Restaurants

The White Horse Pub in Sarasota

By | August 5, 2012

We recently visited the White Horse Pub located in the plaza with Parkway Cinema at Lockwood Ridge Road and University Parkway. While we went for their great beer selection, we found they specialize in delicious home cooked British food such as Fish & Chips, Steak & Guinness Pies and Home Smoked British Back Bacon, smoked right there on the premises! 

I decided in the spirit of the Olympics going on in London this week, that I would try one of the British dishes and ordered the Cottage Pie. This was a crock filled with ground beef, carrots, onions, peas covered with mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese. It was served piping hot and was quite good. My husband ordered their version of a BLT made with the homemade back bacon and he was pleased with his choice too. The menu has many non-British items as well and enough variety that should please anyone’s taste. 

They have a great selection of 18 draft beers and many more bottled varieties. Happy hour is every day from 3-7pm. The friendly service and cozy British pub atmosphere made for a nice evening. Next time you’re in the area check it out!

Click here for more information: The White Horse Pub

 

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Three Kitcheneers in Venice

By | August 3, 2012

Did you know that within a 20-mile radius of downtown Sarasota, there are more independently owned Florida Trend Award and Zagat top-scoring restaurants than any other area?

They call themselves the Sarasota-Manatee Originals (http://www.freshoriginals.com/). Regularly, the Three Kitcheneers visit some of “The Originals” in an area and give their favorite food and dining choices. Recently they went to Venice so check out this video of their recommendations…

Bon Appétit! 

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J.R.’s Old Packinghouse Cafe Presents The Best Cubans In Town!

By | July 9, 2012

J.R.’s Old Packinghouse Cafe

I love a good cuban; I’ve loved them for years.  I love them when they’re hot, I love them when they’re cold, I love them when they’ve been hiding behind the milk for four days and I find them in the middle of the night.

I also love good music – particularly when it’s live.

That’s why my family and I go to J.R.’s Old Packinghouse Cafe in Sarasota.  With live folk, bluegrass, or acoustic music six nights a week, it’s been my family’s go-to restaurant for as long as I can remember. The cubans are hands-down the best in Sarasota, but if you want to branch out a little, they’ve got an extensive menu of good eats.

As the name implies, it was originally an old school celery packinghouse (FYI, the only celery you can get there now comes with the wings) and it’s got that ‘it’ factor charm that only comes with age. The food is excellent and the beer is always cold.  If you and yours are looking for a down-home good time then you’re guaranteed an unforgettable experience.

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GOODBYE ANNA’S Sandwich Shop in Siesta Key Village We Will Miss You

By | May 31, 2012

It was sad to walk over to Anna’s Sandwich Shop in the Village on Siesta Key to see the yummy deli had closed over the weekend. I remember going to Anna’s, I believe, where the Daiquiri Deck is now when I was just 7 years old (I am 42 now!!)! The location then was an old wood frame house with high ceilings built in the 1920’s and was just awesome! The shop must have moved three times since then around the Village. It is hard to believe that over 41 years ago, Anna’s was born and invented the world-famous ‘Surfer Sandwich’ consisting of heaps of ham, turkey, thinly sliced cukes and Anna’s famous (never duplicated mustard/mayo mixture) sauce! YUM! Anna’s hasn’t left the key completely and is still in the Southbridge Mall near Stickney Point Rd. They also have two other locations…one near the World of Beer on University Blvd. in north Sarasota and another location on Orange Ave. near downtown. So long Village Anna’s…we’ll miss you but will see you again here in the Village…I just have a feeling….

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Waterfront Dining in Cortez

By | April 27, 2012

Last week the Sarasota Herald Tribune did a story about the fishing village of Cortez in West Bradenton. This is a small community on the east side of the Cortez Road bridge to Anna Maria Island which has been a base for commercial fishermen for many years. Since we love to find great restaurants on the water, we decided to check  it out.

There are several restaurants in the village: The Cortez Kitchen, Star Fish Company and the recently opened Swordfish Grill which we decided to try. They have a large area of outdoor seating right on the bay complete with a modified tiki bar. The menu has a good variety with an emphasis on fresh fish  as you would expect.

They bring in fresh Florida oysters from Apalachicola and have them served raw or cooked in many different ways. I’m told they raw oysters were quite good. I ordered the crabcake sandwich which was a pleasant surprise as they are made inhouse and the predominant ingredient was Crab! The fresh catch was mahi and you could order it prepared any way (grilled, blackened, fried). Marty enjoyed it grilled and served on a ciabatta bun.

They have a full bar and great selection of beer so if you’re looking for a place to spend an afternoon or evening on the water check it out. We were glad we did!

