Restaurants

Cedar Reef Fish Camp in Venice and Now in Bradenton

By | June 7, 2013

Cedar Reef Fish CampCedar Reef Fish Camp just opened a second location in the Twelve Oaks Plaza in Bradenton taking over the space previously occupied by Gio. They have been in Venice for several years. We had a chance to check out the new location recently and were happy to find another great spot for fresh fish and seafood in town.

We started off with Calamari Fries and Oysters Rockefeller followed by the catch of the day which was Red Snapper and Tilapia Florentine. Both dishes were well prepared and couldn’t have been fresher.

The ambiance is casual and service was friendly and attentive. If you’re in the mood for some of south Florida’s freshest catch give them a try.

For the menu and more information visit their website at www.cedarreef.com.

 

 

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The Blue Marlin Grill in Bradenton Beach

By | June 1, 2013

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We recently attended the Food and Wine on Pine event on Anna Maria Island. Many of the local restaurants were there serving some of their specialty dishes. Our favorite from that day was the Shrimp & Grits from the Blue Marlin Grill in Bradenton Beach so this weekend we decided to have dinner there.

 

The Blue Marlin is located in an original 1920’s cottage on historic Bridge Street Blue Marlin Grill Interiorwhere the first bridge to Anna Maria Island was located.  Nautical ship-lamps provide cozy lighting at their beer & wine bar.  The outdoor courtyard, “The Trap Yard”, offers live music on the weekends, and a great covered deck.

Their specialty is serving the fish that is caught each day…on Sunday that was red snapper. They have other items on the menu but you can’t go wrong with the fresh fish. You can choose from several preparations and I can recommend the picata which was a lemon butter sauce with capers. The entree was served with a side of black-eyed peas and rice with steamed fresh vegetables. All of the food was perfectly seasoned and delicious.

Bridge Street is a great spot to visit local shops, walk to the city pier, see the city’s clock tower or play mini-golf just down the street.

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Shore Diner on St Armand’s Circle

By | May 31, 2013

Shore SignAs our evening  unfolded in our casual stroll along St Armands Circle, we decided to grab a quick bite to eat and I came upon Shore Diner at 465 John Ringling Blvd.  As many times as we have visited the Circle, I never noticed this restaurant on the  2nd floor from the sidewalk view .  Intrigued by the outdoor atmosphere, we decided to check the menu first, then settled into the bar area just for drinks and a few appetizers.  What a pleasant surprise and a nice change of pace.

Shore DinerThis ultra modern, hip  and  contemporary décor plus cool vibe to this establishment truly captivates you into thinking you could be sitting in South Beach.  As local residents ourselves, for moment we actually felt like we were on vacation.  From their eclectic menu with a multitude of choices,  we ordered the kung pao calamari along with the tuna tartare..both superb and in turn shared a corn & crab chowder that was simply out of this world!  My husband and I decided that this will be our next place to dine for either a lunch or dinner on our next visit to  St Armand’s Circle.  Be sure to give it a try on your next visit to Sarasota.

 

 

 

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Smack Restaurant in Sarasota

By | May 2, 2013

 

Today, at the corner of Osprey Avenue and Main Street, the Sun Trust Bank rises above where once stood Sarasota’s favorite drive-in burger spot; the Smack Restaurant.

Many a teenager cruised through there in their hot rods, businessmen had lunch there, singles met, and families came in for the great prices. Anyone for a giant Smackburger?

Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive!

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Sun Garden Cafe on Siesta Key

By | April 24, 2013

Sun Garden Cafe

Sun Garden CafeOff the beaten path on Siesta Key, the Sun Garden Cafe is a casual garden restaurant. The menu features locally grown produce, fish caught in our local waters, farm fresh eggs and artisan foods from around the world.

Sarasota has voted Sun Garden BEST BREAKFAST, BEST LUNCH, BEST OUTDOOR DINING & BEST BACON for 4 years straight! Kick back with banana pancakes or kick it up with a Sun Garden original omelet or savor the delectable treats baked fresh in their bakery everyday. Either way, you’re sure to find paradise…..

Located at 210 Avenida Madera they are open for breakfast & lunch daily – 7 am – 2:30 pm.

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Pinchers Crab Shack in Lakewood Ranch

By | February 8, 2013

Pinchers Crab ShackSince 1997, Pinchers has operated with a simple mission – Local Fishermen fishing local waters for a local restaurant. You can’t get a more Southwest Florida experience than that.

The Phelan family opened their first Pinchers with 12 tables and 6 employees in a tiny space in the center of Bonita Springs. From these humble beginnings, these long-time Floridians have grown their idea to seven restaurants along the Gulf Coast.

Quality is everything to a seafood restaurant, especially ours, and they deliver the best seafood in town to your table each and every visit.

Each morning, local fishermen and crabbers leave our shores and guide their boats out into the Gulf of Mexico. They return each night with the best that the Gulf has to offer and bring this precious catch to their local seafood facility – The Island Crab Company located on Pine Island.

Who knew that this little gem of a restaurant was on Main Street in the heart of Lakewood Ranch? Casual atmosphere, great service, reasonable prices and fantastic seafood! Crab cakes are to die for! This Shack is a keeper!

Contact info:

10707 Rodeo Drive
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202-5061

General Manager: Phil Conway
Phone: 941-922-1515
Email: lakewoodranch@pincherscrabshack.com
Open: 11am – 10pm

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The Oaks BBQ in Sarasota

By | February 7, 2013

oaks-open-pit-bbqThe first time I visited Sarasota back in 1976 we had lunch at The Oaks Open Pit BBQ on Tamiami Trail. It was really good BBQ back then and when my husband and I went for lunch on Saturday, we found that it still is! There is nothing fancy about the building or decor. The walls are decorated with various animals including a wild boar, water buffalo and alligator to name a few. There are about 15 tables and counter service and all the staff is super friendly. There is a walk-up window if you just want to get an order to go and they offer catering as well.

They are located just north of Stickney Point on Tamiami Trail which is a great location whether you’re in Sarasota or out on Siesta Key.

So the next time you have a craving for BBQ head on over to The Oaks…you’ll be glad you did!

For more information visit their website.

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Yummy House

By | January 19, 2013

Dim SumLooking for great Dim Sum in Sarasota?  Wait no more!  While I have not had a chance to try it out myself, many local foodies are raving about Yummy House.  See what some local writers and bloggers have to say about their visit in these articles:

http://threekitcheneers.com/blog_post.cfm?BlogID=165

http://www.thisweekinsarasota.com/yummy-is-in-the-house/

Let us know what you think after your visit to Yummy House!

享受!

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Michaels on East- Always Exceeding Expectations

By | December 20, 2012

Michael's on East

Michael's on East

If you know Sarasota then you know Michaels on East.  Since opening in 1987 Michaels on East has been a Sarasota mainstay for fine dining, receptions, business gatherings, and the like.

I recently attended the RE/MAX Alliance Group holiday party at Michaels on East and the entire experience was OUTSTANDING.  The ballroom glistened, the staff was very pleasant and professional, and the food was of course out-of-this world.  It is nice to know that there are still a few constants in this world and a wonderful experience at Michaels on East is one of them.

If you are looking for a special dinner or lunch I would highly recommend making Michaels on East your top choice.  I can promise that they will exceed your expectations.

For more information visit their website: http://www.bestfood.com/restaurant/

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The BeachHouse Restaurant on Anna Maria

By | November 16, 2012

Looking for something to do this week?  How about some beachfront dining? 

Imagine cold drinks, great food and a  sunset with your toes in the sand.

The Three Kitcheneers visit The BeachHouse on Anna Maria Island.  Watch their video here:

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