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In the Mood for Florida Cuisine?

Anna Maria Island Beachside DiningPlenty of restaurants on Anna Maria Island offer the Florida Cuisine that travelers are looking for. Vacationing here means to enjoy beautiful beaches during the day and unwind when dining at sunset. A popular variation is the “Floribbean Cuisine”. It combines Caribbean, Latin American,  classic American and European traditional elements with fresh Florida produce and seafood. 

There are also specialty stores on Anna Maria Island that offer local products like fresh fish, the famous Florida orange juice or other citrus related products. Stop by the new Farmers Market on Pine Ave by the City Pier. It offers fresh produce every Tuesday from 11am-5pm during season. If you see jumping fish in the island canals it is probably mullet. Smoked mullet is a delicacy that should be on your shopping list. Enjoy it on a great lunch sandwich or as cold dinner spread.

Here are other area typical items that you will find on the Anna Maria Island restaurant menus.

Conch Fritters: This edible marine mollusk has a mild and sweet clam-like flavor. You can order a fried version in ball shape or a tomato-based conch chowder. Pronounce it “konk” to sound like a local!

Cuban Sandwich: Derived from the influence of Cuban immigrants this tasty sandwich is a favorite lunch menu item. A buttered Cuban bread comes with sliced pork, ham, Swiss cheese and pickles, will then be heated and flattened with a sandwich press for a crunchy treat.

Florida Lobster: It is also called spiny or rock lobster, has no claws and offers the best meat in the tail.

Grits:  Made from hominy or coarsely ground corn grits are part of a good, old-fashioned Southern breakfast.  Cheese grits are often served as side dish for dinner.

Grouper: This is probably the most popular fish. It is firm and white and served in many variations: grilled, blackened, fried, grouper fingers, seafood quesadillas and in fish tacos. Some dishes are offered at market price. Please ask before ordering!

Gulf Shrimp: The Gulf of Mexico shrimp is tender and sweet.  Restaurants offer them in endless variations.

Hush Puppies: They are cornmeal fritters that are served as a side at lunch or dinner with seafood items like fried fish, oysters, shrimp or scallops.

Key Lime Pie: Key limes are the yellow variety from the Florida Keys which tart flavor gives a Key Lime pie the delicious taste. A Must dessert when visiting Anna Maria Island.

Mahi Mahi: Also known as Dorado or dolphin fish is a lean, sweet fish. Try the Rod ‘n Reel Pier Restaurant for lunch and order their superb Mahi-Mahi sandwich.

Snapper: The Florida Red snapper is the other favorite next to Grouper and is served pan-seared, crab-stuffed, cashew-encrusted, barbecued, baked or grilled.

Stone Crab Claws: During October through May local fishermen will set their traps. The crabs are de-clawed and returned to sea, therefore preserving a bountiful supply of claws for next seasons to come.

Please click here for information on Anna Maria Island restaurants.  Stop by or call our local Duncan Real Estate team at 941 779 0304 for more eatery tips or send us a quick message here.

 

Florida Cuisine

Scrumptious Red snapper, Florida lobster, Gulf shrimp, Stone crabs

 

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Here come the food trucks on Anna Maria Island!

One of Anna Maria Island’s most popular event is coming up:  the Beach N’ Food Truck and Music Festival on Saturday, April 14th from 10 Am – 3 PM.  This fun family festival is an all day celebration right along side the azure Gulf waters and white sandy beaches at the south end of Coquina Beach, just south of the trolley turn around.  The food trucks on Anna Maria Island will be ready to serve you!  Duncan Real Estate has many great rentals within walking distance of this fun event in Bradenton Beach!  Give a member of Team Duncan a call today to book a vacation rental for this fun event.  941-779-0304

 

Local bands will be performing live music to keep you jamming all throughout the day into the evening. Check out this great entertainment lineup:

Mike Sales – Event Emcee – 10AM – 8PM
Tropicool Duo – 10:30AM – 12:30PM
Renegade  – 1PM – 3PM
SoulRcoaster – 3:30PM – 5:30PM
The Karen & Jimmy Band – 6PM – 8PM

There will be plenty of opportunities for shopping as well, showcasing vendor booths with unique, one-of-a-king items from jewelry, local artists’ works, collectible items and much more. A Kids Zone with all kinds of fun games, bounce houses and more for the young ones to enjoy will be set up.

The festival will also feature an amazing car show, The Bill Mergens Memorial Car Show, with over 100 classic, antique, custom and muscle cars on display from 10am until 3pm.

And of course, the stars of the show, a variety of Food Trucks serving delectable eats and treats. There is sure to be something for everyone.  Refreshing adult beverages will be available – from wine, margaritas, rum runners and cold beer to soft drinks and water to wet your whistle.  The food trucks on Anna Maria Island will be ready to serve you!

