For the Best Sandwiches on Anna Maria Island, Head Over to Scott’s Deli

Scott’s Deli in Holmes Beach is the place you want to order from for the best sandwich on all of Anna Maria Island. While Publix is known for their delicious subs, Scott’s takes the cake. They have breakfast and lunch sandwiches, and will also deliver to anywhere on the Island, including the beach!

Everything at Scott’s Deli is fresh and homemade, and ingredients are locally sourced when they can be.

The menu here of course consists of great sandwiches including breakfast sandwiches, hot & cold sandwiches, and even the option to create your own sandwich with whatever bread/ meat, cheese, toppings & sauces you could want! A few of the sandwiches on the menu here include their Maple Leaf (breakfast menu), Italian, The Desoto, NY Pastrami, and many more.
Scott’s Deli also serves hot dogs (NY Hot Dog, Chicago Dog) and salads (Pasta Salad, Southwest Salad). Both of which you can also choose to create your own.

Have an event coming up and are a fan of Scott’s Deli’s delicious food? Have them cater!
Unfortunately, Scott’s is not open for dinner time (bummer). But they are open at 8am everyday, and close at 4pm Monday – Saturday (2pm on Sundays).


Scott’s Deli
5350 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217 – (Shares location with Island Coffee Haus)
(941) 778-3000

Peach’s Restaurant in Holmes Beach – Laid Back, Homestyle Breakfast Food

For a good homestyle breakfast, that won’t break the bank, check out Peach’s off East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach. They are open early (6am), and close after lunch (2:30pm). There is nothing fancy about Peach’s, which is why so many people like it. It’s a nice laid back spot with friendly staff.

Peach’s Restaurant is actually a small chain restaurant, with 6 locations, all in the local area. Everything on the menu is served all day. So if you want a burger at 8am, go for it! Pancakes for lunch? No problem.
Speaking about the menu, here’s what you can expect. They have all the classic breakfast items, like omelets, benedicts, pancakes, waffles, etc. Then they have dishes like Biscuits & Gravy, a Breakfast Burrito, and Chicken Fried Steak n Eggs. There are quite a few things to choose from.

For the lunch portion of the menu there are fresh salads, sandwiches, and wraps. A few examples of dishes on the lunch menu include their Tuna Melt, Rueben, Buffalo Chicken Wrap, and the Southwest Salad.

Peach’s Restaurant
3240 E Bay Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 779-0738

Anna Maria Island Area Restaurant Information

Here is all the Anna Maria Island Area Restaurant Information you’ll need for you next visit! The island has it all when it comes time for food. From beach café’s to Fine Dining, American, Mexican, Italian, Caribbean cuisine, and so much more. Take a look below and find the best place for your next breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just drinks and a snack.

If you don’t have your own transportation take the Anna Maria Island Trolley it’s free! It will take you almost anywhere on Anna Maria Island too!

Fine Dining Anna Maria Island Restaurants

Anna Maria Island has several fine dining restaurants. The Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach is a nationally recognized as award winning. They offer an unforgettable dining experience with romantic Gulf of Mexico views. The Waterfront Restaurant is on the Bay side of Anna Maria City with dining outside too.  Just past Coquina Beach and over the bridge you will find Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant. Beautiful waterfront location with terrific food. A favorite with locals and visitors alike. 

Gulf Front Restaurants with outdoor Dining on Anna Maria Island

The SandBar is a great Anna Maria Island restaurant and offers fabulous American and Seafood Cuisine. The Beach House Restaurant is affiliated with the SandBar and has similar cuisine with outdoor sand in your toes dining in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island. Try the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner and don’t forget the Gulf Drive Cafe in Bradenton Beach.  Oma’s Restaurant offers outdoor dining in Bradenton Beach and offers Italian Cuisine.

American Cuisine Restaurants on Anna Maria Island, Fl

The City Pier  is always a locals favorite. This is a beautiful spot at the very end of Pine Avenue. Hurricane Hank’s has affordable everything and serves great food in Holmes Beach. Mr. Bones offers fabulous barbecue with some unique twists. Seafood more your speed, when in Rome so to speak or more like Maine?  Also try Island Gourmet Grill for American dishes, seafood, Italian and more.

