Anna Maria, FL is a sleepy little beach town off the coast of Sarasota and is on the same island as Long Boat Key and Bradenton Beach. The beaches are full of white sand, the water is crystal clear, and best of all, the dining establishments are all local. Be warned however, as there is a lot of crap and subpar dining. Luckily I waded through the muck for 8 days and can recommend several spots. First off, you’re at the beach, so dining alfresco on fresh seafood with an ocean view is a no-brainer. Sandbar restaurant is towards the northern tip of the island, situated directly on the beach; you can even pull up you boat and drop anchor.
They offer some creative seafood dishes along with daily catch specials and an awesome tropical cocktail list.
Other beachfront seafood options from the same ownership group include Beach House, which is closer to Bradenton and a little more upscale. They also both feature live music by local musicians.
If you got the kiddies in tow and seafood is not an option, Feast restaurant is right up your alley. They have a pretty wide selection of american classics with plenty of seafood options for the adults. However, they are well known for some of the best pizza in the area. They’re no Antico, but their pie is above average and quite large; a large easily feeds four people and is probably close to 24 inches!
If burgers are your thing, Skinny’s Grill is the place to go.With options ranging from the “Skinny” (1/4 pounder) to the “Island Pounder” (4 patties and four slices of cheese), they cover all appetites; I stuck with the “Fatty” (double cheeseburger) on my visits!
They also have killer onion rings and only accept cash, so be warned.
Of course there are plenty of other options on the island; but these are sure fire winners if you want to de-risk your dining decisions!