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January
24

Sarasota & Manatee Food Truck Guide

Sarasota Food Trucks

Whether you're a foodie hunting for the best-hidden gems around Sarasota and Manatee, or you're just looking for a great place to grab a quick bite at lunch, local food trucks are an excellent option for finding unique, handcrafted fare. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on some of the best food trucks in the area.

Sarasota County Food Trucks

  • Fire Tacos – 886 S. Packinghouse Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232
    Tacos are always a favorite for food truck connoisseurs, and Fire Tacos offers some of the best tacos that you'll find near Sarasota homes for sale. You'll often find this truck posted up on Packinghouse Road, serving up authentic Mexican fare with ingredients that are as fresh as it gets.

  • Polpo Pizza Co. – Sarasota Farmers Market & Phillipi Farmhouse Market
    When you're in the mood for a great slice, Polpo Pizza Co. has you covered with their award-winning wood-fired pizza. You'll find this food truck at the Sarasota Farmers Market every Saturday and the Phillipi Farmhouse Market every Wednesday.

  • Spice Boys Kitchen – Various Locations Around Sarasota County
    Sample the flavors of the Middle East, expertly prepared by chefs Steven Schmitt and Carl Kolber at Spice Boys Kitchen. They set up shop all around Sarasota County and beyond, so be sure to check their Facebook page for the latest schedule.

  • Peachey's Baking Company – 5500 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231
    After you sample some great pizza at Phillipi Farmhouse Market, why not enjoy something sweet for dessert? Peachey's Baking Company can be found at the market every Wednesday and at other farmers markets around Sarasota County during the rest of the week. The doughnuts here are crafted with old family recipes and are well worth the trip on their own.

Manatee County Food Trucks

  • River Road Stop – 131 Upper Manatee River Rd., Bradenton, FL 34212
    Have a craving for some proper barbecue near Bradenton homes for sale? The River Road Stop is sure to satisfy, with a menu full of sandwiches, sides, and barbecue goodness. Since this is a semi-permanent location, there are also picnic tables set up so that you can enjoy a delicious meal under the stars.

  • Dona Betty Tacos – 6285 14th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34207
    Consistently one of the top-rated food trucks in the area, Dona Betty Tacos has earned its reputation by serving delicious tacos for dinner and late-night snacks in Bradenton. You will often find this truck near the Wells Fargo on 14th Street, serving up fully loaded tacos that you won't want to miss.

  • Traveling Kitchen Grill & Catering – 4927 96th St. E., Palmetto, FL 34211
    Burgers, finger foods, and perfectly fried sides are always on the menu at the Traveling Kitchen Grill & Catering food truck, which you can frequently find near Palmetto homes for sale. Stop by during the big holidays for special menus, or check out the permanent Traveling Kitchen brick-and-mortar location for a sit-down meal.

  • Parrish Cuban Grill – 8304 US-301 N., Ellenton, FL 34221
    There are some great food trucks near Ellenton homes for sale as well, including the very popular Parrish Cuban Grill. As the name suggests, this food truck offers up authentic Cuban fare for lunch and dinner. They are often set up in the Parrish Advance Auto Parts parking lot.

Searching for a home that makes it easy to visit your favorite food trucks and so much more? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout SWFL communities.

January
17

Plan Ahead for These Sarasota Events

Sarasota Events

If you live in Sarasota, FL, you're lucky to experience the area's amazing weather, abundant recreational opportunities, and countless family-friendly destinations. You'll also find numerous special events that cater to nearly every interest, whether you're a baseball fan or are searching for the perfect antique.

Our real estate agents suggest checking out the following events coming to Sarasota in 2022:

  • The Simon & Garfunkel Story - Feb. 12, 2022 - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236 
    The Simon & Garfunkel Story is an immersive, concert-style theater show that tells the story of the folk-rock duo using a full live band and state-of-the-art video projection and lighting. It takes you through their history, starting with their beginnings as Tom & Jerry and culminating with "The Concert in Central Park" in 1981 with over half a million fans. Along the way, you'll be treated to such hits as "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Mrs. Robinson," "Homeward Bound," and more.

  • Sarasota Audubon Society Guided Walks: The Celery Fields, Second Mondays - Feb. 14, and Mar. 14, 2022 - Celery Fields, 6893 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34240
    Join bird experts Peter Brown and Kelley Berkey on a Sarasota Audubon Society Guided Walk in The Celery Fields. The 400-plus acre site is owned by Sarasota County and is on the Great Florida Birding Trail, so you're likely to see many species along the way. Over 200 species of birds have been identified at The Celery Fields. Walkers and bird-watchers should meet at the Raymond Road Boardwalk and then proceed on the walk.

  • The Sarasota FL Antiques Show - Feb. 26-27, 2022 - Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
    If you love antiques, you won't want to miss The Sarasota FL Antiques Show, where you'll be able to shop inside in an elegant, comfortable atmosphere. Over 50 national and regional exhibitors will have smaller wares displayed in showcases and larger pieces such as furniture attractively arranged so you can appreciate them up close. You'll be able to see and buy fine antiques as well as decorative and fine arts from ancient times to the 20th century.

