The Ultimate Foodies Guide to Anna Maria Island

Here is the ultimate foodies guide to Anna Maria Island! While the area has tons of fantastic spots to eat, this list highlights some real treats. From high-end to toes in the sand casual, you’ll find something delicious with our handy guide.

Foodies Guide to Anna Maria Island

This list isn’t just another selection of places for you to visit, but rather some specific menu suggestions designed to allow you to taste your way across the island.

Bacon at The Doctor’s Office

The Doctor’s Office is one of Anna Maria Island’s newest spots. Here you’ll find hand crafted cocktails and a fantastic small plates menu. The maple bacon is absolutely delicious. Thick cut and both sweet and smokey. Don’t plan on splitting a piece either! In addition to the maple bacon EVERYTHING on the menu is amazing. A fun and sophisticated watering hole in Holmes Beach, You NEED a trip to the Doctor!

Shrimp and Grits at Blue Marlin

Blue Marlin is the spot to go for Southern style seafood. You’ll find tons of those comfort foods that Floridians love like hush puppies, grits, corn bread and mac and cheese. One thing they are know for is Shrimp and Grits. Shrimp is dusted in Cajun seasoning and placed over cheesy grits with bacon crumbles and scallions. Delicious!

Blue Marlin
Blue Marlin Shrimp and grits.

Burritos at Poppo’s

Poppo’s Taqueria has amazing food, and the burritos are no exception. While the burrito and burrito bowls are super popular, we also suggest trying the Poppo’s Tacos.

Build your own burrito or burrito bowl! Any toppings you pick will be amazing as Poppo’s offers organic produce and meats! Be sure to grab a local craft beer or Kombucha too!

Seasonal Seafood at Starfish Co. Market

Starfish Market offers seafood so fresh you can literally watch it coming off the boat! Everything here is good, but we recommend the seasonal specialties like Stone Crab, Spiny Lobster and Smoked Mullet. Bring Cash!

 

Local Seasonal Seafood at Starfish Co Market
Stone Crab Season is from Oct. 15 to May 15 in Florida!

Bread from Vinny and Cheryl’s

If you love authentic homemade Italian breads as much as we do, then stop by Vinny and Cheryl’s! Offering a wide variety of specialties beyond bread, this is the spot for Italian on the island. They don’t offer dine-in services, but you can pick up an entire meal to take to the beach!

Bouillabaisse at The Beach Bistro

The Beach Bistro is an award winning find dining experience with amazing gulf views. While you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, the Bouillabaisse here is a true classic which the chefs have been perfecting for decades. Homemade broth, fresh to order Nova Scotia Lobster, fresh fish, calamari and more!

The Beach Bistro
Bouillabaisse at the Beach Bistro is out of this world!

Specialty Cheese at Olive Oil Outpost

Once you pick up some bread from Vinny and Cheryl’s wander down the street to Anna Maria Olive Oil Outpost for some cheese to go with! They have a fantastic little shop with specialty items. This is a definite must stop for foodies.

Fish Tacos and Grouper at Tide Tables

Tide Tables is the sister restaurant of the famous Starfish Market, so you know you’re in for great seafood! When you ask locals and vacationers what is their favorite menu item at Tide Tables, they’ll likely tell you everything. However, the most popular suggestions are always the Grouper and Fish Tacos! The Grouper comes fried, grilled or blackened… the traditional Florida options. The Fish Tacos are blackened Mahi with slaw, cheddar-jack and sesame ginger sauce on flour tortillas.

Tide Tables
Tide Tables for casual and tasty seafood.

Key lime Donut from The Donut Experiment

The Donut Experiment is a must stop! Donut are freshly fried and you pick exactly what you’d like from a large selection of toppings. Kids and adults both love eating here, and their coffee/espresso drinks are some of the best on the island. While they offer endless flavor combinations we suggest the Key Lime house special. Vanilla icing dusted with graham cracker and drizzled with lime syrup. Just the right amount of sweet, sour and salty to make your entire palate happy.

Crab Cakes at The Waterfront

It is EXTREMELY difficult to pick just one thing at The Waterfront. Everything is exceptional. The chefs here offer a unique spin on many of the classics. They always seem to give you familiar items that are just elevated to a higher level.

