The blackened grouper tacos were outstanding as well as the grouper sandwich! My kids were equally as happy with their burgers & fries. The cheesy grits were very delicious too. The service was amazing, down to earth, friendly, helpful & super sweet people!
We don't eat raw seafood so my response is based on some of the places we visited and might be your best bet. There are a number of fish house style and locally owned restaurants that offer raw oysters and cold shrimp as... More
We don't eat raw seafood so my response is based on some of the places we visited and might be your best bet. There are a number of fish house style and locally owned restaurants that offer raw oysters and cold shrimp as well as other fresh selections. In the Cortez area (Bradenton) near O'Shucks the Star Seafood Co., The Cortez Kitchen, and two others I have reviewed offer what I think you might be looking for. There are at least five restaurants in the vicinity. Across the bridge on Bradenton Beach, there are numerous places (some I have reviewed) that will offer raw oysters, etc. (Note the traffic is horrendous during "season" with consistent gridlock on weekends and during dinner hour.) On Longboat Key the Mar Vista is our favorite and a good bet you'll find what you seek. In Sarasota, try Captain Brians on the North Trail and a few miles south, Walt's Fish Market. Owen's Fish Camp downtown is fabulous but a bit pricey. Problem in Sarasota, there are few places to eat on the water. There are plenty of other restaurants, but the three I listed are quite good. In Venice, Sharkey's on the Pier and their upscale brother upstairs, Fin's is good. Crow's Nest is another fine place. Bear in mind, we prefer casual to upscale. As far as making your own plate, I would definitely call the establishment and ask. We're a tourist and snowbird destination so there is no shortage of restaurants that serve great seafood and would accommodate your request.