  • 33rd Annual Venice Italian Feast & Carnival - Feb. 24-27, 2022 - Venice Airport Festival Grounds, 610 Airport Ave. E., Venice, FL 34285
    You know an event is going to be fun when it's been an annual event for over 30 years! Head over to the Venice Airport Festival Grounds for the 33rd Annual Venice Italian Feast & Carnival. The festival put on by the Italian American Club of Venice has live entertainment, carnival rides, and of course fantastic food! Be sure to stop by after looking at Venice homes for sale.
     
  • Baltimore Orioles MLB Spring Training - starting Feb. 26, 2022 - Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota, FL 34237
    When Major League Baseball starts spring training in 2022, they'll have 15 teams playing in Florida's Grapefruit League and taking advantage of the area's great weather. Teams include the Baltimore Orioles, who play their home games at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. Games offer a fun, relaxed way to see your favorite MLB players, as well as some promising minor leaguers who are trying to break into the major leagues. 

Contact us if you'd like to see Sarasota homes for sale or Bradenton homes for sale. Established in 1939, we've earned a reputation for providing professional, personal service. We live and work in the community and would love to help you with your real estate transactions. 

January
10

One-of-a-Kind Restaurants to Try Near Sarasota

Sarasota Dining

Our real estate agents want to introduce you to the taste of Sarasota!

Florida is known for its excellent seafood, but that is only the beginning. No matter if you are exploring Sarasota homes for sale, going with Bradenton homes for sale, or looking elsewhere in the area, you are sure to enjoy this region's food culture.

While all your favorite chains are represented, unique chef-led restaurants are a big part of what makes Sarasota special. These run the gamut from small, family-owned eateries – often in historic buildings – to acclaimed locales led by some of the most famous chefs in the world.

As a result, the flavors of Sarasota incorporate influences from all across the globe. With such a strong blend between local community restaurants and celebrity chefs who come to the city to show they've made it big, there's an endless array of options for you to savor.

Let's take a closer look at some prime Sarasota picks:

  • The Garden Room Cafe at Shoogie Boogies – 1919 Morrill Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
    The Garden Room Cafe at Shoogie Boogies has been described as a dining experience nothing short of being transported to Europe. With a dining room that exudes careful attention to detail in the spirit of continental European elegance, it is one of the top fine dining event venues in Sarasota. 

  • Michael's on East – 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, FL 34239
    Michael's on East is "top of the line" all the way, starting with one of the most auspicious domain names in dining ("bestfood.com") and following through with world-class food and guest experience. Whether you are looking for a full three-course dinner, desserts like the chocolate peppermint torte and layered pumpkin kiss, or a relaxing time in the lounge, Michael's on East will never disappoint.

  • Euphemia Haye – 5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228
    Euphemia Haye features both a lounge and a dedicated dessert room that has received high praise from the local culinary press. The lounge was converted into a relaxed "bachelor pad" atmosphere, as it was the former owner's apartment. The dessert lounge allows you to view the complete selection of daily fresh-baked pastries and other delights before you select the one that's right for you.

  • Indigenous Restaurant – 239 South Links Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Indigenous Restaurant is a seasonal American eatery focused on the freshest local ingredients with the lowest environmental impact. It emphasizes sustainable seafood with a carefully designed supply chain that empowers local fishermen, artisans, and farmers. As a result, the menu can change as frequently as twice a week, and there's always a delicious new delicacy for you to try.

  • The Old Salty Dog – 1601 B. Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
    With three locations across Sarasota and Venice, The Old Salty Dog is a popular selection for authentic Floridian family dining and fun. The menu has a little bit of everything, from starters to soups and salads, sandwiches, dogs and burgers, and food baskets. The homemade crab dip, lobster roll, firecracker wrap, and Caribbean jerk tacos are just a few of the favorites.

The culinary scene is one of the many draws of living in the Sarasota area. Contact us today to learn more about what Sarasota has to offer.

November
8

Thanksgiving Recipes for Healthy Dining

Thanksgiving Dining

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends and enjoy a delicious meal together. If you're watching your weight, you'll be glad to know that you don't necessarily have to load up on unhealthy foods. 

Many of our real estate agents love to cook. When they weren't busy showing buyers all the great Sarasota homes for sale, they spent some time looking for delicious healthy recipes you can prepare this Thanksgiving. Take a look at some of the ideas below. By lightening up the menu, you can make sure that this year the only thing that will be stuffed on Thanksgiving Day is the turkey! 

  • Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
    This delicious butternut squash soup makes the perfect starter for Thanksgiving dinner. You can give it a healthy twist by swapping out the heavy cream for equally tasty coconut milk. Even better, if you use pre-cut butternut squash, you can make this recipe in just five minutes! That's a real lifesaver when you're already spending the bulk of the day in the kitchen. 
  • Shrimp Cocktail 
    Enjoying a healthy appetizer before dinner can help keep you from over-eating when you sit down for the main meal. Shrimp cocktail is an easy and festive dish that has a low-calorie count. Steam your shrimp in spices and make your own cocktail sauce instead of buying the pre-made version from the store - you'll be glad you did! 

  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon
    Instead of making a traditional sweet potato casserole that's loaded with brown sugar and marshmallows, try these roasted sweet potatoes with honey and cinnamon. They still have plenty of sweetness but without all the added sugar. This super-simple recipe only takes a few minutes to prepare and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. 
  • Healthy Mashed Potatoes
    Most people agree that Thanksgiving dinner wouldn't be the same without mashed potatoes. But, you can make a healthy version that doesn't involve two sticks of butter. This recipe substitutes regular milk for heavy cream and adds just enough butter to make the dish taste delicious without being overly fatty. Top your potatoes with some fresh chives for a little extra dash of color and flavor. 

  • Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
    When you try these maple bacon Brussels sprouts, you'll have a hard time believing they're actually good for you! This decadent-tasting dish gets its flavor from real maple syrup, bacon, and cayenne pepper. Also, if you think you don't like Brussels sprouts, you probably just haven't had them cooked the right way - so do yourself a favor and try them out. 
  • Healthy Cranberry Sauce
    It's a great idea to skip the sugar-laden canned cranberry sauce and make your own instead. This easy cranberry sauce recipe calls for only three ingredients - fresh cranberries, maple syrup, and orange juice. If you want to make it extra special, add a bit of cinnamon and vanilla extract as well. 

If you're looking for the perfect Florida home this Thanksgiving season, the agents at Wagner Realty are here to help. We have the inside scoop on all the best Sarasota and Bradenton homes for sale, so don't delay. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started! 

September
27

German Restaurants for Your Oktoberfest Plans

German Restaurants Sarasota

The official Oktoberfest festivities in Munich might be canceled this year, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate the occasion here in the Bradenton area! In fact, our real estate agents have a few ideas about where to go for an Oktoberfest feast. Check out these local restaurants for an authentic dining experience. 

  • Lucky Frog Restaurant - 4625 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210
    With its unassuming storefront, it would be easy to overlook the Lucky Frog Restaurant. But you'd also be missing out on some of the best authentic German food near these Bradenton homes for sale. The Lucky Frog serves a broad menu of classic German fare like breaded pork schnitzel, sauerbraten, and spaetzle, along with daily chef's specialties. Oktoberfest events are planned for Oct. 9th and 23rd, 2021, including a special menu and live German folk music. 

  • Restaurant Edelweiss - 611 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208
    The fresh cuisine at Restaurant Edelweiss is made from scratch every day and has been voted the best authentic German food in Bradenton. The restaurant serves up finely crafted specialties like the mouth-watering Rügenwalder Knacker Platter, which includes two smoked pork knackwurst with German potato salad and a handmade pretzel. Be sure to check out the music schedule at Restaurant Edelweiss as well; live bands play every week. They also have a relaxing biergarten where you'll be glad to sit and sip a pint, with classic German beers like Warsteiner Pilsner and Hofbräuhaus Lager on draft. 

  • Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus - 3246 E Bay Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
    You'll find plenty of tasty Bavarian and Austrian dishes on the menu at the Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus. This classic German restaurant near Holmes Beach homes for sale uses old-country recipes handed down through generations and serves guests in an intimate, relaxing space. Start with the Tagessuppe (soup of the day) and handmade pretzels with German mustard, and go from there. They have a great beer and wine list too. 

  • Siegfried's Restaurant - 1869 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34236
    It doesn't get much more authentic than Siegfried's Restaurant. Owners Kim and Rene moved to Sarasota from Erkelenz, Germany in 2018, and started Siegfried's Restaurant with the goal of crafting delicious German food based on family recipes. Located a stone's throw from these Sarasota homes for sale, they have one of the best outdoor biergartens in town. 

  • Geier's Sausage Kitchen - 7447 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231
    A unique German meat market and deli, Geier's Sausage Kitchen is a great place to pick up authentic German take-out. They also offer some of the best authentic, handmade German sausages you'll ever taste, including frankfurters, bratwurst, and knockwurst. Pick some up to throw on the grill for your own Oktoberfest party! 

  • Curry Up King - 935 N Beneva Rd #613, Sarasota, FL 34232
    Serving authentic German street food with an Indian twist, Curry Up King is a hole-in-the-wall joint that is not to be missed. With a small, no-frills seating area, the kitchen at Curry Up King produces genuine masterpieces like their schnitzel sandwich, which includes pork loin fried golden brown to perfection, topped with zesty curry lemon mayonnaise. And save room for dessert; they make just about the best apple strudel you'll ever have. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Sarasota and Bradenton, and be sure to ask our real estate agents about finding your dream home on the Florida coast.

