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Best Raw Bar in Sarasota

By | October 15, 2011


If you are in the mood for some delicious oysters, shrimp, or mussels do I have the spot for you… Monks Steamer Bar located in Sarasota’s Gulf Gate area (the corner of Superior and Gulf Gate Drive). This locally owned pub specializes in serving up oysters any way you like em. My favorite are the Monkefellas, which is their version of the Oysters Rockefeller.

The raw bar sits in the middle of the huge horse-shoe shaped bar so patrons can chat with the always friendly staff. There are pool table, lots of TV’s always showing various sporting events, and even a old fashion juke box so that you can play your favorite tunes. Monks is open every evening and is an over 21 establishment.

They offer their seafood wholesale, so if you would like to take home the delicious seafood stop in and pick some up for your next party. If you are on the hunt for a true local Sarasota hang-out look no further!

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Waterfront Dining on the Manatee River

By | October 4, 2011

With the arrival of cooler fall temperatures we decided to head to a waterfront restaurant with outdoor dining this weekend. The Riverhouse Reef & Grill in Palmetto provided the perfect spot. Located on the north side of the Manatee River in the Regatta Pointe Marina in Palmetto, this place had everything we were looking for: outdoor tables on the dock overlooking the river, great fresh seafood, attentive service and one beautiful sunset!

The dining room at the Riverhouse has an aquatic-modern motif, but what makes it distinct is an interior that opens completely to the waterfront, bringing the outside in. Every table offers a view of sensational sunsets, glimpses of ocean life and yachts harbored in the anchorage.

They are open for lunch and dinner. The dinner menu had a good variety of choices with an emphasis on fresh fish prepared a number of ways with several sauces/salsas to choose from. We started with the Crab & Lobster Corn Chowder which was creamy and loaded with seafood. I ordered the mussels which were prepared in a light wine, lemon and garlic broth with fresh tomatoes and basil and they were cooked to perfection. My husband ordered grilled redfish with tropical salsa. It was excellent. Even though it was a busy night our server Theresa was very attentive.

You can access the restaurant by boat or car. Personally I loved the scenic view as we walked down the dock, but for customers who need assistance, a chauffeur in a golf cart makes regular trips back and forth from the roundabout in the parking lot to the dining area. Boaters can access the Riverhouse though the Regatta Pointe Marina opening near marker 19, just west of the Green Bridge. Slips are free, plentiful and readily available around the Riverhouse for restaurant guests.

The Riverhouse has an upstairs hall for banquets and weddings and is large enough to accommodate 350 people. The elevated view of the Manatee River is a breathtaking backdrop for any event. It just so happened that a wedding reception was being held there while we dined and photographs were being taken overlooking the water at sunset. I can’t imagine a more beautiful setting.

We will definitely visit the Riverhouse Reef & Grill again and highly recommend it. Just one more thing to love about living in the Sarasota/Bradenton area!

For more information check out their website: www.riverhousereef.com

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October Events Calendar

By | September 28, 2011

 

Fall festivals, art shows, new theatre productions and cooler temperatures…it’s a great time to get out and enjoy some of the activities happening in the area during the month of October:

 

