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3 Amazing American Restaurants to Try When You Visit Anna Maria

You might not think too much about where you are going to eat while you are booking your Anna Maria Island vacation rental, but Anna Maria Island has some fantastic eateries that deserve your attention – and appetite.

These are the three amazing American-style restaurants you should totally try when you come to stay on Anna Maria Island. They each offer something unique, and even though they are American-style restaurants, there are some special dishes at each one that you simply will not find anywhere else.

Harry's Grill blooming onion

Harry’s Grill

When you are looking for places to eat on Anna Maria Island, be sure to stop into Harry’s Grill. This is one of the restaurants on the Island that has a pet-friendly patio. It also hosts live music and cornhole games! Kitchen hours go from 11:30 a.m to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Happy Hour is from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Start off by sinking your teeth into one of their appetizers from The Gangway portion of the menu. The onion rings are particularly famous, having been featured in Southern Living Magazine!

Get all aboard the soup and salad menu, then shove off with some of Harry’s seafood dishes. The Landlubber’s Delight options are just as tasty, especially if you are a fan of burgers. Harry’s ½ Pound Cheeseburger is known as the best burger on the island. If you fancy a sandwich, the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich is huge and filling. There are also a bunch of great options for the kids, and you can cap it all off with Pineapple Upside-Down Cake or Key Lime Pie.

seafood meal from eat here

eat here

Sometimes, a restaurant needs a straightforward name. Eat Here – stylized as “eat here” — is one of them. So, why should you eat there while you are staying at one of our Anna Maria Island pet-friendly rentals?

eat here is open every night of the week from 5 to 10 p.m. and gives diners a delightfully casual eating experience. It is run by Sean and Susan Murphy, who also own Beach Bistro. eat here is an affordable and fun dining alternative that features a menu crafted from locally grown farm produce and seafood nabbed from the ocean by our resident fishermen.

Their street food dishes are popular with diners. The veggie tacos are a hit with vegetarians, but if you love meat, then the heart attack hot dog might sate your palate. Appetizers can be ordered as small individual plates or as shareable. Of course, you might have a hard time sharing something as delicious as the hickory house-smoked fish dip.

Take your pick between grasslands entrees (such as the sirloin finished with demi and chef’s mashed) or the swimmers (like the fire-roasted clams), and pick from your choice of sides to pair with your meal. Top it all off with a mouth-watering dessert and chase it down with your choice from the massive list of beer and wine.

Chocolate Fudge Cake from homegrown desserts

Hometown Desserts

If your sweet tooth is insatiable, give Hometown Desserts a try. They make an assortment of delectable desserts, ranging from their highly praised coconut cream cake to chocolate pecan pie. Cookies, cupcakes – they make so many different types of desserts that will make your mouth water. You can even get a huge cookie cake to share with friends or family!

Plan Your Vacation

Your Anna Maria Island beach vacation will likely never see a dull moment. And the food you will eat? Well, that’s about as far from ‘dull’ as it gets. These three American-style restaurants should fill your belly, lift your spirits, and contribute to your long-lasting memories of time spent on Anna Maria Island.

Also, if you need desserts custom-made, Hometown Desserts will gladly oblige. You can give them challenging orders, and they will dish it up just like how you requested. You can find Hometown Desserts at their locations on Manatee Avenue West in Bradenton and on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria.


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