Whether it’s the gentleman on the north end that boils stone crabs in his driveway for guests, or a 5-star beachfront bistro with New York prices, there’s more than your fair share of seafood restaurants on Anna Maria Island. However, in my humble opinion, one restaurant is far and above all the rest; Blue Marlin Grill, on Bridge Street.
Located in a renovated fishing shack at 121 Bridge Street, Blue Marlin Grill delivers top quality seafood and wine along with an amazing variety of land fair. Fish specials are based on what was caught fresh that day from the Cortez fishing village and can be prepared in a variety of ways. The Fulford preparation with lemon butter never disappoints, and the Thai chili glaze brings international flair to a local catch. A few other favorites include the Cortez Boil, a low-country favorite made with clams, gulf shrimp, sweet corn and chorizo, as well as the GLT sandwich. All of their southern-inspired sides like cheesy grits, black-eyed peas with rice, hush puppies, mac and cheese, and sweet corn bread with honey butter are not to be missed. However, my most favorite item on the menu is the filet, literally the best steak I’ve had in Florida. I love to pair it with the Brussels with potatoes and bacon for an incredible meal!
Once you have finished your amazing dinner, spend the rest of the evening in the charming, lighted courtyard listening to local bands while enjoying the best wine list around. The friendliness, charm and clear knowledge of how cook fresh fish make this little restaurant like a little taste of home. It’s not to be missed.
Visit their website www.bluemarlinami.com for reservations, information, menus and a calendar of events!!! See you there!