Smack Restaurant in Sarasota

By | May 2, 2013


Today, at the corner of Osprey Avenue and Main Street, the Sun Trust Bank rises above where once stood Sarasota’s favorite drive-in burger spot; the Smack Restaurant.

Many a teenager cruised through there in their hot rods, businessmen had lunch there, singles met, and families came in for the great prices. Anyone for a giant Smackburger?

Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive!

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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
Open: 11am – 10pm

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The Oaks BBQ in Sarasota

By | February 7, 2013

oaks-open-pit-bbqThe first time I visited Sarasota back in 1976 we had lunch at The Oaks Open Pit BBQ on Tamiami Trail. It was really good BBQ back then and when my husband and I went for lunch on Saturday, we found that it still is! There is nothing fancy about the building or decor. The walls are decorated with various animals including a wild boar, water buffalo and alligator to name a few. There are about 15 tables and counter service and all the staff is super friendly. There is a walk-up window if you just want to get an order to go and they offer catering as well.

They are located just north of Stickney Point on Tamiami Trail which is a great location whether you’re in Sarasota or out on Siesta Key.

So the next time you have a craving for BBQ head on over to The Oaks…you’ll be glad you did!

For more information visit their website.

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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:

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


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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:

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The BeachHouse Restaurant on Anna Maria

By | November 16, 2012

Looking for something to do this week?  How about some beachfront dining? 

Imagine cold drinks, great food and a  sunset with your toes in the sand.

The Three Kitcheneers visit The BeachHouse on Anna Maria Island.  Watch their video here:

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Holiday Events at Stonewood Grill

By | November 8, 2012

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Indigenous Restaurant

By | November 6, 2012

I must admit my curiosity and palate sparked some interest when I read Indigenous’ Mission Statement “Seasonal American food inspired by our Passions for food, our Planet and the Community…” The dining experience did not disappoint…but rather far exceeded expectations!

Located in historic Towles Court district, downtown Sarasota, the cuisine, relaxing, yet decidedly upscale atomosphere; dining inside or outside (you decide) and impeccabble service, guarantees a memorable experience.

I’ve gotta give Indigenous 5 STARS!

For more information, photographs, videos and menu review visit their website Indigenous or call 941/706-4740.

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Francesco’s Ristorante and Pizzeria

By | November 2, 2012

Looking for a quaint little Italian Restaurant – try one of my favorites,  Francesco’s, tucked back in the southeast corner of the plaza at the intersection of Webber and Beneva.  Although it markets itself as a “NY Style Ristorante and Pizzeria”, as far as my taste buds are concerned the owners could also have come straight from Boston’s North End.

Growing up just outside of Boston, we had access to some of the best Italian food.  Scattered through out  Boston’s North End, were lots of little hole in the wall Italian eateries – many of them right in the owners’ basement with only a few tables and no liquor license.  It was not uncommon for patrons to bring their own bottle of wine and there were no “uncorking” fees!  When my husband and I first discovered Francesco’s, it reminded me so much of the North End restaurants.   I don’t think there were more than 8 tables in the place.  A few years ago they expanded and added a few more tables.  But don’t worry, it is still small and quaint. 

There is no need to bring your own bottle  as they do serve wine as well as beer.  My all time favorite dish there is the Baked Gondola and my husband always leans toward their grouper dish.  The portions are a nice size too.  Never one to be known for my small appetite, I have yet to finish off their  Gondola dish (served with side of pasta) at one sitting.  One thing though….when you go to Francesco’s do not be in a hurry.  They  prepare their dishes fresh – no precooking or reheating.  When your dinner arrives at your table it is steaming hot from the oven and not the microwave kind.  I spoke to Frank (Francesco, the owner) the other day.  He said to mention this blog and receive a free glass of wine.  Buen appetit!

Visit Francesco’s at 3662 Webber Street, Sarasota, Fl 34232.

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