BRIO Italian Rest. Sarasota FL 4/15/2021

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

Q-Tips say:
Go and enjoy, we did.  Began our late lunch with awesome cocktails. The Grandparents went alone this time.  This time I had the the “Bar Bites” portion of Carpaccio & the soup of the day.  The Mr. had: Spaghetti Bolognese – Ground beef and pork, white wine and tomatoes & Crab Bisque Soup.  

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 Tuscan Grille - Sarasota, FL, United States. Lobster Bisque

Crab Bisque

Carpaccio

Photo of Brio Italian Grille - Sarasota, FL, United States. Taste so good Photo of Brio Italian Grille - Sarasota, FL, United States. The patio dining area

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

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Smuggler’s Cove

Mini Golf – 2000 Cortez Rd W Bradenton, FL 34207

Q-tips say: First visit – Took the Grandson & our Daughter mini golfing.

Second visit today – It was a date with Grandma & Grandpa & Grandson only. The Grandson got whole in one.

A Miniature Golf Adventure. Come play the best in Florida Adventure Style Mini Golf amid rushing waters, mysterious caves, and waterfalls on mountainous tropical terrain for a truly unique Florida miniature golf experience! Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf courses have been voted Florida’s Best Mini Golf 5 years in a row by Florida Monthly Magazine Readers. Not Just Miniature Golf! We have real live alligators at Smugglers Cove that you can feed for a memory that will last a lifetime.

Photo of Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf - Bradenton, FL, United States. We have caves, waterfalls, pirate ships and an alligator exhibit for each location. Check out this tough shot at our Sarasota, FL location!
Photo of Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf - Bradenton, FL, United States
Photo of Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf - Bradenton, FL, United States. Feeding the gators!
Feeding the Gators
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The Fish Hole

miniature golf. thefishhole.com 8111 Lakewood Main St Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 – (941) 306-5891

Q-tips say: Nice place to play mini golf with the grandson. They also sell little bags of fish & turtle food to feed them. Near many restaurants & bars.

Photo of The Fish Hole - Lakewood Ranch, FL, United States. Huge turtles
Turtles
Photo of The Fish Hole - Lakewood Ranch, FL, United States
Fish are waiting to be fed
Photo of The Fish Hole - Lakewood Ranch, FL, United States
The Fish Hole mini golf
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Sushi Hana

4/11/21- 4274 53rd Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34203 – sushihanabradenton.com

Family owned and operated opened in 2014.

Q-tips say: Occasionally we order for take out – this is one of those times since the Grandson/Momma/Daddy were here to visit GM & GP.

Many choices and everyone enjoyed their dinner.

Photo of Sushi Hana - Bradenton, FL, United States. Bento box w/ teriyaki salmon
Bento Box w/ Salmon
Photo of Sushi Hana - Bradenton, FL, United States. Bottom: spicy tuna, top: Mexican
Rolls
Photo of Sushi Hana - Bradenton, FL, United States. Green tea and miso
Miso Soup
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Anna Maria Oyster Bar – Landside 4/9/2021

Anna Maria Oyster Bar – Landside | 6906 14th Street West (941) 758-7880   Bradenton.   anna-maria-oyster-bar-landside-bradenton

Q-tips say: Good food/service.  If you have more than 2 people, make a reservation during “snowbird” season.  They do have a “happy hour.”

The Q’s had: One order of raw Oysters to start from Tx. My dinner was grilled Salmon & applesauce & corn & some of the onion straws. The other half had a special of the day – 1/2 lobster tail & a couple of fried Shrimp/Cole Slaw & onion straws. The grandson had a “kids menu” item. The son-in-law decided on All you can eat “Fish & Chips” & our daughter had a Tuna selection for dinner.  Everything was good. 

They are very very in tune with the cleanliness regards to c-19.  All servers wore masks & they have people cleaning the tables/surfaces immediately when diners leave.

Photo of Anna Maria Oyster Bar - Bradenton, FL, United States. Best lobster bisque EVER

Lobster Bisque Soup


Photo of Anna Maria Oyster Bar - Bradenton, FL, United States. Onion straws appetizer

Onion Straws appetizer


Photo of Anna Maria Oyster Bar - Landside - Bradenton, FL, United States. Best oysters Eva!

