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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Restaurant Recommendation-Bradenton Beach, FL

This week, I am vacationing on the Gulf Coast of FL near Anna Maria Island and luckily escaped the wrath of Irene back home in NJ (lost power for a few days but no flooding, thank goodness!). I love coming here during the summer when the "snow birds" are still up north and you can really enjoy the peacefulness of the island and explore new places. This trip, we happened upon a new restaurant, Bridge Street Bistro, that just opened up this past February. For those of you reading this that live in the vicinity or might vacation here, I highly recommend this restaurant. It is located across from the beach with beautiful views of the sunset where you can either choose to eat indoor or out. The waitstaff was attentive but not intrusive (which totally rubs me the wrong way) and it was an overall great dining experience. Attire suggested is smart casual. 

I love eating out just as much as I enjoy cooking and of course, I had to sample everything! For starters, we tried the Black Bean Cakes with Guacamole and Salsa and Artichoke Spinach Dip. This dip was by far one of the best versions I have ever had. It was loaded with whole quartered artichokes, fresh spinach and the dip part was made with stone ground mustard and topped with what tasted like a white cheddar cheese that they broiled until bubbly and light brown. For dinner, I had the Filet Mignon with Au Poivre Sauce (Cognac Peppercorn Sauce) and my husband had the Ribeye Steak with a Gorgonzola Cream Sauce... both of which were cooked perfectly. To finish off the meal, we shared the Zabaione with fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries in an almond shell (picture above).

The entire meal, including a nice bottle of Super Tuscan wine, was absolutely delicious from one course to the next and moderately priced. They also offer a lunch menu and early bird specials. So next time you're in the area, check them out!

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