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Oct. 1st 2011 9th Annual Daquiri Deck Tropical Splash Open Water Swim Siesta Key U S Masters Swimming
Oct. 2nd Dixie Swim Club Venice Venice MainStage Theatre
Oct. 7th Live from Downtown, It’s Friday Night Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
Oct. 7th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Oct. 7th Jazz at Two Sarasota Jazz Club Sarasota
Oct. 7-26th Y Not Women?? Anna Maria The Studio at Gulf & Pine
Oct. 8-9th 5th Annual Hungarian Festival Sarasota Sarasota Fair Grounds
Oct. 8-23rd Festival sARTee Sarasota sARTee
Oct. 9, 16, 23 & 30th GartenFest: Fall Music Series at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Sarasota Selby Gardens
Oct. 11-16th Ringling International Arts Festival Sarasota Asolo Theatre
Oct. 11-23rd “Disenchanted” Sarasota Golden Apple Dinner Theare
Oct. 14th Celtic Thunder Sarasota Van Wezel
Oct. 14-16th Sun Fiesta Venice Sun Fiesta
Oct. 15-16th 17th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival Sarasota Art Festival
Oct. 15th Art Slam Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Oct. 15-16th Placida Rotary Club Annual Nautical Festival Englewood Rotary Club
Oct. 16th Dolly Parton Live Sarasota Van Wezel
Oct. 19th Courthouse Square Concert Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Oct. 20th House of Terror at PAL Sailor Circus Sarasota PAL Sailor Circus
Oct. 21st Seussical Sarasota The Players Theatre
Oct. 21st Mote’s Night of Fish, Fun & Fright Sarasota Mote Aquarium
Oct. 22nd Spirit Voices from Old Manatee Bradenton Historic Manatee Village
Oct. 23rd Free Water Ski Show Sarasota Ski-A-Rees
Oct. 24-30th John Hamilton Gillespie Celebration Week Sarasota Owen Burns
Oct. 28-30th Season Opener Sarasota Ballet Sarasota Sarasota Ballet
Oct. 31st Fright Night – Halloween on St. Armands Sarasota St. Armands Circle Association

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September in Sarasota

By | August 30, 2011

 

This month marks the start of our fall season. It’s a great time to get out and enjoy some of the activities happening in the area during the month of September.

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Sept. 1st Scottish Country Dancers Sarasota Scottish Country Dancers
Sept. 1st Photo Safari at Urfer Family Park Sarasota Sarasota County Parks
Sept. 1-4th Baseball: Bradenton Marauders vs. Charlotte Stone Crabs Bradenton Bradenton Marauders
Sept. 2nd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Sept. 2-30th Horseback Riding on the Beach Bradenton Beach Horses
Sept. 3-4th Downtown Venice Labor Day Weekend Craft Festival Venice Art Festival
Sept. 3-4th Hoop It Up Basketball Tournament Venice Hoop It Up
Sept. 3-4th Let It Fly Football Tournament Venice Let It Fly
Sept. 5th Live from Downtown It’s Friday Night Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
Sept. 6-30th Florida Watercolor Society 40th Annual Exhibition Bradenton Art Center Manatee
Sept. 8th Sarasota Shell Club Monthly Meeting Sarasota Sarasota Shell Club
Sept. 8th Sarasota Newcomers Club Luncheon at the Ritz Carlton Sarasota Sarasota Newcomers Club
Sept. 8-25th “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown Venice Venice Theatre
Sept. 10-11th Grandparents Weekend at the Florida Railroad Museum Parrish Florida Railroad Museum
Sept. 10-11th Summon the Heros Concert Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
Sept. 11th September 11th 10 Year Anniversary Community Celebration Sarasota First Baptist Church
Sept. 13th An Afternoon at the Movies Venice Sarasota County Parks
Sept. 16th Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel
Sept. 16th Reels at Rossi “Remember the Titans” Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Sept. 16th Towles Court Art Walk Sarasota Towles Court
Sept. 20th Know Your Niche Nature Walk at Phillippi Estate Park Sarasota Sarasota County Parks
Sept. 22-24th Geier’s Oktoberfest Sarasota Geier’s Sausage Kitchen
Sept. 22nd Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum
Sept. 28th Pickleball at Woodmere Park Venice Sarasota County Parks
Sept. 30th Film Friday “The Heart of the Game” Bradenton South Florida Museum

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Great New Pub in Sarasota

By | August 29, 2011

I had heard through the grapevine that Jimmy’s Sand Trap had the best pastrami sandwich in town and since my husband has been on a quest to find just that, we stopped in there for lunch recently. Marty confirmed that it is the best he’s had in Sarasota. I ordered a BLT which was loaded with Applewood smoked bacon, crisp lettuce and nicely ripe tomatoes. Each sandwich comes with a Half-Sour pickle and one side. The menu has a wide variety of choices and ours were delicious. They have a selection of over 100 beers to choose from on draft and in bottles including many microbrews as well as a full bar. Daily happy hour is from 4-7pm.

