Boston transplants Andy and Kristy Bryan founded Bryan's Pub Works as a family-friendly sports bar, curating a menu of classic American pub fare served in an environment that "has the genuine feel of an up-North tavern," according to the Bradenton Times. Cooks beer-batter fillets of flaky fish before frying them in molten lava to create the kitchen's signature fish 'n' chips. The Londoner contains a heaping portion of thinly sliced roast beef, sautéed mushrooms, and swiss cheese pressed between slices of griddle-fresh bread. Bartenders pair the pub fare with an assortment of drinks, including drafts from Yuengling and Sam Adams, glasses of house wine, and fermented juice boxes.
At Hacienda Mexican Grill & Cantina, waiters ferry zesty entrees throughout the dining room and umbrella-shaded outdoor patio. Pico de gallo and guacamole accompany shrimp and steak quesadillas, and plates of fajitas are flanked by tortillas, rice, and beans. Flan, churros, and cocktails help top off each meal.
Fresh, high-end ingredients predominate at Vertoris Pizza House, a vegan-friendly Italian restaurant and pizzeria with gluten-free options whose spinach-alfredo pie emerged victorious from the Second Annual Pizza Wars’ White Pizza Contest. Inspired by their triumph, the kitchen’s decorated chefs hurl homemade dough sky high before layering on whole-milk mozzarella and fresh tomato sauce. Nineteen specialty pizzas crisp up in a brick oven that also conjures stromboli and signature pastas, such as a baked ziti dusted with the same Italian breadcrumbs used for guiding disoriented tourists to the Sistine Chapel. With 33% less fat and no common allergens, Vertoris’ vegan cheese pairs nicely with gluten- and dairy-free crust options, ensuring palates of all particulars can partake in the pizzeria’s gourmet fare.
Salem's serves up a menu of made-to-order sandwiches, wings, and more crafted with quality ingredients and toppings that are newer than the future. Recollect the days when bison ruled the skies while snacking on large Buffalo wings in sauces mild, spicy, or hot ($7.99 for 10), then busy your mouth with an oyster platter ($9.99) as your teeth give chase to the calamari rings ($3.99). As the menu's star, the original gyro will autograph your stomach for $5.99; once it's been graced with a gourmet John Hancock, you can direct your digester's attention toward a footlong Philly steak ($7.99), a Black Angus cheeseburger ($3.39), or a 12-inch Po Boy shrimp sub ($7.99). Fresh salads ($4.99 for a small), fried sides, and soft drinks ($2.29 for a large) round out the bill of eats.
Framed John Deere memorabilia covers the walls, and miniature tractors and cars fill a glass display case. A mural on the back wall depicts an iconic green tractor rolling through a pasture. But this isn't a John Deere museum; it's Tammy's Place, a Bradenton eatery that embraces its concept right down to the tractor-green vinyl of its booths and 50-acre cornfield in the main dining area.
The brother-and-sister team behind Tammy's Place has a few specialties they're known for in the area; among them, housemade sausage gravy and pancakes as large as the plates they're served on. Other favorites the duo designed include patty melts and sweet potato tots that have a high success rate when used in marriage proposals.
The sandwich virtuosos at Jersey Mike's assemble authentic New Jersey–style subs and wraps from meats sliced on the spot and bread baked fresh daily, as they have been doing since the first shop opened in 1956. Duos can show appreciation for boot-shaped landmasses without constructing a massive steel toe over Hawaii by ordering a pair of Original Italians, mouth-flooding payloads of ham, prosciuttini, cappacuolo, salami, pepperoni, and provolone served cold inside an italian bread vessel. Jersey Mike's Famous Philly is served hot and stuffed with grilled onions, peppers, white American cheese, and a choice of steak or chicken. Jersey Mike's Bradenton location rests inside the Center Point Commons Shopping Center close to Anna Maria Island, making the eatery an ideal destination for a quick lunch before re-enacting the first season of Gilligan's Island in the parking lot.