March
22

Sarasota & Bradenton Restaurants For International Waffle Day

Sarasota BreakfastIf you've been looking at homes in the Sarasota area, you already know there's a lot to love! As if the gorgeous weather and stunning beaches weren't enough, residents and visitors also enjoy a wide selection of amazing dining experiences.

On their days off, our real estate agents love taking a break to visit some of their favorite local breakfast restaurants. International Waffle Day is coming up on Thursday, March 25th, making now the perfect time to try out a few for yourself. 

  1. Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe: 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
    There's nothing quite like starting your day off with breakfast on the beach! The Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe opens every day at 8 am and serves fantastic Belgian waffles you'll ever have! Make sure you get the whole experience by adding strawberries or blueberries for just $1 extra. They also offer a full breakfast menu with items like Eggs Benedict, Country Fried Steak, and All You Can Eat Pancakes. After you're done with your meal, take a ride around so you can get a look at some of the beautiful Anna Maria Island Homes for sale. We're sure you're going to fall in love! 

  2. Blue Dolphin Cafe: 5370 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Suite 101, Longboat Key, FL 34228
    The Blue Dolphin Cafe offers a fun and intimate dining experience. They're open for both dine-in and takeout and offer a variety of waffle dishes as well as a full breakfast menu. Any time we're in the area showing Longboat Key homes for sale, we try to stop by and enjoy a meal. If you want to celebrate International Waffle Day, consider ordering waffles topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries, bananas, and whipped cream. 

  3. The Oasis Cafe: 3542 South Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239
    The owners of The Oasis Cafe have owned some of the most popular restaurants in Sarasota for over 30 years. It's no surprise that this is one of the best spots in the area to enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch, or brunch. You'll love their Malted Belgian Waffles topped with fruit, nuts, and a side of real Vermont maple syrup.

  4. Sarasota Breakfast House: 1817 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34236
    If you've been exploring Sarasota homes for sale, you'll want to get to know Sarasota Breakfast House. Not only are their fresh-made waffles incredible, but they also serve them up with a huge variety of gourmet toppings, including candied bacon pecans, peanut butter chips, Nutella, lemon ricotta filling, glazed walnuts, fresh whipped cream, and more! You definitely don't need a special day to enjoy this delicious treat! 

  5. Blue Jasper Restaurant: 5718 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton, FL 34210
    Blue Jasper Restaurant, located in West Bradenton, is known for serving quality meals made with locally-sourced ingredients. You'll love celebrating International Waffle Day with one of their fresh-made waffles topped with decadent toppings like banana and berry compote or caramel banana and walnut. If you're ready to go all-in, order a waffle sundae topped with strawberry, banana, and chocolate syrup. After breakfast, take a drive around. You'll quickly see why so many people are interested in exploring Bradenton homes for sale

Our real estate agents are ready to help you find your dream home! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 

January
11

Healthy Dining Options Throughout Sarasota and Manatee

Healthy Dining Sarasota

Standards of healthy eating have changed over the years. Fortunately, one thing experts agree on is that healthy food doesn't mean bland and tasteless. Our real estate agents maintain their high energy levels by visiting these favorite healthy dining restaurants throughout Sarasota and Bradenton.

  1. Green Zebra Cafe - 1377 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236
    It's brunch time all day long at Green Zebra Cafe, with a delectable assortment of breakfast wraps, scrambles, toasts and Benedicts served from open until close. Try the signature raw pancake, made with a dehydrated banana pancake, cashew whipped cream, strawberry chia coulis, and fresh fruit. There's also a juice and smoothie bar with selections such as Apple Pie, and I Dream of Ginger. Green Zebra is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

  2. Paleo Connection - 3515 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL 34234
    Whether you're new to the paleo diet or you've already jumped on board, there's one special restaurant around Sarasota homes for sale to check out. All of the dishes at Paleo Connection follow this healthy eating style that emphasizes lean meats, fruits and vegetables, nuts, and seeds. The menu changes with the seasons to accommodate the freshest available ingredients. Hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday.

  3. Chicken Salad Chick - 7350 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton, FL 34210
    Chicken salad is a deceptively simple dish that lends itself to a wide range of preparations. At Chicken Salad Chick, just minutes from Bradenton homes for sale, each delicious variation is named after a woman who inspired founder, Stacy Brown. Flavors such as Lauryn's Lemon Basil, Barbie-Q, and Cranberry Kelli use fruits, nuts, and seasonings to accent the juicy chunks of chicken. Chicken Salad Chick is open 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

  4. Bowled Life - Food Truck Various Locations
    Add açaí berries, a superfood loaded with antioxidants, to your own diet with a visit to Bowled Life. Their luscious açaí bowls incorporate fruits and toppings such as honey, Nutella, almond, flax seeds, and almond milk. Other healthy menu options include avocado toast, smoothies, and salads. When you're out and about, follow Bowled Life on Facebook or Instagram for their food truck schedule. Eatery hours are 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily.

