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.
Perish Grill is a new restaurant and bar specializing in hand-cut steaks, Cajun dishes, seafood, and sandwiches. Lunchers can munch on hand-cut french fries to complement organic grass-fed burgers ($7.99) or try the sweet-bourbon salmon with yellow rice and fresh vegetables ($7.99). Dinner grazers can whet their appetites in a garden of salads or wolf down seafood appetizers such as shrimp cocktail ($6.99) and crab cakes served with roasted red pepper sauce and remoulade ($7.99). A classically marbled, hand-cut 12 oz. rib eye sates steak steadfasts ($13.99), and the crawfish étouffée bursts with classic Cajun flavor ($11.99). Things that seem impossible on an empty stomach, such as skydiving straight into space, convincing your boss to trade spouses, and turning a recurring dream into reality by going back to high school and passing that chemistry exam pantsless, slide into the realm of the certain once you've devoured a meal at Perish Grill.
At Samurai Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, the chefs set out to create a fully engaging dining experience for guests, relying on showmanship and knife skills in addition to interesting flavor combinations. Surrounded by rich earth tones and in front of patrons' very eyes, they man gas-heated hibachi grills and juggle platefuls of steak, seafood, and vegetables into flashes of fire. Across the room, the sushi chefs avoid open flames and high-wattage light bulbs entirely as they roll a number of traditional and contemporary maki, filling each one with delicate cuts of fish and piquant dabs of sauce. Amid the bustle of flashing knives, sputtering grill tops, and standing ovations, flat-screen TVs also keep guests entertained at the restaurant's fully stocked bar.
While it is a fine purveyor of Hispanic foodstuffs, Acapulco Tropical also dishes out flavorful Mexican fare in the kitchen of its in-store café. Relying on natural, native ingredients, chefs create traditional dishes for carnivorous and seafood-centric palates. Early risers can catch a breakfast of huevos con nopales, in which eggs team with zesty seasonings and cacti culinary wits ($5.49). To launch lunchtime appetites, try a griddled quesadilla filled with asada, carnitas, pollo, pastor, or queso ($1.99). Or fill up mouth caverns with anytime entrees of burritos with a choice of any meat with rice and beans ($3.75), nachos ($6.49), or tortas ($4.25).
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.
There's a reason that everyone refers to Tara Sell as Sweets. A true southern belle, Tara is not only sweet and friendly in demeanor, she spends most of her time in the Sweets' Bakehouse kitchen, whipping up a delightful array of sugary treats. Within her colorful turquoise shop—firmly rooted in Bradenton's Village of the Arts—Tara and her kitchen crew fold local Florida and Georgia produce and premium ingredients into creative cakes and inventive baked goods. This also extends to lunchtime, where customers have choices such as gourmet sandwiches and wraps. Throughout the year, Tara spreads her culinary expertise amongst aspiring cooks during her fun and informative cooking classes.