Peace River Seafood/Fisherman’s Village

20180130_1241181389736293.jpgFive friends on an adventure for the day is what we were yesterday heading to Punta Gorda. Two of us are originally from Maryland, so we were ready for some Steamed Blue Crabs, Maryland style! And we definitely found them at Peace River Seafood on Rte 17 just outside the town of Punta Gorda. If you want fresh fish, shrimp and crabs stop in their Seafood Market and take some home! After filling up on crabs, corn and potatoes, we headed off to Fisherman’s Village. Loads of shopping, laughing, live music in the courtyard and ending our day with an adult beverage at Smuggler’s (located at the end of Fisherman’s Village on the Port Charlotte Bay). A wonderful and memorable day with lots of fun!

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Port Charlotte Bay from Smuggler’s at Fisherman’s Village
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Peace River Seafood, no frills, Old Florida Style, Best Steamed Crabs!

 

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Ferraro’s Italian Grille

img_5452967260397.jpgFerraro’s Italian Grille in Parrish is a “family oriented Italian Restaurant. Eat in or take out. My friend had the Manicotti and was very pleased, I had the Salmone al Limone and it was fantastic! Reasonable prices, Vegetarian and Gluten Free options as well. The portions were large enough to take home for next day’s lunch. Visit their website for menu lunch specials and more.  Located: 8348 US Hwy 301 N, Parrish, Fl

 

Sea Hut-Crab Trap

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(Picture above from the Crab Trap’s website)

Being a native Marylander I am always looking for fresh seafood restaurants. The Sea Hut now called Crab Trap located in Palmetto has just what I like. Their family recipes originated from the Chesapeake Bay area in Maryland and the Crab Salad is full of lump blue crab! The atmosphere is that of Old Florida which is another favorite of mine. Prices are reasonable and the staff is friendly. Easy to find, just off Hwy 19 and lots of parking. The bar overlooks the water and they have a comfortable sitting area should you have to wait for a table. They also have a small outdoor area to sit and enjoy a cocktail before dinner. A nice place to bring friends and family for lunch or dinner.

The inside aquarium is a nice touch!

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Snook Haven – Old Florida Style!

20180114_1529061972240860.jpgSnook Haven, located  5000 E Venice, Florida, is the ultimate “Old Florida Style Restaurant and Fish Camp! Take a step back from the malls and crowds and relax on a Sunday afternoon with live entertainment and good food. Enjoy a scenic Myakka River boat tour on a pontoon boat, canoe for a while, or just relax outdoors while munching on some good food. Trivia night is on Wednesdays – Banjos on Thursdays, and local bands Friday-Sunday! This is ‘definitely’ the “Old Florida Style” – nothing fancy just some craft beers, good food, good music and great view of the Myakka River. I love the Spanish moss hanging from the tress in Florida!

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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

 

There’s Nothing better than “Fresh Florida Seafood!”

20171222_193818326572275.jpgWe found plenty of “Florida’s Best Seafood” at Waltz Fish Market in Sarasota, Fl.  They say, “The fish We Sell Today Slept In The Gulf Last Night” and we believe it!  We enjoyed the outside seating on a warm Florida night along with the Tiki Bar, live music, gift shop across the street AND if you go, don’t forget to browse the Fish Market inside. Everything from Grouper to Stone Crabs to Smoked Mullet  spread…..and lobster! They also cater and have gluten free items on the menu. They have it all. Friday night was a busy night and the staff handled it great. If you have to wait for a table, just sit at the Tiki Bar outside and listen to the music while munching on the Smoked Mullet spread while having a few drinks. Great way to spend an evening with friends.

Located: 4144 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Fl, 34231

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