Rod and Reel pier in Anna Maria City is good eat’s

Rod and Reel Pier

The Rod and Reel Pier is an institution in Anna Maria City.   Ask a local on Anna Maria Island where to eat and just about everyone has Rod & Reel Pier restaurant in their top three.  The Rod & Reel Restaurant is located in Anna Maria City and is the most Northern eatery on Anna Maria Island.  The restaurant sits out on the end of a pier in Anna Maria City so it makes for perfect scenery.  I have personally seen fish, dolphins and manatee off the pier while waiting to get into the restaurant.  The pier also doubles as a great fishing spot for visitors and locals alike.  Just about every hour the restaurant is open you will see folks fishing from the pier.

Rod & Reel Pier
Rod & Reel Pier

Rod and Reel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Their breakfast is very good as well as their lunches and oh yah, their dinners too!  Every meal at the Rod and Reel is great!  The restaurant has an old Florida diner charm.  It seats about 20 inside and seats about 15 outside.  The 20 seats inside are made up of tables for 4-5, tables for 2 and one table that can seat about 6-8.  There are about 4 tables that sit along the Bay so you can glance out at the water while you enjoy your clam strips, fish & chips, grouper Reuben sandwich or grouper any way you like it.  The 15 seats outside face towards the West so you can get an early glimpse of our Anna Maria Island Sunsets as well as the pier below.  There are a flight of steps up to the restaurant so if you have someone in your party that cannot do steps it is best to skip this restaurant.

One insider secret is the small bar under the restaurant.  It is back behind the stairs up to the restaurant and is considered on the ground level.  They will serve food at the bar although it can get tight on popular nights.  The seating is a tight 10-12 but the beer is cold and cheap.  Last time a “friend” had a beer there it was $3 for a draft.  (Yes, I have updated this in 2018 and it is still $3 for a domestic draft)  I recall the first time my “friend” got a beer down in the bar area.  The bar tender said “Three dollars please,”  My friend said “What?”  The bartender quickly said, “I know, I know, we just raised our draft beer prices from $2 but we had too.”  Of course we were surprised with how reasonably priced the draft beer was.  If you are looking for “insider” secrets then swing by the bar and pull up a seat.  There are plenty of locals that have a drink or two at the bar.

Families - Rod & Reel
Families – Rod & Reel

Now for the meals.  The lunch and dinner menu’s are one in the same.  The restaurant has plenty of sandwiches to choose from, grouper any way you like it, a Reuben grouper which is just like a Reuben but with Grouper as the meat and about four other choices of sandwiches.  My son loves the clam strips or the fish & chips.  If you are looking for a meal on the bigger side then the Mexican grouper is your ticket.  Of course they serve plenty of fish any way you like it.  The most recent night I visited they had several specials, Mahi Mahi, Sword Fish, and a few others.  They do serve bottled beer up in the restaurant as well as wine.  Their coleslaw is great as well as their desserts.  If you still have room try their Key Lime Pie.  You won’t be sorry!

Another great feature of the Rod and Reel pier other than the awesome food?  If you get window seats you can take in the Tampa Bay, maybe see some dolphins and take in the gorgeous Sunshine

Rod & Reel Pier – Anna Maria, FL
Tripadvisor Rating: 4 stars – based on 2042 reviews

Address:
875 N. Shore Drive
Anna Maria, FL 34216

Phone Number: (941) 778-1885
Website: Rod & Reel Pier Google+ Page
Menu: Menu Via Urbanspoon
Hours: .

Cuisine: Gulf Coast Seafood

Price Range: $-$$
Takes Reservations: No

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Rod & Reel Pier
Rod & Reel Pier

Sky way bridge.  You can fish off the Rod & Reel pier for a nominal fee.  Last I checked it was $2 for a day of fishing.  Check at the bar area for more information on fishing off the pier.

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Updated: March 2018

Silhouettes at Sunset – Anna Maria Island Turtle Hatchling

Loggerhead Babies
Loggerhead Babies

Turtle season has moved into full swing on Anna Maria Island and we are seeing hatchlings taking place almost daily. As fate would have it, I walked up on a hatchling and was fortunate enough to help escort about 45 baby Loggerheads safely to the water. The crowd of about 60 other onlookers were well informed of the rules in order to participate. Most were visitors from all over. Absolutely no camera flashes are allowed, only infra-red lights although only when necessary.
After standing over a nest that had begun to cave in due to the rumblings of turtles cracking through their eggs, the ground began to “boil”. What is so amazing is how this happens for the most part simultaneously where all at the same time the sand moves and out over their nest these little guys scramble to embark towards the water. It is as though they are all wearing a compass as they march like an army to their new environment. There is usually one leader and a few stragglers that seem to be a bit weaker than their brothers and sisters. You could feel the emotion of this crowd as we urged them toward safety with words of encouragement. When the last little guy hit the water the crowd broke out in cheers. We had all just shared a beautiful act of nature.

After a hatchling occurs, the faithful Turtle Watch volunteers go back to the nest to record shells, eggs that did not hatch and perhaps rescue some that were unable to hatch or just left behind. On a different night I happened up on an excavation. Glenn was elbow deep digging through the remains as Cindy assisted in sifting through the sand. There were 10 babies found still alive that were rescued and taken to safety. Bless these folks that donate their time to endless walks on the beach checking nest and assuring that as many Loggerheads as possible are given their best shot at survival. The work is very rewarding and you all deserve our praise for a job well done!

Written by Melinda Bordes  ~941-705- 0146~melinda@annamariasunset.com~ Whether buying or selling real estate on Anna Maria Island or surrounding area please contact me for all of your real estate needs. Please enjoy the sunset!

