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Tequila Cantina in Sarasota

By | October 18, 2013

Tequila Cantina

Tequila CantinaTequila Cantina Tequileria & Tacos

1454 Main Street in Downtown Sarasota

Stopped by with a couple friends and family last Friday for happy hour (4-8pm). The owner, Kenny, greeted us and actually explained to us about the $3 beers, Chilean wines, wells, & margarita’s, and the $5 appetizers for happy hour! We sat outside and Nick, our server, immediately took our drink orders. The beer was cold and the appetizer wings were great. Spark Notes, our new favorite duo, was singing and were perched precariously above the bar and sounded great! The energy was pumping and the crowd was having a good time! Fun time, great drinks, food, and energy… I’ll be back….

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Sam Snead’s Oak Grill and Tavern

By | September 6, 2013

CMS Photography/Chad SpencerWhere the locals come to eat….Sam Snead’s can be found in the heart of Southside Village, 1830 S Osprey Avenue, Sarasota 34236.  This locally owned and operated restaurant offers fresh entrees of Angus beef, chicken and seafood as well as a nice variety of soups, salads,homemade desserts, fresh hot bread and full bar service. The décor showcases golf memorabilia and the sports themed bar has 6 TVs for enjoying all your favorite games.  Happy Hour is daily from 4:00 pm   to 7:00 pm.

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“Benvenuto! Welcome to Chianti”

By | August 23, 2013

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Chianti…Charming atmosphere and superb Italian cuisine.

 

Pleasantly surprised…. my senses were in for a treat! Chianti brings to Sarasota innovate and delicious Italian recipes with elegant presentation. The Executive Chef, Al Massa, and Owner-Chef Edward Pizzuti, are quite ambitious in the kitchen.   Chianti’s Old World,  traditional Italian recipes originate from many generations of family cooking in Italy, classic recipes from Sicily and Tuscany.

I had an opportunity to meet and talk briefly last evening with Owner-Chef Edwardo. I asked him what brought the Pizzuti Family to Sarasota?

He replied,  “after several visits to Florida, my wife Josie and I chose Sarasota for our retirement, but soon discovered that retirement was not for us. After spending the 2012 summer in our new Sarasota home, playing some golf and visiting many local restaurants, we saw a need for our type of Italian cuisine and our unique style of operating. When the location on 3900 Clark Road became available, we decided to buy the building and build Chianti Ristorante Italiano. After extensive remodeling and upgrading Chianti opened the doors. With combined expertise and talents in a very short time we have built a strong repeat customer base. Josie and I love Sarasota and plan on being here with Chianti for many years”.

For additional information…reservations and menu review CLICK HERE

                            Buon Appetito!

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Burns Square District

By | July 26, 2013

Owen BurnsThe Burns Square District was developed in the 1920’s
by Owen Burns.

Burns Square District…Very Historic…Very Cool.  A Collage of high end retail, restaurants, fine art, cinema and much more. I could write a novel about this historical site. However, since I am on my way to sell a home, I will highlight two favorites:

 

Owens Fish CampFirst, one of my favorite eateries Owen’s Fish Camp. Located in Burns Court on Burns Lane, Downtown Sarasota. Fabulous. Southern county style in a cool, comfortable urban setting.

 

 

Burns Court CinemaSecond, Nestled in the middle of historic Burns Square you will find Burns Court Cinema (look for raspberry-colored landmark). The Sarasota Film Society is a non profit member-supported cinema dedicated to providing the highest level of entertainment…first run foreign language, independent and art films.  A great way to spend the afternoon or evening…a great way to support the Sarasota Film Society…become a member.

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Shore Diner on St Armand’s Circle

By | May 31, 2013

Shore SignAs our evening  unfolded in our casual stroll along St Armands Circle, we decided to grab a quick bite to eat and I came upon Shore Diner at 465 John Ringling Blvd.  As many times as we have visited the Circle, I never noticed this restaurant on the  2nd floor from the sidewalk view .  Intrigued by the outdoor atmosphere, we decided to check the menu first, then settled into the bar area just for drinks and a few appetizers.  What a pleasant surprise and a nice change of pace.

