SANIBEL ISLAND, FL
BLAST TO THE PAST - THE BUBBLE ROOM
Sanibel Island, FL truly holds a special place in my heart. My family and I visit every year, and I have been visiting for family vacations ever since I was a baby. I have created so many wonderful memories with my family here, and after visiting so many times we definitely have our favorite places to eat. One of the places we always visit is a restaurant called The Bubble Room, which is actually located on Captiva Island - a smaller island about a 30 minute drive away from Sanibel. The Bubble Room is one of the most charming and fun places to eat that I've been to and is definitely an experience with its retro and funky decor. All the waiters are also called Bubble Scouts who dress up in boy scout-like uniforms with funny hats and accessories. It's a place that offers tons of fun photo opps, as well as great food. Here are some of my favorite orders and must haves if you choose to take a visit.
A Truly Retro Feel
As mentioned above, The Bubble Room's decor is super retro and funky. They even have different themed rooms with vintage decor to match - like a Christmas themed room with tons of Santas, reindeer, and Christmas lights. There is also a small train that goes around the entire ceiling of the restaurant that whistles! However, the most iconic part of the design is definitely the Bubble Lights, which are vintage Christmas lights with colorful bubbles rising up inside them, placed all around the restaurant - hence the name of the establishment, The Bubble Room. The decor is so much fun and truly transports you to another time to offer guests a memorable and photo-worthy dining experience.
Best Plates to Order
Once you are seated by your Bubble Scout, there are tons of great items to order on the menu. My family and I always order the Carolina Moons, which is an appetizer of homemade fried potato chips covered in melted American cheese and bacon with sides of sour cream and ketchup for dipping. Definitely not the healthiest dish, but it is something I would recommend treating the table to if you allow yourself to refrain from counting your calories for the day.
For entrées, they have a variety of sandwiches, salads, and soups to choose from. The food overall is pretty simple, but is always delicious. My favorites to order are a Fresh Grouper Sandwich or the Shrimp Po Boy because both use fresh Florida seafood that you just can't beat. I also always get a Coca Cola in a glass bottle with a straw for a refreshing treat (pictured on the left).
I also recommend going to The Bubble Room for lunch over dinner because they serve relatively similar items for dinner but at a higher price (for example, the Grouper Sandwich becomes a Grouper Filet - basically the same dish but for more). Also keep in mind that they close from 3PM - 4:30PM to prepare for the dinner rush in the middle of the day. If you go to The Bubble Room at the height of summer vacation season, you can expect to wait about 30 minutes for a table, but it's definitely worth it for the dining experience you receive.
Let Them Eat Cake
Even though the food at The Bubble Room is delicious, the dessert, specifically the cake, is truly the star of the show. All the cake recipes were created by the owner of The Bubble Room and have been a staple of the restaurant since its opening in 1979. The cake is so good that even if my family and I don't sit down to eat at the restaurant for a full meal, we still make it a point every trip to stop in and get some slices of cake to go. If you do order dessert after you eat your meal, your Bubble Scout will come to your table with the huge slices of cake on a platter and explain all the different flavors to you. My favorites are the Orange Crunch Cake (pictured on the right), the Chocolate Cake, and the French Chocolate Torte. Trust me when I say that you want to save room for dessert. Overall, the Bubble Room is a great place to go with family and friends to treat yourself to some delicious food while on vacation and take a little blast to the past!