Rudy’s sub sandwiches in Anna Maria has great sandwiches

Looking for a great place to go for an informal lunch/breakfast on Anna Maria Island even though you are covered

Famous for Philly Subs
Famous for Philly Subs

in sand from the beach?  Rudy’s located in Anna Maria City is the perfect restaurant for you!  Rudy’s of Anna Maria City offers a great selection of breakfast items such as fresh baked cinnamon rolls, veggie sandwiches and a sandwich called the “roo”.  Rudy’s offers wonderful sandwiches that are on toasted sub roll with egg and either steak, mushrooms, onions and cheese or for the veggie lover egg, mushrooms, onions, tomato and cheese.

Rudy’s Philly cheese steak is a perfect lunch choice!  This sandwich, if you can still call it that (more like a meal)  has your choice of onions, mushrooms,  marinara sauce and their famous special mouth watering homemade peppers.  Prices at lunch range from $4.95 – $9.95.

Rudy’s is located in Anna Maria City just prior to Pine Avenue.  It is on the West side about a block from the beach just prior to the Sandbar restaurant on Gulf Drive.  Stop in and check it out.

Rudy’s
9906 Gulf Drive
Anna Maria City, Anna Maria Island, Fl
941-896-7844

Please note,
Mon-Sat 8AM-11AM  Breakfast

For more information on Anna Maria Island, Florida restaurants be sure to visit Island Real Estate’s restaurant information page.

Tequila Beach Sport Grill is a great choice for Anna Maria Island visitors CLOSED

Tequila Beach Entrance
Front Entrance
Tequila Beach is a great restaurant just a short drive from Anna Maria Island, Florida.  The Tequila Beach grill is very large compared to most Anna Maria restaurants.  It has a large bar area and a normal dining area that is in close proximity to a stage that sees its fair share of music.  The restaurant has live music most weekends but it is best you give them a call for details or check our Anna Maria Island local newspaper.
Each week night the restaurant has nightly specials or entertaining events.  Trivia night, sports night and lots of other great things to do for a more mature family of children older than 15 or so.  The Tequila Beach always has a special event on big holiday nights and I personally participated in New Years eve night and had a great time with plenty of friendly patrons and great live music.
There is plenty of parking and the location is a very short 10 minute drive from Anna Maria Island.  The Tequila Beach grill has great salads and a must eat is their sweet potato fries.  The Tequila Beach sport grill restaurant serves some fish and would characterize their menu as American dining.  The restaurant has reasonable prices for meals and plenty of drink options.
If you want to take a trip off Anna Maria Island but don’t want to venture out too far then the Tequila beach restaurant is a good choice.  A member of our party was confused with medium well versus medium rare and the leadership at the restaurant was very quick to cook the steak a bit more and our gathering barely missed a beat.
Sports Bar and Grill
Sports Bar and Grill

Tequila Sports bar and grill restaurant
7423 Manatee Ave. W.
Bradenton, FL 34209
941-794-1400

Hours: (Hours can change without notice, please call restaurant)

Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

Anna Maria Island Maps–Addresses Beginning with A-F

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Almost Gulf, 203A 69th St, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217

AMIC14, 2600 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

AMIC17, 2600 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach FL, 34217

AMIC18, 2600 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

AMIC40, 2600 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

BBC Unit B, 1704 North Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Beach View Unit #4, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Beach View Unit #5, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Bermuda Bay Club #12, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Bermuda Bay Club #26, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

BHR Unit #4, 1000 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Blue Lagoon #1, Unit Coquina, 6602 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Blue Lagoon #2, Unit Sand Dollar, 6604 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Blue Lagoon #3, Unit Egret, 6606 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Blue Lagoon #4, Loggerhead, 217 67th St., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Blue Lagoon #5, Sandpiper, 213 67th St., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Cayman Cay, Unit #207, 4307 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Cayman Cay Unit 203, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

 

Anna Maria Island Maps–Addresses Beginning with 4-5

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4002 6th Ave., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

407 80th St, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217

408 80th St., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

411 63rd Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

412 South Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL 34216

414 A Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria, FL 34216

414 B Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria, FL, 34216

420 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria, FL 34216

4808A Gulf Dr., Unit A, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

504 69th St., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

504 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

514 68th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

516 68th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

525 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

5613 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

5802 De Palmas Avenue, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

5802 Imperiore, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Anna Maria Island Maps–Addresses Beginning with 2-3

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200 38th St., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

200 66th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

201 73rd Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

202 38th St.,Holmes Beach, FL 34217

202 66th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

202 78th St., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

203 Periwinkle Plaza, Anna Maria, FL 34216

204 76th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

204 Willow Avenue, Anna Maria, FL 34216

205 73rd St., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

207 Coconut Ave, Anna Maria, Fl 34216

207 73rd Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34216

207 75th Street West, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

207 75th Street East, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

208 A 72nd St, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217

208 Periwinkle Plaza, Anna Maria FL, 34216

209 North Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

213 70th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

213 Periwinkle Plaza, Anna Maria, FL 34216

217 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, FL 34216

25 Seaside Court, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

268 Gladiolus, Anna Maria, FL 34217

2812 Avenue B, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

2916 Avenue E, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

3008 Ave E, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217

302 62nd St, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217

302 74th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

3020 Ave F, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

303 A 61st Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

303 B 61st Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

304 74th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

304 Clark Dr., Unit A, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

304 Clark Dr., Unit B, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

305 62nd Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

305 65th Street (A & B), Holmes Beach, FL 34217

306 55th Street, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217

306 B 56th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

308 55th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

308 West 58th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 

310 A Clark Drive, Holmes Beach, FL, 34217

311 66th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

316 Hardin A & B, Anna Maria, FL 34216

3222 Gulf Drive (North & South), Holmes Beach, FL 34217

3603A 4th Ave., Holmes Beach, FL 34217