Well, Englewood always presents lots of options for good food and drinking, been doing it for over 10 years, so I know the area well.
Just so you know, Englewood is just south of Venice,Florida with Boca grande just a mosquito's flight down the road.
You are surrounded by waters here, sounds, creeks, rivers and the Gulf. Lots of seafood around, lots of places to tipple and have a cool one at.
Let me tell you about some of my favorites.
If you just want to have cold one and enjoy the view, head out the causeway to Englewood Beach. Across from the Gulf when you turn south is the White Elephant Bar and Restaurant.
It is rambling place with three bars and live music at night. Nothing fancy, but they give you a fair pour at a very reasonable price. Had Makers Mark on the rocks for under $6.50 along with a cold one. Nice view out over the harbor with large sailboats berthed here and there.
For really good seafood and a nice environment you can't beat Farlows on the water. It is one of the best restaurants there. Owned by a husband and wife team, he being from St. Croix, USVI (hence all the emphasis on yummy fish baked and sautéed with good veggies and fruits and peppers. His wife from Louisville brings in a lot of good Kentucky fare like a hot brown sandwich.)
They have items like, flounder w/crabmeat for $14 on up to fish of the day baked in good stuff for $24. They do a mean top round steak that is marinated in vinegar and honey for $14 and it will melt in your mouth. They have sushi-grade tuna and lots of fun appetizers. They carry a fully stocked bar with an expert bartender who makes plentiful libations at very reasonable prices. Try the mojitos made with homegrown mint, it is a winner. This place was good enough, that I ate there two nites in a row.
Down the road, route 775 which heads you to Gasparilla Island, home of Boca Grande, lies a quaint little seafood village community called Placida.
They have great seafood restaurant there called the Fishery owned by Gary Allbritton and married to Margaret who has a cool gallery there. Margaret was a major force on our circuit in the 70's and 80's.
Again this is old-time Florida. It is the real deal, nothing fancy, but all yummy.
They sit right on the water which offers a great view at sunset.
The image I used for this blog was taken last year at twilight right behind the restaurant.
Here you are going to get great fresh fish, hushpuppies and all the usual trimmings. It is worth the twenty minute ride down to it. If even that.
As Nancy pointed out, the Myakka Fish Camp restaurant bar is great local favorite. The prices are right, the beer is always cold, and you get a great view on the river. Heck a gator might pull up beside you with a cooter to trade for one of your hush-puppies. Just kidding folks, no gators are going to pester you.
Sunday morning for breakfast head to Stephanos just up the highway from the art show. Enjoy a leisurely omelet or a morning riser while perusing the local paper, or go big time beforehand, and go to the Publix and buy the New York Times, that will give you serious reading pleasure for hours-end and then you will still have the crossword puzzle. A great way to start the day before the show opens at 10 AM.
Just to be fair, I could not locate the Placida jpeg I wanted, so I have used this image of the sunset on Englewood Beach almost across from the White Elephant. There, I have "certified" it.