Doc Ford's

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Doc Ford's

Not your ordinary sports bar.

975 Rabbit Road
Sanibel, FL 33957

(239) 233-8837

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Additional Information Welcome to Doc Ford’s

Before I started writing novels, I used to sell fish right here where you’re sitting -well, in this building, anyway.


For more than 12 years, I was a light-tackle fishing guide just down the road at Tarpon Bay Marina. I did more than 3,000 charters; spent 300 days a year boating these waters. When my clients chose not to keep what they’d caught, I’d load the fish in my pickup, tap on the back door of this place, and ask the chef if he was in a buying mood.

I love the symmetry of that; I helped provide seafood here way back in the 1970’s, and now, because I’ve joined this excellent tea of restaurateurs and staff, I have the opportunity to play a small role in providing fresh fish here once again.

So welcome to Doc Ford’s. Just as my novels are inspired by these islands, my days on the water, and the people I came to know, the spirit of this fine sports bar was inspired by the marine biologist who is the main character of those novels.

Doc Ford is the baseball-loving, tropical adventurer who - not so surprisingly - has spent a lot of time in the same far flung places that I wrote about when I was monthly columnist for Places such as Cuba, Cambodia, south Africa, Australia, Vietnam, Borneo, and all over South and Central America. It was while traveling for that I came to
knowand love the superb cuisine of the rural tropics.

I loved the sauces, the spices, and the passion that went into the food preparation. We hope that spirit is part of Doc Ford’s SanibelRumBar and Grille, too. But the real hearts, heads and souls behind this establishment, though, aren’t fictional. They are real people; people savvy enough to envision a whole new concept in bars. “A rum bar? What’s a rum bar?” We were asked.

They are people creative enough to design an entirely different kind of sports bar concept. “You’re gonna have gourmet finger foods? Sports bars don’t serve great food,”we were told.
Well, this one does.

So credit Marty and Brenda Harrity, Mark and Heidi Marinello, and Jean Baer, along with Chef Greg Nelson for having the vision, and then finding the energy, taste and chutzpah to make that vision reality. Being with them reminds me of my old marina family, back when I was a fishing guide at Tarpon Bay. They’re quirky and fun and gifted. They’ve made it work, and I’m proud to have played a small part.

--Randy Wayne White 12/07

Open 7 Days 11 - Close

At Doc Ford's we take pride in our food and it shows. Everything is made daily using only the freshest produce, meats and seafood.

With our convenient combined menu, all of our delicious lunch and dinner items are available from 11am until closing. Whether you're in the mood for cedar plank salmon topped with a mango chipotle glaze at noon, or a late-night marinated grilled chicken sandwich washed down with a tropical drink - your wish is our command!

In addition to our great menu, we offer a variety of tasty daily specials from our very own Chef Greg. Our full menu is available "to go." Call us & we'll have your order ready for pick up.

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