Seeking a good breakfast? Rod and Reel or Peach’s are good breakfast Anna Maria Island Restaurants. One of the best Anna Maria beach burger restaurants is just across from the Manatee public beach – Skinny’s. Skinny’s has outdoor seating as well. Anyone who has been to Anna Maria Island knows that Duffy’s serves a mean hamburger as well in Holmes Beach. Try Slim’s Place for an American style dinner and live music.    The Bridge Tender Inn Restaurant which offers outdoor waterfront dining as well as formal dining. Another great Bradenton Beach restaurant on Anna Maria Island is Sharky’s.

Anna Maria Island Mexican, Italian, German and other Cuisine Restaurants

If you’re looking for Anna Maria Island Restaurants that serve Mexican cuisine Tortilla Bay  is 100% Tex-Mex and is a walk up diner type restaurant.  So if you are searching for a inexpensive lunch or dinner Tortilla Bay is the perfect stop. If you are in the mood for German food then look no further. Try the Old Hamburg restaurant in Holmes Beach, Fl on Anna Maria Island.  Wicked Cantina is another Tex-Mex choice on  Anna Maria Island.  Another Mexican based restaurant is Poppo’s located in Anna Maria City on Pine Avenue.  Sorry, Banana Cabana is now closed.

Take out Anna Maria Island Restaurants

One of the best places for take-out on Anna Maria Island is definitely Scott’s Deli. Piled high sandwiches and great prices. They will even work with your charter captain to have your lunch ready and at the dock for your fishing trip! Don’t forget the Pine Avenue store that has fabulous sandwiches, pasta salads, and other quick take out lunches or snacks. The Pine Avenue General store is a small grocery store located in Anna Maria City so it’s a perfect stop for a lunch at the Bay Front Park for a impromptu picnic. The Tortilla Bay Restaurant is a take out or dine in Tex-Mex restaurant located in Holmes Beach. Rudy’s in Anna Maria City is a great choice for Philly steak sandwiches.

There is a small Chinese restaurant on the Anna Maria Island, China 1. For a great burger with onion rings or french fries try Skinny’s. You can order on the telephone and pick it up. A fine dining restaurant that delivers is The Feast in Holmes Beach. The restaurant caters as well. If you are in the mood for fresh fish try the Fresh Fish Market. They sell a great selection of fish and offer small dishes like soups and freshly prepared salads. Island Gourmet offers both take out and delivery if you are looking for something better than your average chain store pizza. They also offer more upscale selections such as seafood, salads and pasta too.

Anna Maria City, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach breakfast restaurants

There are quite a few great breakfast restaurants choices on Anna Maria Island. This category of dining can be one of the toughest to narrow down because most locals know the mainstream breakfast spots but there are a few hidden away gems that this blog will be sure to introduce. Minnie’s Cafe is located in Holmes Beach and serves a great homestyle breakfast. Peach’s which specializes in Breakfast is located in Holmes Beach and provides basic breakfasts as well as some fancy stuff too. Rod and Reel Pier Restaurant serves a fantastic breakfast as well and the views of the bay are phenomenal.  Want fresh donuts? Look no further, the Donut Experiment is the perfect choice in Anna Maria City.  For more details on Breakfast around Anna Maria Island, check out Island Real Estate’s additional breakfast post.

Treats and Ice Cream on Anna Maria Island, Florida

Tyler’s ice cream is just off the island on Cortez. Two Scoops is located in Anna Maria, and so is Dip’s, Joe’s Eats and Sweets is in Bradenton Beach. For a desert experience to remember, try the Euphemia Haye Restaurant which has unique pies, cheesecakes, and too many deserts to remember. Just off the island is Cold Stone Creamery which serves gourmet ice cream hand mixed with your choice of toppings. If your taste buds are screaming for a milk shake then the Shake Pit is a great bet however it is just off Anna Maria Island.  Another fabulous find is Sweet berries which serves fantastic frozen custard.  Visit our top 5 ice cream suggestions when visiting Anna Maria Island.

Off Anna Maria Island Dining and Restaurants

There are fantastic restaurants just off Anna Maria Island. A few are chain restaurants like Outback, Bone Fish, Olive Garden, Applebee’s and Carraba’s. If you are still looking for the Anna Maria Island “feel,” try Cortez Kitchen or Starfish Company as well as Anna Maria Oyster Bar.  Atlanta Bread Company, and Sweet Berries Frozen Custard Eatery are all conveniently located on Manatee Avenue. Always a favorite with the kids is of course Chuck E. Cheese. For a quick Mexican take out try Chipotle in Bradenton.  If you feel like venturing out into Sarasota try the very well known Columbia Restaurant.   Another great choices for Sarasota is Yoder’s which is an Amish based restaurant.  Yoder’s is well known for their pies.

