Dine with an Egret at the Myakka River Oyster Bar [Video]
Florida Vacation Guide to Dining with an Egret at the Myakka River Oyster Bar
A favorite among locals in North Port since 1995, the Myakka River Oyster Bar serves up basic seafood fare, but the reason to venture to this riverside establishment is for the resident birds. Rather than watching birds in a rookery, the resident egret, pelican or ibis, come directly to your table – its a different form of birdwatching!
Take a seat on the patio at the back of the restaurant and it won’t be long before you’ll meet at least one of them. The egret will fly over from the forest and perch on the roof or railing. After a while, he’ll fly onto the ground and pace the length of the four tables, walking close to the tables as if waiting to be fed. Soon, a pelican or ibis may join the egret, or show up in his place. See the video below.
Watch our video below for a sneak preview of what to expect, although they’re liable to do anything! As the waitress told us, “Don’t turn your back on your food, he’s watching”.
Perched on a gentle bend of the wild Myakka River, across from a forest, it’s an ideal spot to stare down the waterway and watch the sky change hues as the sun sets. An if that’s not enough to hold your attention, there’s always the birds. Some people are reluctant to have them come close, and if that’s the case, there’s ample seating inside!
Seafood is the main fare, although you’ll find steak, chicken, burger and pasta options as well. Try the catch of the day, chargrilled with garlic or topped with fresh vegetables and olives. There are also choices of fish sandwiches, fish tacos or fried fish dinners. Or sip a drink on the outdoor patio with oysters on the half shell.
How close have you ever gotten to an egret?