Restaurants

Gecko’s Grill & Pub: Great Food, Great Spirits, Great Fun!

By | February 20, 2012

Gecko’s Grill & Pub has been a favorite for locals and tourists alike since 1992!  Whether out on your own, with your family or joining a group of friends, Gecko’s Grill & Pubs are the perfect place to relax and enjoy the camaraderie of a favorite neighborhood grill and sports bar.

Serving lunch, dinner and a complete late night menu, Gecko’s features American pub food with a gourmet twist, nightly chef’s specials and a full bar featuring 2-4-1 Happy Hour drinks ALL day EVERY day with the coldest beer and the smoothest spirits…not to mention the friendliest bar and wait staff around.

With lots of televisions and the latest satellite and sound systems to watch your favorite sporting event, Gecko’s is open 7 days a week in 5 convenient locations. For hours and locations of the Gecko’s nearest you check out www.geckosgrill.com or find them on Facebook Gecko’s Grill & Pub – Landings * Gecko’s Grill & Pub – Hillview * Gecko’s Grill & Pub – Clark Rd. * Gecko’s Grill & Pub – SR 64 * Gecko’s Grill & Pub – SR 70

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O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill at Island Park in Sarasota

By | November 5, 2011

Welcome to our waterfront tiki bar complete with a huge palm-frond covered deck and waterfront tiki bar! O’Leary’s has been around for years and is situated right on Sarasota Bay overlooking the water on Island Park in Sarasota. The restaurant is quite casual with window service only. It has waterfront picnic tables and is dog-friendly.

O’Leary’s features a guitar player (at least every time we go there) singing beach tunes. The energy and setting is great, the beer and wine is priced ok, and the food is, well, what you’d expect for window service. O’Leary’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and dinners usually run between $6-12. A pitcher of domestic beer is around $9. They have a full bar too.

We love O’Leary’s for its casual, waterfront atmosphere and because it is, unfortunately, one of the few remaining waterfront restaurants still around. Don’t forget, many people bring their dogs because it is very dog-friendly, so come and walk Island Park and settle in for some tunes at O’Leary’s, enjoy some average food and a great Sarasota waterfront lifestyle-if only for an hour or so. Oh yeah, you can come by boat as well but docking is limited and is adjacent to Enticer Watersports where they rent jet-ski’s and power boats, etc. O’Leary’s is calling your name and is located at 5 Bayfront Dr. on Island Park near Marina Jack’s in Sarasota.

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Best Raw Bar in Sarasota

By | October 15, 2011


If you are in the mood for some delicious oysters, shrimp, or mussels do I have the spot for you… Monks Steamer Bar located in Sarasota’s Gulf Gate area (the corner of Superior and Gulf Gate Drive). This locally owned pub specializes in serving up oysters any way you like em. My favorite are the Monkefellas, which is their version of the Oysters Rockefeller.

The raw bar sits in the middle of the huge horse-shoe shaped bar so patrons can chat with the always friendly staff. There are pool table, lots of TV’s always showing various sporting events, and even a old fashion juke box so that you can play your favorite tunes. Monks is open every evening and is an over 21 establishment.

They offer their seafood wholesale, so if you would like to take home the delicious seafood stop in and pick some up for your next party. If you are on the hunt for a true local Sarasota hang-out look no further!

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Waterfront Dining on the Manatee River

By | October 4, 2011

With the arrival of cooler fall temperatures we decided to head to a waterfront restaurant with outdoor dining this weekend. The Riverhouse Reef & Grill in Palmetto provided the perfect spot. Located on the north side of the Manatee River in the Regatta Pointe Marina in Palmetto, this place had everything we were looking for: outdoor tables on the dock overlooking the river, great fresh seafood, attentive service and one beautiful sunset!

The dining room at the Riverhouse has an aquatic-modern motif, but what makes it distinct is an interior that opens completely to the waterfront, bringing the outside in. Every table offers a view of sensational sunsets, glimpses of ocean life and yachts harbored in the anchorage.

They are open for lunch and dinner. The dinner menu had a good variety of choices with an emphasis on fresh fish prepared a number of ways with several sauces/salsas to choose from. We started with the Crab & Lobster Corn Chowder which was creamy and loaded with seafood. I ordered the mussels which were prepared in a light wine, lemon and garlic broth with fresh tomatoes and basil and they were cooked to perfection. My husband ordered grilled redfish with tropical salsa. It was excellent. Even though it was a busy night our server Theresa was very attentive.

You can access the restaurant by boat or car. Personally I loved the scenic view as we walked down the dock, but for customers who need assistance, a chauffeur in a golf cart makes regular trips back and forth from the roundabout in the parking lot to the dining area. Boaters can access the Riverhouse though the Regatta Pointe Marina opening near marker 19, just west of the Green Bridge. Slips are free, plentiful and readily available around the Riverhouse for restaurant guests.

The Riverhouse has an upstairs hall for banquets and weddings and is large enough to accommodate 350 people. The elevated view of the Manatee River is a breathtaking backdrop for any event. It just so happened that a wedding reception was being held there while we dined and photographs were being taken overlooking the water at sunset. I can’t imagine a more beautiful setting.

We will definitely visit the Riverhouse Reef & Grill again and highly recommend it. Just one more thing to love about living in the Sarasota/Bradenton area!

For more information check out their website: www.riverhousereef.com

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Great New Pub in Sarasota

By | August 29, 2011

I had heard through the grapevine that Jimmy’s Sand Trap had the best pastrami sandwich in town and since my husband has been on a quest to find just that, we stopped in there for lunch recently. Marty confirmed that it is the best he’s had in Sarasota. I ordered a BLT which was loaded with Applewood smoked bacon, crisp lettuce and nicely ripe tomatoes. Each sandwich comes with a Half-Sour pickle and one side. The menu has a wide variety of choices and ours were delicious. They have a selection of over 100 beers to choose from on draft and in bottles including many microbrews as well as a full bar. Daily happy hour is from 4-7pm.

