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New to the forums - and a total shot in the dark here.. but any guidance for the dining options on NORTH Captiva Island?  This is the very remote, isolated island north of Sanibel/Captiva proper.  Accessible only by ferry and and car-free island.  There are very few dining options (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g6537588-North_Captiva_Island_Florida.html) and while we plan to shop/pack in 90% of our groceries for our rental, it would be nice to be able to not have to cook a night or two :)   All of the restaraunts seem like total gluten shacks and cc horrors.. so hoping someone has first hand experience and might be able to say "xxx will make you xxx upon request" or "I dined at xxxx with some substitutions without any problems".   We are fully prepared to try and wing it - - or go completely without if need be though.  TIA!

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New to the forums - and a total shot in the dark here.. but any guidance for the dining options on NORTH Captiva Island?  This is the very remote, isolated island north of Sanibel/Captiva proper.  Accessible only by ferry and and car-free island.  There are very few dining options (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g6537588-North_Captiva_Island_Florida.html) and while we plan to shop/pack in 90% of our groceries for our rental, it would be nice to be able to not have to cook a night or two :)   All of the restaraunts seem like total gluten shacks and cc horrors.. so hoping someone has first hand experience and might be able to say "xxx will make you xxx upon request" or "I dined at xxxx with some substitutions without any problems".   We are fully prepared to try and wing it - - or go completely without if need be though.  TIA!

Hi, just diagnosed 3 months ago. My wife and I ate at Matzaluna I had chicken Parm. it was good but they don't use bread crumbs. Island cow for breakfast eggs bacon and fruit. We also ate a cheeseburger cheeseburger, they have Gluten free hamburger rolls. All 3 are on Sanibel. No ill effect for me. Of course,  I made sure my server understood the importance of my food preparation. We stayed away from Captiva for Dining because  they did't seem to have gluten-free menus. My wife called the Mucky Duck but they didn't sound to confident that they could accomidate me, so we passed. It was a shame, we married on the beach in Captiva years ago and she wanted to eat there.

Other nights we ate in CapeCoral and FT Meyers. Outback had the best steak and understood the severity of my disease. We ate our breakfast and lunches in the condo except for the one breakfast at the Island Cow. Good Luck, hope this helps!

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Great info - thank you!   We are however staying exclusively on North Captiva, so will not be traveling to Sanibel/Captiva proper to take advantage of the places you recommend.  I expect that we'll be cooking/grilling most of our meals at the rental but one can hope..!

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Have you tried the Find Me Glutenfree website? Also, higher end places usually do a better job. So check with them

Thank you - yes FMGF has options for Captiva and Sanibel, but not North Captiva Island. :(   We will definitely have conversations with kitchen staff and navigate as needed at the limited number of restaurants on the island, if choose to go that route.  Was just hoping for personal experiences, but given the island's remoteness, knew it was not likely to find like-minded diners with good experiences.  We'll just do our best while we are there and report back!

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