  5. Get Fit Fuel - 8327 Market St., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
    Get Fit Fuel bills itself as a "one-stop source for healthy meals on the run." The shop carries a variety of fresh-made, prepackaged breakfasts, entrées, and snacks that are perfect for grab-and-go when you're out viewing Lakewood Ranch homes for sale. Build your own açaí bowl or try one of the house specialties. Order on the handy app, available for iPhone and Android, for pickup or delivery. Hours are 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekends.

  6. The Sandbar - 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria Island, FL 34216
    Ed Chiles, owner of The Sandbar, developed an interest in environmental issues through his father, former governor Lawton Chiles. The restaurant has long been a landmark near Anna Maria Island homes for sale. The Sandbar is open for outdoor dining and carryout 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday.

Enjoy healthy eating around the dining table of your new Sarasota or Bradenton home. Contact us at Wagner Realty to get started.

January
17

Manatee & Sarasota Cheese Shops for National Cheese Lover's Day

Manatee Cheese Shops

It's almost time once again for the cheesiest holiday of the year, with January 20th marking this year's edition of National Cheese Lover's Day. Whether you're a true aficionado of all things cheese or you simply love an excuse to sample, you'll find no shortage of places to celebrate in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Our REALTORS® have the details on 6 local spots where you can celebrate National Cheese Lover's Day.

  1. Artisan Cheese Company – 550 Central Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
    With a convenient location close to Sarasota homes for sale and a diverse selection of cheese from around the world, Artisan Cheese Company is sure to have what you seek. Visit anytime to browse the best selection of artisan cheese in Sarasota. If you love a glass of good wine with your favorite cheese, wine, and cheese clubs at Artisan Cheese Company can satisfy both of your culinary passions.

  2. Chop Shop Grocer – 5906 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34209
    Looking for a local, old-fashioned grocer close to Bradenton homes for sale? Then head for the Chop Shop Grocer, where you'll find great cheese and so much more. The award-winning deli at the Chop Shop stocks a wide variety of international cheeses, along with all of your favorite cold cuts. Grab a prepared meal, or find the freshest ingredients for your own home-cooked creations.

  3. Morton's Gourmet Market 1924 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239
    Whether you're shopping for gourmet cheese, fine wines, or the freshest top-quality ingredients for your next meal, Morton's Gourmet Market in Sarasota will have what you need. Order a gourmet basket for the cheese-lover on your shopping list, or grab something delicious to take home. With more than 200 cheeses available every day and expert help from cheesemonger Karen LaBonte, Morton's is sure to stock what you seek.

  4. Papa's Meat Market – 324 Tamiami Trail S., Venice, FL 34285
    It's easy to find fresh food and fantastic cheese close to Venice homes for sale, thanks to well-known local shops like Papa's Meat Market. The cheese selection at Papa's Meat Market is diverse, with cheeses created on small farms throughout the country. At Papa's, you can sample everything from Amish cheese to the best imported Parmesan from Italy.

  5. Anna Maria Olive Oil Outpost – 401 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34217
    While you're out shopping for Anna Maria Island homes, you'll certainly end up with an appetite. Stop by the Anna Maria Olive Oil Outpost to sample some Truffle Pecorino and Formager Bleu creamy brie style cheese – or whatever the delicious cheese sample of the day may be. Aside from gourmet cheeses, the friendly staff is happy to indulge the taste buds of visitors with fabulous olive oils, freshly shaved parmesan, cured meats, handmade soaps, flavored balsamic vinegars and pickled goodies that make excellent gifts.
  6. The Ancient Olive of Sarasota – St. Armands Circle 26 N. Boulevard of the Presidents, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Just a short drive from Longboat Key homes for sale, you'll find The Ancient Olive. It's not a cheese shop, but when you have gourmet cheese, you need the amenities – like premium extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars. The Ancient Olive provides an epicurean adventure that includes tastings of its various specialty foods among an array of unique culinary gifts, all found in the ambiance of a fine art gallery. The tasting room At The Ancient Olive features 55+ premium single varietal and flavored extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars and has been awarded for excellence in quality and education.

You'll never be hungry when you call our corner of Florida home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Manatee and Sarasota area.

July
22

Clean Eating Restaurants Near You

Sarasota Manatee Clean Eating Restaurants

Living in the Sunshine State gives you plenty of opportunities to spend time outdoors and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. For many Florida residents, staying active and eating well are important priorities. Lately, people across the state are embracing the idea of "clean eating."

While this might sound like just another fad diet, it's actually a way of life that's incredibly effective for maintaining your health. In its simplest form, clean eating involves avoiding processed foods, eating balanced meals prepared in healthy ways, and ramping up your intake of plant-based foods. 

Luckily, you don't have to slave away in the kitchen to enjoy eating clean. Our real estate agents have found some great clean eating restaurants throughout the Sarasota-Manatee areas! Check out this list of some of our local favorites. 

