January 1, 2023
Anna Maria Island offers a taste of the simple life on Florida's Gulf Coast
• Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub. Located on the bayside of North Longboat Key, the Mar Vista is worth crossing the bridge from Anna Maria Island. The Chiles Group, which operates three area restaurants, offers diners an impressive farm-to-table and sea-to-table experience. My four-course dinner with wine pairings included red snapper "wings" slathered with buffalo sauce and pulled pork from locally curated wild boar. About the only items executive chef Aaron Kulzer did not procure nearby were the organic California wines. Sheltered among palm trees on a sandy beach, the restaurant's views pair delectably with fresh, flavorful dishes.