Thursday, 20 August 2009

Heaven's Kitchen on Cortez

Not far from Anna Maria Island is the delightful fishing village of Cortez. You really should pay a visit when you come to Anna Maria - and while you're there you have a choice of places to eat. All of them, however, specialise in seafood, which is hardly surprising given their surroundings.
A recent review of one of them, the Cortez Kitchen, gave it two very definite thumbs up. Here is a sample from it:

What’s on the menu?
Appetizers include several sushi rolls featuring tuna, grouper, shrimp or you can be adventurous and try the Cortez Roll which features mullet ($7.50-$8.99). Other offerings are coconut shrimp, Buffalo wings, chicken tenders, fried mushrooms and more. Sandwiches and baskets include the grouper or Buffalo grouper sandwich for $10.99, soft-shell crab sandwich ($8.99), Cubans, hamburgers and more. Entrees include stone crabs (market price/in season), steamer pots ($17.99), shrimp ($14.99) and the popular grouper dinner ($15.99), which features fresh domestic Gulf grouper filleted in-house. Don’t forget to check the specials board, which usually contains items such as lobster bisque (rich and creamy), catch of the day and the Cortez specialty — smoked mullet.

Read the rest of the review here

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Friday, 7 August 2009

Beer and sun - perfect combo

Got a dry mouth? Need refreshment? Well, you could just pop a soda and quench your thirst, or you could seek out Anna Maria's very own microbrewery and sample some of the finest brew known to man...

Little is known about the mysterious Little Giant Brewery, located in Tarpon St, Anna Maria Island. You might know even less about it after reading the blog at but it's worth seeking out.

There are regular Anna Maria beer tastings at the Waterfront where you can try out the beer in safety and have some great island fun in a good-time atmosphere.

Seek and ye shall find ... beer!

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