Restaurants

A Culinary Dining Experience at Puccini’s

By | November 10, 2016

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puccinisI had the good fortune of eating at Puccini’s last week (2881 Clark Rd., Sarasota) and gave it 5 STARS! Puccini’s Chef Richard does his magic and cooks in the rear half of the restaurant for those in the back half to see. All the food looked delicious and ours was truly top-notch.

puccinis-chefA few pointers:

1. Call for a reservation. There are only about 16 tables.

2. If you want to really be in the action, ask for the 5-top chef table right next to chef.

3. It is completely BYOB and there didn’t seem to be any rules other than you must open your own wine (the law).

4. Cash only…no credit cards. Puccini’s is perfect for anniversaries, birthday’s, special date night, or to impress clients. VERY good and a must visit!puccinis-storefront

Puccini’s is located at 2881 Clark Road in Sarasota

Phone: 941-923-7002

Puccini’s Website

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Roni’s Café in Sarasota

By | October 4, 2016

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ronis-careRoni’s Café is a great little family operated restaurant in Sarasota just east of Tuttle Avenue on Bee Ridge Road. We are frequent diners for brunch after church on Sundays and like the quality of the food, cleanliness of the space and the friendly service.

The menu features your normal breakfast and lunch dishes as well as quite a few Mediterranean items. This past week we were on the late side and since it was after 11am I ordered from the lunch menu and had a Chicken Gyro. This was really fresh and tasty with grilled chicken, tomatoes, onions and Tzatziki sauce. My husband generally gets the house skillet which is ham, onion, peppers cheddar cheese and home fries mixed together then topped with two eggs any style and your choice of toast. It must be good as it orders it every week.

They do a brisk take out business and offer specials daily. If you’re in the area and looking for a good breakfast or lunch stop in at Roni’s.

To view their menu check out the FaceBook page at Roni’s Café.

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The Lazy Lobster of Longboat

By | September 20, 2016

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lazy-lobsterWhile having a week of “staycation” on Longboat Key this week, we had dinner at the Lazy Lobster. Initially we chose the restaurant because it was one of the few that were not closed for vacation during this slow time of the season on the Key. We did not make a reservation as things didn’t seem to be too crowded during the week with traffic being very light and just not that many people around. Anyway they were booked up for the night (on a Monday no less!). They have some high top tables that were available in the bar area so we settled in there.

We had a delicious dinner starting with their lobster bisque and a salad. Entrees we chose were the Bar Harbor Combo (sauteed lobster tail meat, gulf shrimp & large sea scallops in lemon-garlic butter, potato gratin & vegetable) and one of the daily specials which was shrimp and scallops with spinach and red onion in a light red sauce over linguine pasta. Both dishes were outstanding!

If you’re in the mood for some good seafood (particularly lobster as it’s supplied daily from Boothbay Harbor, Maine) check out the Lazy Lobster. They do have a good variety on the menu but obviously lobster and seafood is their specialty. The staff is friendly and attentive and we’ll definitely go back.

You can view their menu and other information on their website here.

 

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For Live Music Head to the Blue Rooster

By | August 29, 2016

Blue Rooster

Blue RoosterFor live entertainment and some of the best bands around town, head to the Blue Rooster on Fourth Street between Lemon and Orange. Open every day but Sunday and Monday for dinner, this is the place for good southern comfort food and a fun atmosphere. The Blue Rooster menu features New American Southern fare which takes simple, locally-sourced base ingredients and transforms them into true blue southern comfort cuisine with a down home twist.They have a full bar with happy hour specials from 5-7 pm daily. On Sundays from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm they have a Gospel Brunch complete with a southern buffet featuring live gospel plus traditional and contemporary spirituals!

To view the full lineup of music click here.

Blue Rooster is located at 1525 Fourth Street, Sarasota FL
Telephone 941-388-7539

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.blueroostersrq.com/music

 

 

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Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week

By | May 17, 2016

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savor sarasotaWe look forward to this event every year. From June 1st through the 14th many of our local restaurants prepare special menus and deals so it’s a great time to try some new ones or visit some old favorites around town. Click the link below to see all of the restaurants participating and what menus they are offering. In previous years some have even extended these deals throughout the summer so check it out!

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Apollonia Mediterranean Grill

By | February 27, 2016

Apollonia

ApolloniaWe have been talking about dining at Apollonia since it opened at The Shoppes at University Town Center over two years ago and finally got around to it this past week. It took over the restaurant formerly occupied by Urban Flats and it didn’t take too many cosmetic changes to adapt to the space.

