A city both rich in beauty and history, southwest Florida’s Bradenton is a haven of Old Floridian charm. It boasts an enticing dining scene too, offering everything from laidback pubs and gourmet burgers to upscale Italian and rustic coastal cuisine. Read on for our guide to Bradenton’s best local eats.
Derek’s specializes in rustic coastal cuisine served in a fun, casual environment. Located in a former Arby’s, Derek has taken a tired fast food chain and transformed it into one of the town’s most raved about restaurants. Its a stylish space in which to enjoy dishes like mahi-mahi tacos with toasted peanut slaw or blackened salmon with sweet potato-pecan hash.
Derek’s, 5516 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL, USA, +1 941 794 1100
Full Belly Stuffed Burgers is the place to get your fill of delicious gourmet burgers. All of Full Belly Stuffed Burgers patties are crafted from juicy Angus beef and stuffed to the max with delicious extras. Try the Mushroom Swiss burger stuffed with Portobello mushrooms and Swiss cheese and wash it down with one of Full Belly’s locally brewed beers.
Doors first opened at Lucky Frog a year ago and the eatery’s unique, eclectic food; a healthy, modern take on German and Mediterranean cuisine mixed with American breakfast classics; is already proving a hit with local diners. Get a kick start to your day with a healthy breakfast omelet or nutritious bowl of homemade granola or go for dinner when guests can choose from delicious dishes like lightly spiced sautéed shrimp with tabbouleh salad or sauerbraten.
Lucky Frog, 4625 Cortez Rod West, Bradenton, FL, USA, +1 941 795 2132