Wicked Cantina

Just north of where Cortez Rd. dead ends onto Anna Maria Island sits a great little spot called Wicked Cantina. This Bradenton Beach restaurant touts Tacos, Burgers and Seafood as their focus. I took my daughters there for dinner and was happy I did.

Wicked Cantina has an outside patio where they had live music while I was there. However, it was just too hot to sit outside on this night, so we opted for the air conditioning. The girls ordered the frozen strawberry lemonades and I, just a glass of water. The lemonades were a big hit with the kids. I tasted one and it was pretty good, although a little pricey. They didn’t have a kid’s version, only the one size that ran $4.95. Even for Anna Maria Island restaurants, that seems a bit high to me.

The standard free chips and salsa came out, both very good. The salsa was too spicy for the kids, but I enjoyed it. For dinner, my youngest had the corn dog and fries. She approved, although I am not sure she ever met a corn dog she didn’t like.  The oldest opted for the kid’s nachos. We ordered it totally deconstructed since she isn’t a fan of refried beans. I tried the beans and liked them. She liked everything else.

I opted for the Power Bowl, which is a large bowl layered with rice, lettuce, black beans, jack cheese, pico de gallo, avocado and grilled chicken. However, I substituted the chicken for shrimp which resulted in an up charge of $4.95 when the bill came. I don’t think it was worth $5 more, but it was tasty. They have a number of sauces and dressings. I tried two with my bowl; jalapeno ranch and pepita cilantro. I enjoyed them both very much. I wish I could take them to a few other Anna Maria Island restaurants and use them on their food.

Overall, I would totally come back to Wicked Cantina. I am not sure of other Mexican restaurants on Anna Maria Island. As Bradenton Beach restaurants go, this is pretty solid if you are looking to break away from the standard fried fare or grouper.