Last Sunday afternoon we ventured out to watch the Patriots game at the Lazy Flamingo. Casual seafood dining at this nautical themed restaurant and bar gives you a true taste of local island eats and atmosphere. The Lazy Flamingo Inc. owns three restaurants, two of them on Sanibel island, one just down the street from our condo located at 1036 Periwinkle Way.Surrounded by large green shrubs and trees, the establishment is set back from the street but you can't miss the bright pastel pink exterior with ocean blue trim. Walkways lined with plastic flamingos and nautical ropes guide you inside to a space reminiscent of the lower decks of a ship. Inside, large porthole windows are surrounded by dark wooden walls and ceilings flanked with metal clapboards, heavy nautical rope, tropical themed beer advertisements and marine life accents. Tricia, Dave and myself shared a couple pitchers of beer. We started off with locally brewed Key West Ale and later moved onto our beloved Yuengling. Pitchers ran about $9 on average, which is not a bad deal.While we watched Football and cheered on our boys I snacked on Conch Fritters ($6.99) (pronounced KONK!) just like hush puppies but they're full of queen conch, diced vegetables and served with a side of hot sauce. A generous portion, these bad boys were served warm with a golden brown crispy fried shell, inside a bite of sofy chewy bread laced with tangy conch, carrots and celery. The table shared 3 baskets of wings, all $8.99 a pop. We ordered your standard Buffalo Wings, as well as Chinese style sweet and tart Teriyaki Wings, and my favorite the Teri-Hots. All wings were served with celery and blue cheese, of course. That's a master carving job if I ever saw one! The service here was prompt, waitresses were friendly and the Halloween decor was plentiful.
I'd definitely recommend hitting up the Lazy Flamingo if you're spending time on Sanibel. While I didn't get to sample much of the menu, the atmosphere, pitchers of beer and conch fritters are reason enough for me.