In a restaurant on an island just off the Floridian Gulf Coast, miles away from Walt Disney World, there is a unique collection. It’s one part antique toys, one part Hollywood memorabilia, one part Christmas and One Part Disney. Where can you find this very unique mix of décor? The Bubble Room, located on Captiva Island. And to note: the Staff at the Bubble room was told I was going to do a review AFTER the meal was eaten and the bill was paid so this is an unbiased review of a restaurant I’ve been visiting for over nine years!
The Bubble room was started in 1979 in the front room of the Farqhaurson family home. As the restaurant became more popular it grew until it filled the entire house creating a winding floor plan with three rooms full to the brim with old photographs, moving trains, toys from the 1930’s and 1940’s including some very early Disney merchandize. The front room has been converted into a year round Santa’s workshop meaning “it’s always Christmas in the Bubble Room”.
The staff members are called Bubble Scouts and they wear badges sent by guests from across the country and the music is all from the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s. The Menu includes items like “Marilyn Mignon” steaks, “Duck Ellington”, you guessed it, duck, and “Charlie Chaplin Chops”. But the real stars of the meal show are the award-winning cakes, like the Orange Crunch Cake. I try to go once a visit often go just to get the desserts, and each piece of cake is a wedge six inches high and 3 inches deep. The food can get a little bit pricey but once there you can take the time to play find the Disney stuff (or even a pretty fantastic game of eye-spy with the little ones).
So if you ever find yourself on Sanibel Island or its sister island of Captiva take the time to visit the Bubble Room!