One thing I particularly liked about the place was the pub atmosphere without the smoke (it is a non-smoking establishment). The decor is tastefully golf themed and seating is comfortable. Jimmy’s is located in the shopping center in the southeast corner of Webber and Beneva and is open for lunch and dinner during the week and for dinner on Saturdays.

If you’re looking for a great spot for a casual lunch or dinner, owner Jimmy Galanis will warmly welcome you and serve up a great meal. And if you, like Marty, have been looking for the best pastrami sandwich, you should definitely give Jimmy’s Sand Trap a try.

 

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Ringling Museum of Art

By | August 18, 2011

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art is one of the many treasures in Sarasota. We had been years ago but recently visited again and it just reaffirmed that this is a great place to live, work and play.

The art museum houses many pieces of world class art and the docents there are very knowledgeable. It was interesting to hear the background of how John Ringling collected the pieces and especially how the museum came to be. There is always something new as they frequently have traveling exhibits.

The Ringling’s home on the property, Ca’ d’Zan was built in 1925. The mansion was built in the Venetian Gothic style of architecture and is 36,000 square feet with 41 rooms and 15 bathrooms. You can tour the entire home and plan to spend some time on the terrace overlooking Sarasota Bay. The view is magnificent!

The Circus Museum on the property has been there for many years and is a must for children of all ages. The Ringling’s personal rail car is on display here along with lots of the history of the circus in Sarasota. The Tibbals Learning Center was recently added to the museum which houses the World’s Largest Miniature Circus of the Howard Brothers Circus Model. Howard Tibbals created this replica of the circus over a 50 year period and it’s really amazing to see. The second floor of this building documents the history of the circus complete with memorabilia and artifacts.

We had such a great visit that we were there until they closed at 5pm and decided to have a bite at the restaurant in the Visitor’s Pavilion. Treviso is open for lunch and dinner and they had a summer special running which included dinner for two (2 appetizers, 2 entrees and 2 desserts) plus a bottle of wine all for $39. That was a deal and the food was terrific! Even if you’re not visiting the museum it’s a great spot for a night out.

We’re so glad we live here and can take advantage of the arts, culture and many dining options in Sarasota. If you haven’t been in awhile, I highly recommend a visit to Ringling!

 

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August in Sarasota

By | July 28, 2011

  1. We’re in the dog days of summer but there are still plenty of things to do around town so don’t miss out! Here’s just a few of the events and activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of August:

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Aug. 1-14th Beyond Bling – Voices of Hip-Hop in Art Sarasota Ringling Museum
Aug. 2nd Sarasota Slam Billfish Tournament Sarasota Sarasota Slam
Aug. 2-28th Our Son’s Wedding Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Aug. 3rd Summer Beach Run Venice Sarasota Parks
Aug. 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Aug. 5th Live from Downtown Sarasota – It’s Friday Night Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
August 5th A Midsummer Night’s Stroll Sarasota Palm Avenue
Aug. 6th Sri Lankan Drumming and Dance Troupe Sarasota Dance Troupe
Aug. 6th Ready, Set, Grow Fair Sarasota United Way of Sarasota
Aug. 7th Bradentucky Bombers vs. South Florida Roller Girls Bradenton Bradentucky Bombers
Aug. 10th think+drink(Science) The Naked Universe Series Bradenton South Florida Museum
Aug. 10-31st I Do! I Do! Sarasota Golden Apple Dinner Theater
Aug. 11-28th Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun Sarasota Banyan Theater Company
Aug. 12th Friday Fest at Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel
Aug. 12-28th The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Venice Venice Theatre
Aug. 12th One Night Rodeo Band Sarasota Van Wezel
Aug. 13th Ranger Led Kayak Tours @ DeSoto National Memorial Park Bradenton DeSoto National Memorial
Aug. 13th Caroline Rhea @ McCurdy’s Comedy Theater Sarasota McCurdy’s Comedy Theater
Aug. 16th Bradenton Marauders Home Game Bradenton Bradenton Marauders
Aug. 16-28th Dynamic Duets of the 70’s Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre Troupe
Aug. 17-21st American Youth Circus Festival Sarasota American Youth Circus
Aug. 19th Third Friday Art Walk in Towles Court Sarasota Towles Court
Aug. 20th Celebration of Brewing at Morton’s Gourmet Market Sarasota Morton’s Market
Aug. 20-21st Hunter Jumper Horse Show Venice Fox Lea Farm
Aug. 27th Sarasota Beer Festival Sarasota Florida Beer Festivals
Aug. 27th The Fabulous Independent Film Festival Sarasota Film Festival

