Esca Restaurant and Bar in Sarasota, FL

Esca Restaurant and Bar
Esca Restaurant and Bar, Sarasota

Esca in Sarasota should be on the top of your list of things to do once you venture off Anna Maria Island. The Nightspots in Sarasota are all in close proximity to each other, so it would be very easy to see all the hottest spots within one night! Esca is only a 40 minute drive off Anna Maria Island.

Esca Restaurant and Bar is one of Downtown Sarasota’s main hot-spots. With nightly entertainment and a roof-top dance floor that overlooks Downtown Sarasota, a night at Esca would truly be a night to remember!

The Nightly entertainment at Esca consists of Live Music, Jazz, DJ’s, Rock, Lounge, Karaoke and more!  Esca’s menu is American Cuisine moderately priced at $7-$13.  Valet Parking and Self-Parking is available.

Esca Restaurant and Bar serves Brunch, Lunch and Dinner.

Brunch 10:00AM-2:30PM Sundays
Lunch 11:30AM-2:30PM Monday-Friday
Dinner 5:00-10:00PM Monday-Thursday
Bar Menu- Until 1:00AM Monday-Saturday
Weekday Happy Hour- 5:00-7:00PM

Go to Esca Restaurant and Bar for more information.
1888 Main Street Sarasota, FL 34236

Minnie’s breakfast and lunch restaurant in Holmes Beach

Breakfast Orange Juice
Breakfast Orange Juice

Minnie’s is a great breakfast and lunch restaurant.  The diner like restaurant plays oldies music that the waitresses sometimes sing to.  It is seat yourself so if you see a table free sit-on-down.  There is a very large table close to the cashier which is used mostly for single diners.  Minnie’s is very local as you often see lots of folks stopping and catching up with each other.

Eggs and Hashbrowns
Breakfast eggs

Saturday’s and Sunday’s they serve breakfast all day and normal days up until noon.  They have some great lunch and breakfast specials.  Be sure to bring your CASH as they do not accept credit cards.  I have had lunch and breakfast there several times and Minnie’s of Holmes Beach has always satisfied my hunger and the prices are very reasonable.  For breakfast they have Pancakes, eggs, breakfast sandwiches, as well as a few breakfast specials.

For lunch they have sandwiches as well as bigger meals with soup or salad.  The atmosphere is fun and in a central location in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island.  Stop in and tell them Island Real Estate sent ya!

Sorry no outside seating except for a few seats for a quick smoke.  As mentioned cash only so keep your credit cards at home.  Breakfast and lunch only.

Minnie’s restaurant
5360 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach, FL, Anna Maria Island
(941) 778-4140

Need a few more choices for breakfast on Anna Maria Island?  We provide a great list of potential perfect fits for breakfast on Anna Maria Island.

Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant CLOSED

Ceviche Sarasota Restaurant and Bar

Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant is located in historic downtown Sarasota, which is approximately a 40-minute drive from Anna Maria Island through scenic Longboat Key. Their menu consists of over 100 hot and cold Tapas from Northern Spain, ranging anywhere from $3.50-12.50.  In addition they also serve salads, vegetarian-friendly dishes, and most of their tapas can also be ordered as a main dish.  Ceviche of Sarasota is well known for their extensive wine list and was voted “The Best Sangria in Tampa Bay”.

The building is a beautiful 1925 historical building, which boasts intricate Spanish architectural décor. The Sarasota Restaurant and Bar has four different levels with each floor having its own unique atmosphere.  The Sarasota restaurant has a rooftop bar that provides unforgettable waterfront sunsets.  The roof top bar has a big-city feel and a great view of downtown Sarasota.  The restaurant and bar entertainment includes live music, dance classes and DJs. This would be a great night out on the town, and it is in close proximity to other Sarasota nightlife.

Ceviche offers various Happy Hour specials Monday through Friday 5-7pm; in addition they have Tapas Tuesdays with a $4 Tapas menu and $4 Sangria. Ceviche also has a Sunday Brunch from 10:30-2:30pm with $3 Mimosas.

Ceviche Interior
Ceviche Interior

Please visit the Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant website for more information.  Events and specials can change at a moments notice so we strongly suggest checking the Sarasota’s restaurant website.

Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant – Sarasota, FL
1216 1st Street
Sarasota,Fl 34236

Ceviche restaurant has four locations Sarasota, Tampa, St. Petersburg and Orlando.  For additional information on Anna Maria Island restaurants be sure to visit our Anna Maria Island restaurant information page.

Bradenton Mexican-Cuban Restaurant CLOSED

The Cancun Mexican-Cuban Grill is a great restaurant just a short 15 minute drive East of Anna Maria Island.  The Cuban restaurant in Bradenton is good affordable food.  The restaurant is very popular with the Bradenton, FL lunch crowd because they have big lunches on the cheap.  The Bradenton restaurant has about 10 lunch specials that are served with the soup of the day.  Still not impressed?  How about half of a roasted chicken served with soup, rice, beans, and plantains all for $6.95?  That is just one of several fantastic lunch specials.

