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The Lovelee Worthington… A Hidden Gem

The Lovelee Worthington… A Hidden Gem

WORDS: Sheri Roca

Just west of the Ellenton outlet mall and interstate 75 lies a hidden gem on the banks of Lovelee Lake, called Worthington. Originally Lee’s Crab Trap II, Worthington has recently been transformed into a historical and charming wedding and event venue. 

You may remember Lee’s Crab Trap II, a restaurant known for its Old Florida décor and historical dishes and flavors. The restaurant was conceived and built

A Slick New Addition…

A Slick New Addition…

WORDS: Kara Chalmers
PICTURES: Whitney Patton

Bob Slicker realized his dream of owning a restaurant when he opened Slicker’s Eatery in February in Cortez. Slicker’s vision for his place, which he and his daughter Molly Slicker formulated together, was specific: to focus on kindness, goodness, and intentionality.

For running a restaurant, that vision translates to taking care of people. He offers employees health insurance and does fundraisers for local charities. …

Popular Provisions…

Popular Provisions…

WORDS: Kara Chalmers
PICTURES: Whitney Patton

Owner and Chef Marc Cripe defines downtown Bradenton’s Jennings Provisions as “a craft beer and wine bar serving bar snacks.” The description is apt, though perhaps incomplete. The “bar snacks” it offers aren’t your run-of-the-mill nachos, mozzarella sticks, or mixed nuts.

Jennings’ snacks are foodie-friendly, with flatbreads, tacos, salads, and “Snack + Share” items like Smoked Mahi Spread with saltines and house-made pickled veggies; …

A Piece Of Cake…

A Piece Of Cake…

WORDS: Kara Chalmers
PICTURES: Whitney Patton

Lifelong baker and chef Pavel Hasenohrl has, in many ways, his dream job. Along with his wife Tracy, he owns Cremesh European Restaurant and Cremesh Coffee & Bakery, both in Bradenton.

The restaurant is open for dinner only and offers upscale dining, allowing Pavel to create inventive dishes using ingredients and methods from across Europe. The bakery and coffee shop allows Pavel to bake …

The World is Their Oyster…

The World is Their Oyster…

WORDS: Kara Chalmers

PICTURES: Whitney Patton

Anna Maria Oyster Bar Landside has been one of Bradenton’s most beloved restaurants for more than two decades — quite a feat. Situated on busy Tamiami Trail, just north of Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, other restaurants nearby regularly come and go. But Landside thrives.

“They always say, ‘location, location, location,'” said John Horne, who, with his wife Amanda, owns Landside, plus three other Anna …

A Landmark Pier Restaurant

A Landmark Pier Restaurant

WORDS: Kara Chalmers

PICTURES: Whitney Patton

Greg Campbell was 12 and home – supposedly sick – from school, when he cooked on his own for the first time. Always ambitious, he chose popovers – light-as-air, eggy bread rolls, known for soft interiors and crisp golden crusts. He used all his mom’s flour, “destroyed the kitchen,” he said, and the popovers he made were an utter failure.

Chef Campbell, now 48, …

A Real Taste of Europe

A Real Taste of Europe

WORDS: Kara Chalmers

PICTURES: Whitney Patton

Château 13 Restaurant & Wine Bar, a hip, new European-style restaurant and wine bar in Bradenton, is owner Jenn Sayko’s baby, her second home, her long-held dream come true. She’s thrilled with the opportunity to share her love of Italian, Spanish, French, and Belgian food, wine, and beer with her customers. The restaurant means the world to her.

Also, it means a lot to …

On a Roll…

On a Roll…

WORDS: Kara Chalmers

PICTURES: Whitney Patton

As usual, JPAN Sushi & Grill was bustling on a recent weekend night. Couples on dates, groups of friends, and families of all sizes dined and drank on the outdoor patios, at the sushi bar inside, and at tables and booths in JPAN’s dimly lit, stylish interior. 

I think I can safely call myself a JPAN regular. The place is one of few restaurants …