Monday, November 20, 2017

Mar Vista: Waterside Dining on Longboat Key





Originally built in 1912, and spared when a hurricane in 1921 wiped out large parts of the island, this old Florida style restaurant is considered one of the twelve oldest surviving structures on Longboat Key. Thankfully, it was spared again this past September when Hurricane Irma veered inland and saved these beautiful barrier islands. One of our favourite places to enjoy fresh Florida seafood on the key, no trip to would be complete without a pilgrimage to this absolutely charming dockside gem and sitting under the canopy of majestic Buttonwood trees enjoying a steaming basket of stone crab claws and a cold beer. A taste of old Florida for our first evening on Longboat Key, there's nothing else that even compares.



Waterside table overlooking Sarasota Bay at dusk 

The Mar Vista menu of local fish and seafood 

Glass of Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio under the Buttonwood Trees

Warm fresh baked coconut rolls with whipped butter

Fried calamari with parmesan cheese and served with marinara sauce

1/2-pound steamed Florida stone crab claws

Good to the last bite

Mar Vista Burger topped with a fried egg and basket of fries

Grilled Grouper with vegetables and rice