Where We Stay
Where We Eat
Duffy’s vs. Skinny’s – the island debate as to which burger joint is preferred is hilarious and ongoing! My husband even polled the grocery store patrons one afternoon. Some say Duffy’s burgers are better while Skinny’s sides – especially their onion rings – make them the hands down winner. Give them both a try and let us know how you vote!
Two Scoops vs. Joe’s – Another island debate (okay this may just be a family debate) is the best ice cream shop. Joe’s is a rainbow colored dive on the Holmes Beach side while Two Scoops is nestled among other shops across from the Anna Maria City Pier. And on this most recent trip, we discovered a newly opened favorite, Small Town Creamery that we loved so much – we went twice!
AMOB – Anna Maria Oyster Bar – If you want Florida seafood, you must try AMOB. Everything is delicious, but especially the oysters. Even my picky eater 10-year old loved Grandma Georgie’s Chipotle oysters during her 30 day food challenge! (Pro-tip: check out the AMI tourist maps for a free Margarita at AMOB with your meal).
The Donut Experiment – I’m not even much of a donut girl (gasp) – I mean, I’ll eat them if they’re there – but they’re not my favorite. However, I think this donut shop has converted me. They make vanilla cake donuts (in front of you) with choose your own icings and toppings and with flavors like salted carmel, key lime pie and cinnamon sugar – how can you not be a convert (apparently they also get creative with savory flavors, but the salted carmel is the winner for me)!
Ginny and Jane E’s Bakery Cafe – This bakery has cinnamon rolls the size of your head (ask for them warm) and my husband tried the creme brulee french toast which was to die for! The line is long, but so worth the wait. And while you’re in line you can take the guitar off the wall and play a little tune for the patrons, if you feel so inclined!
Starfish Company – I’ve never actually eaten at the restaurant (my brother loves it, though) but we pick up fresh seafood here to cook up back home. This year we made fish tacos and a seafood pasta too. Their seafood is fresh, local and delicious. (Sidenote: they only take cash).
Island Time Bar & Grill – This is a fun restaurant/bar with fine dining upstairs and a casual restaurant downstairs. Plus you can eat outside on the porch and they often have live music.
What We Do