Stretching from one side of the island to the other, Pine Avenue is the heart of northern Anna Maria Island. Located near many vacation condos on Anna Maria Island or a short trolley ride away, Pine Avenue is an attraction-filled area for family-friendly dining, morning to night.
From shopping to local restaurants to history, Pine Avenue has everything to keep you entertained – and well fed – when you need a break from the beach.
Pine Avenue is also around the corner from Bayfront Park, a beach and urban park in one with playgrounds, showers, free parking, and a swimming area.
Spend a few hours with the family at Bayfront Park, then walk down Pine Avenue and neighboring streets for a satisfying bite to eat at one of these oft-frequented Anna Maria Island restaurants.
Location: 9906 Gulf Drive
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
My AMI (also known as Rudy’s) is a French-inspired sandwich shop a block away from Pine Avenue. The sherbet-colored striped exterior, outdoor seating with reclined chairs, and surfboard-shaped menu serve as reminders that you’re on a vacation. This casual restaurant is a go-to lunch spot on your island vacation.
The menu is simple, striving for quality, not quantity. It includes salads, quiche, and sandwiches, like the all-American Philly Cheese Steak and the French Dip – roast beef with a side of jus.
You also have the option to build your own, with lots of toppings choose from – ask for any sandwich “loaded” and you’ll get all the fixings, including a homemade vinaigrette.
At My AMI, breakfast is served between 8 and 11 a.m. and follows the same menu philosophy as lunch – simple American and French classics.
On the menu is an egg and sausage croissant and a Croque Mister, bread topped with ham, Béchamel, and browned Swiss cheese. Lighter options like bagels, fruit bowl, and homemade muffins are also available.
Harry’s Grill and Bistro
Location: 9903 Gulf Drive
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Your island vacation wouldn’t be complete without dining at Harry’s, a breakfast-to-dinner restaurant located a block south of Pine Avenue. A colorful restaurant with a large palm-filled patio, Harry’s serves up everything you’d expect from a dedicated bar and grill.
The mains on the menu include big salads, like the Crispy Buffalo Chicken, sandwiches, burgers, Tex-Mex, and lots of fish options. Bacon-wrapped shrimp and fried everything – pickles, okra, green tomatoes – are just a few of the many appetizers.
The bar is strung with Christmas lights, and there is often live acoustic music in the evening. Harry’s is named after the owners’ rescued coati mundi, a small mammal often referred to as a “tropical raccoon”, who passed away in 2015. If you’re lucky enough to share the name with their late family pet, the owners will buy you a drink for a toast to Harry (R.I.P.).
Location: 212c Pine Avenue
Hours: Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
There’s no doubt about it: Gourmet Mexican street food is hot these days. And that’s what Poppo’s Taqueria does best.
What started out as a family business with a little nostalgia for San Francisco’s Mission District taquerias is now a multi-location Mexican chain, with two locations in Bradenton and one right on Anna Maria Island.
The menu features tacos, quesadillas, burritos, and bowls, with the option to add kale, extra meat, and other sides. All their meats are natural and unique, with options like spicy beef, ancho chicken, and wild boar chorizo.
They use single-ingredient spices (in other words, MSG-free) and organic produce whenever possible. There are tons of amazing Anna Maria Island restaurants, but if you’re craving Mexican, Poppo’s Taqueria is your best bet.
The area has a few notable take-out dining spots for those who wanting to grab something to go on the way to their vacation condos on Anna Maria Island.
Head to J Burns Pizza (308 Pine Ave.) take-out counter for a slice to-go, EmpaCurious (407 Magnolia Ave.) for empanadas and other artisanal street food, and The Donut Experiment (210c Pine Ave.) for all things coffee and donuts.