, 2023-01-17 17:30:50,
I love seafood! For several days in and around Bradenton on Florida’s west coast, south of the Tampa Bay area and north of Sarasota, I indulged in the best restaurants featuring the freshest gulf shrimp, crab cakes, gumbo, calamari, scallops, oysters Rockefeller, and fresh fish. And I found that I liked mussels. I just had never had excellent fresh mussels until my adventure in Bradenton. Here are 10 coastal Bradenton area restaurants that specialize in the freshest seafood available, in no particular order.
Note: Visit Bradenton and several restaurants hosted me; however, all opinions are my own.
1. Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant
Chef Aaron Kulzer prepared a locally sourced four-course dinner with wine pairings for our group at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub. Initially built in 1912, this old Florida-style waterfront eatery — part of the Ed Chiles Hospitality Group — is one of the oldest structures on Longboat Key, spared when a 1921 hurricane wiped out large areas of the Island.
We started with Red Snapper Wings: snapper fins cut with a bit of belly meat which was panko battered and fried then topped with a spicy buffalo sauce, blue cheese crumbles, and carrot. Our wine pairing was Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc, dry and fresh with crisp, fruity flavors.
Our second course featured Burrata cheese, arugula pesto, and flavorful marinated heirloom tomatoes with a balsamic reduction and…
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