Live Entertainment Taverns, Bars, and Restaurants

There are plenty of dining establishments on Anna Maria Island with live entertainment like SandBar, BeachHouse, Bridge Tender Inn, and D.Coy Ducks. We all need those vacation dollars to last so check out the top ten happy hours on Anna Maria Island list. It was hard work but someone had to find all of them!  Want more choices?  Our Anna Maria nightlife post lists bars, live music, billiards and more.  Check out our nightlife blog for more information.

Anna Maria Island is blessed to have so many wonderful dining choices. No matter where your Anna Maria vacation rental is located on the island, a great place to eat is a stones throw away. Cheers!

Enjoy a Casual Meal With Your Toes in the Sand at Coquina Beach Cafe

If you’re already out enjoying the day at Coquina Beach, or if you’re just in the mood for a casual bite to eat right on the beach, head over to the Coquina Beach Cafe. This laid-back spot is located in the city of Bradenton Beach (southern end of Anna Maria Island), and is right at the entrance to Coquina Beach.

The cafe is nestled right on the beach, so you can enjoy your food with your toes in the sand, and the Gulf of Mexico right in front of you. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Coquina Beach Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch, with the menu containing classic breakfast items omelettes, waffles, and biscuits & gravy. For lunch they offer different seafood platters, sandwiches, and fish or chicken tacos. It’s nothing fancy, but who needs fancy when you’re on Island time. The food is good and you can’t beat the view!

Coquina Beach Cafe also has frozen drinks (great for humid hot days), ice cream & sno cones, as well as a souvenir shop. Want to relax on the beach after enjoying breakfast or lunch at the cafe? Inquire with them about renting some chairs and an umbrella.

Coquina Beach Cafe
2650 Gulf Dr S, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-4757

The Waffle Press

Anna Maria has a new walk up snack option with the Waffle Press, located next to Pineapple Junction at 425 Pine Ave. This cozy spot specializes in Liege waffles, a sweeter and smaller cousin of the well-known Belgian waffle. Liege waffles are dough based and yeast raised, caramelized on the outside and with crunch of pearl sugar throughout. Each fluffy, crispy bite is amazing!

Waffle Press has a few yummy creations to choose from such as the Grand Slam which includes peanut butter, chocolate and bananas yet you can still create your own masterpiece with any mixture of toppings. If you are a purist, order the aptly named Purist which is a simple waffle with a sprinkling of cinnamon or sugar. It may have a simple name yet the taste is anything but simple! During my visit I opted for the Canadian which had maple butter and bacon on top of the hot freshly made waffle. There are also savory options and my friend tried the Birdie which included turkey, bacon, avocado and tomato jam. Both were amazing!

Smoothies, coffee including espresso and cappuccino are featured as well. Nondairy mylk options are available plus a few locally sourced baked goods. The day I was there the bagels looked amazing and I was tempted to indulge yet resisted, knowing I can go back.

Stop in the Waffle Press next time you visit AMI for breakfast, a snack or maybe dessert after enjoying dinner at any of the island’s fantastic eateries.

Waffle Press wall menu
Specialty coffees available

Get Your Breakfast on at Paradise Bagels, Cafe & Catering on East Bay Drive

Located a few doors down from the Island Walgreens, Paradise Bagels is a great little cafe to stop at for some breakfast. Obviously, you can get a pretty darn good bagel from here. They are New York style water bagels, and they have a selection of 18 different bagels to choose from that are freshly baked.

They also offer muffins, bakery items, and Deli made sandwiches, salads, and soups.

Paradise Bagels serves breakfast and lunch 365 days a year! They are open Monday – Saturday from 7AM – 2PM, and open Sundays from 7AM – 12:30PM.

Address:
3220 E Bay Dr
Holmes Beach, 34217


Dine with Your Toes in the Sand at Gulf Drive Cafe

The Gulf Drive Cafe is a casual, waterfront restaurant in Bradenton Beach, where you have the option of dining outdoors on the beach.
This is one of only 3 restaurants on Anna Maria Island where you can dine with your toes in the sand. The Sandbar and The Beach House also are right on the beach.