Need more?  How about Tuesday and Thursday’s all day $0.99 Margarita specials.  This is not some little dixie cup Margarita either.  It is a standard pretty large margarita glass with prices in the 60’s.  We have had a few of their margarita’s and umm, umm good.  Act now before they take away their margarita special.

Lots of dinner choices too.  Prices range from $8.00 – $14.95 for their specialty Cancun Mariscada Seafood stew.  The description…”If you’re feeling down, this is the choice that is sure to get you up.  It’s a combination of seafood all in one soup.  It includes shrimp, scallops, blue crab, green shell mussels, lobster base, fish, squid and octopus.  Served with white rice and tortillas.”

Sorry the dining is mostly inside although there are a few small tables outside on busy Manatee Avenue.  They serve wine, beer, a few cocktails and imported beers like Tecate, Heineken, Negra Modelo, Pacifico, and XX.  For the kids they have Taco’s, grilled cheese, cheeseburgers, Quesadilla and chicken fingers.  For adults they have salads, fish, and traditional Cuban and Mexican meals.  Make sure you try their guacamole.  Good stuff.

Please note, check their schedule.  Currently they are closed Monday’s only.

Cancun Mexican-Cuban Grill

5120 A Manatee Ave. West
Bradenton, FL 34209
(941) 747-2552
(941) 746-1862

As always, please leave comments if you have tried Cancun Mexican Cuban and please visit Island Real Estate’s Real Estate or Vacation Rental website for more on Anna Maria Island properties for sale or rent.

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.

9906 Gulf Drive
Anna Maria City, Anna Maria Island, Fl

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.

Sea World is a great Orlando day trip from Anna Maria Island

anna maria orlando
Sea World Orlando Sign

SeaWorld is the perfect Anna Maria Orlando day trip for visitors.  In addition, United Kingdom visitors typically hit Orlando for about 3-5 days then come to Anna Maria Island for a week long REAL vacation.

Sea World is just a short drive from Anna Maria Island making it a great Orlando day trip destination.  If you can get the family up and ready to leave by 8:00 AM you should reach Sea World

SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld Orlando

by 9:30 AM and walking through the front gates of Sea World, Orlando by 10 AM.  We like to leave a little earlier and stop at the Denny’s just across the street from Sea World for a strong breakfast to start our day.  It starts us off on the right foot after the quick 1.5-hour ride to Orlando and seems to help the kids calm down since they can see the entryway to Sea World just across the street.  Most parking in Orlando is NOT free and Sea World charges to park.

Sea World has a ton of stuff to do for all ages.  They have an amusement park outfitted with a roller coaster that any adult would love.  Tea Cups for those of you that have strong stomachs, swing rides, twirling rides, you name it.  Of course, Sea World is not as large as a stand-alone amusement park but it has plenty to get you past your roller coaster “fix.”   Sea World also has the classic water log ride and you can see a portion of the ride in the video shown below.

SeaWorld also has a large play area for children.  Huge climbing nets will keep your children playing for hours and nearby is a water play area if they get bored of nets or other play areas.

Of course, we cannot forget the shows.  The biggest show of all, “Shamu” will not disappoint.  Plenty of jumps, dives, and splashes.  Another great show is a dolphin show where more than 5 dolphins jump in unison all throughout the water.  A high diving show lets your children watch as parrots buzz by just over your heads as well divers dressed in costumes dive into the water from about 30-40 feet above.   One last show which is great for kids.  The Sea Otter show is filled with blunders, clean jokes, and a few animals that perform tricks that even the toughest critic will be impressed with.

There are lots of sea life to view at Sea World.  There is a great penguin exhibit where you see a great variety of penguins.  There is sea life tunnel where sharks and other sea life swim throughout the tunnel overhead.  The tunnel provides plenty of Oohs and aahs.  After one of the shows, there is a neat spot where the floor below is made of glass and right above is a glass ceiling both outfitted with plenty of sea life.  Children love to run around and chase the fish in the floor.

Be sure to bring your sunscreen, some cash, and a little patience and Sea World will offer a lifetime of family memories.  For more great Orlando things to do be sure to visit our Orlando Activities pages.

SeaWorld Orlando
7007 SeaWorld Drive,
Orlando, FL, 32821
888 800-5447


The Ringling -The John and Mable Ringling Museum

The Ringling museum is an great day trip from Anna Maria Island into Sarasota. The museum is located right off Sarasota Bay just a short 30 minutes drive away. This is truly an amazing museum, and a must visit for art lovers!


John and Mable Ringling built their home and museum in 1927 and left their beautiful grounds and buildings to the State of Florida. The museum opened to the public in October of 1931. The history behind this gorgeous waterfront property is incredible, to read more please go to

The museum includes the Ringling Museum of Art, the Circus Museum, Rose Garden, Ringling Courtyard, and the Ca d’Zan Mansion.

The Ringling
Inside The Ringling.

Exhibits at The Ringling

You will fall in love with the historically significant art found here. Works from Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens fill an entire room. These pieces are huge and astonishing. Additionally many other famous names decorate the walls.

