Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday and Captiva Island Beach

We have a cold front on the way and the surf is starting to pick up. It was still hot today but is supposed to start to cool down tonight and be around 82 tomorrow. Hopefully the next few days there will be lower temps and humidity.

Spent some time again this afternoon on Captiva island, and after spending a little time on the beach, walked up to the Mucky Duck. If you visit Sanibel and Captiva Islands, you may want to make a stop, at what the locals call 'The Duck'.

The Mucky Duck is located on Captiva Island, at the end of Andy Rosse Lane, and is right on the beach. The Duck is a pub-style restaurant with large windows facing the water. It's a fun place to eat, with a great sunset view. You can eat inside or outside where you can also enjoy the sea breeze. If you aren't in the mood for a meal, you can go inside to get drinks or maybe some boiled shrimp & beer, to help you unwind, as the setting sun ends another perfect day.

Some pretty nice size waves today.

I saw no shells coming in. There were just a few small shells left at the high tide line.

Tonight dinner was shared with friends, first at the Sanibel Grill for appetizers and then on to McT's for, undoubtedly the best meal I've had on this island for a long time. Now don't get me wrong, I still have to say that The Timbers has always been my favorite place on the island to eat, for price and quality. But, I'm thinking that after the meal I had tonight, McT's may quickly move onto the top of my favorite list. They are having what they call a 'Crazy Crustacean Celebration through the whole month of October. Their Shrimp Entrees are $15 all month and there is a nightly special, which was $20 for a one pound Stone Crab Dinner. I noticed that some of the other nightly specials include, $20 all you can eat Snow Crab, $20 Florida Lobster Tail, $15 Maine Lobster Dinner, $15 all you can eat Rock Shrimp, $20 one pound King Crab, $15 Crab Cake Dinner, $15 all you can eat Peel 'n Eat Shrimp, etc., etc. I brought home an October calendar with all the specials listed, so we can plan the nights we want to go back. If you're here and want to know what the dinner special is, you could call

At those prices, you would expect to get average quality seafood, at best, but what we had was excellent! I usually take photos of my plate for the blog, as soon as the server puts it on the table. But, tonight it looked so good, I dove right in and didn't think about photos until we were finished. I only thought of it when we were laughing at the four piles of shells we had left on the table. I had a dinner salad, shrimp, baked potato and hot bread. The best shrimp I've had on the island. The others had Snow Crab Legs and Stone Crab Claws. By the way they were smacking their lips and asking for more, I'm sure they enjoyed their food, as well. It most probably won't be a good thing for us, but there is no doubt their season is starting off with a bang. I just hope we won't have to wait in line. Now that I think about it, since I was kind enough to tell you, maybe you would let me cut in front of you???? If you are here and want to find out what the specials are, just give them a call at 239-472-3161.

This is not a very appetizing view, but I'm sure you'll get the idea. The platter was licked clean. :-)


Snowbird said...

OK, you convinced me. I think that is where we are heading for dinner tonight!!

Pam said...

LOL Those empty plates and pile of empty crab shells says it all, Tootie! Wonderful post!!

Little Black Scrap Cat said...

We were on Captiva on Thursday and had lunch and cocktails at The Mucky Duck. Excellent food; friendly, happy servers; nice atmosphere; a very pleasant walk on the beach. I even found a perfect lace murex on the beach right in front of The Duck. So glad we went!!

La Dolce Vita said...

oh thanks for taking me to the beach! I will be back! those empty plates are a hoot!