Apollonia BarThe atmosphere is casual and comfortable. We were seated inside at a table next to the front windows which are large sliders that open when the weather permits as was the case for us. They have a generous bar area as well as a few outdoor covered tables.

Our server greeted us promptly and we ordered a glass of wine from their extensive list of wines by the glass. I ordered the Gyro Platter which consisted of rotisserie spiced lamb with rice pilaf, grilled vegetables, tzatziki and pita bread. My husband ordered the grouper Florentine. We were pleased with the quality of the meals, presentation, and felt the prices were very reasonable.

If you’re in the mood for a little Mediterranean food I would recommend this restaurant. Check out their website for more information.

 

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The Rosemary in Sarasota

By | January 29, 2016

The Rosemary

The RosemaryDowntown Sarasota has a new option for bistro dining. The Rosemary in Citrus Square is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving traditional and contemporary dishes with an emphasis on healthy options prepared with fresh ingredients from regional farms.

We recently had a group of 50 there for dinner and everyone raved about the food, service and ambience. George Armstrong (formerly of Treviso at The Ringling Museum) reports that reservations have been full particularly during the before theatre hours so call and reserve early and check it out. You won’t be disappointed!

After dinner check out the entertainment at The Blue Rooster in the next block over on 4th Street. We found this makes for a fun evening!

For more information and to view the menu visit The Rosemary Sarasota.

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Solorzano’s Pizzeria

By | September 24, 2015

Solorzano's Pizzeria

Solorzano's PizzeriaA Welcome Addition to Gulf Gate!

As a huge Gulf Gate fan I am always excited to try a new place when it opens up. This past weekend I had the opportunity to try some food from Solorzano’s Pizza Café on Superior Street and it was over-the-top delicious.

We ordered Chicken Parmesan sandwiches that were out of this world, the chicken is so tender that it melts in your mouth, the sauce is very flavorful, but the best part is the homemade hoagie roll, it is perhaps the freshest bread I have ever had. The sandwich is large so it big enough for two. We also ordered a pizza that was cooked to perfection. Next time you are in Gulf Gate stop by Solorzano’s and treat yourself to some yummy Italian treats!

Solorzano's Pizza Logo
Solorzano’s Pizzerias

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The Table Creekside Restaurant

By | September 20, 2015

Table Creekside

Table CreeksideThe Table Creekside Restaurant on Phillippi Creek in Sarasota, FL is where Joe and Missy go when we have an anniversary or other special dinner date! It is easily our favorite upscale place to eat complete with a water view! This centrally-located restaurant is located on the banks of Phillippi Creek in a converted old house built in the mid 1950’s.

The Table features a super and pocket-friendly Happy Hour daily from 4:00-6:30 with awesome drink specials and tapas food including the not-to-be-missed Bacon Jam Flatbread. For dinner, the specials of the day are out of this world with some very risqué dishes that the chef’s pull off with ease. The wine list is extensive but not expensive and the wait staff is excellently trained and attentive! Dinners range between $20-$45+ each.

Located on US41 at: 5365 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Hours: Open at 4pm M-S and Sunday brunch begins at 11am. Make sure to call for reservations (941-921-9465) and come by boat too!

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The Table Creekside Website

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The Granary in Lakewood Ranch

By | August 31, 2015

The Granary

The GranaryAs of today there is a new dining option for breakfast and lunch in Lakewood Ranch. Karen and Malcolm Ronney (former owners of McAllister’s on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch) have opened The Granary in th Ace Hardware/Crowder’s Plaza on Lakewood Ranch Blvd. We had the good fortune to attend their soft opening last week and here’s what we found.

The Granary InteriorThe ambience is rustic and comfortable with exposed brick, soft lantern lighting, rustic wood tables. The menu features traditional favorites with a modern twist. I ordered the “french toast sandwich” which was french toast with apple slices, brie and caramel in the middle. It was really good, the apples were nice and tender as they grill them along with the toast. My husband ordered the “ranch hand omelete” which was stuffed with all the meats (sausage, bacon and ham), diced red pepper, topped with hollandaise sauce, chopped tomatoes and scallions. It was delicious as well. The coffee was good too and they have quite a few hand-crafted selections as well as the set up to get a cup to go if you like.

They have beer, wine and bubbles, desserts and catering available too. They are open 7 days a week: Monday – Friday from 7:30am-3pm; Saturday & Sunday from 8am-3pm.

To check out their menu visit The Granary.

 

 

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