The Circus Museum is fun for everyone! Yes, this is the John Ringling of Ringling Circus. You will find interesting circus history, and fun things to see.

Ca d’Zan is the summer home of John and Mable. It’s like visiting a palace on Sarasota Bay. This mansion is one of a kind. You’ll never see anything like this luxurious home. The Ringlings held amazing balls and also loved entertaining here.

One of the galleries at the museum is for rotating exhibits. This is an excellent place to catch traveling shows.


Beautiful Ca d'Zan Mansion
Beautiful Ca d’Zan Mansion
Rose Garden
Rose Garden

The museum offers complimentary tours with admission of the Ringling Museum and the Circus Museum, but it is $4-5 for a tour of the Ca d’Zan mansion.

Saturdays at the Ringling Museum are family fun days with story time, exploration stations, family friendly exhibition tours and more all with paid admission.

Also located on the grounds, Banyan Café and the Treviso Restaurant are great for dining.

Ringling Circus Poster 

Open Daily from 10am to 5:30 pm
Admission is $7-20, Children under 6 are free.
Located at the end of University Parkway on beautiful Sarasota Bay, check here for directions and parking.
For more things to do on Anna Maria Island or Sarasota visit our top ten list of things to do while vacationing in paradise.

CLOSED – Da Giorgio restaurant – Anna Maria Island, Fl

Sorry, this restaurant has recently closed —-  As of March 2011 the restaurant is closed.  Italian Restaraunt in Holmes Beach, FlDa Giorgio Ristorante located in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island has great Northern Italian cuisine.   Business Casual dress is appropriate for this semi-romantic restaurant located on the North side of Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.  Giorgio the chef and owner prides himself on touching every plate of food that goes out seven days per week.  Da Giorgio has an extensive wine list from one glass to $500 bottles of wine.  There is no outdoor dining and they can handle large parties.  A very unique aspect of Da Salmon dish at Da Giorgio restaraunt in Anna Maria IslandGiorgio is they have live piano or singing every night of the week.  The volume is not overpowering and ads a nice piece of entertainment to the meal.  In addition, Chef Giorgio himself comes out when the opportunity allows itself and sings a few songs to the diners. We ate our meal in high season on a weeknight and were able to get in without a reservation.  For holiday weekends it may be best to call ahead.

We tried the mussels as an appetizer, Salmon and an Alfredo pasta dish.  The Salmon dish was cooked very well and had home-made pasta on the side.  The Alfredo sauce was delectable and only wish it was a bit thicker.  Everything was very good.  Prices range from $15 to $30 per dish.  If you are in the mood for Italian cuisine and want some extra entertainment during dinner then Da Giorgio is a great bet.

Da Giorgio restaurant
5702 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL, 34217

Lee Roy Selmon’s is a great BBQ and all American restaurant

Lee Roy Selmon’s just a few minutes from Anna Maria IslandSorry, Lee Roy Selmon’s is no longer in business.

Lee Roy Selmon’s is a great family restaurant that has similar food as Outback.  The restaurant is just 10-15 minutes from Anna Maria Island in Bradenton, Fl.  Just travel South to Cortez road and head East until 65th street West.  The restaurant has a nice family atmosphere and is family friendly.  They have a nice childrens menu filled with Barbecue Ribs, Chicken Fingers, Corndogs, Macaroni and Cheese, and other child favorites.  For adults Lee Roy Selmon’s has soups, salads, Barbeque, Salmon, Trout, Shrimp, and plenty of great choices of appetizers.

Lee Roy’s has a menu on their website as well as more locations on the Gulf Coast.  If you are planning on going bowling, out to a movie, or leaving Anna Maria Island.  Try Lee Roy’s for lunch or Lee Roy Selmon’s dinner, you won’t be sorry.   They open at 11:30 AM for lunch and most nights are open until 10:30 PM.

One last note, their barbeque is great as well as their sweet potatoes.


Sorry, Lee Roy Selmons is no longer located in Bradenton, FL

Lee Roy Selmon’s
6510 Cortez Road
Bradenton, Fl 34210

Island Mail and More of Anna Maria Island focuses on the "more"

While visiting or vacationing here on Anna Maria Island it is nice to know that you can still count on being able to take careIsland Mail and More on Anna Maria island, FLof any mail , fax, or internet requirements you may need.  This particular Island mail store offers a wide variety of mail carrier options such as  FedEx, DHL, UPS and  USPS.  You can also log onto the Internet for a fee that is charged according to the time of usage.  Facsimiles, copies, and shipping supplies can be  found in the store as well.  They have a fairly large conference room that can be used and scheduled for a fee.  This shop has fantastic customer service.  They are very well known on Anna Maria Island for going the extra mile to ensure that your every mailing or office whim is serviced.   They ship luggage, artwork, furniture, collectibles, and various other items.  They have even shipped a few cars and kayaks!

Island Mail and More is located next to the Whistle Stop gift shop and Subway in the Island shopping plaza in Holmes Beach, Florida.

Island Mail and More
3230 East Bay Drive
Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
(941) 778-1911
FAX (941)  779-2493