  1. Lemon Tree Kitchen - 1289 N Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
    With an array of healthy menu items designed to appeal to the everyday diner, Lemon Tree Kitchen is the perfect choice for a casual bite in a relaxed atmosphere. All of their dishes are made from scratch daily and feature clean, wholesome ingredients that are locally-sourced whenever possible.  After you're done with your meal, we recommend taking a drive around so you can see some of the great Sarasota homes for sale in the downtown area. 

  2. The Sage Biscuit Cafe in Downtown Bradenton - 1401 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205
    The Sage Biscuit Cafe brings homemade, quality dishes to their clientele that include vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. The Sage Biscuit Cafe is a family-owned business dedicated to serving their customers the freshest and tastiest food in Bradenton. After your meal, take a drive to view some of the best Bradenton homes for sale in the area.

  3. Veg - 2164 Gulf Gate Dr., Sarasota, FL 34232
    Veg offers high-quality vegetarian, vegan, and seafood dishes served in a cozy bistro setting. They're open for both lunch and dinner and can accommodate gluten-free and lactose-intolerant diners. They serve excellent homemade sangria, and the veggie burgers are out-of-this-world. 

  4. Fresh Kitchen - 8491 Cooper Creek Blvd #101, Bradenton, FL 34201
    Fresh Kitchen
    serves customers chef-inspired meals made from fresh high-quality ingredients to nourish and energize the body. At Fresh Kitchen, you can build your own bowls with hormone and antibiotic-free grilled meats and roasted vegetables. Your meal at Fresh Kitchen is 100% gluten-free.

  5. Ionie Retreat and Organic Raw Food Cafe - 1241 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34236
    Part spa retreat and part vegan raw food restaurant, Ionie Retreat and Organic Raw Food Cafe is the ideal place to relax and unwind while giving your body the nourishment it craves. Grab a spot at one of the cute outdoor tables and enjoy a healthy smoothie, juice, elixir, or wheatgrass shot. Want something more substantial? They also serve pizzas, entrees, and desserts.

  6. Bowled Life Cafe  - 929 10th St E., Palmetto, FL 34221
    Bowled Life Cafe was opened in Manatee County in October 2018 and has been showing Bradenton locals the way to delicious, healthy eating ever since.  The restaurant specializes in acai bowls, smoothies, salad bowls, and avocado toast. David and Bettina Wheeler, Bowled Life Cafe owners, described their fare as vegan-friendly and "on the healthy side--no sugar is added and nothing is fried. Bowled Life Cafe, located just minutes from homes for sale in Palmetto.

  7. Green Zebra Cafe - 476 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236
    Located in beautiful St. Armands Circle, family-owned Green Zebra Cafe is another local favorite. Their menu includes raw entrees and desserts, pressed juices and elixirs, smoothies, sandwiches, salads, and more. Best of all, everything is made from the best possible local and organic ingredients. 

  8. Lila - 1576 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236
    For creative vegetarian and vegan dishes, you can't go wrong with lunch or dinner at Lila. This downtown hot spot prides itself on using organic and locally-sourced ingredients and preparing their dishes in a way that keeps all vegetarian and vegan dishes free of animal contaminants. Both vegans and meat-eaters love these fresh and delicious vegetable-centric meals!

There's so much to love about living in Sarasota and Manatee! From seemingly limitless dining and entertainment options to great weather and gorgeous houses, this city has it all. If you're ready to learn more about the area and start exploring some of our homes for sale throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties, contact us today to get started.

November
22

2017 Bradenton Blues Fest

Bradenton Blues Fest
When you think of living in Bradenton, Florida, the first thing that most likely pops into your mind is enjoying our city's sugary sand beaches. However, Bradenton boasts a full slate of local activities and events sure to please locals, visitors and new residents alike starting with our upcoming Bradenton Blues Festival Weekend.  One of the best-kept secrets in Bradenton and beyond is the annual Bradenton Blues Festival.  The Bradenton Blues Festival main event will be Saturday, December 2.

The Bradenton Blues Fest Returns

For music aficionados, the Bradenton Blues Festival is known for amazing sets from hot local and national blues musicians. It's put on every year by the nonprofit Realize Bradenton, solely dedicated to a vibrant and prosperous downtown for the Bradenton community.

In addition to the smooth blues solos, Blues Festival is known far and wide for the best eats. As you enjoy acts on the big stage, you'll also have the opportunity to sample local craft beer and pick your favorite from more than a dozen specialty food vendors.

The fun doesn't end when the last act takes a bow, either – there's still Sunday to look forward to.

The Bradenton Blues Brunch Won't Have Your Favorite Foodies Singing the Blues

The Bradenton Blues Brunch caps off the event from 11 am to 1 pm. on Sunday. You'll find it along with a lively crowd of blues fans at Mattison's City Grille, a hip hangout you just can't miss when you visit the Bradenton Riverwalk.

