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Bar Tab: Spanish Pointe Restaurant and Pub

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Spanish Pointe Restaurant and Pub hugs the Intracoastal waterway of Little Sarasota Bay. STAFF PHOTO/WADE TATANGELO

If Tucker ever finds a car that accommodates French bulldogs, he will likely become quite the ladies’ man and a regular at Spanish Pointe Restaurant and Pub. While there’s an adjacent indoor dining room and bar, the action takes place under the large, thatched roof of the open air and pet friendly tiki hut. Forget the flat-screen TVs and waterfront view, our dog Tucker, along with some of other cute canines, is the center of attention.

PHOTOS: Spanish Pointe Restaurant and Pub

We arrive around 5:30 p.m. and easily find two bar stools facing Little Sarasota Bay. Our afternoon approaches maximum relaxation as we enjoy the refreshing breeze coming off this part of the Intracoastal Waterway. In fact, it’s only temporarily interrupted when I attempt a restroom visit and step right down in the dog bowl of water that has been sitting there for all of about two minutes. Tucker glares up at me as if to say, “Really?”

The hostess returns with a refill. She rubs him again in all his favorite places. Tucker offers groans and grunts of satisfaction.

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Tucker is a big fan of Spanish Pointe. STAFF PHOTO/WADE TATANGELO

Joined by my amazing wife Kristin and our adorable and terribly spoiled Frenchy at this waterfront pub in Osprey, I ask our bartender Rob Kirby to please bring me the Spanish Pointe Southern Classic ($8). It’s a margarita made with 1800 Silver Tequila, Southern Comfort and mango puree. Kristin orders the comelier but less potent Passion Pointe ($10).

A combination of Absolut Vodka and a dash of sparkling wine, it’s sweetened with passion puree, lemon and lime juice then garnished with a fresh stem of rosemary. Spanish Pointe’s other signature drinks include beach bar standards like the mojito, mai tai and rum runner plus more creative cocktails such as the Pirates Booty, made with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Disaronno, cranberry and orange juice.

I will order the heart-stopping burger with blue cheese and bacon that comes bolstered with fries, pickle and slaw, all for 12 bucks. Kristin goes with the basket of Thai shrimp ($13). Both dishes are solid selections. What my beef patty lacks a in inherent flavor it makes up for in tasty chunks of blue cheese and crisp bacon slices. Kristin’s shrimp smack of freshness and are smothered in a rich, pleasingly spicy Thai sauce.

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Kristin orders the Passion Pointe. STAFF PHOTO/WADE TATANGELO

We try to make conversation with the other customers, many regulars, about the charm of Spanish Pointe. But all anyone really wants to talk about, and talk to, is Tucker. By 6:30 p.m. the tiki bar and dining area under the thatched roof is full of everyone from biker couples to retirees to families to, well, 30somethings like us. Lots of dogs, too, of various shapes, sizes, breeds, etc., populate the place.

We pay our bill and wonder around the grassy area near the water. Small children pet, play with and even try to ride Tucker. It’s all good. He loves the attention.
Tucker would have gladly hung out at Spanish Pointe until closing time. We would have, too, if it wasn’t for the whole returning to our home in Bradenton thing. If you live in South Sarasota County, chances are, you already know and love Spanish Pointe’s tiki bar. Otherwise, plan a visit. It’s a charming oasis of Old Florida that we – yes, Tucker, too – highly recommend.

Spanish Pointe Restaurant and Pub
135 Bayview Drive, Osprey; 966-5746; spanishpointe.com

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PHOTOS: Spanish Pointe Restaurant and Pub
Spanish Pointe Restaurant and Pub
135 Bayview Drive, Osprey; 966-5746; spanishpointe.com

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WADE TATANGELOis the editor of TICKET + and a contributor at TicketSarasota.com. He has been an entertainment editor, reporter, columnist and reviewer for more than a decade at publications nationwide. He is a Hershey, Pa., native who grew up in Tampa and graduated from the University of South Florida. Wade joined the Herald-Tribune in 2013 and writes the weekly Bar Tab column. He can be reached by email or call (941) 361-4955.
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