Restaurants

Zagat Rated Local Restaurants

By | June 18, 2015

Zagat Book

Zagat BookBefore there was Yelp and Trip Advisor we relied on Zagat to tell us where the best restaurants were and they are still at it! I was not surprised at all to find that 24 restaurants in our area make their current list of the best dining spots. I have been to many of these and can concur with their findings. If you’re in the mood for a great dining experience check out one of these:

Beach Bistro (Anna Maria Island)

Maison Blanche (Longboat Key)

Bijou Cafe’ (Sarasota)

Euphemia Haye & Haye Loft (Longboat Key)

Morel Restaurant (Sarasota)

Selva (Sarasota)

Michael’s on East (Sarasota)

Mozaic (Sarasota)

Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Sarasota)

Roy’s (Sarasota)

Andrea’s (Sarasota)

Darwin’s on 4th (Sarasota)

Ophelia’s on the Bay (Siesta Key)

Mediterraneo (Sarasota)

Yummy House China Bistro (Sarasota)

Cafe L’Europe (St. Armands Circle-Lido Key)

Pattigeorge’s (Longboat Key)

Indigenous (Sarasota)

Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse (Sarasota)

Libby’s Cafe & Bar (Sarasota)

Owen’s Fish Camp (Sarasota)

Columbia Restaurant (St. Armands Circle-Lido Key)

Bonefish Grill (Sarasota & Bradenton)

Jack Dusty (Sarasota)

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Another Reason to Visit Siesta Beach

By | June 12, 2015

Siesta Beach Sign

Siesta Beach Sign Siesta Beach Pavilion

Just in time for summer the new Siesta Beach Pavilion opened this week and along with great views of the beach and gulf from the deck, you can enjoy some delicious eats. They still have the standard beach cafe fare of burgers and dogs but they have added some new options ranging from gourmet flatbread pizzas to salads to creative paninis to fish tacos.

The newly renovated pavilion includes an updated playground, tennis courts and extra parking spaces and is open seven days a week, weather permitting 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you haven’t been to the best beach in America lately I’d say it’s worth the trip!

 

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The Breakfast House in Sarasota & Nokomis

By | June 9, 2015

The Breakfast House

The Breakfast HouseThe Breakfast House in Sarasota has been around for five years and now has an additional location in Nokomis. They offer a sumptuous menu full of southern style, modern and healthy cuisine, and comfort food goodies. Their “Island Cakes” feature freshly shredded coconut, macadamia nuts and thin sliced fresh pineapple that is grilled and mixed with light and fluffy pancake batter so it looks like a flower on the plate. Other truly original and delicious specialties of the “House” are its “Key West” items including Key West Benedict served with shrimp and Maine lobster, sauteed Key West shrimp served over grits and desserts like Key West delight and Key Lime tart. In addition to these special items they have a great selection of traditional breakfast and lunch fare so there’s sure to be something for everyone on their menu.

They serve breakfast all day starting at 7:30am and lunch from 11am Tuesday through Sunday. They close at 2pm. For locations and menus visit their website The Breakfast House.

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Mustache and Beard Bash

By | June 4, 2015

Libby's LBar

Libby's LBarDon’t miss the Mustache and Beard Bash on Friday, June 5th from 9pm2am at the newly opened Lbar at Libby’s in Sarasota. Guests are invited to gather for a good time at the grand opening event, where they can sport their fanciest facial hair, sip a fantastic beverage and savor something delicious at this new Hillview neighborhood hotspot. There will be $500 cash prizes for best beard and best mustache.

Lbar is a speakeasy/gastropub-style establishment focused on craft bourbons and brews, custom cocktails and a killer menu. Check it out at http://www.libbyscafebar.com/

Lbar

1919 South Osprey Avenue

941-487-7300

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10th Annual Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week

By | May 19, 2015

Savor Sarasota

Savor SarasotaThe first two weeks of June is one of my favorite times of the year in Sarasota. Traffic has died down after the busy winter season and many of the best restaurants around participate in Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week. It’s a great opportunity to try new places or visit some of your favorites as they offer special menus and prices from June 1st through the 14th. During Savor Sarasota you can enjoy 3-course meals for just $15 per person for lunch and $29 per person for dinner. Not all of the restaurants are open for lunch so check their website for participating restaurants and hours.

http://www.savorsarasota.com/

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Burger & Beer Joint is Now Open at The Mall at University Town Center

By | April 24, 2015

Burger & Beer Joint

Burger & Beer JointBurger & Beer Joint recently opened at The Mall at University Town Center (their 5th location). Their menu is heavily centered on massive gourmet burgers and a huge selection of beer but they also have appetizers, salads and other items to choose from. You can select a burger from their signature list or design your own. Or if you’re really hungry try the Motherburger…10 pounds of Premium Black Angus Beef!

A unique offering is their “Adult Shakes” which are alcoholic drinks made with ice cream and various liquors. The atmosphere is a sports and rock & roll theme.

