417 Old Main St., Bradenton; 896-7873; bistroon12.comBistro On 12th
Taking its name from Old Main Street's other title, the bistro serves European-inspired breakfast and lunch dishes as well as specialty coffees, smoothies and sweets.
419 Old Main St., Bradenton; 708-3287; favsitaliancucina.comFav's Italian Cucina
Bradenton’s best destination for casual family style Italian dining, Fav’s excels at everything from killer pizza and subs to its singular “strombili,” featuring homemade dough filled with a slew of meats and fresh cheeses plus a touch of mustard that works magic. The $13 bottles of wine are another perk.
1207 3rd Ave. W, Bradenton; 896-8839; bradentonluckydogs.com.Lucky Dogs
This hole-in-the-wall gem located around the corner form McCabe’s is where you will find delectable, innovatively dressed hot dogs, specialty sandwiches, subs and wonderfully decadent ice cream.
427 Old Main St., Bradenton; 896-8860; obricks.comO'Brick's Irish Pub & Martini Bar
For the discerning martini drinker, this is the place to visit on Old Main Street. The wine selection is impressive, too, with a solid array of standard pub and seafood selections.
1200 1st Ave W. Bradenton; 748-8087; pier22dining.comPier 22
Follow Old Main Street to its northern end and you’ll come to Pier 22, a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the postcard-perfect panoramas where the Manatee River meets the Gulf of Mexico. From sashimi to St. Louis-style ribs, the grub all goes great with a signature mojito or several, especially when the happy hour specializes serve as an ideal primer for a spectacular sunset.
536 Old Main St., Bradenton, 746-8350.Council's Bradenton Recreation
A downtown Bradenton institution since 1926, it's where people go to get awesomely juicy burgers cooked fresh on an old Garland grill, drink cheap beer, shoot pool and perhaps talk about the news of the day with owner Lawton Smith.
801 Riverside Drive East, Bradenton; 746-8700; tarponpointegrill.comTarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar
Nestled along the eastern anchor of Riverwalk, Tarpon Pointe is a waterfront wonderland featuring live music by many of the best bands from Sarasota and Manatee, sand volleyball courts, corn hole, and a couple full bars where you will find magically delicious and somewhat dangerous margaritas plus a serviceable menu.
/ Friday, March 22, 2013