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!

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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!

Table Creekside View

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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Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar

By | July 21, 2015

Pomona Bistro

Pomona BistroRecently we had a neighborhood dinner at Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar. I had not dined there before but had heard it was a great restaurant. We had a group of 30 there on a Wednesday night and they handled us beautifully. One of the two owners (Arthur) was there and couldn’t have been more attentive.

The menu is varied and changes seasonally. It features locally sourced meats, seafood and produce. They have a great selection of small plates as well as full dinners and desserts. I had the bistro salad with dijon mustard vinaigrette followed by a roasted halibut. Both were delicious and plentiful…sadly no room for dessert.

Like the dinner menu, the wine list evolves throughout the seasons with heavier reds in the winter and lighter whites and rosés in the spring and summer. The list features wines from California, Oregon, France, Italy and Spain. To bring out the best flavors, the wines are decanted and served by the quartino (approximately 1-1/2 glass), half carafe (approximately 2-1/2 glasses) or by the bottle.

When the weather cools off a bit we’ll be back at Pomona to check out the outdoor lounge complete with a fireplace and of course to have another fine meal.

The restaurant is located north of Fruitville on North Orange Avenue in Citrus Square. Check out their website for more information and sample menu at Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar.

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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


1919 South Osprey Avenue


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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.

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