Riverhouse Waterfront Rest. 1/18/21

995 Riverside Dr Palmetto, FL 34221 – (941) 729-0616 – riverhousefl.com

Q-tips say: Can’t beat the views. Food was just ok & same for the service.

The Mr. had: Fish & Chips -Wild Alaskan pollock in Yuengling beer batter, served with coleslaw and house made chips. I had the: PATTY MELT – Angus beef patty, grilled onion, swiss cheese, dijon mustard on sourdough bread. Been eating so much seafood lately decided on crossing over to meat.

Photo of Riverhouse Waterfront Restaurant - Palmetto, FL, United States. Riverhouse at Night
Photo of Riverhouse Waterfront Restaurant - Palmetto, FL, United States. The view
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One night in Miami

1/2021 – On one incredible night in 1964, four icons of sports, music, and activism gathered to celebrate one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. When underdog Cassius Clay, soon to be called Muhammad Ali, (Eli Goree), defeats heavy weight champion Sonny Liston at the Miami Convention Hall, Clay memorialized the event with three of his friends: Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge).

Q -tips say: see it. Mrs. Q was not sure if she would like this movie, but she did. Was loosely based on a true story. We don’t know the details of that famous meeting of four legends more than half-century ago, but if it was anything like what plays out in One Night in Miami, oh what a night.

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HISTORIC SPANISH POINT – Osprey, FL – 1/14/2021

HISTORIC SPANISH POINT – 337 N Tamiami Trl., Osprey, FL 34229 –  941-966-5214                   Photo of Historic Spanish Point - Osprey, FL, United States. sign
historicspanishpoint.org   

Q-Tips say: A great place to visit for a few hours or the day. You will learn about some of the history of Florida and how Bertha Potter Palmer made Florida famous.  The butterfly exhibit is awesome. Yes, due to c-19 all need to wear your mask all the time & practice “social distancing.”

Experience Mrs. Potter Palmer’s Jungle Walk, lush Sunken Garden, and the Butterfly Garden, one of the largest on the Gulf Coast. At Guptill Boat Yard, enjoy maritime tales.

Explore all 30 acres of this beautiful outdoor museum, they close the site gates promptly at 5:00 p.m. Generally, it is recommended to allow a full two hours for your visit. Wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate clothing and suggest you wear sunscreen. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome, keep in mind that some of the paths are made of crushed shell, so sturdy wheels are advised. (Call ahead to 941-966-5214 x210 to request one of the two wheelchairs, if you need one.) Historic Spanish Point is a smoke-free environment. Pets are not allowed except for service dogs or on Pups at the Point days. Please keep to the designated paths. Picnic tables are available, so bring a lunch or snack! Because Historic Spanish Point is an environmental museum as well as an archaeological site, we invite you to take many photos and leave only footprints.
TOURS: Docent-Guided Tours (no additional charge) if you take the boat tour, there is an extra fee.   Allow at least two hours for a tour and call ahead to 941-966-5214 x210 on the day you plan to visit for departure times.

Self-Guided Exploration –  Brochure-map, available at the Visitors Center, makes self touring easy. There is a lot to see and do here; explore at your own pace!

Continuous-Loop Trams Docent-Guided Tram Tours – For visitors who can’t easily walk the mile-long tour, a tram tour is available by advance reservation. There is still some moderate walking involved, and passengers will want to climb on and off at certain points of the tour as appropriate. (The tram tour is not recommended for people in wheelchairs. The paths can accommodate most sturdy wheelchairs and electric carts.) Tram tours (each for up to seven guests per tram, seats available on a first come, first served basis) must be reserved at least two days in advance so we may schedule a volunteer Docent-tram driver.  Please call 941-966-5214 x260 for reservations.

Docent-Guided Group Tours – Available by previous arrangement for groups of 15 or more at a discounted rate. Trams are available.  For more information, please call: 941-966-5214 x260.

