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Sanibel's Sweet Melissa Cafe Ranked 5th in South Florida's Top 10 Restaurants!

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South Florida has a whole lot to offer. With its balmy temperatures that fluctuate between 68.5 and 82.7 degrees Fahrenheit year-round and its pristine sandy beaches, it's no wonder that it's a top travel destination. But when you stay at our vacation condos for rent, you'll get a whole lot more than just sun and sand. Here in Sanibel, we have a ton of tasty grub to offer, too.

Sanibel fishing simply can't be beat, and it's no surprise that our local restaurants are acclaimed for their seafood. One of the best has to be Sweet Melissa's Cafe, which was just named by USA Today as one of the top 10 restaurants in all of South Florida.

In fact, Sweet Melissa's came in at number five. Chef Melissa Talmage makes an effort to combine seasonal, fresh ingredients in eclectic, surprising new ways. She takes care to use all of that amazing Sanibel seafood, as well as local produce, in many of her dishes.

Sweet Melissa's menus include contemporary American classics with new (yet approachable) twists that both local and visiting diners will love. Her beautifully plated dishes are complemented by artisanal craft cocktails and decadent desserts (including their homemade "lime-elo" sorbet).

Chef Talmage is elated to be recognized for how far the restaurant has come in the past seven years.

She told The Sanibel-Captiva Islander, "I am so proud of our entire team. It truly is a group effort to create an unforgettable culinary experience every single day, and we all are honored to be placed among the ranks of South Florida's great chefs and restaurants. I believe our success can be attributed to our unique approach to the traditional dining experience. I want all of our guests to feel like I'm coming to their house for that night and that I'm cooking just for them, in a laid back, fun, relaxed atmosphere."

The honor from USA Today is just one of many. Sweet Melissa's has received countless accolades from every major Southwest Florida publication. Chef Talmage was awarded first place for Best Appetizer at the 2010 Sanibel Island Taste of the Island. And she was selected as the "Best Chef For a Chef" Vintner Dinner at the Southwest Florida Wine and Food Festival. Even the restaurant reservation platform Opentable has recognized Sweet Melissa's for its achievements in food, service, and overall experience.

While there are tons of amazing eateries to try when you stay at our vacation condos for rent, Sweet Melissa's is undoubtedly one of the best. Be sure to check out their website to get a taste of the menu and make a reservation during your trip.

If all this talk of delicious Sanibel food has whet your appetite, it's never to early to book your vacation condos for rent! To get started on planning your getaway, contact Sanibel Arms today.

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