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Mar 4, 2011 04:13 AM

Eat Here - Anna Maria Island - Anyone Been?

Just heard about a new restaurant on Anna Maria Island called Eat Here that just opened up in Feb. Has anyone been? Looks like its right up our alley...craft beer, local food, etc.
Any other AMI hidden gems? We've been to all the "big" ones....ala Beach House.
We'll be down at the end of the month.

Beach House Restaurant
200 Gulf Dr N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

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    we're heading to AMI tomorrow, will report back. I love AMI!!!

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    1. re: magiesmom

      Thanks...that would be great! We love AMI too. The inlaws are already there....JEALOUS!

      1. re: bm_vt

        we didn't go as local friends said it was very inconsistent.

    2. You have to eat at Star Fish in Cortez.

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      1. re: mountain md

        Just keep in mind that with the "Winter People" here; StarFish is insane!!! Wait until April/May and enjoy a less frantic dinner as the sun sets, last order in is 8;00 PM, lunch time is still busy though year round.

        1. re: ospreycove

          Ate at Eat Here last week. Good food, good variety, but I guess they have two kitchens, so everyone does not get the food at the same time....
          Being a offspring from Beach Bistro -- the concept is great, but needs a little time to get everything just right.... Besides, the place is very small and very busy.

          Beach Bistro
          6600 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

      2. I tried this over the weekend and wanted to weigh in. It's a really, really cute place incongruously situated in a strip mall. No reservations accepted and I read about the lines, so the spousal unit and I got there right when the doors opened and it filled up quickly even at 5:00 PM

        Service was brisk and professional. The duckling pate was some of the best pate I've had outside of had the perfect dense-yet-creamy consistency, was very liver-riche and nicely garnished with fresh fruit and toasted bread.

        The $12 oyster basket delivered a lot of bang for the buck. The cornmeal breaded oysters tasted fresh and were fried to perfection. A pile of crispy, garlicky fries served as a tasty bed for the mollusks. I was not a fan of the cole slaw, however, as I found it kind of dry and bland.

        The fried rockfish and chips disappointed a little. I loved the light consistency and crunch of the breading, but the fish did not taste particularly fresh. More of the amazing fries and equally unamazing cole slaw came with.

        Deep fried ribs sounded more special on paper than they were in real life, but weren't bad. I would've preferred a stickier, more substantial sauce.

        The apple crisp we shared for dessert was nothing short of amazing (I've actually decided to let it be my new boyfriend). ;) The fruit was richly spiced and tender, and the "crisp" topping was crunchy, chewy, caramelized perfection. Three entrees, an appetizer, a dessert and a bottle of wine set up back just under $100 before tip. Even though there were a few "misses", I liked it enough to return.