Restaurants

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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Bijou Cafe for Fine Dining in the Theater & Arts District of Sarasota

By | October 24, 2014

bijou

bijouThe Bijou Café is a charming Continental-American restaurant located in the heart of Sarasota’s downtown Theatre & Arts District. Over the years the cuisine, award-winning wine list and exemplary unobtrusive service have set the standard for dining on the Sun Coast and established the Bijou as one of Sarasota’s most sought after fine dining destinations.

Since 1986, Chef Jean-Pierre Knaggs and his wife Shay have owned and operated The Bijou Café. It has grown from a small 50-seat restaurant to a seating capacity of 140 people in three separate dining rooms. The enchanting décor you’d expect in a quaint, but modern European café surrounds you with French windows and doors throughout, sparkling glassware, bouquets of freshly-picked flowers and the soft glow of candlelight.

We recently visited the Bijou Café with our neighborhood dining group of 24 people. It’s great to have a place that has wonderful food, service and can easily accomodate large parties or be a perfect spot for a special dinner for two.

Check them out at http://www.bijoucafe.net/

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REALLY GOOD BARBECUE!

By | September 1, 2014

Hickory Hollow BBQ

Hickory Hollow BBQWell I couldn’t have said it better myself than this writer for Ticket Sarasota. My husband and I visited Hickory Hollow last week in search of barbecue that rivals that of his favorite in Atlanta, Fat Matt’s Rib Shack. Well we found it at Hickory Hollow. Very casual atmosphere, great service with friendly wait staff that help each other out when busy. We had a really pleasant time and a great meal. So, it’s in Ellenton. The next time you head to the outlet mall, plan a visit. I hear the crab cakes are exceptional. We are saving those for our next visit. Read more about it here… http://www.ticketsarasota.com/2014/08/25/hickory-hollow-bar-b-que/

For more information visit their website at http://www.hickoryhollowbbq.com/

They are located in Ellenton at 4705 US Highway 301 N.

 

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Happy Birthday Smacks Burgers & Shakes!

By | August 2, 2014

S'Macks Logo

S'Macks LogoS’macks Burgers & Shakes, the younger sibling of Gecko’s Grill & Pub, is celebrating a big birthday. Wednesday, August 6th marks the beginning of the Better Burger concept’s one year milestone at the corner of Bee Ridge & Shade in Sarasota.

S’macks is Polished Casual food with a conscience. With its 100% Hormone and Steroid free Bison Burgers, Choice Angus, and locally sourced Top Dogs, S’macks’ original menu evolved to honor the requests of our guests, and now includes Chicken and Vegetarian options, daily Chef Specials, specialty Iced Teas, and inspired Frozen Custard flavors. S’macks’ Fries, a tasty crinkle cut, immediately earned “Best Fries” distinction with SRQ Magazine.

Join S’macks to celebrate its Birthday with Frozen Chosen Happy Hour from 3-5pm Monday through Friday this week, where you can make a Birthday wish and enjoy your choice of Frozen Custard, Shakes, or Concretes for half price.

Smacks Burgers & Shakes
Compliments SRQ Daily

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The Hob Nob Drive-In in Sarasota

By | July 4, 2014

Hob Nob SignThe Hob Nob is an institution in Sarasota that has been around since the 50’s. Located at the corner of Highway 301 and 17th Street, this open air diner has retained its historical charm. Lots of black and white checkerd tile and chrome seats with red vinyl. It’s a casual, friendly atmosphere and almost always bustling with activity. Recent renovations included roll down shades for rainy days and heaters for our few winter days.

Hob Nob Drive In They have all the old fashioned diner food: burgers, fries, milkshakes, etc. plus alot more. We were in the mood for hot dogs and onion rings with a cold beer after a day at the beach. This was the perfect spot! We sat at the counter and were amazed at how much food was coming out of that little kitchen. The servers are friendly and efficient. There are no frills here but it’s a fun place to stop in for a bite. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Check out the menu at http://www.hobnobdrivein.com/menus.html

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Blu Mangrove Grill in Palmetto

By | June 27, 2014

Blu Mangrove Grill

Blu Mangrove GrillBlu Mangrove Grill is located in the marina at Riviera Dunes in Palmetto just north of downtown Bradenton on the Manatee River. They are open for lunch and dinner and offer both indoor and outdoor patio seating. Even on the warmest of days the patio is comfortable with umbrella tables, fans and misters throughout.

Blu Mangrove Grill TableThe menu features smoked infused cuisine featuring hardwood grilled favorites cooked low and slow over hickory and apple wood with a selection of steak, chops, fowl and fresh seafood. In addition there is a wide variety of appetizers, soups, salads and sandwiches and even a kid’s menu. They have a full bar and regularly offer drink specials and happy hour. Service was prompt and attentive.

We are always on the lookout for a good waterfront dining spot and found this one to be really enjoyable so if you’re in the area check it out!

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

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Star Fish Company in Cortez

By | June 20, 2014

Star Fish Company

Star Fish CompanyStar Fish Company is one of the best fresh fish and seafood markets in town. Located in the quaint fishing village of Cortez, they have not only the seafood market but a dockside restaurant which we had the good fortune to visit recently.

They serve fresh Florida seafood prepared in the simplest of ways. Most items are either fried, grilled, blackened or sauteed. Sides are kept simple, too. There’s cole slaw, cheese grits and french fries. Of course, don’t forget the hush puppies! My husband and I both ordered the grouper sandwich (mine grilled, his blackened). You can tell the fish is fresh and it’s served in a paper box with their own house made tartar sauce.

star-fish-company-docksideThe view from Star’s dock is incredible. It includes mangrove islands, Jewfish Key, Longboat Key and Bradenton Beach. Add to that the local commercial fishing fleet and you’ve got one of the most scenic places found on Florida’s Gulf coast.

 

 

If you’re looking for a taste of old Florida and a really great meal check out Star Fish Company’s Dockside Restaurant.

Check out their website for more information at http://starfishcompany.com/starfishcompany/index.html

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Seventh Annual Fish Fry and Shrimp Boil June 28th

By | June 18, 2014

Low Country Shrimp Boil

Low Country Shrimp BoilOysters to the left, shrimp to the right, savory aromas of spicy andouille sausages, hearty gumbo and fried catfish along with the musical sounds of the Gumbo Boogie Band fill the air. For one night only, Lakewood Ranch Polo Grill and Bar transforms into a Cajun celebration of fresh seafood, live music and New Orleans excitement.

The Seventh Annual Spyder Broussard Low Country, East County, Fish Fry and Shrimp Boil will be held June 28 at 6:30pm. Broussard, a Louisiana native, and Chef Tommy Klauber will join forces to create a sensational buffet featuring Cajun and Creole favorites such as: Zatarain’s Boiled Shrimp with Sweet Corn and Andouille Sausage, Central Grocery Style Muffulettas, Barbecue Brisket Sliders and Crawfish Corn Dogs with Honey Mustard. Reservations required and casual attire is expected in order to laissez le bon temps roulez—let the good times roll!

Courtesy of SRQDaily

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