Featured Restaurant

Mandeville Beer Garden

By | February 14, 2019

Mandeville Beer Garden Logo

Mandeville Beer Garden LogoWe recently discovered Mandeville Beer Garden in Sarasota. It is a child and dog friendly restaurant, ensuring that the whole family enjoys the unique atmosphere. The garden dining area boasts outdoor games including ping pong and corn hole and a child friendly play area. Making it a great place for the whole family to drink, dine and have fun!

The bar features 30 taps and over 150 bottled beers. They have a great food menu too with many options: appetizers, salads, hot & cold sandwiches, German food, desserts and even a kids menu.

Mandeville Beer Garden

If you’re looking for a fun place for a casual night out, give Mandeville Beer Garden a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Hours are:
Tuesday 5PM-11PM Trivia
Wednesday-Thursday 11AM-11PM
Friday-Saturday 11AM-1AM
Sunday 11AM-9PM

They are located at 428 N. Lemon Avenue in Sarasota.

Phone: 941-954-8688

Check them out on the web at www.mandevillebeergarden.com



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Chef Rolfs New Florida Kitchen

By | January 8, 2019

Chef Rolfs New Florida Kitchen
Chef Rolfs New Florida KitchenEarlier this year Chef Rolf took over the former Roy’s Restaurant space on Siesta Drive and opened his New Florida Kitchen. Many people in the area are familiar with Chef Rolf at the former Saltwater Café in Venice. At the New Florida Kitchen they are serving up fresh locally sourced prime seafood in a sophisticated coastal setting. Chef Rolf’s New Florida Kitchen ™ is family owned and operated and they take pride in offering a fine dining experience in an elegant environment. We recently took our dine out group there for dinner and they did a great job serving the 32 of us in a private room setting. They offered three different menus to choose from and all the food was excellent! As an added bonus Wednesday was Ladies Night and each received a free martini…can’t beat that!
Having trained primarily in Switzerland, Chef Rolf adds a European twist to many of the menu items, using the finest ingredients. Numerous magazines and culinary experts have recognized Chef Rolf with awards for cuisine and wine expertise. A Member of the state agriculture promotional campaign, “Fresh from Florida,” and this is EXACTLY what you’ll find in Chef Rolf’s New Florida Kitchen ™
Chef Rolf’s New Florida’s Cooking Show is a local 30 minute cooking show airing on SNN TV in Sarasota/Manatee/Charlotte counties, Florida. The show airs Monday-Friday at 11:00 am Celebrating its 9th season, the show spotlights local businesses, supports non-profit organizations and promotes local events.
Open 7 days a week; Monday through Saturday for dinner only and Sunday from 11am to 9pm. They are located at 2001 Siesta Drive, Suite 100 in Sarasota (location of the former Roy’s Restaurant next to Fleming’s). Call for reservations at 941-806-6820 or visit their website at ChefRolf.us.

Chef Rolfs

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Roessler’s Restaurant

By | December 7, 2018

Roessler's Restaurant Sign

Roessler's Restaurant SignRoessler’s restaurant in Sarasota has been family owned and operated since 1978. Originally, as the Flight Deck at the Venice Airport and then moving to their Sarasota location in 1985. Situated on nearly three acres of manicured gardens and a beautiful lake with a bridge and gazebo, Roessler’s is one of the most romantic restaurants on the west coast of Florida.

Roessler's Grounds


We had the pleasure of going there for a special occasion birthday dinner. It’s located off S. Tamiami Trail 2033 Vamo Way and you wouldn’t even know it’s back there from the road.


They are open at 5pm Tuesday through Sunday for dinner only. The menu features many of the standard dishes expertly prepared. They also do several tableside prepared desserts for a special treat! It was definitely a fine dining experience with impeccable service. If you haven’t been there I highly recommend it.

Check out their menu at RoesslersRestaurant.com

To make a reservation call 941-966-5688.

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Morton’s Gourmet Market

By | November 6, 2018

Morton's Market Front

Morton's Market FrontRight in the heart of Southside Village, Morton’s Market has been a tradition in Sarasota for over 50 years. This full service specialty food store has something for every occasion. From the Gourmet-to-Go with entire meals prepared for you to your everyday grocery items, they have it all.

It’s not a restaurant in the traditional sense but they have many prepared items such as salads, soups, sandwiches, sushi, pizza and even a hot food bar! In addition there is a meat counter, bakery, produce department and cheese shop. If you’re in need of the perfect gift they have gift baskets and gift cards readily available.

The market is open 7 days a week and hours vary by day and department so check their website for the current times. They have an additional location right in the heart of Siesta Key Village as well.

Morton's Siesta Market

Morton’s Gourmet Market is located at 1924 South Osprey Blvd. in Sarasota and Morton’s Siesta Market is located at 205 Canal Road, Siesta Key

For more information or place an order visit their website at Morton’s Market

Morton's Market Logo

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Millie’s Restaurant Cafe

By | October 8, 2018


millies-tea-2_medMillie’s has been a staple in Sarasota for over 20 years serving the after-church, and daily business crowds. They are open 7 days a week from 7am to 2:30pm. On Wednesdays they are open from 3-5pm for afternoon tea (reservations required) and also available for private tea parties for special events (birthdays, showers, book clubs, etc.). In addition to all this they offer catering as well.

