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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Christmas in Tampa, Fl.

20171217_190234When the temperature outside is 80 degrees in December, we head to Tampa’s Riverwalk to get in the Christmas mood! The Riverwalk was amazing last night with all the lights reflecting off the water. The Riverwalk extends 2.4 miles along the Hillsborough River and the Tampa Arts District.   A great way to work off those extra pounds from all the holiday parties!

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C&K Smokehouse BBQ-Good Food, Friendly Service

Along 301N  in Parrish, Florida you will find C&K Smokehouse BBQ where the whole family can have a full dinner/lunch and not blow their budget! We sat out on the porch enjoying our ‘pulled-pork’ sandwiches that were big enough to take some home for another meal. While out shopping, stop in and pickup some home-style BBQ. You can smell it cooking as you pull in the driveway. And, they cater, too! (Closed on Tuesday’s and Sunday’s)   

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C&K Smokehouse BBQ – Good Food, and Friendly Service found in this eat-in or take-out little restaurant 12119 US Hwy 301N, Parrish, Fl.

 

Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum

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Located off Rte 301 in Parrish, Fl., on 83rd St. E, just behind the old Post Office sits “Florida’s Home of Railroad History”.  Ride the exhibits during the ‘themed’ train rides. Events like The North Pole Express, Christmas Party Caboose, Murder Mystery Train in Feb. and March and the Parrish chili cook-off, also in March, are  popular attractions. The museum is open Wednesday’s through Sundays beginning Jan. 2, 2018 year round and the train rides operate Saturday and Sundays. The railroad operates on a six-mile line between Parrish and Willow, Florida. A fun way to learn about Florida’s railroad history.  The Christmas Party Caboose is sold out, however; the Murder Mystery Dinner Train still has tickets available online for $49.50 for Feb. 10th.  Checkout the events online and purchase tickets. Hurry, they go fast!