Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Bridge Tender Inn: Dockside Tiki Bar on the Beach

Located on historic Bridge Street on Anna Maria Island, the Bridge Tender Inn captures what island life is all about with friendly people, fresh seafood, cold drinks and beautiful views overlooking beautiful Sarasota Bay. Established in 1991, the Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar is a favourite among locals and 'snowbirds' alike. Known for its 'old Florida' charm, casual beachside fare and popular evening entertainment, the waterfront tiki bar features lighter fare including fresh local seafood, a great selection of appetizers, tasty salads, array of sandwiches, and selection of creative cocktails such as Scottie's Afternoon Delight, Shan's Rum Runner and Beckie's Bikini Babe. Arrive by boat or walk up from Bradenton Beach, and enjoy Florida seafood on the sandy shore of sunny Sarasota Bay. 

Bridge Tender dock decorated with Christmas lights

Yeungling beer from America's oldest brewery

Smoked Mahi Mahi fish paté with crackers, pickles and crudités

Basket of lightly fried Basa Bites served with tartar sauce and fresh lemon

Classic Grilled Reuben Sandwich made with thin y sliced corned beef, sauerkraut and melted swiss cheese with thousand island dressing, served on rye bread

Grilled Reuben
Serves 4

2 tbsp butter 
8 slices rye bread 
8 slices deli sliced corned beef 
8 slices Swiss cheese 
1 cup sauerkraut, drained 
1/2 cup Thousand Island dressing

Preheat a large skillet or griddle on medium heat. Lightly butter one side of bread slices, and spread the non-buttered sides with Thousand Island dressing. On 4 bread slices, layer a slice Swiss cheese, two slices of corned beef, 1/4 cup of sauerkraut and a second slice of Swiss cheese. Top with the remaining bread slices, buttered sides out. Grill the sandwiches until both sides are golden brown, about 15 minutes per side. Serve immediately.

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