We have been there for breakfast and lunch at various times over the years and you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu. The food is always fresh and delicious! To view the menu click here.

Millie’s is located at 3900 Clark Road. For more information or to make a reservation give them a call at 941-923-4054.

Millie's Front

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Art Ovation Rooftop Bar

By | September 11, 2018


perspective-rooftop-poolThe new Art Ovation Hotel in Sarasota is now open and one of the many unique features of the hotel is their rooftop bar, Perspective, which has an upbeat and laid back atmosphere. The bar is adjacent to the hotel’s pool where they were setting up for some live music when we visited recently. We found it to be a great spot for drinks and light bites and perfect for watching the setting sun. They have numerous umbrellas so you can get out of the sun and still enjoy great views of Sarasota.

The service was prompt and super friendly.  They have a full bar lineup with several signature crafted cocktails. We had Sunset Through the Skyspace and Flowers on the Wall. Both were unique and tasty. Since we were early in the evening we decided on an appetizer Chicken Quesadilla which was served piping hot and delicious. Check out the full menu here: Perspective Menu

Art Ovation is located at the intersection of Palm Avenue and Cocoanut Avenue. The Palm Avenue Garage is right behind the hotel for convenient parking.

Art Ovation Hotel Map



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A Day in Englewood

By | July 17, 2018

Farlow's Logo

Farlow's LogoWe recently took a day trip down to Englewood as we had never had an occasion to check out the town. Since we arrived close to noon we found a great lunch spot called Farlow’s On The Water. The owner, Keith Farlow, grew up in the Caribbean and you can find dishes on the menu that have that influence. His wife has a passion for Southern cooking so there is also a southern twist on the menu like fried green tomatoes. All of the food is made fresh daily and the herbs used are grown in their garden right at the restaurant. We ordered the fish tacos and a grouper sandwich which were well prepared and delicious. You can check out their menu here: http://www.farlowsonthewater.com

Farlow's WaterfrontFarlow’s participated in the Savor Sarasota promotion in June and has extended that special menu through July so you can have a multi-course lunch for $16 per person and dinner for $32 per person.  They have inside and outside dining and a cozy bar with a great selection of specialty cocktails. They are open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.

After lunch we headed over to historic Dearborn Street. On the first Saturday of every month they have a car show called Cruisin’ On Dearborn. The event actually doesn’t start until 5pm but cars arrive much earlier to get the best spot. There are many quaint shops and restaurants along the street and it’s just a fun place to stroll around. They frequently have events on Dearborn Street so check out this website to see what’s happening now: https://oldeenglewood.com


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Capital Grill at UTC

By | June 14, 2018

Capital Grille Outside

Capital Grille OutsideI had the pleasure of dining at Capital Grille last night and took advantage of their Savor Sarasota menu which was a great deal and an excellent dining experience. The ambience is very classy with low lighting and many booths which create an intimate experience. They also have a cozy bar and an outdoor patio. The regular menu is what you would expect for a fine dining evening but I have to say it’s worth it because of the quality of the food and service.

We started out with drinks and were not rushed to order. The wait staff is very attentive without being intrusive or pushy. Once we did order the first course came out quickly and to order. We had the wedge with bleu cheese & smoked bacon and the Caesar salad with Grana Padano croutons. They were both plentiful and tasty.Capital Grille SteakCapital Grille Salmon Main courses we had were the 8oz. filet mignon and seared citrus glazed salmon with Marcona almonds & brown butter…both were excellent. Side dishes come out family style to share and the quality there was also good. Dessert choices on this special menu were a flourless chocolate espresso cake and classic crème brulee…YUM!

Even though Savor Sarasota only lasts for two weeks during the summer for most restaurants I would still go to Capital Grille for a nice date night. If you haven’t been I highly recommend it!

Capital Grille is located at the University Town Center Mall. You can make reservations through Open Table on their website below or call them at 941-256-3647. They are open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

The Capital Grille Sarasota

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The Serving Spoon in Sarasota

By | May 8, 2018

The Serving Spoon

The Serving Spoon

The menu is extensive and everything is homemade and delicious. They have loads of options with generous portions. The menu has the usual and not so usual options. Gluten free pancakes, quinoa power bowl, omelets as well as burritos. They also have bakery items such as scones, muffins and breads.

The Serving Spoon is everything you want in a breakfast place!

The Serving Spoon LocationThey are located at 1825 S Osprey Avenue

Phone  (941) 388-7235


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Gecko’s Sports Bar Newest Location

By | April 5, 2018


gecko-s-grill-pub-stickneyThe Original Gecko’s was established by Mike & Mike just down the street in 1992. Their newest location embraces their heritage of being known for hosting great game watching parties, family celebrations & award-winning Happy Hours. Located just south of the Stickney Point Bridge and 41 at the Gateway to Siesta Key, Gecko’s Stickney Point offers a spacious, newly renovated Sports Bar, fresh, locally sourced fare, American Pub food with a Gourmet Twist, a full bar, Barrel fresh Wine on Tap, and a patio with outside seating.

Sunday - Thursday (11 a.m. - Midnight)
Friday & Saturday (11 a.m. - 1 a.m.)
6606 South Tamiami Trail,  Sarasota, FL 34231
Phone: 941.248.2020

Visit their website at www.geckosgrill.com for other locations, menus, etc.


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