Located in the center of Anna Maria Island is Holmes Beach. This is the largest community on AMI, larger than Bradenton Beach to the south and the City of Anna Maria on the north shore. Given that this area is home to the most residents, it’s no wonder there’s a lot of restaurants to choose from in Holmes Beach.
Holmes Beach is home to many of Anna Maria Island’s great restaurants, including Hurricane Hanks, serving some of the best seafood and Caesar salad in the area. Hurricane Hanks is a no-frills sort of restaurant that is known simply for their beer-battered fried fish and grouper sandwich.
Skinny’s Place vs. Duffy’s Tavern
Without a doubt, the biggest food rivalry on Anna Maria Island is the ongoing burger rivalry between Skinny’s Place, located directly across from the Manatee Public Beach, and Duffy’s Tavern, located just a little further north.
The truth is they are both wickedly good burgers – thick, juicy and unforgettable. (Do yourself a favor: try both!)
The most acclaimed restaurant on Anna Maria Island is, of course, Beach Bistro. For more than 26 years, Beach Bistro has been Anna Maria Island’s most romantic fine-dining destination.
Located on the Gulf of Mexico waterfront, the restaurant’s scenic backdrop and spectacular sunsets make it the perfect place to celebrate special occasions or simply relax after a long day.
With plenty more great restaurants in Holmes Beach, it’s worth mentioning that you should also give these spots a try:
- The Feast
- Fins Bar
- Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe
- Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus
- The Ugly Grouper