Lifetime would not get considerably greater than dining dockside on contemporary, neatly well prepared seafood in a historic, nonetheless very much active fishing village whilst wearing T-shirt, shorts and flip flops – in the wintertime. Which just took place to be our latest truth. After recommending waterfront eating places for outdoor dining in Sarasota, close to Anna Maria Island and in South Sarasota County, we headed back again to Manatee County, to the doing the job waterfront of Cortez Village, conveniently 1 of my favorite sites in Florida.
For people not familiar, Cortez can be found nestled along north Sarasota Bay, just east of Anna Maria Island and nine miles west of downtown Bradenton. Founded in the 1880s, it is just one of the last commercial fishing villages in Florida. Mullet, grouper, stone crab claws and shrimp are between the freshly caught sea creatures offloaded at the docks. Big quantities are transported around the world although the relaxation stays in city. Not in the mood for seafood? Which is Okay. Cortez gives a lot of other tasty dishes, also.
For this record, introduced in alphabetical order, we integrated all six places to eat in Cortez presenting outside dining on the h2o. My spouse and I have been frequenting all of them routinely for yrs and routinely have great ordeals at every single. Also, for this list, it really should be noted all the dining places are locally owned and operated, often by folks residing suitable in Cortez Village with Cortezian mother and father and potentially even Cortezian grandparents and fantastic-grandparents. These are all entertaining, everyday spots where, of course, T-shirts, shorts and flip-flops are the standard costume code.
To determine the popular menu merchandise, we consulted with the places to eat and also give several individual picks. Also, we have not forgotten about all the great dining places offering outdoor dining along the Manatee River in Bradenton, Palmetto and Ellenton. There are also a bunch of outstanding beachfront spots in Englewood that we will be revisiting in the near upcoming.
Annie’s Bait and Tackle
4334 127th St. W., Cortez 941-794-3580
A bait store given that the 1950s that continue to presents boaters and fishermen with gasoline and supplies, Annie’s Bait and Tackle is also a wonderful location to dine on refreshing seafood and burgers. Owned and operated by Bruce Shearer for around 25 decades, it truly is positioned by the eastern base of the Cortez Bridge, just a several steps north of Cortez Road overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.
Well known menu goods consist of “Our Popular Grouper” sandwich and the fresh new ground half-pound burgers with topping options that include cheese, bacon and grilled onions, or mushroom and Swiss. Another preferred handheld is the “Almost Genuine Cuban” sandwich served common or spicy, with black beans and rice and chips. The shrimp and scallops dish is a beloved among the entrees.
Cortez Kitchen area
4528 119th St. W., Cortez 941-798-9404 thecortezkitchen.com
Found in the heart of the historic fishing village, Cortez Kitchen area is a delightfully funky open up-air wood composition uncovered appropriate on the drinking water with quick obtain to Sarasota Bay. A preferred among locals and tourist alike now for about two decades, the Kitchen area has been owned by Joe Oelker for the the greater part of people yrs and he can frequently be found there overseeing all the things.
Common dishes contain the Buffalo grouper bites (clean grouper deep fried and dipped in Buffalo sauce) and seafood platter containing shrimp, scallops, grouper and stuffed crab as well as delectable sides like the cheese grits and hush puppies. Oh, and you simply cannot at any time go completely wrong with the blackened mahi sandwich.
4110 127th St. W., Cortez 941-794-1235 seafoodshack.com
Overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway just north of the Cortez Bridge, Seafood Shack has been a Cortez landmark considering that opening in 1971. Pursuing new ownership about five a long time in the past, the cafe with a second flooring banquet corridor and full-provider marina relished an interesting makeover while retaining all of its Cortez charm.
In addition to chef specials, well-liked menu products consist of the fish tacos featuring blackened fresh area capture (it is been mahi-mahi during my recent visits) with aged cheddar, cabbage, Baja sauce and pico de gallo in a tender flour taco shell. Highly encouraged handhelds also consist of the Shack Burger (an 8-ounce Angus beef patty served with hickory smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, fried onions, bibb lettuce, tomato, house-manufactured pickle on a swirl bun) and the Gulf Shrimp Meal is common, too. Also, it’s always nice to start off with the Shack Spicy Clam Chowder and/or the Shack Onion Rings.
Star Fish Organization
12306 46th Ave. W., Cortez 941-794-1243 starfishcompany.com
Just one of the most renowned dining places in Manatee County, Star Fish Co. destinations diners suitable on the docks exactly where you can delight in an wonderful meal whilst looking at professional fishing boats return to A.P. Bell seafood distributor future door. Established in 1940, A.P. Bell supplies new seafood to Star Fish and various other neighborhood, as perfectly as international, dining establishments and organizations. It’s run by Karen Bell, who opened Star Fish in the ’90s and and is also co-operator of Tide Tables (continue reading through).
Possibly the ideal way to expertise Star Fish for the initially time is to order the blend platter “highliner” containing shrimp, oysters, sea scallops and grouper and it comes with their exceptional Southern sides: cheese grits, slaw and hush puppies. For my wife and me, although, it’s usually the Cortez Special (option of two) highliner with scallops and grouper additionally an more highliner containing blackened mullet. Cortez has been termed “the town that mullet built” and I have however to find a restaurant anyplace that cooks and prepares that delightfully fatty fish superior than the people at Star Fish. Pro suggestion: Convey dollars. That’s all they take while there is an ATM on premise.
4628 119th St. W., Cortez, 941-798-2035 swordfishgrillcortez.com
That includes a handsome indoor eating area and bar, Swordfish Grill also has a great waterfront patio with tables, a tiki bar and included phase appropriate there on Sarasota Bay. Opened in 2011, the cafe is owned by John Banyas – who also owns the neighboring Cortez Kitchen area house and N.E. Taylor Boatworks as very well as Cortez Bait and Seafood – with Bob Slicker as basic supervisor.
Well-liked menu items contain the seafood platter made up of grilled market place fresh fish, shrimp, scallops and a fresh fish cake as nicely as the convenience food stuff fave, lobster mac and cheese, built with smoked gouda and authentic Atlantic lobster. The shrimp and grits – large shrimp over a bed of cheese grits, topped with a creamy sauce, bacon, and chopped clean tomatoes and scallions – is another well-liked dish. Of course, you cannot go erroneous with the day-to-day fish specials, which generally include the namesake swordfish.
12507 Cortez Street, Cortez 941-567-6206 tidetablescortez.com
Showcasing lots of out of doors dining and bar seating, alongside with an indoor dining and bar region, Tide Tables set its patrons proper on the Intracoastal Waterway by the jap foundation of the Cortez Bridge, just a number of steps south of Cortez Road. Opened in 2014, it is owned and operated by Bobby and Gwen Woodson, along with Karen Bell (see Star Fish).
Popular menu goods consist of the ought to-test fish tacos built with choice of blackened corvina, mahi-mahi or grouper, topped with coleslaw, cheddar jack cheese and an awesomely flavorful sesame ginger sauce, in delicate flour tacos. You also can not go mistaken with the new Gulf shrimp and another one of my individual favorites, grouper bites. Evenly breaded and fried in a special seasoned breading and served with tartar and remoulade sauce (dip with a little bit of the two), they are extremely addictive!
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An earlier version of this tale originally ran Aug. 27, 2020.
Wade Tatangelo is the Herald-Tribune’s enjoyment editor. Email him at [email protected]