Clockwise from front: blackened grouper, conch fritters and cheese grits; mahi mahi, fried shrimp, lemon, cocktail sauce, conch fritters, french fries and coleslaw; and peel and eat shrimp at Star Fish Co. in Cortez.

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. 

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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.