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New Waterfront Dining in Bradenton

By | July 23, 2011

We were happy to discover a new restaurant located right on the bank of the Manatee River in Bradenton. Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar has just been open a couple of weeks but judging by the crowd last night, people have already discovered this great spot for dining or just having a drink.

There is a dining area under cover with tables around a large bar as well as outside tables with umbrellas. Almost all of the seats have a view of the water. They are well prepared if the occasional rain shower rolls in as the restaurant has roll down plastic walls with windows to keep you dry. Even in the heat of the afternoon we were kept cool with the many fans fitted with misters. 

They are open for lunch and dinner and the menu has lots of variety so there is something for everyone. During happy hour (3-6pm) there are drink specials and bar bites at very reasonable prices. The atmosphere is very relaxed…it was like being on vacation for an afternoon!

Adjacent to the restaurant is a thatched roof tiki hut with another bar and lots of seating. They maximized the water views with bar/railing and stools all along the riverfront. If you’re up for an activity, there is a sand volleyball court and they have “cornhole” games set up between the restaurant and bar. And for the sports fan there are a number of big screen tv’s mounted in the tiki hut. Live bands perform every evening. It’s just a fun place so check it out if you’re in the area…you won’t be disappointed!

The location is just north of SR64 (aka Manatee Avenue) on 7th Street East next to the Manatee Landings Marina. If you prefer to come by boat they are at MM24 and have plenty of docking space.

 

 

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Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

By | July 20, 2011

Buffet Table at Polo GrilleIn Cajun, that means ‘let the good times roll’ – and that’s definitely what happened this weekend at Polo Grill’s 4th annual Shrimp Boil! I’ll be honest, I went for the food – there’s nothing like Billeaud’s boudin and fresh shrimp to get me rolling – but it was the ambiance that really made this a night to remember.

Featuring newspaper-lined tables, dollar drafts, and live music from the Gumbo Boogie Band – where they found a real, live, Louisiana cajun band I’ll never know – the normally restrained restaurant was transformed into a rollin’, trollin’, shrimp-boilin’ good time.
 

 

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Mar Vista Restaurant on Longboat Key

By | July 11, 2011

Outdoor dining is great anytime of the year and we were reminded this weekend while on Longboat Key. We stopped in at Mar Vista which is on the north end of the key on Broadway just before you cross the bridge to Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island. This restaurant is one of three owned by Ed Chiles (son of our former Governor Lawton Chiles) which include the Sandbar in Anna Maria and the Beach House in Bradenton Beach. All are waterfront locations but Mar Vista is the only one on the Bay side of the Key.

At Mar Vista you can dine inside which is an old home dating back to the early 1900’s or outside either on the patio or under the shade trees. We opted for the latter as there is a great view of the water from there and fans to keep you cool.  I ordered one of the daily specials which was a Caribbean Grouper Wrap with a side of fruit which was wonderful and Marty had the Flounder Poboy; both were fresh and tasty. Seafood is their specialty but they have plenty of variety on the menu including tropical drinks if you’re in that vacation state of mind.

If you’re on Longboat Key and looking for a great casual spot for lunch or dinner check them out: http://marvista.groupersandwich.com/

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