Many folks will tell you to try the crab cakes. They are Maryland style lump Blue Crab seared in an iron skillet and served with creole Mustard. For lunch you’ll find the Crab Cake Sandwich served on a Kaiser roll with lettuce and tomato. For Dinner you’ll find the Crab Cake with the potato of the day. Both are excellent.

The Waterfront
Crab Cakes The Waterfront

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the best of the best with the ultimate foodies guide to Anna Maria Island. We’re confident that you won’t be disappointed as all of these items have been tested by the Island Real Estate foodies!

Before you get to tasting your way around Anna Maria Island, be sure to book your accommodations with Island Real Estate! From gulf front luxury to laid back beach cottages, we have the perfect beach rental for your group!

National Burrito Day Anna Maria Island

There are many options for celebrating National Burrito Day on Anna Maria Island! Check out our list of places to go.

National Burrito Day
National Burrito Day is in full swing at Wicked Cantina!

National Burrito Day Anna Maria Island

Start your day with a Breakfast Burrito!

Find them at Sign of The Mermaid, Peaches and Anna Maria Oyster Bar! Each one is slightly different, but all are amazing.

Poppo’s Taqueria

Poppo’s offers a great selection of build your burritos, quesadillas, tacos and burrito bowls. They use hormone free meats and organic produce when available. All their sodas are free of high fructose corn syrup and they also serve local craft beers and Kombucha! You’ll love their fresh pressed flour tortillas! Find them on Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria.

Tortilla Bay

Tortilla Bay offers great Tex-Mex for lunch and dinner. Find all the classics from Taco salad, wraps, fish tacos, burritos and more. The queso dip is an absolute must! They also serve beer, wine and soft drinks. Find them in Holmes Beach on the corner of Marina and Gulf Drive.

Wicked Cantina

Wicked Cantina has an extensive menu boasting authentic Austin style Tex-Mex. Find something for everyone on the menu with Fajitas, tacos, seafood, burritos and even burgers too! Not only do they have amazing food, but the island’s best selection of hand crafted Margaritas. Sit on their outdoor deck and enjoy gulf views, and live music. Find them on Gulf Drive

Today the staff at Island Real Estate settled on Poppo’s for lunch. We HIGHLY recommend any of these options for a great Burrito. Check out our Facebook page after 12:30pm today for pictures of our lunch!

Poppo’s Tacos Anna Maria Island

Poppo’s Tacos offers Anna Maria Island authentic Tex-Mex that is out of this world! Poppo’s Taqueria has been winning hearts since late 2012 with an attention to detail rarely found in the food industry.

Poppo’s Tacos

Owned and operated by two brothers and one significant other Poppo’s has a belief in flavor and sustainability over all. With careful sourcing they have put together a menu of meats free of antibiotics, added hormones, growth stimulants, and preservatives. Additionally, all meat is from human sources. Their produce comes from Global Organics. Indgredients are only the best too! From each organic roma tomato to every avocado that goes into their delicious guacamole.

The Soda is made with real cane sugar, natural herbs and spices. The idea that better ingredients make better food has taken off. They now opened a second location off Anna Maria Island in Bradenton located at 6777 Manatee Ave. West. Next time you find yourself on Anna Maria Island there’s no better place than Poppo’s Taqueria.

Poppo's Tacos Anna Maria
Order at the counter when you visit Poppo’s Tacos

National Guacamole Day Anna Maria Island

September 16th 2016 is National Guacamole Day. Everyone loves guacamole and Anna Maria Island is no exception.

National Guacamole Day

Guacamole is the perfect blend of creamy and tangy. Sometimes it has tomatoes, and sometimes it has a hint of spice. It’s great on tacos, chips, toast and serves as an amazing topping on just about anything. Some even use it in Ice Cream too!

Guacamole Facts

  • Guacamole dates back to the 1500’s when Aztecs made it.
  • “Guac” is a common short name for guacamole.
  • Use Florida, California or Hass avocados to make a good guacamole.
  • Different types of Avocados have a different flavor and texture.
  • Restaurants always charge for extra “Guac”.
  • Everyone loves guacamole because it’s amazing!

