It's probably not easy being a seafood restaurateur on Anna Maria Island during the height of tourist season and only serving fish that arrived earlier that day from the docks of nearby Cortez Village. But that's the policy of owner Adam Ellis at Blue Marlin. And it's one of the many reasons you will want to visit the Bradenton Beach [...]
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‘Under Phase 1 of the plan, retail stores and restaurants will be able to reopen at 25 percent indoor capacity on Monday and outdoor seating will be permitted with 6 feet between patrons to maintain social distancing.’ Hello friends! Due to the above guidelines put forth by Governor DeSantis our “Street Food” program has changed. [...]
The Blue Marlin Seafood restaurant is one of the most unique spots on Anna Maria Island. That’s because instead of having a traditional and specific menu from day to day, this menu is ever changing. Located at 121 Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach, Blue Marlin is open daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Since this [...]
If you want to treat yourself after the hectic holidays, consider indulging in Florida’s famed stone crab claws. Stone crab season started Oct. 15 and continues through May. 15. Here’s our list of best restaurants to eat the delicious claw meat, which can be enjoyed pretty much guilt free because these crabs grow back their [...]
In a blue 1920s cottage on historic Bridge Street is one of Bradenton Beach’s most locally-focused, sustainable eateries: Blue Marlin. Restaurateurs Adam and Marianne Ellis keep the menu filled with catches from Cortez and the surrounding communities, and the locale’s nautical décor is reminiscent of coastal New England. Everything from Tampa littleneck clams and Cortez [...]
Manatee County could be called a seafood lover’s paradise. The coastal communities of Cortez and Anna Maria Island offer tasty and thoughtfully prepared seafood dishes that make the most of Florida’s bounty, and there’s more to choose from further inland. Options range from homey to upscale and traditional to nuanced. And if you’ve got to [...]
Four reasons we love this fresh seafood hideaway on Bradenton Beach’s Bridge Street. 1 UNDER THE RADAR Even though this restaurant has been serving inspired Gulf Coast eats since its inception in 2011, we don’t hear enough buzz about this unassuming restaurant that’s becoming Anna Maria Island’s go-to spot for fresh seafood. Usually filled with out-of-town [...]
How to make the most of a beach vacation to Anna Maria Island. Step foot onto Florida's Anna Maria Island, and you may never book a return trip home. From hidden, white-sand beaches and crystal-blue water to Instagram-worthy sunsets and delicious seafood at waterfront restaurants, you can experience all the trappings of an exotic, tropical vacation without even having to leave the United States. [...]
Blue Marlin makes traditional bouillabaisse its Florida-own with the Cortez boil. This adaptation includes fresh-caught seafood off the shores of Cortez fishing village. Tampa Bay clams and large Gulf shrimp are poached in the house seafood broth and mingled with clams, sweet corn, chorizo and red-skin potato. $34.
A sustainable culinary haven on Bradenton Beach’s Bridge Street, Blue Marlin (121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach; 941-896-9737; bluemarlinami.com) is the pride of restaurateurs Adam and Marianne Ellis. Local Cortez fish is served daily, from gourmet grouper and cobia to hogfish and snapper. In addition to the fresh catches du jour is a savory selection of chowders, spreads and sides. [...]