Hurricane Hanks Pub and Grub On Anna Maria Island

Everyone needs to eat and when you are in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island you must stop at Hurricane Hanks Pub & Grub for lunch or dinner.  Hurricane Hanks is in the S & S Plaza located at the intersection of Gulf Drive and Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.  This island style pub has it all, salads, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, and a full liquor bar, with bartenders who know their drink recipes.

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Samurai Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi in Bradenton, Fl

Samurai Flames
Big Flames at the Samurai

The Samurai is a recently opened restaurant in Bradenton, Fl. All seating is inside and the restaurant has he a fairly large bar area. The Samurai Steakhouse has 8 areas where you can sit down in front of large Hibachi grills. Japanese chefs come out and put on a nice show using knives, spatula’s, food and other items to both entertain and serve great Japanese food. The Hibachi grill has choices of chicken, Shrimp, Calamari, Steak, Tuna, Salmon and Lobster. The chef comes out and first fires up the grill with a pretty good flash of flames. Then the vegetables are cut up followed by cooking up some rice and meats. It is a good show with knives clanging and flipping and the food is fantastic. They offer two sauces with your meal and I happen to really like the cream base sauce. They call this yum-yum sauce. The Hibachi grill meals come with a clear broth soup and small salad.

If a Hibachi dinner is not your style that is ok. They serve lots of sushi as well as entrees. There are over 50 choices of Sushi as well as Tempura, fried rice and noodle based dishes. They also offer some unique soups and salads. Seaweed salad, Kani salad which is Crab meat mixed with cucumber and fish eggs. You can always try one of their 15 appetizers. Calamari, Chicken Tempura, Tofu or Edamame. The Samurai also serves Hibachi lunches as well as sushi rolls.

Samurai Sign
Samurai Exterior

The Japanese Steakhouse is just a fifteen minute drive from Anna Maria Island. It is very close to the Desoto mall which is a great after lunch or dinner spot to slip in some shopping. The Samurai is fairly expensive at about $20 per entree. The food is fantastic and it is entertaining. Our younger son loves it as the chefs are very interactive with the crowd. They toss vegetables in his mouth as well as make volcanoes out of onions. The Samurai has a full bar with lots of unique beer choices.

The Samurai has dine in or take out and is open for lunch and dinner.  I do consider the Japanese steakhouse to be child friendly.  Our son of seven likes the chicken which is around $8 for his meal and he loves the hibachi show as they cook the rice, chicken and vegetables.

3611 1st Street #110
Bradenton, FL 34208
(941) 747-6300

Below find the map from Anna Maria island to the Samurai restaurant.

Samurai Hibatchi interior
Samurai Interior

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Anna Maria Island restaurants and shops open Easter holiday

Anna Maria Island is a great place to visit all year around.  If you happen to be visiting during a holiday, finding a spot to have breakfast, lunch or dinner could be a frustrating process if you don’t know before hand what restaurants are open.  Hopefully this information will help during Easter and there is a fairly good chance that if these restaurants and stores are open for Easter, they will be open for other Anna Maria Island holidays as well.  Have a happy holiday and

Holiday Dining
Holiday Dining

here is to doing no dishes this year!


Beach Bistro – Dinner – Holmes Beach, Florida
Gulf Front elegant dining with casual dining available

Beach House – Lunch & Dinner – Bradenton Beach, FL
Gulf Front casual dining – you can eat right on the beach

Euphemia Haye – Dinner – Longboat Key, Florida
Elegant dining, huge assortment of desserts

Moveable Feast – Lunch and Dinner – Holmes Beach, Fl
Casual dining with plenty of holiday seating

Paradise Cafe – Lunch – Holmes Beach, East Bay Plaza
Order take out or small availability for dining in

Rod  and Reel Restaurant – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – Anna Maria City
Bay front dining – casual – live sea-life daily

Sandbar – Lunch & Dinner – Anna Maria City, Florida
Gulf Front dining – walk right in from the beach!

Sign of the Mermaid – Three meals – Anna Maria city, Florida
Business Casual dining.  National award winning key lime pie.

Easter Holiday Treats
Easter Holiday Treats

Waterfront restaurant – Lunch and Dinner – Anna Maria City, Florida
Bay View business casual dining.  Reservations strongly suggested


Albertson’s Supermarket – Bradenton, Fl

Sweetbay Supermarket – Bradenton, Fl

Walgreens – Bradenton, Fl – Open 24 hours

Chipotle Mexican Grill is quick, fresh and cheap – Mexican

Chipotle plaza from Cortez
Chipotle plaza from Cortez

Chipotle is a national chain however Anna Maria Island is lucky enough to have one in Bradenton, Fl.  Chipotle is the Subway of Mexican.  Just on Cortez Chipotle is only a 15 minute drive from Anna Maria Island.  If you are looking for an inexpensive, healthy, quick bite to eat for lunch of dinner then look no further.  In the same plaza as Lowes, Dicks and Best Buy there is plenty to do before or after eating.

