Sunset Grill At Little Harbor

Location: 602 Hahai Del Sol Dr., Ruskin, Fl. 33570 Website: sunsetgrillfl.com

Sunset Grill at Little Harbor is one of the best places to sit along the shores of Tampa Bay and joy a beautiful sunset. Sit outside at the Tiki Bar and enjoy your favorite drink while watching the sun disappear. The food is great and the service is excellent! They serve an amazing Sunday Brunch from 8:00am-2:30pm, so start your day-by-the-bay! Send me your email address for a 10% coupon off a table for four, from Feb. 1, 2019 through Feb. 28, 2019. Just sign up on the contact section of outandaboutwithpat.blog


View from Sunset Grill at Little Harbor looking over Tampa Bay

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.

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!

 

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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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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Doesn’t this look warm and inviting?

20171201_1918241559599357.jpgThis is how we spend an evening in Florida! Outdoor seating with a fire pit in the center of the table to take the ‘chill’ off, at Mattison’s City Grille. Great food, reasonable prices and the tropical drinks aren’t bad either! After dinner we strolled down to the Riverwalk to listen to the Blues Festival which began Friday evening and went on through the weekend. A lot of folks were ‘Out and About’!

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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.

Ride the “world’s largest air boat” to see ‘gators’ in the wild through Myakka River State Park.

A fun afternoon in Myakka River State Park.  Ride on one of the two largest covered air boats, the “Myakka Maiden,” or the “Gator Gal“.  We chose the Gator Gal to see hundreds of alligators lying along the shore. These air-powered vessels venture into the shallow, grassy areas where traditional boats wouldn’t dare to go. The Winter Session for tours go from Dec. 16th to May 31st each year, with the busiest time of year being the Winter. Tickets are sold for same-day tours starting at 9am. They don’t sell ahead of time and you should arrive early for parking. Children 5 yrs & under – free; Adults-13 years & Older $14.00 plus tax and children 6-12 years $7.00 plus tax. They also have eco tram tours. They also have a snack bar and gift shop.

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Bradenton, Fl., Bluesfest Weekend “in the Florida Sunshine on the Bradenton Riverwalk”!

You won’t want to miss this one! Right on the Riverwalk overlooking the Manatee River….save the date Dec. 1-3, 2017. The weather in Florida this time of year is perfect for a weekend outside full of fun! I’ll see you at Mattison’s for  their “Blues Brunch” on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.

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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