Mattison's is known for mouth-watering steaks and seafood, a dizzying selection of tasty cocktails, and scrumptious key lime pie that will have you coming back for seconds. It also distinguishes itself with a complete selection of fresh signature sushi rolls.

Tickets for the brunch are available for $50 and attendees will nosh their way through a three-course, seated-and-served brunch headed by renowned chef Paul Mattison. Mimosas, wines and even a Bloody Mary or two will be on hand to be paired with each course.

Plus, you'll get live entertainment from top local blues duo Fowler and Walker. Find out more about the line-up and book your Blues Fest tickets soon – they're going fast!

Our REALTORS® would love the chance to show you Bradenton's most breathtaking homes for sale. See all Bradenton living has to offer – and enjoy Florida's finest blues event at the same time. Contact us to get your home search started.

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August
14

Living Like a Local in Longboat Key

Longboat Key Dining Spots 

Longboat Key Restaurants
When you find yourself in a living in a new city and want to find the best spots to grab a bite to eat, what do you do? That's easy—ask a Local! Luckily, our REALTORS® live and work in Longboat Key are thrilled to share some of our favorite eateries that will have you dining like a native Floridian in no time.

Homes in Longboat Key offer easy access to beautiful Gulf Coast views and miles of beautiful beaches. With all that seaside scenery, it comes as no surprise that Longboat Key serves up some of the best seafood around, but our local restaurants also offer much more! Here are some of our favorites:

  1. Amore, 555 Bay Isles Parkway, Longboat Key
    This incredible Italian fusion restaurant offers up a delicious traditionally-inspired menu that includes savory pesto gnocchi—a perfect comfort food if ever there was one—and possibly the most tender, juicy and flavorful rack of lamb we've ever tasted. Amore also offers both indoor and outdoor dining, and a full bar with live entertainment.

  2. Lazy Lobster, 5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key
    For high-end seafood in a relaxed, casual setting the Lazy Lobster is your go-to destination in the Longboat Key area. Their menu is stacked with seafood dished both classic and creative, from chilled ahi tuna and lobster bisque to crab cake salad and lemon-garlic shrimp and grits. They also have great happy hour specials, and a wide range of gluten-free options.

  3. Chart House, 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key
    Although it's known for its seafood, with many dishes sourced from local catches, Chart House is also a great place to go when you want to branch out. In addition to mouth-watering seafood dishes like stuffed flounder and cedar plank salmon, you'll find a menu stacked with delicious soups, salads, and some of the best steaks around. And all you chocoholics better stick around for dessert, because the hot chocolate lava cake is about as good as it gets.

  4. Dry Dock Waterfront Grill, 412 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key
    The lunch menu at the Dry Dock Waterfront Grill gets high marks for offering a dizzying variety of options in a gorgeous waterfront setting (to be fair, the dinner menu is great too, but a top-notch lunch spot is harder to come by). In the mood for seafood? The grouper sandwich is offered grilled, fried or blackened. Have a burger in mind? The half-pound Angus boathouse burger has your name on it. Vegetarian? If not, you will be after you try the grilled portobello mushroom sandwich.

  5. Euphemia Haye Restaurant, 5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key
    A perfect spot for a romantic dinner, Euphemia Haye might just be Longboat Key's most unique fine dining spot. A stone's throw from the beach, this picturesque restaurant is nestled in a historic wooden cottage and surrounded by a garden of tropical greenery. The creative a la carte menu includes an overflowing wine list and lots of healthy and vegetarian options alongside amazing pasta dishes, juicy steaks and fresh-caught seafood. The neighboring Haye Loft offers a more casual location to grab a drink and check out some live music.

When you're ready to begin your search for a home in Longboat Key, contact Wagner Realty. We have the "inside scoop" on the best homes for sale in our area--not to mention the restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and attractions in Longboat Key.

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April
25

Five Favorite Anna Maria Island Restaurants

Visit the Best Dining Spots on Anna Maria Island

Best Anna Maria Island Restaurants

Anna Maria Island, FL is a truly unique community, and that commitment to originality is always on display at the diverse dining destinations around the island. As you might expect from a seaside town, many of Anna Maria Island's most popular dining spots are big on serving fresh, locally sourced seafood, with entree inspirations from around the world. Enjoying a meal on the island is as much about the scenery as it is about the food on your plate. Let's just say you won't have any trouble finding waterfront dining when you call Anna Maria Island, FL home.

One of the nice things about living on Anna Maria Island is that there's a dining spot for every occasion. You can enjoy an elegant, sit-down meal by the sea, or head straight from the beach to a bistro in your flip-flops. No matter the occasion, Anna Maria homes for sale put you close to the action on the island.

Anna Maria Beach Restaurants

Five Food Favorites

  1. Beach Bistro – 6600 Gulf Drive – The Beach Bistro has been delighting locals and visitors alike for more than 25 years. With a menu of unique seafood options, Beach Bistro has earned countless awards from ZAGAT and other big-name restaurant reviewers. As an added bonus – or perhaps the main attraction – Beach Bistro has also been lauded as having one of the best wine lists in Florida, with more than 200 options available.