This is an entrance free, family friendly, community event open to all to enjoy.

Parking is available on Coquina Beach. You can also park in other locations further away along Bradenton Beach, Manatee Public Beach, etc. and ride the free trolley to the event. The Island Monkey Bus is another option to leave the driving to someone else and not have to worry about parking. Traffic to the island gets heavy during season after 10am, so plan to come early to enjoy all the festivities.

The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sponsors this event.  For more information, call the Chamber at 941-778-3986.  Team Duncan looks forward to seeing you this Saturday!!

 

Sunny regards,

Ginger

 

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Where can you find Green Beer on Anna Maria Island?!

Where’s the green beer at?

 

green beerFiguring out where to drink on St. Patrick’s Day can be a daunting task. Whether you’re staying at one of our vacation rentals or a resident on Anna Maria Island, we got you covered on where to go for the festivities.

Duffy’s Tavern has always been a staple on Anna Maria Island and their St. Patrick’s day celebrations do not fall short. Green beer and traditional dishes stay flowing all day Saturday to commemorate the Irish roots Duffy’s tavern was founded on. In the heart of Holmes Beach, Duffy’s Tavern is our top pick.

The newly opened Freckled Fin just around the corner is guaranteed to be a good time this Saturday. With Irish flags draped all around the edifice, we’re certain the traditional menu items will be amazing and the live music will be even better. If you can handle more than one stop on your boozy day we suggest hitting Duffy’s tavern in the day and Freckled Fin at night.

Bridge street is always known for the night life and St. Patrick’s day definitely won’t disappoint. You have options there. Hit Island Time for a cocktail, Blue Marlin for dinner, Sports for an after dinner drink, and the Drift-in if you want to keep the party going and make your Irish heritage proud.

Off the island, we got more options!  Clancy’s will be packed more than a college bar offering penny beers on game day. Ask someone in Manatee County where to go on St. Patrick’s day and we would bet our lucky 4-leaf clover that they will say Clancy’s. It’s a sight to see so grab your phone call a Lyft and head there if you want some time on the mainland. Not too far away is Paddy Wagons. A relatively new bar located next to the Anna Maria Oyster Bar on Cortez. The green beer will be flowing and the crowd won’t be as bad as Clancy’s. Downtown is your 3rd option on the mainland. They block the street off and the surrounding bars all participate. Get a different perspective on the area. Our food recommendation there is O’Bricks (the name probably gives it away but they are definitely celebrating St. Pats) or Jennings Provisions. A new small plate and wine/beer bar. Maybe they will have green Lola wine?

Enjoy Saturday Irish or not and make sure to plan on watching the St Paddy’s Day parade on the island which is Sunday, march 18th beginning at 4:00 in Holmes Beach!

You can reach Duncan Real Estate at 941.779.0304 or send us a quick message here.

Cheers!

 

 

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A great spot to gather on Anna Maria Island!

I had the best day yesterday on Anna Maria Island!  I got to see about 10-12 of my friends from high school and it had been awhile since I have seen some of them.  We all decided to meet at the AMOB Pier at the end on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.  What a perfect place to meet.

All of us got there around 5:00 PM and to our surprise, they had the BEST happy hour deals!!!  $4.00 call liquors, .50 off beer and wines, and buy one appetizer and get one half off!  Let me tell you, we all took full advantage of all of these deals.  I had a frozen wine – yes, I said frozen wine.  It was a Kim Crawford blend with a grapefruit/jalepeno vodka.  Does it get much better than that!?  We all ordered different appetizers so that we could share and sample a bunch of them.  My favorite was the smoked fish dip and the calamari!!

I would highly suggest trying the AMOB Pier on Bridge Street anytime.  They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner!  And I still have not even mentioned the view – you can sit inside or enjoy the covered outdoor sitting area right on the bay! We had to sit inside because you know those Florida summer rains – it started to pour!  Check out the website for AMOB Pier!  http://www.oysterbar.net

 

 

great spot to gather on Anna Maria Island

 

Cheers and let me know when you get a chance to try out this great spot to gather on Anna Maria Island!

Ginger

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November Newsletter from Duncan Real Estate!

Things are busy out here on Anna Maria island and no surprise with Thanksgiving being two days away.  I am so excited to eat some turkey and all of the yummy fixings, spend time with family and friends, watch the Thanksgiving parade, and of course watch football.  Before I do any of this watching TV stuff, I know I will need to talk a nice walk or four  of them on the beaches of Anna Maria Island to burn all of the extra food I will be taking in!!  If you are lucky enough to be on vacation here on Anna Maria, please feel free to join me!

Love to keep you informed of what is going on with Duncan Real Estate and on the island.    Please click here  to check out the latest newsletter we sent to all of our loyal customers.  If you would like to subscribe to the email list, just click on the link at the bottom!

Happy Reading!