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Beach Bistro – The Finest Dining On Anna Maria Island

By | March 2, 2012

For more than 26 years, the Beach Bistro has been Anna Maria Island’s most romantic fine-dining destination. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, the scenic backdrop and spectacular sunsets make it the perfect place to celebrate special occasions or simply relax after a long day.

The Beach Bistro boasts the highest Zagat ratings for food and service in the state of Florida and is enthroned in Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Hall of Fame and has been awarded numerous Wine Spectator awards for having “one of the best wine lists in the world.”

The mission of the bistro is simple: to provide you with one of the best dining experiences that you have ever had. Offering superior service, the Beach Bistro is where fine dining, culinary excellence and a spectacular Gulf view, meet.

The Beach Bistro is located at 6600 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34218. Hours of operation are daily from 5-10 p.m. Reservations can be made by phoning 941-778-6444.

Get more information online at www.BeachBistro.com.

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New Pass Grill & Bait Shop

By | March 1, 2012

New Pass Grill & Bait Shop

Do you want the best cheeseburger in probably the whole state of Florida? We found it! It is even served in one of those old-fashioned wax paper wraps that gets good and greasy! This old-Florida (circa 1929) outdoor restaurant is window service only. The restaurant is open as early as 7AM to feed the fishermen breakfast as they head out to the Gulf through New Pass. They also serve beer and wine and doggy-dining is allowed. Their award-winning cheeseburger with a side of fries is only 7.99 and the view of the pass and New Pass bridge is second to none. They also serve hot dogs, delicious fish sandwiches, subs and more. Right next door is a full bait shop so come by car or by boat and enjoy this local eatery (and let’s try and keep it that way…) Come and relax here for breakfast or lunch on your way out to Mote Marine. You won’t be sorry! Address: 1505 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. New Pass Grill Website

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Fun Spot for a Monday Night

By | February 24, 2012

If you’re looking for something fun and casual on most Monday evenings, check out O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill on City Island right on the Bay in Sarasota. Enjoy cocktails in paradise while listening to the feel good island music of singer-songwriter Mike Sales. (5-9 p.m.) This video was recorded at O’Leary’s.

I think you’ll agree, it doesn’t get much better than this!

 

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Gecko’s Grill & Pub: Great Food, Great Spirits, Great Fun!

By | February 20, 2012

Gecko’s Grill & Pub has been a favorite for locals and tourists alike since 1992!  Whether out on your own, with your family or joining a group of friends, Gecko’s Grill & Pubs are the perfect place to relax and enjoy the camaraderie of a favorite neighborhood grill and sports bar.

Serving lunch, dinner and a complete late night menu, Gecko’s features American pub food with a gourmet twist, nightly chef’s specials and a full bar featuring 2-4-1 Happy Hour drinks ALL day EVERY day with the coldest beer and the smoothest spirits…not to mention the friendliest bar and wait staff around.

With lots of televisions and the latest satellite and sound systems to watch your favorite sporting event, Gecko’s is open 7 days a week in 5 convenient locations. For hours and locations of the Gecko’s nearest you check out www.geckosgrill.com or find them on Facebook Gecko’s Grill & Pub – Landings * Gecko’s Grill & Pub – Hillview * Gecko’s Grill & Pub – Clark Rd. * Gecko’s Grill & Pub – SR 64 * Gecko’s Grill & Pub – SR 70

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O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill at Island Park in Sarasota

By | November 5, 2011

Welcome to our waterfront tiki bar complete with a huge palm-frond covered deck and waterfront tiki bar! O’Leary’s has been around for years and is situated right on Sarasota Bay overlooking the water on Island Park in Sarasota. The restaurant is quite casual with window service only. It has waterfront picnic tables and is dog-friendly.

O’Leary’s features a guitar player (at least every time we go there) singing beach tunes. The energy and setting is great, the beer and wine is priced ok, and the food is, well, what you’d expect for window service. O’Leary’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and dinners usually run between $6-12. A pitcher of domestic beer is around $9. They have a full bar too.

We love O’Leary’s for its casual, waterfront atmosphere and because it is, unfortunately, one of the few remaining waterfront restaurants still around. Don’t forget, many people bring their dogs because it is very dog-friendly, so come and walk Island Park and settle in for some tunes at O’Leary’s, enjoy some average food and a great Sarasota waterfront lifestyle-if only for an hour or so. Oh yeah, you can come by boat as well but docking is limited and is adjacent to Enticer Watersports where they rent jet-ski’s and power boats, etc. O’Leary’s is calling your name and is located at 5 Bayfront Dr. on Island Park near Marina Jack’s in Sarasota.

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