The Sandbar, Anna Maria FL | Merchant Profile

Ed Chiles, a Florida native, is an exceptional business owner, visionary, and community member who has dedicated his life to improving and protecting Floridaís environment, economy, and agriculture. He began working in the restaurant industry after graduating from the University of Florida. He eventually made the move to Anna Maria Island with his family where he opened three outstanding restaurants: first The Sandbar in 1979, then the Mar Vista in 1990, and finally The Beach House in 1993. What really sets Ed and his restaurants apart from the pack is their focus and belief in sustainably harvested and locally sourced food. Everything featured on Edís three restaurantsí menus is local Florida fare and produce that is sustainably farmed. In 2014, Ed even took his beliefs one step further and purchased his very own farm, Gamble Creek. Today, Ed owns a second farm in addition to Gamble Creek called 3 Boys Farm of Ruskin. Much of the produce you see on the menu is freshly picked in the morning from these farms to ensure guests receive the freshest food possible. Thatís not all, Edís three restaurants are also participating in composting efforts where all their composted materials are returned to the farms in order to make fertilizer. Ed has continued to partner with companies and organizations to further these sustainable efforts not only in his community, but on a global scale.The Sandbar was Edís first endeavor on Anna Maria Island, which has stood the test of time as one of the best restaurants in the area. The restaurant is located right on the beach with beautiful views of the Gulf that set the perfect mood for any meal. When Ed took over in 1979 The Sandbar underwent major renovations which included a 150-seat outdoor patio with its own kitchen. Since, Ed has continued to renovate and make The Sandbar a beautiful and historically authentic destination blending the old with new while preserving the local heritage.Everything at The Sandbar is made from scratch using the freshest and finest locally sourced ingredients. One special item that is featured on all three restaurantsí menus is the Gray Striped Mullet. The fish are sourced from Cortez, Florida and harvested by sex because the females produce roe that is dried and cured, which produces a product called battarga. Both the fish and battarga are sold and eaten leaving nothing behind to waste. Ed encourages all his guests to give the fish a try and if they donít like it, heís the one buying! Other favorites off Sandbarís menu include Crab Cakes, Stuffed Grouper, and the 24 Hour Short Rib. Make sure to stop by The Sandbar for their Jazz Brunch every Sunday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM for delicious breakfast and lunch items as well as tropical drinks. In addition to their amazing cuisine, The Sandbar also has a full bar stocked with great drinks and spirits. Their extensive wine menu has a diverse selection that will pair perfectly with any meal.All in all, The Sandbar is the perfect place to sit back, relax, and enjoy your time with family and friends. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and the staff is always friendly, attentive, and hard working. Thereís no better place to dip your toes in the sand and enjoy fresh, homemade food. Dining at The Sandbar is an experience youíll never forget!

100 Spring Avenue
Anna Maria, FL 34216