Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

10 Great Cortez Restaurants and Bars

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

10 Great Cortez Restaurants and Bars

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If you want to experience the timeless joys of Old Florida, get acquainted with Cortez. Founded in the 1880s, the

neighborhood nestled on Sarasota Bay in west Manatee County is one of the last commercial fishing villages in

the state. Mullet, grouper, stone crab claws and shrimp are among the freshly caught sea creatures off-loaded at

the docks. Large quantities are shipped around the world while the rest stays in town. Here's our list, in alphabetical

order, of 10 great restaurants and bars in Cortez.

Annie's Bait and Tackle. HERALD-TRIBUNE ARCHIVE photos

Annie's Bait and Tackle

One of the last full-service bait and tackle shops around, Annie's is also a

great place to grab a grouper sandwich and cold beer while dining dock-side

on the Intracoastal Waterway near the base of the Cortez Bridge.

4334 127th St. W., Cortez; 941-794-3580; anniesbaitandtackle.com

Cortez Cafe.

Cortez Cafe

For more than 50 years

fishermen and other fans

of hearty, home-style cook-ing

have been frequented

the cafe for breakfast

classics and lunch specials

like shepherd's pie cas-serole,

honey-dipped fried

chicken, grilled snapper

filet hoagie and gyro meat

over a large Greek salad.

12108 Cortez Road W.,

Cortez; 941-792-0030

A dozen Joe Island Middle Neck Clams are steamed and

ready to eat at Cortez Clam Factory.

Cortez Clam

Factory

A hidden gem where

locals go for the

raw bar treasures,

steamed clams,

shrimp scampi,

smoked barbecue, and

potent cocktails plus

bands blasting coun-try,

rock and blues.

10104 Cortez Road, W.,

Bradenton; 941-798-

9898; clamfactory.com

Cortez Kitchen.

Cortez Kitchen

Old Florida fun doesn't get much better than here, munching on a blackened mahi mahi

sandwich outside on the dock of the bay with beverages from the full-liquor bar and

some choice live music. 4528 119th St. W., Cortez; 941-798-940; thecortezkitchen.com

O'Shucks Raw Bar

and Grill

The grouper cheeks are

a must-try selection on

a menu filled with great

stuff -- including barbecue

smoked in the parking lot

-that pairs quite well with

selections from the full-bar. …

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