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“great burgers” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Duffy's Tavern

Duffy's Tavern
5808 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL 34217
941 778 2501
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Ranked #20 of 35 Restaurants in Holmes Beach
Cuisines: American
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lONDON
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“great burgers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Ate here during a trip to Holmes Beach. Great burgers and cheap beer. Everything is freshly cooked to order and the service is quick. Its very much a 'locals place' but the family who run it are friendly and quick to recognise you when you go back. Its not glamorous but well worth a visit!

Visited October 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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63 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
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“When in Rome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Duffy's is an Anna Maria landmark. You should not make a visit to this fine barrier island without stopping here for a burger and a beer. It isn't the kind of place I would ever expect to find good food. The place looks kind of dumpy from the outside, not much better on the inside, and the waitresses are not the nicest I've ever come across. They act busy even when they aren't busy, and if you act too picky ("swap this or put that on the side"), they bust your chops. It's all in fun, and it's all part of the charm. They even sell T-shirts that flout their crappy attitudes.

They aren't super creative with the menu either. It's pretty spartan, but to be honest when the burger is this good, you don't need much else. I really do wish they'd sell french fries, but that's kind of a like an American wishing soccer players would use their hands. "Keep your mouth shut. There are no fries. Take it or leave it." They do have bags of potato chips and other sides if you'd like.

The beer selection is also pretty lame. Just mass-produced American swill, but it's cheap and it's cold, and a pitcher of it goes great with their burger any time of the day. As I referred to in the title, "When in Duffy's, do what the locals do."

Now onto the burger. It's really hard to describe how good it is or why it's so good. It's just bread, meat, cheese, and condiments. There's nothing stuffed in it or no nouveau gourmet gastropub toppings piled on top. It's just phenomenal. Definitely the best burger I've ever had.

Like I said, go to Duffy's and order the burger. Know what you want going in. Don't hesitate and be made a fool. Don't ask for fries. Check your snootiness at the door and order a frosty pitcher of Budweiser. You'll be glad you did.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Great Burgers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Nothing fancy just good burgers. You order at the bar and food is brought to your table. Burgers served in cardboard trays. Would prefer plates. Smaller size place but good food.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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MD
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“"best burgers on the planet" -Mr.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

We ate at the bar, condiments and paper towels right there! As someone who needs 37 paper towels while I eat my messy burger, I appreciate that. So help yourself.

Icy mugs, juicy burgers, I had to keep mine on the little paper plate thingy. *Hint: pickles are hiding underneath the burger, don't miss them.

Friendly patrons, strike up a conversation with someone you don’t know about what’s showing on the 3 t.v. screens

me, Mr. and Lou all got burgers, and Lou had a bag of plain chips, her favorite.

Haiku for TA:
I like the other reviewer's perspective point
it's a tavern that makes burgers
I just love a good joint!

Visited August 2013
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Louisville, Kentucky
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Loved the Burgers, warm sauerkraut, and cold beer!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

We came twice during our 10 day stay. Loved the Mushroom & Swiss burger and Bacon Cheeseburger! Our kids had the Cincy style chili cheese dog (didn't disappoint), plain burgers, sauerkraut! Delicious. You order at the bar and seat yourself. Pay cash when you leave. We expected the staff to be warm and friendly. Most were but the lady behind the bar taking our order wasn't the nicest. We chalked it up to how busy she was. Maybe she was having a few bad days. But we'll be back!

Visited July 2013
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