 

Ginger

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Great food AND they Deliver!

I woke up on this rainy morning craving a breakfast sandwich, but didn’t want to leave my house.  I know you have felt that way before.  Thankfully, there is a great place on Anna Maria Island that serves breakfast and lunch AND they deliver!   So I called Scott’s Deli, placed my order and it was delivered to my front door step about 15 minutes later.  I would recommend the steak and eggs breakfast sandwich.  YUMMY

If you live on AMI, Scott’s Deli offers a locals discount on Wednesdays.  Does it get any better?  Why yes it does.  Scott’s Deli will even deliver to you on the beach.

Now that my tummy is full, it is time for me to take a nap listening to the waves crash on this rainy Saturday.  Make sure you give Scott’s Deli a call!

 

Ginger!

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Food and Wine on Pine! Saturday, May 2, 2015

Food and Wine on Pine 2015, a culinary and cultural experience, will be held on May 2, 2015 on historic Pine Avenue in Anna Maria showcasing the very best in food, wine, art and music that our area has to offer. Join us to experience this unique and fun-filled event from 11:30 AM – 6:30 PM.   http://www.foodandwineonpine.com/

  • Delicious and unique food from over 20 of the area’s finest restaurants
  • At least 30 upscale wines
  • Craft and domestic beers
  • 25 juried artists
  • More than 30 musical acts
  • Actors depicting characters from Anna Maria’s history
  • Art Demonstrations
  • A Children’s Art and Activity Area and the annual ‘sliming” of CrossPointe Fellowship Pastor, Ed Moss
  • A Children’s Artist Tent

Make sure to stop by Duncan Real Estate to say Hello!

 

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Visit Anna Maria Island for Thanksgiving

Most people go home for the holiday’s.  Some people leave home for the holiday’s.  Duncan Real Estate and Anna Maria Island welcome our guests to join us in celebrating a day of thanks.  If you are traveling with your family this Thanksgiving a just hoping to get away from the cold and snow, Anna Maria Island is a great place to get away from it all.  Or if you are traveling alone we will make you feel like part of the family.  Many of our guests rent homes from Duncan Real Estate during the Thanksgiving holiday and stay home and cook their Turkey in one of our Vacation Rentals.  If you don’t want to deal with the running around, grocery shopping and cooking here are some places you can enjoy a nice holiday meal right here on our beautiful island.

Public Beach Cafe

Bridgestreet Bistro

Lobstahs

Bridge Tender Inn

Paradise Bagels 

Sign of the Mermaid 

We hope you enjoy your stay on Anna Maria Island

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Best Burgers on Anna Maria Island

Duffy's

For the Best Burgers and Coldest Beer on Anna Maria Island look no further than Duffy’s Tavern located at 5808 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Duffy’s Tavern is family-owned and operated for over 35 years by former Holmes Beach mayor Pat Geyer. Pat and her five daughters Patti, Pam, Peggi, Penni and Polli have a simple selection with Burgers that will knock your socks off!

Try an office favorite of Duncan Real Estate is the Brie & Carmelized Onion Cheeseburger.

Duffy’s Tavern is open Monday – Saturday 11am to 8pm and Sunday 12p to 8pm and they are Closed on Tuesdays. Duffy’s was voted one of the top 10 “hamburger heavens” in the country by USA Today.

This local’s favorite has proven the test of time. Locals love Duffy’s and visitors come back year after year raving about the service, food and the little something special Duffy’s Tavern brings to Anna Maria Island.

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Plan a Romantic Getaway to Anna Maria Island

When traveling to Anna Maria Island for a romantic island getaway you may ask yourself a few questions.  What is there to do?  Where do we eat?  Where do we stay?  How much should I budget for?

 

Obviously you can contact Duncan Real Estate for information on any of our Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals.  We have houses large and small, with and without pools, everything from a cozy beach cottage to a vacation rental that will knock her socks off!

You can also surprise her with flowers by contacting our local area florists.

Siliva’s Flower Corner

5386 Gulf Dr. #107

Holmes Beach, FL

(941) 348-5880

Anna Maria Island Florist 

5312 Marina Dr.

Holmes Beach, FL 34217

(941) 778-4751

You may ask where should I take her to eat?

Beach Bistro 

6600 Gulf Drive

Holmes Beach, Fl.

(941) 778-6444

Bridge Street Bistro

111 Gulf Drive South

Bradenton Beach, Fl.

(941) 782-1122

Waterfront

111 South Bay Boulevard

Anna Maria, Fl.

(941) 778-1515

Sign of the Mermaid

9707 Gulf Drive

Anna Maria, Fl.

(941) 778-9399

The options are endless as to what you can do with your loved one on our magical island.  Plan a trip and see for yourself.  I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

Contact us or call Duncan Real Estate today at 941-779-0304 to speak with our knowledgeable real estate specialists.