Shark Bites Deli in Venice

Shark Bites Deli is brand new to Venice and they are off to an awesome start! Every part of the shop has a shark theme and it’s fabulous. The owners are new to Venice, moving here from Washington state and started to build a new life for their young family. That drive is what brought them to opening this deli. Extremely family friendly with play areas and plans to have family events and activities for kids, I think this is exactly what Venice needs! 

But I know what you really want to know… How’s the food? All of their meats and cheeses come from Boar’s Head. I’m a huge fan of Boar’s Head products and anyone who has tasted them can understand why. Pair that with fresh bread baked from a local vendor in Sarasota and it’s a match made in Sandwich heaven.

I ordered The Megalodon, which has pastrami, corned beef, salami and pepperoni with lettuce, pepperocinis, tomato and provolone cheese. I added mayo and horseradish sauce for a delicious bite. There was so much packed on to that sandwich, it was *almost* too big to bite! I went for the regular size and it was fantastic.

Jason went for the Mako Shark which is their take on an Italian style sub. Salami, capicola, ham, provolone and mozzarella (he skipped the veggies because… well, he’s Jason.) He went for the large sandwich and completely devoured it.

As for Elena, she got a great kids meal of The Shark Tooth which is their homemade meatballs with marinara sauce and provolone cheese. Her meal came with a GoGo Squeeze applesauce, a shark head lollipop, a little shark toy and a shark temporary tattoo! Check out the video on the Venice Foodies – Businesses and Promotions page to see her whole reaction. She declared it “The Best Sandwich ever!” (and yes, I know at almost 7, everything is the best ever, but in this instance, I have to say these sandwiches are pretty awesome.)

They sent us off with key lime pie to take home with us, which had just the right flavor and a buttery graham cracker crust. The perfect sweet treat to take to the movies with us that night.

We can’t wait to go back. Let me know what you get when you go!! Shark Bites is located on East Venice Ave, closer to the roundabout in the same plaza as Word of Mouth and Allegro Bistro.

Cormicks in Venice

After a busy morning with my daughter at the pediatrician’s office, we need a quick breakfast on Venice Island before I drove her back to school.

*Side Note: If you are looking for a pediatrician in Venice, I highly recommend Sunshine Pediatrics on the island across from Venice Elementary School. The office is extremely friendly and Dr. Khan is wonderful!

Elena was really hungry by the time we left the doctor’s office and asked for a bagel. I remembered hearing about Cormicks and knew that it was close by and we drove right over. One key point to remember is that it is cash only, you will want to stop at an ATM before heading over!

As a Jersey native, my idea of bagels are much different than the ones being served at Cormicks. Instead of a harder exterior with a light fluffy inside, these bagels are more reminiscent of a croissant. Buttery, flakey and light, Elena loved it! With crazy low prices, it’s definitely a spot to check out.

Cormicks is located in the little shopping center at the corner of Tampa Ave and 41 (the building with the beautiful mural painting)

Côté France in Venice

We had a fabulous lunch today at Côté France, French Bistro, Venice, FL. If you are looking for a French restaurant on Venice Island, this is one to try.

It took us forever to find parking, but it was absolutely worth it. I ordered the lobster bisque, Jason ordered the escargot and we split the croque monsieur.

The lobster bisque was creamy and delicious, with real lobster shredded through the entire bowl. I would have liked larger bites of lobster, but the flavor is definitely top notch.

My husband raved about the escargot, I wasn’t brave enough to try it to be honest. He says they were cooked perfectly and just melted in his mouth. It was served with a few slices of a fresh French baguette that has a nice crust on the outside, which is rare to find in Florida.

The croque monsieur was delicious. Perfectly cooked bechamel sauce and gooey melted cheese made this a fantastic sandwich. It was served with a small salad of mixed green dressed lightly in a tasty balsamic vinegarette.

Another fantastic place to try here in Venice!