Shore DinerThis ultra modern, hip  and  contemporary décor plus cool vibe to this establishment truly captivates you into thinking you could be sitting in South Beach.  As local residents ourselves, for moment we actually felt like we were on vacation.  From their eclectic menu with a multitude of choices,  we ordered the kung pao calamari along with the tuna tartare..both superb and in turn shared a corn & crab chowder that was simply out of this world!  My husband and I decided that this will be our next place to dine for either a lunch or dinner on our next visit to  St Armand’s Circle.  Be sure to give it a try on your next visit to Sarasota.

 

 

 

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Sun Garden Cafe on Siesta Key

By | April 24, 2013

Sun Garden Cafe

Sun Garden CafeOff the beaten path on Siesta Key, the Sun Garden Cafe is a casual garden restaurant. The menu features locally grown produce, fish caught in our local waters, farm fresh eggs and artisan foods from around the world.

Sarasota has voted Sun Garden BEST BREAKFAST, BEST LUNCH, BEST OUTDOOR DINING & BEST BACON for 4 years straight! Kick back with banana pancakes or kick it up with a Sun Garden original omelet or savor the delectable treats baked fresh in their bakery everyday. Either way, you’re sure to find paradise…..

Located at 210 Avenida Madera they are open for breakfast & lunch daily – 7 am – 2:30 pm.

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Pinchers Crab Shack in Lakewood Ranch

By | February 8, 2013

Pinchers Crab ShackSince 1997, Pinchers has operated with a simple mission – Local Fishermen fishing local waters for a local restaurant. You can’t get a more Southwest Florida experience than that.

The Phelan family opened their first Pinchers with 12 tables and 6 employees in a tiny space in the center of Bonita Springs. From these humble beginnings, these long-time Floridians have grown their idea to seven restaurants along the Gulf Coast.

Quality is everything to a seafood restaurant, especially ours, and they deliver the best seafood in town to your table each and every visit.

Each morning, local fishermen and crabbers leave our shores and guide their boats out into the Gulf of Mexico. They return each night with the best that the Gulf has to offer and bring this precious catch to their local seafood facility – The Island Crab Company located on Pine Island.

Who knew that this little gem of a restaurant was on Main Street in the heart of Lakewood Ranch? Casual atmosphere, great service, reasonable prices and fantastic seafood! Crab cakes are to die for! This Shack is a keeper!

Contact info:

10707 Rodeo Drive
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202-5061

General Manager: Phil Conway
Phone: 941-922-1515
Email: lakewoodranch@pincherscrabshack.com
Open: 11am – 10pm

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The White Buffalo Saloon in Sarasota

By | January 25, 2013

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whitebuffalo_rgb_200THE White Buffalo Represents a Time of Abundance and Plentiful Offerings…
If you are a “little bit country”, a “little bit rock ‘n roll”…stop by the the WHITE BUFFALO SALOON, McIntosh Rd., Sarasota.  Newly opened with a country venue, featuring “hungry hour”, live country music, dancing and
an impressive bar.
For more information visit www.thewbsaloon.com

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Yummy House

By | January 19, 2013

Dim SumLooking for great Dim Sum in Sarasota?  Wait no more!  While I have not had a chance to try it out myself, many local foodies are raving about Yummy House.  See what some local writers and bloggers have to say about their visit in these articles:

http://threekitcheneers.com/blog_post.cfm?BlogID=165

http://www.thisweekinsarasota.com/yummy-is-in-the-house/

Let us know what you think after your visit to Yummy House!

享受!

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Michaels on East- Always Exceeding Expectations

By | December 20, 2012

Michael's on East

Michael's on East

If you know Sarasota then you know Michaels on East.  Since opening in 1987 Michaels on East has been a Sarasota mainstay for fine dining, receptions, business gatherings, and the like.

I recently attended the RE/MAX Alliance Group holiday party at Michaels on East and the entire experience was OUTSTANDING.  The ballroom glistened, the staff was very pleasant and professional, and the food was of course out-of-this world.  It is nice to know that there are still a few constants in this world and a wonderful experience at Michaels on East is one of them.

If you are looking for a special dinner or lunch I would highly recommend making Michaels on East your top choice.  I can promise that they will exceed your expectations.

For more information visit their website: http://www.bestfood.com/restaurant/

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