“Pinchers” Crab Shack

20180208_115619277211571.jpgEAT CRAB GET PINCHED at Pinchers Crab Shack in Lakewood Ranch. This is not the typical crab shack with picnic tables and crabs by the dozen sprawled across the table. Pinchers takes a different approach, by selling a single crab for $7.00 each,    6 for $37.00 or 12 for $70.00! Growing up in Maryland, I don’t think I ever saw an option on the menu to buy a ‘single’ crab. Instead, I opted for a few appetizers to get my crab ‘fix’. The Crab Rangoon was fantastic; Seared Ahi Tuna was wonderful; and the Crab Dip was divine. All three apps for less than a dozen crabs!  If you care to take some seafood home with you, they also have a seafood market.

It was a warm day so we sat outside and enjoyed the sunny weather.  20180208_115642875224453.jpgIt was a great afternoon and we will definitely be back.

 

 

 

 

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Skullywag Pub Crawl 2018

fb_img_1517763583506172870650.jpgA Big THANK YOU to the Anna Maria Island Privateers for a fantastic journey through town stopping at 4 pubs for the pirates to invade!! The Privateers crew and 30 new and old friends got together on the Skullywag Saturday for a fantastic day! The funds collected went to a worthy cause supporting college students and the ‘pirates’ had a wonderful journey! A smaller version of the Gasparilla!

All dressed as pirates and wenches we boarded the Skullywag. Lots of laughs and fun for all.

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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!

 

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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