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Amy Visco is the executive chef at Sunset Grill on Sanibel.
Amy Visco is the executive chef at Sunset Grill on Sanibel. / The News-Press file photo

Q: Which Sanibel restaurant(s) would you recommend for wifeís birthday dinner (plus three teen kids)?

A: Iím assuming your teens are well-mannered and youíre looking for something special, so letís start with Sweet Melissaís (1625 Periwinkle Way; 472-1956; sweetmelissascafe.com), where rabbit pate shares a menu with barbecued shrimp Ė a little something for everyone.

If your kids arenít so adventurous check out Sunset Grill (6536 Pine Ave.; 472-2333; sunsetgrillsanibel.com), where they can have chicken and grouper fingers, while you and the wife feast on cioppino and duck confit. Or go all out (and Gulf-front) at The Mad Hatter (6467 Sanibel-Captiva Road; 472-0033; madhatterrestaurant.com). I hear the Hatter has a new chef and is tasting better then ever Ė truffle-encrusted dayboat scallops anyone? Your kids will find something there, Iím sure.

William H.

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