You walk in to Chipotle to an industrial atmosphere that is very simple but comfortable.  Walk up the glass domed bar and order up your favorite burrito.  They serve vegetarian, Pork, Chicken or steak.  Most of the dishes are served with a soft tortilla however you can take it “naked.”  They put everything in a dish and you eat it like a salad.  Choose your meat then grab black beans, pinto beans, grilled onions, grilled peppers, fantastic white long rice with what

Chipotle's Mexican Grill Menu
Chipotle’s Mexican Grill Menu

appears to be Cilantro mixed in with sour cream, cheeses, and three salsas to choose from.  Mild, Medium, or hot.  I love the medium because it is a corn salsa and really hits the spot.  Don’t forget to grab a bag of nachos with some salsa, guacamole or sour cream or what the heck, your on vacation – all three!  They have a fountain drink machine or plenty of specialty soda’s to choose from.  Most can eat for less than $10 and you are in and out within a half an hour.

My favorite is a Carnita – Buritto bowl.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.   Take a look at the picture supplied, it is most of the menu.

1608 Cortez Road W
Bradenton, FL, 34209
(941) 752-0425
(941) 758-5926 Fax

Chipotle – Sarasota
97 N. Cattlemen Road
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 359-6757
(941) 355-8728 Fax

Need to drive in to Sarasota – No worries there are a few Chipotle Mexican Grill’s in Sarasota, too.  Just a 20-30 minute drive from Anna Maria Island.

Olive Garden is a great Bradenton Italian restaurant

Olive Garden is a great economical place to eat if staying on Anna Maria Island or in Bradenton, Florida.  The Bradenton

Olive Garden Restaurant
Olive Garden Restaurant

Olive Garden Restaurant has outdoor seating for the great balmy nights of the West coast of Florida.  The restaurant has a bar for waiting or just to eat or have a quick cocktail or bit to eat.  Typically the Olive Garden is a great place to eat for busy nights on Anna Maria Island.  The restaurant is about a 20 minute drive from Anna Maria Island.

The Olive Garden is primarily Italian although they do have a few traditional dishes.  Beef, Pork and Fish dishes.  The restaurant often offers all you can eat bread as well as soup or salad.

The Olive Garden has great spaghetti, chicken Parmesan, heck anything Italian is good.

Olive Garden Restaurant
4420 West 14th Street
Bradenton, Fl, 34207

Olive Garden Outdoor Seating
Olive Garden Outdoor Seating
Olive Garden Soup
Olive Garden Soup

Want another great Italian choice just off Anna Maria Island?  Try Marina’s just off Anna Maria Island on Manatee Avenue.

Jamaica Breeze Authentic Jamaican Food

After years of great food and beverage, Jamrocks Jamaican Grill has moved off Anna Maria Island and is now known as Jamaica Breeze.

Authentic Jamaican Dishes

Live the good life at Jamaica Breeze restaurant, that just moved from its Bradenton Beach location off the island to 420 67th street West, Bradenton, Florida. Enjoy delicious meals and live entertainment at this restaurant. Jamrocks is ideal for the whole family and offers authentic Jamaican food with dishes like:  Jerk Chicken with Jamaican spices, Surf & Turf with jumbo shrimp and seasonings, Caribbean Salad with fresh cantaloupe, honeydew and pineapple, and Montego Bay Snapper with cilantro and lime juice.

It was ranked one of the “Best Deals” in the Southwest of Florida by the Sarasota Food and Wine Magazine. If you would like to read about more reviews on restaurants located on Anna Maria Island please visit our Anna Maria Restaurant information page.

Jamaican Breeze features live music on the weekends. Friday is steel drumming night.  Takeout and Delivery available.

Jamaican Breeze
420 67th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34209
Phone  941 896-9900

All information as of December, 2015. Please call to verify times and prices.

Just down the street on Manatee heading East is Derek’s.  Another great restaurant choice just off Anna Maria Island.

Beach House Restaurant – Outdoor dining and great Florida seafood

The Beach House restaurant is located in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island  just past the street light after the Cortez Bridge heading south.

