Where to Find Southern Comfort Food in Anna Maria Island

Throughout Anna Maria Island, there are a plethora of restaurants sure to be a pleasure to dine at, no matter what type of cuisine you enjoy. However, while in the area, southern comfort food is some of the best food to be had! Anna Maria Island has this in bulk, but the issue is that it’s extremely easy to try out a less than ideal restaurant. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best southern eateries in Anna Maria Island near conveniently located vacation rentals!

Pig Out BBQ & Southern Soul Food

Pig Out BBQ & Southern Soul Food in Anna Maria Island is one of the top barbeque restaurants in the area! Headed by “pig masters” Jimmy and Sandy Galanis, Pig Out BBQ has been serving up mouthwatering food in the area for years. Items on their menu include pulled pork, chicken, brisket, a variety of macaroni and cheese, catfish, ribs, grits, collard greens, and so much more! With so many options, it’s almost impossible to leave here hungry. Enjoy dining indoors at a table seat or the bar area. Alternatively, take your barbeque outside for some sunny dining on beautiful Anna Maria Island.

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Made Restaurant

Established in 2013, Mark Woodruff and Michael Ripatranzone have created an iconic restaurant in the community just down the road from Anna Maria Island in Sarasota. Garnering numerous awards including Best New Restaurant, Best Chef, Best Local Restaurant, Best Brunch, Best Fried Chicken, and Best Sandwich, Made Restaurant has established itself as a destination for some of the best food around. In addition to the quality of the food, the restaurant supports many local farmers by sourcing fresh and local ingredients from them.

Brick’s Smoked Meats

Originating in the heart of Central Texas, Brick’s Smoked Meats migrated to sunny Florida to become a mainstay within the vicinity of Anna Maria Island. Located right down the road in beautiful Sarasota, Brick’s serves up a wide variety of delicious options including pulled pork, brisket, chicken, macaroni and cheese, slaw, and a wide assortment of other options! If you’re in the area for a large event, do not forget that Brick’s also offers catering so you can enjoy their delicious food regardless of where you are. You might not picture delicious barbecue on your Florida vacation, but this restaurant offers some of the best!

meat on the grill

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant

Tracing its origins back to the 1950s, Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant started out as a small watering hole and bait shop in the Longboat Key area. Since then, it has blossomed into one of the most iconic restaurants in the area. Offering an extensive wine list along with a wide array of seafood dishes, Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant gives its patrons a reason to keep coming back! You can expect classic dishes like crispy fried calamari and fish tacos, as well as unique offerings like the Nashville Hot Fish or Gnocchi, Shrimp, and Lobster. There is also a wide selection of non-seafood items on the menu if you’re in the mood for a land option.

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With all of these delicious choices, it can truly be difficult to decide where you want to go if you’re only in the area for a short time! Instead of having a short visit, why not stay on Anna Maria Island for a while? Here at Anna Maria Vacations, we offer a wide variety of Anna Maria Island vacation rentals for any size group and budget. So take a southern comfort food tour of Anna Maria Island, kick your feet up, and relax by the pool at your home away from home.