Everybody has that one restaurant.
It’s the place where the food is amazing, you always have a good time and you feel at home.
In honor of National Food Day, which is observed annually on Oct. 24, we asked members of our Facebook group Manatee Eats to fill us in on their absolute favorite restaurant in Manatee County.
Here are the results.
Try them for yourself and see if you agree.
For a fine-dining feel without the astronomical prices, enRich Bistro in Bradenton is the place to go.
The restaurant prepares innovative dishes using local ingredients.
Manatee High School graduate and head chef Rich Knowles gained culinary experience across the country before returning to Bradenton and opening enRich.
The laid-back lunch menu features lots of salads (try “The Calamari Salad” or “Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Salad”), fish and chips, a filet tip Philly cheesesteak, “Bradenton’s Best Cuban,” tacos, sandwiches, wraps and the “USDA Prime Cheeseburger.”
The dinner menu is a bit pricier, but more refined, with options such as duck roasted with a soy and mango glaze, pork ribeye, seared yellowfin tuna and roasted black bean and corn cakes (vegetarian and gluten free).
There are daily dinner specials to keep you coming back, and the restaurant hosts live music on Tuesday nights.
Address: enRich Bistro is at 5629 Manatee Ave. W. in Bradenton.
Michael John’s Restaurant
Michael John’s Restaurant is another spot for an elevated dining experience in Bradenton.
John is a French-trained chef who applies his technique to classic American eats.
First and foremost is steak. The kitchen serves up Iowa grass-fed beef that is aged 12 to 14 days and then corn and grain finished.
The restaurant also offers daily specials and tapas and vegetarian menus.
Address: Michael John’s Restaurant is at 1040 Carlton Arms Blvd. in Bradenton.
O’Bricks Irish Pub and Martini Bar
O’Bricks combines casual comfort with a fun menu that’s all over the place in a good way.
It’s no wonder the Old Main Street eatery is always bustling.
The restaurant has homey dishes such as wings, fried green tomatoes, fish tacos, burgers and chicken sandwiches, plus some intriguing touches, including eggplant roulade, grilled chicken topped with goat cheese and blackened shrimp pasta.
And “martini bar” is in the restaurant’s name for a reason; don’t leave without sipping on one of their craft cocktails.
Address: O’Bricks is at 427 12th St. W. in Bradenton.
Sage Biscuit Café
Sage Biscuit Café tends to show up on our lists of locally recommended restaurants a lot.
Manatee County residents can’t seem to get enough of the cafe’s breakfast, brunch and lunch offerings; the kitchen excels at all three.
Here you’ll find something for everyone, with healthy salads and soups, decadent waffles and burgers, seafood dishes and plenty of vegan and vegetarian options.
Address: The Sage Biscuit Café is located at 6656 Cortez Road W. in Bradenton and at 1401 Manatee Ave. W. in Bradenton.
Star Fish Company
Star Fish Company started out as a seafood wholesaler in the fishing village of Cortez in the 1920s.
At this point, it’s a trusted community establishment.
The Cortez eatery offers amazing vistas in a totally relaxed setting.
As for the seafood, it speaks for itself; so grab a beer and a picnic bench and enjoy.
Address: Star Fish Company is at 12306 46th Ave. W. in Cortez.
Favorite new restaurant: Château 13
Château 13 opened its doors in February, and it’s already impressing a lot of locals.
It’s a sweet spot to visit for a romantic dinner or a few drinks and some light bites.
The menu reflects French, Spanish, Italian and Belgian influences, but with a Bradenton twist, management told the Bradenton Herald earlier this year.
Sample fine cheeses and charcuterie or dive into entrees such as stews, steaks and seafood.
Address: Château 13 is at 535 13th St W. in Bradenton.
▪ A Casa Tua, 8799 Cortez Road W., Bradenton
▪ Anna Maria Oyster Bar, 6906 14th St. W., Bradenton; 6696 Cortez Road, Cortez; 1525 51st Ave, E., Ellenton; 200 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach
▪ Brancato’s Brick Oven Pizza, 5227 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
▪ Bella Mia Pizza & Italian Restaurant, 5917 Manatee Ave. W. # 401, Bradenton
▪ Captain Brian’s Seafood Market & Restaurant, 8421 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
▪ Carmen’s Italian Cafe, 515 27th St. E., Bradenton
▪ China City Express, 810 First St. W., Bradenton
▪ Cody’s Original Roadhouse, 895 Cortez Road W., Bradenton
▪ Cortez Clam Factory, 10104 Cortez Road W., Bradenton
▪ Danny’s Pizzeria, 7220 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
▪ Eat Organico, 4832 Cortez Road W., Bradenton
▪ Restaurant Edelweiss, 611 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton
▪ El Warike, 4226 26th St. W., Bradenton
▪ Euphemia Haye, 5540 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key
▪ Hungry Howie’s Pizza and Salad Bar, 103 301 Blvd. W., Bradenton and 1705 Eighth Ave. W., Palmetto
▪ Jennings Downtown Provisions, 417 12th St. W., Bradenton
▪ Joey D’s Chicago Style Eatery, 6401 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton and 945 10th St. E., Palmetto
▪ Minnie’s Beach Cafe, 5360 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach
▪ Mountain Comforts Coffee Cafe, 3550 53rd Ave. W., Bradenton
▪ Mr. Tequila, 491 Cortez Road W., Bradenton
▪ Ortygia Restaurant, 1418 13th St. W., Bradenton
▪ Rice Bowl Asian House, 7305 52nd Place E., Bradenton
▪ San Remo Pizza & Pasta, 1914 14th St. W., Bradenton
▪ The Sea Hut, 5611 U.S. 19, Palmetto
▪ South Philly Cheesesteaks, 5942 34th St. W. #115, Bradenton and 5442 Lockwood Ridge Rd., Bradenton
▪ Stone Bowl Pan Asian Kitchen, 5516 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
▪ Tandoor Fine Indian Cuisine, 8453 Cooper Creek Blvd., Bradenton
▪ Thai Wasabi, 5250 E. S.R. 64, Bradenton
▪ The Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach
▪ The Feast Restaurant, 5406 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach
▪ The Good Liquid Brewing Company, 4824 14th St. W., Bradenton
▪ Tide Tables Restaurant and Marina, 12507 Cortez Road W., Bradenton
▪ Tiramisu Ristorante Italiano, 5215 14th St. W., Bradenton
▪ Villa Italia Cafe, 2808 10th St. W., Palmetto
▪ The Waterfront Restaurant, 111 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria
▪ Wings-N-Things, 7640 Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota
▪ Wolves Head Pizza and Wings, 1837 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton
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