such a joy to us that we try to eat every day, and we get our share of dinner
invitations from people who also like to eat.
particular invitation, and the restaurant where we went, was one of the most
unique dining experiences we have had in a Very. Long. Time.
to The Bubble Room!
Our route from Naples to
Captiva Island (Photo courtesy of
We were visiting family in
Naples, Florida and our new friend, Linda invited us to dinner. "We'll go to
Fort Meyers. No problem, I'll drive!" Linda gleefully smiled.
"Fort Meyers," I whispered
to Billy. "How far is that? Just for dinner?"
"Let's go!" Billy urged.
Crossing over the Gulf
of Mexico to Sanibel Island
I had been doing all the
driving with our rental car and this was a real treat to have someone else be
our chauffeur for the night. The ride was so peaceful, it about lulled me to
begins tilting to the horizon
The sky was blue, the sun
reflected in the calm waters and poofy clouds drifted above us. We had been
driving for over an hour, and Billy and I were beginning to wonder where we were
going. Having already passed through Fort Meyers, Linda was mysterious as to the
name of the place she was taking us, but assured us we would enjoy the ride
through Sanibel Island.
The Bubble Room? What the --!?
Having lived in Fort Meyers and quite
familiar with Sanibel, Linda chatted about the different stores, the homes, and
the history of the place while we drove through what looked like a slice of life
from the 1950's.
"If you want to go shopping for food or
anything significant, you must travel back to Fort Meyers. A large grocery chain
wanted to build their store here for the convenience of the residents, but they
voted it down. They like it tiny and undisturbed. This is the real
we arrived and parked in this midget sized gravel parking lot that held maybe a
dozen cars. Off to my right was this - um - tiny pink and green striped
clapboard building and another with painted bubbles on it.
Entrance to The Bubble Room - could this
place have anything good to eat?
I don't know how well we kept our surprise to
ourselves, but I think Linda was trying to read our faces. We were entering a
Disneyland cartoon fantasy complete with flamingo colored trellises, a rainbow bridge and vintage
cars painted on the front.
Stepping through the tiny doorway we were
"forced" to walk past these huge desserts. Triple layered cakes, puddings, and
more bulged under icing, fresh fruits, caramel sauce and whipping cream.
Romantic table for two
We had some time before our table was ready
so Linda encouraged us to take a look around. We all spread out in different
directions. There were hallways, pocket-sized rooms, and rooms with seemingly no
It's Christmas Day every day at The Bubble
Apparently, the Christmas theme is a mainstay
and seemed a bit odd at first. That is, until our own private elf servers came
up to us at our table to introduce themselves, complete with tights, animal
ears, and funny hats or makeup. What a fun place to work!
Stairways, teeny halls, banisters and all
the walls were filled with vintage everything!
Everywhere I looked there was something to
catch the eye. Puppets, a real toy train that circled throughout the restaurant
at ceiling level, old vintage photos of movie stars, doll houses, mirrors,
The Bogey and Bacall Wall
This was our first visit, but I imagine since
this was "Old Florida" at its historical best, one could settle in and get the
full flavor over time.
Old time puppets
Marionettes were strung from false ceilings,
mirrors were placed anywhere there might be a spare place.
Two (vintage?) love birds!
We had to do it. We sat in the Bubble Room
Boat in the Tunnel of Love and Linda snapped our photo!
Well, this was madness and we were getting
A couple sitting at the honeymoon table
Ceilings were shellacked with glistening
photos, stuffed fish hung from the walls, chandeliers were placed above tables,
and there were doors that led...?? But Elves came and went from them.
Elves came, wished us Merry Christmas and
took our food orders. The toy train circled the ceiling in our dining room. A
hot basket of some of the very best Bubble Breads we have ever tasted arrived on
Portions were huge. One of the Bubble Room
slogans is that you will never leave hungry. Even though I did what I could to
make a dent into my duck dinner, I had left overs for the next two days!
Entrees had names like Moon over Miami, The
Louis Armstrong, Smoke gets in your eyes, Dubble Bubble Ham Burger, Dem bones… Dem
Bones and Beignety Goodman.
Since we all knew we were taking food home,
we went ahead and ordered dessert -- already packaged to go. A completely common
Souvenir Gift Shoppe
We rolled off our dinner seats and back out
into the gravel parking lot. To work our dinners off a bit, we took a look
inside the gift shoppe which displayed unique and unusual gifts, memories of
your time at the Bubble Room! Psst! They even have their cook book for sale! A
Yup. It's worth going and having this
memorable dining experience. It is unusual, unique, entertaining and the food is
Bubble Room, Open for lunch and
dinner, 15001 Captiva Drive, Captiva
Island, Florida 33924 Tele: 1.239.472.5558 Website:
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