Ginny & Jane E’s is a frequently visited Anna Maria Island restaurant and a local favorite for many reasons — the vibe, the history, great food, and how easy it is to get there!
The atmosphere of this unique spot is part of what makes it so special. They always make you feel like a local no matter where you’re from.
You’ll notice things are a bit different there from the moment you walk inside. From license plates used as décor, to vibrant colored walls, and other unique decorations, you can spend hours just checking out the interior! This funky café is certainly one of a kind.
Most importantly, the food is delicious! Stop in for breakfast and try the signature famous Crème Brule French toast, bagels, muffins, croissants and more!
Looking for lunch instead? There are always specials on tap, or you can try a frittata, quiche, salad, soup of the day, or sandwich. Is something sweeter on your mind? Try the cookies, a slice of pie or cake, Danishes, and cinnamon rolls.
Locals love it here because Ginny & Jane E’s shows off the uncomplicated lifestyle of Anna Maria Island. You can sit at a community table or choose comfy chairs and couches.
It provides a great opportunity to meet new people in the community and learn about other spots that are favorites for the locals here. If you’re looking for something a little more private and quiet, there are seats for that too. Outside tables are available along with Wifi service areas.
History of Ginny & Jane Es
This local eatery has a lot of history behind it. Sisters Ginny and Jane put their talents together to launch the first version of the restaurant. Ginny owned an antique shop at Holmes Beach, but always felt there was something missing. Jane worked on a farm with her family, but her true passion was cooking and baking. The two talents came together and created the fun and unique spot you can visit today.
It wasn’t easy for the sisters to find the right location. It had to be big enough to house all of Ginny’s antiques, but also a spot for several large ovens for Jane to cook and bake in. The search began and the couple came upon the Old IGA Store, which had been run by Ernie Cagnina for nearly 50 years.
Ernie was a war hero and was a part of the Army Force that invaded Normandy on D-Day. He later became the mayor of Anna Maria and was a well-loved figure in the community. He passed away in 1994, but his legacy lives on.
Ask just about anyone on Anna Maria Island about the one local restaurant you should try before leaving, and many will direct you to Ginny & Jane E’s! It’s one of the best-kept secrets on the island that has turned into a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike.
Ginny & Jane E’s is more than just a bakery and café. You’ll also find a unique collection of art and antiques. Plus, if you’re looking to pick up a few beach items like suntan lotion, sunglasses, flip flops and more Ginny & Jane E’s has got you covered.
Location: 9807 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria
Hours: 7 days a week, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.