Gulf Drive Cafe is open everyday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, this place is more than just a restaurant. They also have a gift shop, host private events, and have a huge outdoor, full service tiki-bar known as The Kokonut Hut. Plus, the Kokonut Hut is dog friendly!

There are 2 large parking lots, or take the free Island trolley. There is a trolley stop conveniently right across the street.

Harrington House Bed & Breakfast

While searching for your perfect Anna Maria Island property, it’s nice to have a “home base” to relax and enjoy everything our special paradise has to offer. The Harrington House Beachfront Bed and Breakfast offers island hospitality and comfort in order to help you decide which AMI place is “the one” for you! When you’re making your reservation, make sure to tell them you are working with an Island Real Estate Sales Professional for VIP treatment!

The Harrington House is a fantastic direct Gulf Front Bed and Breakfast located on Anna Maria Island.  They offer nightly accommodations and they provide a perfect get away from the busy life.  Each morning you will be awakened by the smell of in house chef made breakfast, breads and coffee. Each bedroom has a charm all of its own, it’s best to speak to one of the very knowledgeable staff to determine which room would best meet your expectations.

Harrington House Breakfast

They also serve breakfast by appointment only for locals and visitors alike.  Sit outside and listen to the Gulf of Mexico while you enjoy one of several specialty breakfasts.   You can also dine inside in the dining area with direct views of the Gulf of Mexico.  Either way, the breakfast is fantastic and the views are free.  If you have a special occasion be sure to stay at Harrington House or at least visit them for breakfast but please be sure to call ahead. Reservations are always required and seating is limited.

One last note, Harrington House will also host a tea party, wedding, or wedding reception so be sure to call them if you have a need for a special group outing.

Harrington House
5626 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
(941) 778-5444

Breakfast on Anna Maria Island – The Donut Experiment

The Donut Experiment is an amazing spot for donuts and coffee! When choosing breakfast on Anna Maria Island there is definitely no shortage of options. But there is only one place where gourmet donuts are baked fresh daily and topped with your choice of crushed M&M’s, Fruity Pebbles, Oreos and so much more.

The Donut Experiment

Located at 210 Pine Avenue, The Donuts Experiment is a staple of the breakfast community coming out with new and more creative recipes every day.

scavenger hunt donuts

AMI Donuts is the brain child of Shawn and Cecilia Wompola. Shawn formerly a police officer and Cecilia, a retail buyer for QVC, vacationed to Anna Maria. They dreamed of one day making it their home. Their only complaint while vacationing here was the lack of good doughnuts on the island. What could be more obvious? Now, a year and a half later, you can stroll down Pine Avenue and be lured by that tantalizing smell of fresh, tasty doughnuts. The Wompolas will welcome you in the door of Anna Maria Doughnuts with a big smile and such a creative array of sumptuous treats like the Golden Grahams S’more donut or the all new the sriracha donut.

So next time you find yourself in need of a delicious pick me up, stop in and try some of the one of a kind recipes like Key Lime or the Cinnamon Sugar (personal favorites of Shawn and Celia) or the Maple Bacon (my

favorite) I can assure you won’t be disappointed.

Outdoor Dining Anna Maria Island – Dine and Drink El Fresco!

Outdoor Dining on Anna Maria Island is the quintessential way to hang out in beautiful tropical climate! There’s nothing better than when going out to grab a bite to eat or drinks, having the warm island breeze surrounding you. Some of the wonderful restaurants I’ve listed below have beautiful water views of either the crystal clear Gulf or Bay, or an open-air setting directly across the street from the beach.

The fresh air of AMI always makes your food taste that much better and your drinks that much tastier, bringing you relaxing vibes that will be sure to lift your spirit. I have suggested different places from smaller and more quant spots, to casual any-time spots, to romantic night spots.

Outdoor Dining Anna Maria Island

Sandbar – 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria

Direct Gulf front

sandbar restaurant in anna maria

The Waterfront – 111 South Bay Blvd, Anna Maria
Bay views

Anna Maria Pier – 100 South Bay Blvd, Anna Maria
Out in the middle of the Tampa Bay

Anna Maria City pier

Bridgetender – 135 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
Direct bay front

Bridgetender inn Bradenton Beach

Island Time Bar & Grill – 111 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach
Open-air setting, across the street from the Gulf

The Beachhouse – 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach
Direct Gulf front

Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe – 4000 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach
Direct Gulf front