Durante, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives

It’s a little cold and windy here in Cortez, FL, just east of Bradenton Beach.  But we can’t complain about lows in the mid 40s and highs in the mid 60s when we see the temperatures to the north.

Holiday Cove RV Resort

It’s been too chilly to enjoy the beach but we have had some great bicycling weather.  One day we joined others from our park on their weekly bike excursion.  This week the trip was across the causeway onto Anna Maria Island, then south on to Longboat Key to Joan Durante Park.

Leaving Holiday Cove

The park is a nature preserve along Sarasota Bay with stone and wood paths for hiking or biking.

Friends Pam, Pat, Steve, and Herschel

Our friends Larry and Mary Anne are in a park just west of us so we have spent some time enjoying their company.

Larry and Mary Anne at the Swordfish Grill in Cortez, FL

Another day we were looking at the website for Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives to see if there were any interesting places to eat in the area.  If you don’t watch the Food Channel, Guy Fieri has a show were he visits local restaurants that feature interesting/tasty local dishes or sandwiches.  As the name implies, they are never fancy spots, but always have neat “local” appeal.  We were surprised to find he had visited Jose’s Cuban Restaurant just down the road about two miles from us.  We knew where it was as last year we passed it (on the other side of four lane Cortez Road) numerous times as we rode bikes to Starbucks.  We always commented on how good the food smelled but never crossed the road to check it out, as it didn’t look too appealing from the outside.  We went there on Saturday afternoon but there was a line out into the parking lot so we decided to wait until Monday.  It was a good move as mid-afternoon on Monday there was only a brief wait for a table.

Once inside it was easy to see that the place could fill up quickly, as there are only four tables and six stools at a small counter.  The server told us that use to be plenty of room before Guy’s visit, but since then business has been booming.  That’s a photo of Guy during his visit in the picture below.

Food Channel's Guy Fieri outside Jose's Cuban Food

After eating a lunch there, we could understand why the Food Channel would want to visit Jose’s.  The food was outstanding, plentiful, and reasonably priced.  We plan on a return visit next week with two of our neighbors at Holiday Cove.

OK, Florida, enough of this cold weather.  Tomorrow highs are predicted to be in the mid 70 with 80s later in the week so we should be able to survive.  Then the sweatshirts go back into the closet where they belong!

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One Response to Durante, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives

  1. Marsha says:

    We enjoy going to the 3 Ds also. The last picture almost looks like you two took Guy’s picture. What Cuban food did you have? We have never eaten Cuban food.
    Please know you aren’t alone in the cold weather. We had rain 6 out of 7 days. Monday was FINALLY really nice. It will be great here today but we have to go back to MX for my second of four dental appts. Right in the middle of the day…YUCK. Hope it is warm there as you read this. Enjoy your week.

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