One thing I particularly liked about the place was the pub atmosphere without the smoke (it is a non-smoking establishment). The decor is tastefully golf themed and seating is comfortable. Jimmy’s is located in the shopping center in the southeast corner of Webber and Beneva and is open for lunch and dinner during the week and for dinner on Saturdays.

If you’re looking for a great spot for a casual lunch or dinner, owner Jimmy Galanis will warmly welcome you and serve up a great meal. And if you, like Marty, have been looking for the best pastrami sandwich, you should definitely give Jimmy’s Sand Trap a try.

 

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New Waterfront Dining in Bradenton

By | July 23, 2011

We were happy to discover a new restaurant located right on the bank of the Manatee River in Bradenton. Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar has just been open a couple of weeks but judging by the crowd last night, people have already discovered this great spot for dining or just having a drink.

There is a dining area under cover with tables around a large bar as well as outside tables with umbrellas. Almost all of the seats have a view of the water. They are well prepared if the occasional rain shower rolls in as the restaurant has roll down plastic walls with windows to keep you dry. Even in the heat of the afternoon we were kept cool with the many fans fitted with misters. 

They are open for lunch and dinner and the menu has lots of variety so there is something for everyone. During happy hour (3-6pm) there are drink specials and bar bites at very reasonable prices. The atmosphere is very relaxed…it was like being on vacation for an afternoon!

Adjacent to the restaurant is a thatched roof tiki hut with another bar and lots of seating. They maximized the water views with bar/railing and stools all along the riverfront. If you’re up for an activity, there is a sand volleyball court and they have “cornhole” games set up between the restaurant and bar. And for the sports fan there are a number of big screen tv’s mounted in the tiki hut. Live bands perform every evening. It’s just a fun place so check it out if you’re in the area…you won’t be disappointed!

The location is just north of SR64 (aka Manatee Avenue) on 7th Street East next to the Manatee Landings Marina. If you prefer to come by boat they are at MM24 and have plenty of docking space.

 

 

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Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

By | July 20, 2011

Buffet Table at Polo GrilleIn Cajun, that means ‘let the good times roll’ – and that’s definitely what happened this weekend at Polo Grill’s 4th annual Shrimp Boil! I’ll be honest, I went for the food – there’s nothing like Billeaud’s boudin and fresh shrimp to get me rolling – but it was the ambiance that really made this a night to remember.

Featuring newspaper-lined tables, dollar drafts, and live music from the Gumbo Boogie Band – where they found a real, live, Louisiana cajun band I’ll never know – the normally restrained restaurant was transformed into a rollin’, trollin’, shrimp-boilin’ good time.
 

 

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Mar Vista Restaurant on Longboat Key

By | July 11, 2011

Outdoor dining is great anytime of the year and we were reminded this weekend while on Longboat Key. We stopped in at Mar Vista which is on the north end of the key on Broadway just before you cross the bridge to Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island. This restaurant is one of three owned by Ed Chiles (son of our former Governor Lawton Chiles) which include the Sandbar in Anna Maria and the Beach House in Bradenton Beach. All are waterfront locations but Mar Vista is the only one on the Bay side of the Key.

At Mar Vista you can dine inside which is an old home dating back to the early 1900’s or outside either on the patio or under the shade trees. We opted for the latter as there is a great view of the water from there and fans to keep you cool.  I ordered one of the daily specials which was a Caribbean Grouper Wrap with a side of fruit which was wonderful and Marty had the Flounder Poboy; both were fresh and tasty. Seafood is their specialty but they have plenty of variety on the menu including tropical drinks if you’re in that vacation state of mind.

If you’re on Longboat Key and looking for a great casual spot for lunch or dinner check them out: http://marvista.groupersandwich.com/

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Siesta Key – Lunch at The Hub

By | June 19, 2011

Our first dining experience as Siesta Key summer residents was at The HubThe Hub is located in the Siesta Key Village at the corner of Canal and Ocean Blvd.

  We sat outside on their large porch overlooking the Village.  It was fun to watch all the happenings in the Village while we listened to live music performed by an acoustic guitar player.  Almost immediately we were swept into the relaxed feel you get on Siesta Key.

The menu was filled with many delicious choices; it was tough decision but in the end I chose the fish tacos and Joe chose the chicken burrito. Both were served with black beans and rice and both were out of this world!  If you are looking for a great meal and atmosphere stop in at The Hub, you will not be disappointed!!

For more information and menus visit The Hub’s website at http://www.thehubsiestakey.com/

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Nancy’s Bar-B-Q

By | May 27, 2011

Southern Comfort Foods…Southern Hospitality…Southern “Old Florida” Charm! Dine in…Take Out. Sweet Tea…Cold Beer and Bar-B-Q. “It’s a Sarasota thing”.

Sandwiches, Ribs, Chicken, Beef Brisket and Pork… slow cooked for hours allowing spices and smoke to permeate and tenderize the meat. In addition to Nancy’s time-tested dry rub, there are two sauces–sweat or spicy…you decide. I suggest you try both!

Side dishes include…but not limited to…Beans, of course, slaw, roasted mixed veggies or several other ‘creative’ choices. Dessert available…to put closer to your dining experience. Prices start at $5.50…

Bon Appetit!

Nancy’s Bar-B-Q
Downtown Sarasota
301 S. Pineapple (Corner of Pineapple @ Ringling)
Open Monday thru Saturday 11:30 AM
941/266.2271

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