Oysters on the 1/2 shell from Tx.

     Photo of Anna Maria Oyster Bar - Bradenton, FL, United States. Nice outside deck

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Rosebud – 4/08/2021

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 I had the Whitefish Picata – Baked mild whitefish with garlic, mushrooms, capers in a white wine-lemon sauce. Sides: string beans & Potato Croquettes.

The other half had: Italian sausage w/onions & French onion soup. We began our meal by sharing raw oysters . The bar area is ok but noisy & loud at times – the dining room is much nicer & not loud and you can actually carry on a conversation.

Delicious as always. If you dine in the dining room, ask for Tom. One of the nicest people we have met & 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 still have room in the dining inn (your tummy) then look at the, desserts. Go & enjoy, we always do.

Photo of Rosebuds - Osprey, FL, United States. 1 Dozen Oysters
We shared the raw oysters
Photo of Rosebuds - Osprey, FL, United States. Italian Sausage w/onions & peppers
Italian sausage w/onions & peppers.
Photo of Rosebuds - Osprey, FL, United States. Caesar salad
Caesar salad
Whitefish Picata
White Fish Picata
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PIER 22 – 4/7/21

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 mask 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.


I had Lamb Lollipops – Pistachio crust, port wine, demi-glace and a Caesar salad & mashed potatoes.  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. Our Daughter & Grandson & Son-in-law had fish entrees & Sushi.

Good time had by all.

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


 

Photo of Pier 22 Dining - Bradenton, FL, United States

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Where Hope Grows

Prime Video-

A troubled ex-ballplayer (Kristoffer Polaha) finds his life reinvigorated through his friendship with a mentally challenged grocery-store employee (David DeSanctis).

Q-tips say: Yes, see it. Genuinely heartwarming movie that also has a strong message and solid acting. A Christian drama about a boy with Down Syndrome who works wonders in the life of a depressed alcoholic.

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Connors Steak & Seafood Restaurant 3/30/2021 – 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 waiter, Christian & other staff. We shared Bluepoint oysters on the half shell- NO, NOT from Apalachicola.  And  fresh bread with delicious champagne butter.

Mrs. Q had: Prime mesquite grilled, loaded baked potato carved slow roasted prime rib, & a loaded baked potato. The Mr. had: 7 oz Sirloin Steak mesquite grilled, loaded baked potato.

Final Serve Blue Point Oysters - Picture of Ryleigh's Oyster, Baltimore -  Tripadvisor

Blue point oysters

Photo of Connors Steak & Seafood - Sarasota, FL, United States

Prime rib sandwich

Lobster Crab Bisque Soup.    Photo of Connors Steak & Seafood - Sarasota, FL, United States. Lobster bisque!

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

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Tina Turner –

Tina the Documentary – HBO –

Tina now at 81 yrs old.

TINA

Tina Turner is an American-born Swiss singer, songwriter, and actress. Known as the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, she rose to prominence as the frontwoman of Ike & Tina Turner before launching a successful career as a solo performer. Turner began her career with Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm in 1957.

With a wealth of never-before-seen footage, audio tapes, personal photos, and new interviews, including with the singer herself, TINA presents an unvarnished and dynamic account of the life and career of music icon Tina Turner. Everything changed when Tina began telling her story, a story of trauma and survival, that gave way to a rebirth as the record-breaking queen of rock ‘n’ roll. But behind closed doors, the singer struggled with the survivor narrative that meant her past was never fully behind her. Directed by Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin, the documentary charts Tina Turner’s early fame, the private and public personal and professional struggles, and her return to the world stage as a global phenomenon in the 1980s.

Q-tips say: Yes, Yes, Yes, SEE IT! It’s one of the best music documentaries we have seen in recent years. Not only do they delve into her musical career & talents but also into her childhood, her time with Ike, the children. The movie blends the singer’s dramatic life story, of abuse and struggle and triumphant comeback, with knockout performance clips.

Mrs. Q says: A beautiful film about an amazing, beautiful woman. The documentary is a lesson in self-preservation, of self-dignity, of hope and courage. When they choose a Black Woman to honor for Black History Month, it should be Tina Turner. A must see movie.

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