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Joey D's Brings Chicago to Bradenton!

You may be an honorary Islander while visiting, but if you call the Chicago area home and are craving some of their unique eats look no further than Joey D’s just over the Manatee Avenue bridge into Bradenton.

Since 1994 Joey D’s family run restaurant has been serving up everything the windy city is known for. Order a draft beer or a glass of wine and take your time looking over the expansive menu. Bar fare can be found such as wings, mozzarella sticks and cheese fries (with chili if you’d like!). Salads, burgers and chicken sandwiches are also available but let’s be honest – you’re here for the Original Vienna Chicago dog, the Juicy Italian Beef or the Chicago Combo aka Da Chief. Italian sausage and Polish sausage sandwiches are popular. Cheese Steaks, Parmesan Subs and pastas are made in house as well. You “might” want to wear stretchy pants when dining here!

And the pizza! They have Traditional Thin crust and Sicilian style pizzas plus THE Deep Dish pizza (be ready to sit a spell, this treat takes 25 min to prepare but is so worth it!). If you decide on the Deep Dish you’ll have plenty of entertainment while you wait on the dozens of big TV’s. Of course they televise ALL of the Chicago team games!!

Joey D’s is located at 6401 Manatee Ave W and can be reached at 941-753-8900. You can dine in or take out. Hours are daily 11-10pm.

The Freckled Fin Irish Pub in Holmes Beach

An Irish pub is always a fun environment to be in, and The Freckled Fin in Holmes Beach is definitely a fun place to be. With live music every week, a full bar, and good food, it makes sense that this is quite a popular family friendly place for visitors and locals. 

The Freckled Fin Irish Pub is tucked back on Holmes Blvd, next to Vinny's Italian Kitchen, and is open Sunday - Thursday from 11am - 11pm. The party continues into the early morning hours on Fridays and Saturdays, where they close at 2AM.  Live music can be enjoyed Wednesday through Saturday evenings as well! 

The menu at the Freckled Fin is actually quite impressive for a pub, and has a lot to choose from. They have pub favs such as wings, burgers and salads. Some specific items on the menu include their Gulf Mahi Tacos, Cali Avocado Melt, and Steak on a Stick.  Irish specialties are not to be missed such as Shepard's Pie, Irish Dip sandwich (with house made corned beef!), Fish and Chips and a Dubliner Chicken sandwich. 

They also have a full beer and wine list, as well cocktails and specialty shots (Pickle Backs for everyone!).  

No matter if it's a laid-back lunch with a beer, or a late night full of fun and shots, The Freckled Fin Irish Pub is the perfect place for both. 

Freckled Fin Irish Pub
5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 251-3930


AMI Golf Cart Rentals - Explore AMI the Easiest/Best Way

If you have visited Anna Maria Island before, then you are well aware that golf carts are one of the most popular forms on transportation on AMI. Golf Carts are legal on all the roads here on the Island, where the highest speed limit is 35 MPH. So if you are beginning to plan your next vacation to our beautiful little Island in the sun, then make sure you contact AMI Golf Cart Rentals.

AMI Golf Cart Rentals make the golf cart renting experience easy. Just let them know when you need a cart and they'll be wherever you need them to promptly pickup/drop-off a cart. They offer electric 4 & 6 seater luxury and economy carts for single day rental, 3 day rental, and week long rentals. 

AMI Golf Cart Rentals