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April 20. Nothing special about today, no siree bob. Just another box on the calendar.
However — just in case you get to feeling peckish on this totally average spring day — you might be interested in one of these local spots slinging delicious, hot food.
Tacos and burritos
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Choose from a wide variety of $2-$6 tacos, or go all out with burritos overflowing with the bounty of land and sea.
1004 10th Ave W., Bradenton.
A go-to for Jersey-style pizza with thick crust and herbaceous sauce. And yes, they deliver. Don't get up from that couch, you have re-runs to watch.
817 14th St. W., Bradenton.
For those who prefer New York-style pizza and pasta . Baddabing! And, yes, they deliver too.
7220 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Subs and sammies
South Philly offers 10 different takes on the Philly, including a pizza steak (noticing a theme here?) and a "Cheesefake" for vegetarians. Dine in or take out at two locations in Bradenton.
5942 34th St. W. No. 115 Bradenton, and 5442 Lockwood Ridge Road, Bradenton.
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Why is this restaurant named after April 20? Not sure, but they are even having a party to celebrate the day from 3 to 6 p.m.. Munchie's extensive menu includes every essential appetizer, burgers, sandwiches, cheese steaks, wings, hot dogs, wraps, salads and quesadillas. What's for desert, you ask? Try fried Twinkies or cheesecake bites, or of course, brownies.
6639 Superior Ave., Sarasota.
This restaurant offers a delicious buffet of traditional Indian food with something for every dietary habit. If going out is a stretch, the restaurant also offers online ordering and delivery within a 3-mile radius.
6103 14th St. W., Bradenton.
Chinese, Japanese and American food all under one roof. Don't get confused and forget where you are please.
3616 First St. W., Bradenton.
We also surveyed our Facebook foodie group, Manatee Eats, for recommendations. Here were some of the best ones.
"Your 4/20 mission if you choose to accept: Start with some shrimp and conch fritters from Star Fish Company Restaurant, then roll on over to Tide Tables Restaurant and Marina for a beer and a couple fish tacos, and/or a bowl of gumbo. And since it's 4/20 hit up Boiler Room Bar and Grill for a hometown favorite, steak and cheese with a basket of fries. If after that you are still not satisfied, head downtown to The Loaded Barrel Tavern for the best Meatball Parmarosa pizza on the planet and you are DONE! Godspeed and good luck."
Other local picks:
And remember, if all else fails, fall back on these four sacred words: Hungry Howies Pizza Buffet.