  2. Eat Here Anna Maria Kitchen – 5315 Gulf Drive – The Anna Maria Kitchen wants you to "Eat Here," and we certainly won't be arguing. Eat Here Anna Maria Kitchen is a collaborative effort between the operators of Beach Bistro and a number of young, creative restaurateurs in the area. The result is a less formal setting that's still big on atmosphere, perfect for lunch or an evening out with friends. While the atmosphere is less formal, the quality of the food is just as fantastic as what you'll find at Beach Bistro.

  3. Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe – 4000 Gulf Drive – Noticing a theme, yet? If you enjoy eating with your toes in the sand, then you won't find a better place than Anna Maria Island to pursue your culinary passion. The Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe is a friendly, welcoming dining spot located right on the beach. In addition to a diverse menu and a well-stocked bar, the cafe is big on entertainment. On many nights, you'll have live music to serenade you as you eat with the sunset in the background.

  4. The Waterfront Restaurant and Craft Bar – 111 South Bay Blvd. – Special occasions call for special meals, and The Waterfront always delivers. This is a formal, sit-down restaurant with fantastic seafood dinners and a menu of craft drinks that you won't find anywhere else. Enjoy a light, tasty lunch, or stop by at dinnertime for a truly unforgettable meal.

  5. Sandbar Seafood and Spirits – 100 Spring Avenue – The Sandbar is a place where memories are made, and knots are tied. This is one of the most popular restaurants on the island for weddings, thanks to its combination of fantastic food and stunning scenery. Of course, you don't need to be planning a beach wedding to enjoy a meal at this beloved Santa Maria Island establishment.

Anna Maria Island Dining Patrons

Our REALTORS® in Anna Maria love getting to experience the island, and we know you will too. Contact our local Anna Maria office to shop for homes on Anna Marie Island, and learn what it's like to enjoy a world-class meal by the sea.

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April
10

Best Restaurants in Sarasota for Easter Dining

Sarasota REALTORS® Pick Five Favorite Restaurants

Sarasota Restaurants

When it comes to celebrating a holiday, there nothing better than spending time with family and friends over a good meal.  Easter Sunday is no exception.  Nothing says Easter quite like a big brunch with the family. 

Even though Easter Sunday is just a few days away, if you "hop to it," there's still time to make reservations.  Our REALTORS® in Sarasota live and work in our community and have created this Sarasota Restaurant Guide of their five favorite restaurants with something special planned for Easter Sunday.

Sarasota Dining Easter

  1. Louies Modern, 1289 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, Florida
    Louies Modern is pulling out all the stops on Easter. Their Easter buffet ensures everyone can get exactly what they want. Are you in the mood for something sweet? Try one of the Danishes or a croissant with house jam, then head over to the Easter candy display or pie stand. Trying to eat healthy? The salad station has you covered. A carving display will have prime rib, bourbon glazed ham and rack of lamb, while the seafood station will fulfill your desire for surf-and-turf. Cost for the all-you-can-eat brunch feast is $65 for adults, $25 for kids.

  2. Libby's Cafe and Bar, 1917 S Osprey Avenue, Sarasota, Florida
    Serving up seasonal modern American food in a casual yet contemporary atmosphere, Libby's Cafe and Bar is a great place any day of the year; however, on Easter Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm you'll find a great Easter brunch available. Form a freshly crafted omelet to prime rib or shrimp cocktail, this buffet has something for everyone. Finish out the meal with cake, brownies, cookies, pies and Easter candy. Kids dine for $20, and adults for $50.

  3. The Table Creekside, 5365 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 
    For waterfront dining at its best, make your Easter Sunday reservations at The Table Creekside for their Easter Sunday Brunch served from 11am – 3pm.  Sample their Maine Lobster Benedict or Elephant Ear French Toast.

  4. Turtle's Restaurant, 8875 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, Florida
    Turtle's Restaurant gives you the chance to spend Easter on the water. Their special Easter menu will include leg of lamb, grilled salmon, honey glazed ham, filet mignon and several surf-and-turf options, all for a pretty affordable price and with a stunning view.

  5. Mattison's Forty-One, 7275 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida
    This Mediterranean inspired restaurant caters to a number of dietary needs, so if you've got someone in your group who is vegan or gluten-free, you'll find something here that will appeal to them. On Easter, a traditional Easter Brunch Buffet will be served from 10 am to 2 pm. The meal is priced at $36.95 for adults and $18.95 for kids. The buffet will include seafood, crepes, omelets, lamb, prime rib, chicken, gourmet cheeses and a number of fruit and vegetable options. Dinner will also include a special Easter menu.

Contact us when you're considering relocating to Sarasota.  Wagner Realty has access to the most up-to-date listings for Sarasota homes for sale including Sarasota school district and subdivision information.

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