The BeachHouse has great Florida seafood and breathtaking views
The Beach House has great Florida seafood and breathtaking views

Experience great waterfront dining on the Gulf of Mexico with breathtaking views and fresh Florida seafood. It is the perfect place for family dining with plenty of room for all the kids to play on the beach while you sip on a tropical drink and enjoy great food while listening to live entertainment by local artists. You can choose, if you like, to have your meal inside the dining room or on the waterfront deck. There is even a covered Gulf front area, which makes it perfect rain or shine.

Beside the regular lunch and dinner menus, Beach House offers a happy hour menu at the bar including delicious libations and small plates.  In addition to fresh local seafood you can find farm fresh produce on the menu. The Grouper sandwich is a popular menu item, but be sure to check out any seasonal offerings like the stuffed squash blossoms from Gamble creek farms.


Bradenton Beach Sunsets

The Beach House is a wonderful spot to enjoy a gulf sunset after a long day at the beach. If you like to take a look at some spectacular sunset pictures visit our Anna Maria Island  blog and get in the mood for a nice dinner at The Beach House.

It is also a great place to have a wedding. The Beach House is an award-winning location for beach weddings, receptions or any special event. Maybe if you are in luck you’ll witness one of the happy couples exchange their vows.

You can even do a little shopping in their gift and souvenir shop located at the entrance area of the restaurant.

The Beach House hours:
Open 7 days a week
11:30am-10:00pm every day during Daylight Savings Time
11:30am-9pm Sun-Thurs, 11:30am-10:00pm Fri and Sat during Standard time.

The Beach House Restaurant
200 Gulf Dr
Bradenton Beach, Fl 34217
Phone (941) 779-2222



Atlanta Bread Company

Atlanta Bread
Atlanta Bread

Atlanta Bread Company is a good place to go if you are looking for breakfast, lunch or just a little something sweet and a coffee.  The menu is set to wet the appetite of almost anyone in your party.   The breakfast is a selection of egg sandwiches and a variety of delicious pastries.   The bread is made fresh daily and the selection of soups changes from day to day.   The best thing of all?  Atlanta Bread Company is just a 15 minute drive into Bradenton, Florida from Anna Maria Island.

The bread company also offer a good selection of fresh made salads that you can do a half and half order with either a half sandwich or soup.  The desserts are encased in a bakery window for you to gaze and drool over.  The restaurant offers a wide arrangement of baked goods from  muffins to cookies to fresh made coffee cake and key lime cheese cake.  All are sure to cure your sweet tooth.

Fantastic Breads
Fantastic Breads

The restaurant prices are reasonable, $3 and up to $8.  They accept credit card or cash and also offer free wireless internet.

Planning a party at your vacation home?  The Atlanta Bread Company offers fantastic catering.

Atlanta Bread Company
6401 Manatee Ave
Bradenton, Fl 34209
Mon-Sat 7AM-9PM
Sun 8AM-8PM


For more information on out of town information in the Bradenton, Fl area or the Anna Maria Island Area visit our Restaurant informational page.

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

The Feast located in Central Holmes Beach is a top ten restaurant

A fFeast is a relaxing place to have lunch or dinner.  The Moveable Feast moved to Holmes Beach on

Barbecue Ribs
Barbecue Ribs

Anna Maria Island, Florida many years ago from Longboat Key and changed their name to just the Feast.  The restaurant offers dining in, pick up and delivery.  Delivery must be at least $15 at the time of this blog so check with the restaurant to be sure they deliver.  The Feast has plenty of staff to be sure you are serviced well and the restaurant can support about twenty tables.  The restaurant serves Beer and Wine.

The Feast offers a ton of variety.  Plain pizza’s or gourmet pizzas.  Pasta, Sandwiches, salads and hearty entrees.  Our party started off with the Firecracker shrimp which were very good and a healthy serving which was plenty for four.  The Greek Salad was very good and could have added Chicken,Shrimp, Scallops, Tuna or Snapper for $5.  The Caribbean Red Snapper sandwich was a big portion with two sides.  They have plenty of sides to choose from.  The Vegetables were good but the mashed sweet potatoes were to die for and seemed more like a dessert than a side.  Lastly we tried the full rack of barbecue ribs which fell right off the bone.  Pretty saucy but cooked to perfection.

The restaurant offers a few desserts like key lime pie and a brownie.  If your party is looking for a good amount of variety ranging from a sandwich to gourmet meal then The Feast is probably a good bet.  The Feast is in a central location in Holmes Beach.   Please note the pictures in this blog represent food provided by the Moveable Feast.

Spicey Shrimp Appetizer
Spicy Shrimp Appetizer

The Feast
5406 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
Anna Maria Island
(941) 778-5092

The Feast makes most local top ten restaurants.  Another local favorite sit down restaurant is the Waterfront in Anna Maria City.