendly and helpful. I was surprised that the pool bar is only open on Fridays and Saturdays other days you have to wait for the lone wait staff to come by. We loved Doc Fords on property ate there 2'xs and also at Sanibel one night. hardly any boats around only one or two in the yacht harbor, Lots of dolphin and birds. Though getting back to the birds the damn sea gulls were totaly annoying at the pool. I really don't like swiming with them.
My son in law has a picture of someone catching a baby hammerhead on the  T dock. if i figure out how to upload pic to this site i will.  Can't wait to go back next year again.! Only 364 days to wait.
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beachlvr

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Reply with quote  #42 
when did they change the pools to saline/clorhine? it was so nice not to smell like clorax!
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CaptivaBound

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Thanks for the update, Beachlvr.  Anything new at the PH?  Did it seem empty or full?
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beachlvr

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Every unit was taken. Which was nice  the resort itself was quiet. No everything is the same nothing new .I think we all can agree that the bed in the master bedroom has caused more black and blues with the design of it. I think the room is to small to have a footboard like that. How do I post pics on here I am trying to figure it out.
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DonFromSLC

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To attach a picture, chose the "reply" under the last message on the right side (not "add reply") and then at the bottom of the new message, you will see an option to "attach files". Select that option and navigate to the picture (pictures) you want to upload. I think you can do the same thing by selecting "more reply options" next to "add reply".
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