Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Beach House: Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico

The BeachHouse Restaurant
is located on the south end of Anna Maria Island, just west of the quaint and historic Cortez fishing village in Bradenton Beach — the perfect place enjoy the sunset, a tropical drink and fresh Florida seafood at your own beachside table on the pristine white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Owned by the Chiles Restaurant Group, The BeachHouse is one of a family of three waterfront restaurants, each with a unique waterfront atmosphere. The BeachHouse, Sandbar and Mar Vista Dockside Pub each embody the feel of unspoiled Florida, serving fresh Florida seafood with breathtaking views of the water, and all at affordable prices.

Dining at the BeachHouse is as close to the water as you can get

In 1993, Ed Chiles purchased what was then, the old Harbor House, remodeled it and changed the name to the BeachHouse. It was set on 650-feet of pristine beachfront and was a perfect setting for the enormous covered deck that now extends from one end of the restaurant to the other. The vision for the restaurant was simple: moderately priced fresh seafood served in a stunning waterfront location. It's no wonder that the BeachHouse became a big hit with tourists and locals alike.

The Sandbar on Anna Maria Island

The original Sandbar in the days when Anna Maria Island was only accessible by boat

The quaint Mar Vista Dockside Pub on Longboat Key

The dock is convenient for mooring your boat at MarVista

The BeachHouse on Bradenton Beach

On a warm sunny day, there's no better place to soak up the sun, and an 'umbrella drink' at the same time, than the BeachHouse. The cocktail list is as long as the dinner menu, with cocktails such as a Classic Margarita with tequila and fresh squeezed lime juice, Bahama Mamma with coconut rum, light rum and dark rum all mixed together with a blend of tropical fruit juices, or a Latitude 44° made with Huckleberry Vodka and pink lemonade. 

BeachHouse Margarita with Tequila, Triple Sec and their signature cocktail mix

The Bahama Mamma with Coconut rum, dark and light rum, and tropical fruit juice

Latitude 44°, a heady concoction of Huckleberry vodka and pink lemonade

The menu is a seafood lovers dream, with appetizers such as Ceviche, Coconut Shrimp, Calamari and plump Conch Fritters to entrées like the fresh Char-Grilled Gulf Grouper Sandwich, a whole Soft Shell Crab served with a smokey chipotle mayonnaise, the famous Lobster Roll made with lobster, shrimp and blue crab blended with diced celery, scallions and a hint on mayonnaise, or the Crispy Flounder Sandwich served on a bun with lettuce, pickle, red onion, tomato and crunchy french fries.

Conch Fritters with cocktail sauce and a wedge of lemon

Fresh Char-Grilled Gulf Grouper Sandwich with tartar sauce and frites

Crispy Flounder Sandwich

Whether you decide to have a meal overlooking the Gulf of Mexico at the BeachHouse or Sandbar, or dining dockside at the Mar Vista Pub on Longboat Key, you'll get a taste of old Florida with fresh local seafood in a choice of three unbeatable settings, each with sugary white beaches, emerald clear waters and glorious Gulf Coast sunsets — compliments of the 'house'.