Places to Celebrate National Guacamole Day on Anna Maria Island

There are several restaurants on Anna Maria Island that serve guacamole. Below we have three suggestions for enjoying a heaping serving of the tasty green stuff.

Poppo’s Taqueria is a local small restaurant chain. The first store also opened on the city of Anna Maria’s Pine Avenue. This Tex-Mex style restaurant offers scratch made flour tortillas, hormone free meat, and organic veggies. Poppo’s guacamole is out of this world amazing. Poppo’s makes all their food right in front of you, and you get to choose all your toppings too! Their menu includes tacos, burritos, quesadillas and meals in bowls. Poppo’s staff prepares everything on site including their guac, sauces, and slow roasted meats, just to name a few. You’ll love the food in addition to their local craft beers, high fructose free soda, and Kombucha probiotic drink.

Tortilla Bay Southwest Grill is also a great option for a guacamole fix. Located in Holmes Beach, Tortilla Bay is quick and inexpensive lunch or dinner. They offer many Tex-Mex favorites along with salads. Not only do they have a fantastic guac, but the queso dip is a must! Tortilla Bay has a kids menu along with a beer and wine menu.

Wicked Cantina is located in Bradenton Beach, and specializes in Austin style Tex-Mex. In addition to their traditional Tex-Mex they also offer great burgers and seafood options. Wicked Cantina has a full service bar with craft cocktails. Try the Margarita! Often times they offer live music in their outdoor seating area. When you visit, be sure to try the guacamole bites. For this appetizer they roll guacamole in tortilla chips, deep fry, and serve with a side or ranch dip. Delicious!

National Guacamole Day
A big batch of Guacamole made fresh daily in the kitchen at Poppo’s Taqueria.

Gluten Free Dining on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island – In the ever changing list of fad diets, Gluten-Free has proven itself a steadfast member in the restaurant community. Whether you enjoy a healthy life style choice or are coping with Celiac Disease, the Gluten Free menu is becoming more and more popular in today’s dining circuit.

Anna Maria Island is no stranger to the trend and has a variety of restaurants that offer Gluten Free menus. Some advantages to this lifestyle is that the many people who convert note that they feel radically better physically and emotionally after their body cycles out any gluten. While only about 1% of the population are true Celiac disease sufferers, many more have a gluten sensitivity which causes cramps, fatigue,  stomach pains from eating excessive amounts of food containing gluten.  Many people have no symptoms but feel much “lighter” and energetic after cutting out the ingredient. Something to be careful of however, is many people go Gluten-Free to lose weight assuming it is a healthier choice-unfortunately this can be a myth as many pre-packaged gluten free products can be very high in calories and saturated fats! I like to stay somewhere in the gray area – I’m not anti-gluten but I am gluten-sensible!

Thanks to the increasing recognition of gluten caused discomfort, island eateries have a high demand for gluten free menu options; check out our list below for Island Real Estate’s favorites:

 

100 Spring Ave | Anna Maria, FL   | (941).778.0444

5315 Gulf Dr | Holmes Beach | (941).778.0411

212C Pine Ave  | Anna Maria, FL  | (941).254.7941

9807 Gulf Dr  | Anna Maria, FL  | (941).778.3170  

875 North Shore Dr | Anna Maria FL | (941).778.1885

1701 Gulf Dr N | Bradenton Beach FL | (941).527.0123

3007 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach | Bradenton Beach FL | (941).778.6614

314 Pine Ave | Anna Maria, FL | (941).896.9754

111 S Bay Blvd | Anna Maria, FL | (941).778.1515

Local Creatives Meeting once a month at Poppo’s Taqueria

You're invited to the BrikBat Drink & Draw at Poppo's Taqueria

Join Local Creatives Meeting once a month at Poppo’s Taqueria. Find it located on Pine Ave at the north end of Anna Maria Island. They’ll be the host to a regular creative gathering on the first Saturday of every month. The BrikBat Drink & Draw goes from 7pm-9pm. Whether an illustrator, painter, musicians, sculptor, singer or anything else all are invited to get to know each other and create.

Poppo’s Taqueria

Poppo’s is at 212C Pine Ave, Anna Maria. You can reach them by phone at 941-254-7941. They offer the island’s freshest Tex-Mex! From organic produce to hormone free meets the menu is amazing!