Restaurants

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: http://www.bestfood.com/restaurant/

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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.  www.francescospizzasarasota.com

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Arts & Eats – A Must-Try in Bradenton’s Village of the Arts

By | November 1, 2012

For those of you constantly on the look-out for new, interesting and delectable dining experiences, Arts & Eats, a renovated 1925 bungalow in Bradenton’s  quaint Village of the Arts district should rank high on your “must try” list.

Owners Donna & Chef Jim impressed from the moment we were seated during their recent opening weekend.  We started our evening with Chef Jim’s Original Flatbreads served with Peppadew Hummus which was amazing.  Their diverse menu is impeccably prepared…the vibe is casual, yet elegant and features live music including the occasional impromptu jam with special appearances by Chef Jim.  Wednesdays are Open Mic nights from 7-9 with musical instruments available!

Arts & Eats is open Wednesday thru Saturday 12-8 and is located at 1114 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205.  Visit them on the web at http://artsandeatsfl.com/

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Gecko’s Grill & Pub in Sarasota

By | October 25, 2012

Gecko’s is easily my favorite restaurant! You always know that what you order will be good and correct and the staff and service are excellent.

Gecko’s was established in 1992 and has expanded to 5 total locations in Sarasota and Bradenton. Their website claims (and I can confirm most of them) that “Gecko’s has been consistently awarded and honored with “Best of The Best” awards, including Best Happy Hour, Best Sports Bar, Best Burger, Best Take Away, Coldest Beer, Best Lunch, Taste of Sarasota
People’s Choice Awards, Best Entrée, Best Appetizers … and more!”

My favorite night is Wednesday $5 Burger Night at The Sarasota Landing’s and also the Braden River Plaza locations…a huge 1/2 lb. burger with many toppings to choose from for only 5 bucks! All Gecko’s have a full liquor bar with awesome craft beers and excellent happy hour specials! If you go (and you won’t regret it) consider the Ultimate Chicken Sandwich and my new favorite, the Pot Roast Sandwich with homemade chips! Visit their website for locations and menu listings: Gecko’s Grill & Pub

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Crows Nest Restaurant, Marina and Tavern

By | October 23, 2012

The ever popular Crow’s Nest has been a “must go” waterfront landmark restaurant in Venice since 1976. It’s situated along the Venice Inlet on Tarpon Center Drive and a short distance walk to the South Venice Jetty where you can enjoy a nice stroll after lunch or dinner.  

Best known for their fresh caught high quality seafood, choice steaks, chops, pastas, homemade sauces, they also have an unbelievable wine list of nearly 1000 selections. Most notably my favorite dinner entrée is the “Gunther Gebel-Williams Filet Mignon” always perfectly prepared to taste and secondly, the Grouper “Key Largo”. 

The restaurant is really neat because it offers two dining options: The first level is your comfy, casual, wood paneled Tavern atmosphere to enjoy sandwiches, raw bar favorites and famous “one way salad” and/or a late night snack with Friday and Saturday nights offering a variety of live music.  On the second floor, is your more romantic, elegant, upscale dining room opening up to panoramic views of the Intracoastal Waterway along with spectacular sunset views from your table on those clear sky evenings.  It’s also known as a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence Recipient since 1994 and voted “Venice’s Best All Around Restaurant” by local newspapers.  

In addition to the Restaurant, the adjoining Marina offers boat slips, electric boat and kayak rentals.  For more information visit: www.crowsnest-venice.com

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O’Learys Tiki Bar and Grill

By | September 19, 2012

Looking for a cool little spot to hang out on the water, have some cocktails and take in the scenery. Then head to O’Leary’s Tiki Bar and Grill, one of Sarasota’s favorite watering holes.

Located on the bay in one of Sarasota’s hidden treasures, the Bay Front Park, O’Leary’s offers a fun and casual atmosphere where you can kick back and relax under the big Tiki Hut. Enjoy the sounds of Jimmy Buffett like music as you sip on a tropical drink and watch the dolphins play. O’Leary’s delivers a light menu, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner on picnic tables. Air conditioned indoor seating is also available.

Come by land or by sea and make use of the day dock. Your four legged friends are welcome too and the view alone is worth the visit!
Hours of Operation – Sunday thru Thursday 8am to 9pm, Fridays and Saturdays 8am to 10pm.
O’Learys Bar and Grill
5 Bay Front Drive
Sarasota, FL 34236

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Columbia Restaurant on St. Armands Circle

By | September 11, 2012

The Columbia Restaurant on St. Armands Circle in Lido Key is the oldest restaurant in Sarasota, open since 1959. I’m happy to report that it’s still just as great as it was when I first visited in 1976!

It’s hard to beat their Cuban sandwich, black bean soup and delicious sangria but they do have many other delicious things on the menu. Their specialty is authentic Spanish and Cuban cuisine featuring Paella “a la Valenciana,” Snapper “Alicante,” Pompano en Papillot and Filet Mignon “Chacho”. The 1905 salad is a popular choice and all the meals are preceeded with fresh, warm Cuban bread.

The Columbia has a great atmosphere with tables in a Mediterranean style dining room or the outdoor patio great for people watching. Service is always attentive. If you have never been to the Columbia or it’s been awhile, I highly recommend it.

Check them out at their website.

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