Photo of Historic Spanish Point - Osprey, FL, United States. chapel

Chapel

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Rosebud – 1/14/2021

2215 S Tamiami Tr. Osprey, FL 34229, rosebudssarasota.com (941) 918-8771

Q-tips say: YES, to Rosebud. The Q-tips have never had a bad meal at Rosebud. Excellent service. Following C-19 rules. Dine in – Dine out. Early Bird Menu, two for one drinks in the bar & if you want to eat in the dining room, take you second drink with you to the dining room. This visit both Mrs. Q had Orange Roughy – $19.99Caught down under, mild flaky fish, lightly floured and sauteed. Sides: Caesar salad and croquettes.

The other half had a fish special. Side: pasta with meat sauce. Delicious as always. If you dine in the dining room ask for Tom. One the the best persons & servers around.

Some of our favorite dishes: Awesome Prime Rib dinner, delicious fish items such as Salmon, best Liver & Onions, several whitefish choices, ribs, shrimp, etc. Delicious appetizers & if you are not too full, desserts. Go & enjoy, we always do.

Prime Rib

Orange Roughy

Oysters On The Half Shell
Lamb Chops
Steak & Lobster

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First Watch – 1/13/21

4324 53rd Ave E Bradenton FL – 1/13/21 -(941) 932-4507, firstwatch.com

Hours: 7:00 to 2:30.

Q-tips say: It was just ok- nothing special. Huge menu. Mrs. Q ordered one egg and got 2. The Mr. asked for tomato juice – they don’t have it. Server asked if we need anything & brought us the bill & said take your time finishing your meal.

Probably will not go back again.

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BRIO Italian Rest. Sarasota FL 1/12/2021

BRIO – 190 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota, FL 34243, (941) 702-9102
brioitalian.com

Q-Tips say:
Go and enjoy, we did.  I began our late lunch with awesome cocktails, Caesar Salad & Beef Carpaccio -Served with field greens, capers, mustard Aioli and Parmigiano-Reggiano.  Mr. Q had:  the same as I except he had the  Crab Bisque.

Mrs. Q says: Brio’s Happy Hour is back!

 Carpaccio appetizer is delicious and much more than just an appetizer and reasonably priced. Indoor/outdoor/bar area seating.  Mask worn by all servers & patrons till eating/drinking.      

Photo of Brio Italian Grille - Sarasota, FL, United States. Ceasar Salad

Caesar salad

Photo of Brio Tuscan Grille - Sarasota, FL, United States. Lobster Bisque

Crab Bisque

Carpaccio

Mrs. Q says: We really enjoyed the ambiance, drinks, food and wonderful outstanding service and happy attitude.   We will come back.

Photo of Brio Italian Grille - Sarasota, FL, United States. Sausage, pepperoni & ricotta flatbread
Sausage, pepperoni, ricotta flatbread.
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Connors Steak & Seafood Restaurant 1/11/2021 – eat in/take out

Connors  Steak/Seafood – 3501 S Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL,  (941) 260-3232 , http://connorsrestaurant.com

Q-tips say:  They offer the same menu to eat in/to go/take out

Go and enjoy! Good food, drinks, service and nice ambiance. Went for a late lunch around 3:45 and enjoyed the visit and the great service.   They offer a $10, $11, & $12.00 menu for lunch till 4:00. The dinner menu is impressive and also offer “small plates choices.”  Outstanding service by our waitress.  We shared Bluepoint oysters on the half shell- no, NOT from Apalachicola.  And  fresh bread with delicious champagne butter.

Mrs. Q had: Grilled Shrimp four jumbo grilled shrimp, cocktail sauce, couscous, & asparagus.  Everything was delicious.

The Mr. had:  Prime Rib Sandwich hand carved slow roasted prime rib, au jus, mac ‘n’ cheese minus the bun. His side: a bowl of Lobster Crab Bisque Soup.

Connors offers a “Happy Hour” daily 11am-4pm in entire restaurant. Excellent libations & lovely ambiance.

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TURTLES REST. Siesta Key/Sarasota FL 1/2021

TURTLES REST. 8875 Midnight Pass Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242, (941) 346-2207, turtlesrestaurant.com

Q-TIPS SAY – Great view on the bay, service, drinks and the food is good. The Q’s have been here before when they owned a condo a few doors down. We shared a clam appetizer. Mrs. Q had Sea Scallops with lemon butter wth Rice Pilaf & vegetables. The  Mr. had the Blackened Grouper with onion strings & Cole Slaw.  Enjoyed our drinks.  Enjoyed everything along with the views of the bay.