Check out their menu at http://bnbjoint.com/burgers

The Mall at UTC has emerged as a great destination for dining with Kona Grill, Seasons 52, Brio Tuscan Grille, Cheesecake Factory, Capital Grille, Sophie’s at Saks and now the Burger & Beer Joint. This is a great time of year to get out and visit some of these new and local favorites.

 

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Great Italian Restaurant in Sarasota

By | March 17, 2015

Mona Lisa portrait

Mona Lisa portraitHidden in The Meadows of Sarasota is a little gem of a restaurant call Mona Lisa. I had the occasion to dine there recently with family and will definitely return. This is a small, quaint spot in the Shopping Village within The Meadows neighborhood. There are about 12 tables with white tablecloths inside and several more on an outside patio overlooking a lake. It’s a very casual and comfortable setting.

Mona LisaThe food is not your run-of-the-mill Italian. I ordered one of the specials which was Seafood Sambuca which consisted of shrimp and scallops in a Sambuca cream sauce over linguini pasta…delish! All entrees come with your choice of house or ceasar salad , a side of pasta with your choice of sauce and fresh bread. Other dishes at our table were grilled salmon, tilapia with white wine and lemon and veal piccata and everyone was pleased with the quality of the food. The service was very attentive even though it was a busy night. They really do make you feel like they’re glad you’re there. Beer and wine are available.

Even though this is a small family operated restaurant they seem to be well known in the area. We were there on a Tuesday evening and it was busy with several groups waiting. I’d definitely suggest making a reservation if you go and I highly recommend that you try it next time you’re in the mood for an authentic Italian meal.

For reservations call 941-377-6562 or visit their website for menus and other information at www.monalisasrq.com.

 

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Kacey’s Seafood and More

By | January 20, 2015

Kaceys Seafood

Kaceys SeafoodI’ve been seeing ads for Kacey’s Seafood for several months and this weekend we decided to give it a try. The food is what makes it worth the trip. The restaurant is in a strip mall on Fruitville Road just west of Honore Avenue. It’s a small casual space with about 20 tables inside and a few outside on the sidewalk.

We were warmly greeted and there were several parties ahead of us but we were seated within 15-20 minutes. Not bad for 7pm on a Saturday night in season! The menu is mostly seafood and the prices are very reasonable. Service was prompt and friendly.

Shrimp & Grits

Shrimp & Grits

We had a cup of the lobster bisque as an appetizer and for dinner I tried the shrimp and grits which were delicious…not too spicy but full of flavor. My husband ordered the Shrimp Kacey which was a generous portion of marinated and grilled shrimp served with a black bean cake. Everything was well prepared and served piping hot. It looked like the seafood baskets were very popular with shrimp, fish, fries, hushpuppies, etc.

They do serve beer and wine and open for lunch and dinner daily. We’ll definitely return to Kacey’s.

Check them out at 4904 Fruitville Road, Sarasota FL  941-378-3644

http://www.kaceysseafood.com/

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New Dining at the Mall at University Town Center

By | December 22, 2014

University Town Center Mall

University Town Center MallSarasota has a tremendous variety of dining options and now with the newly opened Mall at University Town Center we have quite a few more including: The Cheesecake Factory, Kona Grill, Seasons 52, Brio Tuscan Grille, The Capital Grill, Sophie’s, Mandarin Express, Antie Anne’s Pretzels, Rise Pies Handcrafted Pizza, Starbucks and Smoothie King. There are even more scheduled to open in the coming months: Burger & Beer Joint and Yo! Sushi.

If you’re looking for a fun outing…check out the new mall and try one of these new restaurants for lunch or dinner.

For their location and more information visit the mall’s website at http://www.mallatutc.com/dining_entertainment

 

 

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CineBistro Coming to Westfield Southgate Mall

By | November 24, 2014

CineBistro

Great Job Westfield Southgate Mall and Cobb Theaters!

CineBistro

Westfield Southgate Mall on Siesta Drive in Sarasota has announced they plan to open a new 7-screen movie theater in 2015. CineBistro is a luxury movie theater for adults 21 and older. If you have not been to one of the current locations (closest is Hyde Park Village in South Tampa), you are missing out. It is the perfect combination of “dinner and a movie” set all in one place!

They feature reclining leather chairs, a chef inspired menu, playing first-run and independent movies. The Sarasota location is also planning a bar with a dining lounge and patio. The food options are: appetizers, entrees, salads, sandwiches and desserts. You may also order from a full bar, beer and wine list.

If you choose to dine while watching the movie, the wait staff efficiently takes your drink and food orders just after being seated in the theater. Right before the movie begins, the staff delivers your order so as not to disturb you or the other guests in the theater. I initially thought it would be a good fit for the Lakewood Ranch area, but like this choice better. Southgate is a perfect place for those in all areas of Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice, but will also allow our residents and visitors to Siesta Key and Lido – Longboat areas to make a quick trip.

I’m looking forward to the Grand Opening! Here is the website to keep an eye on the new location opening and check out other locations… http://cobbcinebistro.com

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