Blu Mangrove

20180223_113317The Blu Mangrove is one of my favorite places to sit on the outside patio with friends while enjoying a warm Florida afternoon.  The Marina sits on the Manatee River and you can come by land or water, as dockside parking is available. Happy Hour is everyday starting at 11am ’til 6pm.

20180223_114845A favorite appetizer for me is the Ahi Tuna Wonton cups! The wonton cups are filled with seaweed salad, ahi tuna and topped with ginger and wasabi. 3 cups will run about $14.00.

20180223_114850Add an order of Doc’s Fish spread with tortilla chips for $10.00 and you have a meal!

Dinners are a little pricey, however; the presentation and taste are exquisite!

Have fun in the sun in Florida and visit these great hidden gems! Blu Mangrove is located at 102 Riviera Way, Palmetto, Fl. 34221, in the Riviera Dunes Marina.

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Jaxx Playbook Sports Bar & Grill

20171229_1514421034822108.jpgJaxx Playbook Sports Bar & Grill in Palmetto is just what you have been looking for in a “neighborhood sports bar”. Come in for a few beers and watch a game, shoot some pool, and socialize. The owner, Garrett, with me in this picture, is very accommodating for special events and parties. Me and my friends stopped in one evening and I had an appetizer “The Steal,” which is 3 burger sliders and they were great and only $6.95! My friends had “The Home Run,” an Italian sub for $8.49, and “The Power Play,” a Reuben sandwich for $9.49. Get the play on words? After all this is a Sports Bar! As you can see, this is a great place to relax, have some fun and it is easy on the wallet.

Located: 1035 Hasko Road, Palmetto, Fl 34221  Tel: 941-479-7816

 

Swordfish Grill and Tiki Bar…What an Outstanding Place!

We had a fantastic day, yesterday, at the Swordfish Grill and Tiki Bar in Cortez, Florida. It was the venue for the 6th annual Stone Crab Festival. The Swordfish grill has live music 7 days a week on the deck outside overlooking the Sarasota Bay, which is the place you want to be for epic sunsets! It’s located in the historic Fishing Village of Cortez where you can also purchase fresh seafood. Very casual atmosphere, “a mix of Old Florida and the Freshest Local Seafood” as their ads say. The Seared Ahi Tuna and seaweed salad is one of my favorites! This is definitely on my list of ‘best places to go’ in Southwest Florida.

Below is a short video from the outside deck. The address for the Swordfish Grill is 4628 119th St W, Cortez, Florida 34215, just before crossing over the bridge into Anna Maria Island.

Have you tried Stone Crabs ?

 

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If you have ever tried these succulent, juicy, stone crabs you know what I mean! Stone Crabs are one of Florida’s finest delicacy. Local fisherman fetch these beauties from the surrounding waters and these tasty claws will be served at the “6th Annual Cortez Stone Crab & Music Festival”  this weekend, Nov. 11 and 12th along with live entertainment from local musicians!  They literally come from the water to your plate!  It doesn’t get any better than that to enjoy a weekend of fun, sun, great local food and local music.   Festival location: 4628 119th St. W., Cortez, Florida 34215; Time: Sat. Nov 11 at 10am-Sun, Nov 12 to 6pm

 

 

 

Woody’s River Roo-Waterfront, Old Florida Style Dining

Click the link below for an interview with Corey Davis, Manager of Woody’s River Roo Bar and Grill, located in Ellenton, Fl. on the beautiful Manatee River. A great waterfront pub with live music, tiki bar and wonderful food! Karaoke for those who are brave enough. Come by car or by boat. This is a ‘local’ favorite for those who enjoy the ‘old Florida style’ dining at its best.

Woody River Roo