Let’s Connect, Bradenton!
Connect Bradenton is very fortunate to be located in the heart of downtown Bradenton. We’re right across the street from the Clerk’s office and the Judicial Center. We’re just a few blocks away from Manatee County Government, Central Library and the City of Bradenton.
Working downtown has its perks, and the biggest one of all is the amazing, locally owned eateries that are only steps away from our front door. If you’re slaving away at Connect and need quick access to drinks and food, then stay tuned.
I’ve gathered a list of places that offer great food and beverages and you don’t even have to drive.
For the morning worker:
Tellers is located right outside our window – literally! They’re set up at a former teller window; hence the name. They offer many coffee, tea and espresso options along with vegan-friendly eats. They opened in 2018 and have been a hit ever since. Congrats to Tellers for their recent feature in Sarasota Magazine.
Oscura Cafe is another go-to hangout for locals. They are located between 13th Street and Manatee Avenue. They’re so close by, you can see their cafe from our building. Like Tellers, Oscura offers a variety of coffee, tea, and espresso options. They also have a great selection of beer and wine and many great food options like their Instagrammable avocado toast.
Oscura is community minded much like Connect. They frequently collaborate with artists and musicians to enhance the quality of downtown Bradenton.
Daily Dose Juice Garden is the newest kid on the block. Owner, Brianna Dine-Stisser, opened Daily Juice in 2019 out of necessity. There were limited, healthy food and drink shops in Bradenton so the then 17-year-old decided to open her own.
“My goal was to provide healthy options … and I think we are meeting that goal. We have customers that are thanking me. I wasn’t expecting that response but people are truly thankful to have a healthy option,” Dine-Stisser said in a Herald-Tribune article.
The Daily Dose offers a variety of cold-pressed juices, smoothies and salads.
Sage Biscuit – Downtown has been a hit ever since they opened their second location off 14th Street in the Bradenton Financial Center in 2016. The original location is right off Cortez Road. The eatery is just a five minute walk from Connect’s building.
Sage is open for breakfast and lunch. Their menu shows a wide selection of offerings including comfort foods like eggs benedict, breakfast burritos, omelets, French toast, and fresh salads.
Happy Soul Vegan is owned and operated by Paula Tromp. Trust me on this: you will not regret trying her vegan Jaffe Burger and fries. Paula serves up weekly specials of happy soul delights.
The famous Council’s has been a staple in Bradenton since it opened in 1936. Many locals have deemed Council’s as the “best burger in town.”
Council’s is only a stone’s throw away from Connect’s north entrance. If you’re lucky, you can smell the aroma of one of their amazing burgers on the grill when you walk by.
If you can’t make it home in time for dinner, there are plenty of options for you as well. O’bricks Irish Pub & Martini Bar is right on Main Street and you could be there in as little as minutes. O’bricks is a great option for a happy hour break, a quick bite or dinner.
O’bricks offers a variety of mouthwatering selections including their delectable flatbreads (Margherita, Meat Lover’s), sandwiches (Lobster BLT, fish tacos) and entrees (Atlantic Salmon, Mahi Mahi).
If you can’t leave your desk for too long, you can also order takeout.
B-towne Coffee Co.is a great option for coffee or a light dinner in-between work assignments. B-towne is located at the corner of Main Street and Manatee and is open until 8pm during the week.
Burning the midnight oil? Fav’s Italian Cucina is open until 8pm on weeknights and 10pm on Friday evenings. Fav’s offers a variety of Italian goodies to satisfy your hunger. Their menu includes traditional and deep dish pizza, hot subs, salads, dinner entrees and more.
Fav’s is a family owned business and has been a fixture on Main Street since 2000.