Frosted Mug: Burger Time in Venice, Florida

Frosted Mug, Venice, Fla.
Frosted Mug, Venice, Fla.

One could say the Frosted Mug in Venice, Florida, is historic. It opened in 1957 when the city, located south of Sarasota, had a two-way county road and was the only commercial business around.

Fast forward to 2011 and the Frosted Mug is still going strong. The main drag it’s on, U.S. 41 – the Tamiami Trail – is now lined with commercial businesses and the joint seems a little out of place but it’s delicious and packs a lot of character.

The Frosted Mug is a cash-only eatery. Casual. Definitely not fancy but delicious food and friendly service. It’s where the locals go.

New Year’s Day I met up with travel writer and blogger Sandra Friend and her mother at the Frosted Mug. Yum-olla! What a way to start another year – with a rockin’ burger in a hamburger joint with a lot of character. Plus, the meal was nice on my budget.

Blue Cheese & Bacon Burger with Root Beer at the Frosted Mug, Venice, Fla.
Cheeseburger in Paradise with Bacon and Blue Cheese, with Onion Rings and Root Beer at the Frosted Mug, Venice, Fla.

You order your meal at the outdoor counter and sit either outdoors or inside where a server will deliver your meal. I had the Cheeseburger in Paradise with blue cheese and bacon ($3.99) accompanied with thickly sliced, golden onion rings ($3.49) and a cold root beer ($1.69). What else would I be drinking?

Frosted Mug, Venice, Fla.
Cash Only at the Frosted Mug, Venice, Fla.

We ate inside during this visit because it was a little breezy and dust was kicking around outdoors. Inside is cheery and clean with yellow walls which pop against the black and white tiled floor.

The Frosted Mug is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Can’t wait to visit again!

Frosted Mug
1856 S. Tamiami Trail
Venice, Fla.
Tel: (941) 497-1611

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Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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