Make sure you take a walk by Turtle Beach which is located across the street by Turtles, if time permits.

Photo of Turtles Restaurant - Sarasota, FL, United States. View from the deck at Turtles

Photo of Turtles Restaurant - Sarasota, FL, United States. Salmon early bird

Early Bird Salmon

Photo of Turtles Restaurant - Sarasota, FL, United States

Mrs. Q says: If your near Siesta Key stop at Turtles or if you are in the mood for something a little more elegant drive down the road a bit and there is Ophelia’s by the Bay.

Ophelia’s by the Bay opheliasonthebay.net is less casual and great food, service and views.  Photo of Ophelia's on the Bay - Sarasota, FL, United States

Photo of Ophelia's on the Bay - Sarasota, FL, United States  Photo of Ophelia's on the Bay - Sarasota, FL, United States. Dining-room inside

Photo of Miguel's Restaurant - Siesta Key, FL, United StatesMiguel’s  miguelsrestaurant.net French. Photo of Miguel's Restaurant - Siesta Key, FL, United States

Photo of Miguel's Restaurant - Siesta Key, FL, United States. Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee

Both restaurants are excellent but different types of food. ENJOY! We did.

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MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK Sarasota FL 1/2021

MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK 13208 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL 34241 –
(941) 361-6511 myakkariver.org

Q-Tips say: $6.00 per car is the entrance fee for the entire day! What a deal!

THINGS TO DO AT MYAKKA:
A VISITOR CENTER: w/ displays, movies and information. AIR BOAT RIDE/ TRAM TOUR, CONCESSION:, CANOE/ KAYAK/ BIKE – rent or bring your own. CANOPY WALK, GATOR WATCHING, BIRDING, BIRDWALK, NATURE TRAILS, HIKING, NATIVE TREE WALK, FISHING (Fresh water license required), PICNIC (picnic areas w/tables, grills – bring your own or buy charcoal at the concession stores), PLAYGROUNDS, JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM, RANGER PROGRAMS AND SPECIAL EVENTS, OVERNIGHT CAMPING or LOG CABINS – reservations needed).

Mrs. Q says: A GREAT PLACE to spend the day for children of all ages. What fun to see Deer, Alligators, Birds, and listen/ or look for Feral Hogs, and maybe a Bobcat. Bobcats are nocturnal but often rest during the day in trees. Did see a few animals this time and the water level was fine.

Was fun seeing the alligators. Not as fun as when our grown son went walking down a trail alone and found himself with a friend, “an alligator” following him. He decided to turn around and go back to civilization.  🙂

Animals we saw the last visit: Alligators, raccoons in a cage, beautiful birds, and several two legged animals 🙂

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL & FUN PLACE. Go and enjoy! Alligator Entering the Water : Stock PhotoPhoto of Myakka River State Park - Sarasota, FL, United States

Photo of Myakka River State Park - Sarasota, FL, United States

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Canoppy Wakjwat

Canopy Walkway

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PIER 22 – 2021

PIER  22 -1200 1st Ave W., Bradenton, (941) 748-8087,     pier22dining.com  

Q-tips say: Great service, ambiance, drinks, & water view.  Indoor/ outdoor seating & all servers wore maks and there are sanitizing machines. Excellent service Danielle. My drinks was an Old Fashioned Bourbon, bitters, garnished with a cherry and orange. The other half the Classic Margarita – Correlajo Blanco Tequila, triple sec, sour lime.


Both Q’s had the soup of the day. I had Grouper Piccata – lemon butter, fresh thyme, toasted capers, house made chips  and vegetables.  The other half had the Grouper Sandwich – Grilled, blackened or fried with jalapeño tartar sauce on a soft ciabatta roll w/ house made chips & cole slaw.

Photo of Pier 22 Dining - Bradenton, FL, United States. Great view even better food


 

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