Crab Trap One

Route 19, Palmetto

Tel: 941-722-6255

Fax: 941-729-8509

A legend in its time, Crab Trap One redefines native cuisine with a tendency towards the unusual – gator tail, octopus, shad roe, conch, Florida perch and of course, crab. The surroundings are rugged and tropical.

Sandbar Restaurant

100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria

Tel: 941-778-0444

Fax: 941-778-3997

This out-of-the-way restaurant is well worth discovering – you can dine casually by the beach on the deck or in the picture windowed dining room.

Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant

800 Broadway Street, Longboat Key

Tel: 941-383-1748

Fax: 941-383-7796

As you may guess, crab is the speciality at this restaurant. You can’t beat Moore’s freshness thanks to the owners inventory of 5000 crab traps. Florida lobster, scallops, clams, frogs’ legs and shrimp are also on the menu.

Maureen’s Martini Bar and Restaurant

5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 102, Longboat Key

Tel: 941-383-7774

Fax: 941-383-6323

You’ll find this gem open from October to May – outside of this period you’ll have to travel to Wildwood, New Jersey where the entire restaurant migrates for the summer. This contemporary restaurant is a delight, serving a wide range of both modern and more classic dishes. Also be sure to order yourself one of the 25 martinis on offer – from a classic James Bond to a Hershey Kiss.

Café L’Europe

431 St Armand’s Circle, Lido Key

Tel: 941-388-4415

Fax: 941-388-2362

You’ll find brick archways, wooden accents and wine racks in this cozy continental dining room. On the menu you can normally find veal piccata, dover sole meuniere and sautéed calf livers – as well as European versions of beef, pasta, poultry, veal, lamb and seafood dishes.

Ristorante Bacco’s

1551 Main Street, Sarasota

Tel: 941-365-7380

One of the better Italian eateries in the area, you’ll find authentic northern Italian cuisine served up in the bright café atmosphere. The pasta, meat and seafood selections include gnocchi, enzo veal with gorgonzola and sun-dried tomatoes, snapper with wine and fresh tomatoes.

Der Dutchman

3713 Bahia Vista, Sarasota

Tel: 941-955-8007

Fax: 941-955-5665

This is one of the most popular Amish-style eateries in the area. You can try fried mush for breakfast or sample a lunch or dinner specialty of broasted chicken or liver and onions. Desserts and bakery goods, and even the noodles are home made.

Alley Cat Café

1558 4th Street, Sarasota

Tel: 941-954-1228

Fax: 941-363-9466

Meals here are served outside in an overgrown garden that feels like a Caribbean backyard. Selections include blue crab, corn and brie cakes, grilled Angus beef, herbed polenta with grilled vegetables and stuffed chicken breast.

Also check out the Florida Travel & Tourist Bureau's 'Dining in Bradenton' pages for a comprehensive restaurant guide.