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Jan 17, 2004 11:47 AM

Venice,Nokomis,Osprey, Fl suggestions

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We will be spending February and March in Nokomis and are looking for info on dining spots. I did a search and found very little info except a recent post on Pelican Alley. Sounds good but I need a lot more for two months. Please help.... good and bad info. Only places in which I am not interested are those requiring a necktie or a knowledge of the French language. Thanks.

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  1. Avoid the Saltwater Cafe at all cost. A rubber steak along with lousy gin martinis and wilted salad are the reasons.

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    1. re: Joe

      Thanks,Joe....What's good?

      1. re: Roy

        The Bonefish Grill is decent but that is several miles north on 41 of where you want to be. The Columbia on St.Armand has reasonable food but that is really far out of your way.

    2. Casey Key Fish House on Blackburn Point Rd is a dump, I will admit to going, seeing it and driving up the road to Philippi Creek Oyster Bar instead. Later, I was told they really have good food. Anyone have first hand knowledge of this place? When you get that far up the Trail(Osprey) you might as well go on to south Sarasota where they are so many restaurants.

      There is also the Crow's Nest in Venice.

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      1. re: nj

        The Crow's Nest is mediocre.

        1. re: nj

          The Crow's Nest is mediocre.

          1. re: nj

            The Crow's Nest is mediocre.

            1. re: nj

              As the person that started this thread I have to tell you that you are very mistaken regarding the Casey Key Fish House. It was one of the first places we went after arriving in the area and yes, it's not white tablecloth but the food is great, service great, laid back ambiance on the intercoastal also great. Philippi Creek is ok but previous visits were too much production line service by rude waiters who want you to order, eat, leave your tip and get out.

              1. re: nj

                YOU MISSED some of THE BEST FOOD IN TOWN! THE STAFF IS GREAT AND FRIENDLY. THE DINNER MENU OFFERS THE BEST TUNA AROUND. TOO BAD YOU THOUGHT IT TO BE A DUMP...BIG MISTAKE...It may not be fancy but Casey Key Fishhouse is a true of the FEW remaining EXCELLENT casual seafood restaurants in Sarasota on the water.

                1. re: ny

                  Swordfish is wonderful, and their Shrimp Scampi is to die for!!

                2. re: nj

                  Casey Key Fish house has great food! Their chef Willie is very good, and even when he's not there he has the other chefs trained well. Very informal, in fact I have seen shirts over swim trunk, as boats are docked there. Don't worry about ties and french language here,not happening! Venice and the Nokimos area don't really have much in the way of good restaurants, but you are so close to Siesta Key and 41. Like a small resturant on Gulf Gate Drive called Deja Vu, nearby on 41 is a tapas restaurant called Petrella Brothers, also has great pizza if you like it thin and crisp. Stonewood on Stickney Point is good, along with Cafe Gabbiano on Siesta Key. Mattison's just opened a new restaurant on 41, think it's called Mattison 41 Grill, which is very good. You can get anything there from a regular meal to light fare. I guess I could go on and on, but that should get you going!

                3. marker 4 is good basic fried seafood on the water.good grouper sandwich to be had at some little place on hiway to englewood.i believe the name is the same as the road number

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                  1. re: fast250duck

                    regarding the "little place on the road to englewood"...the best grouper sandwich in the area....along with the best homemade soups..crab...beans and greens...
                    black bean...clam chowder with a side of fresh homemade corn bread can be had at "original barnacle bill's" on placida road (aka route 775) at its intersection with san casa

                  2. Let's be clear. The food here sucks. Bad. I live here. I know. That said, here are my choices:

                    1) Briandi's - Only unequivocal recommendation. Wonderful, cheap, homey, great food.
                    2) Casey Key Fish House - Very good food, not a dump.
                    3) Marker 4 -- good, reliable, nice deck on the intercoastal
                    4) Pit Beef stand on US 41 between Laurel and Albee - good stuff, cheap. lunch only.
                    5) Left Coast Seafood, big place, big menu, not on the water, good food, good value.
                    6) Rosebud's -- Classy, semi pricey, still worth it, food is good
                    7) Pops Sunset Grill -- Hit or Miss, Mostly miss.
                    8) Captain Eddies -- well, the smoked fish dip is good
                    9) Pelican Alley -- used to totally suck, I hear it might be better now
                    10) Anitas -- Ordered espresso -- It was the instant powdered variety.
                    11) Saltwater Cafe -- avoid at all cost. Cold lobster, no silverware, crap service, overpriced and on and on. Tried 3 times, never had a good meal. Don't know anyone who ever had a good meal there. "Chef" has local cable access cooking show. Yuck!

                    Also I hear the Curry Cafe may be good. If you go to Sarasota, Englewood, Venice you can find some ok places. The Alpine Steakhouse in Sarasota was on the Food Channel for its Terducken.

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                    1. re: fotogreg

                      Phillipi Creek should be out of business. Food, service, attitude, food thrown at you, etc makes it the worst in Sarasota. Bonefish is very good.

                      1. re: irwin

                        I couldn't agree more regarding Phillipi Creek. Not sure if it's the worst in Sarasota but it's definitely in the running.
                        Other places I enjoy in the Osprey area are Beckham's Osprey Grille in the Southbay Shopping Center on 41 at Blackburn Point Rd. Reasonably priced, fairly small, American menu in newly renovated (2006) building. Good service, good food and a choice of dining in or out on a side patio adjacent to one of two bars.
                        One mile north of Blackburn Point Rd on 41 down a little side road on the west side is the Spanish Pointe Marina. It's a little bar with an outside window where you order and pick up the standard pub grub (mushroom burgers are great and the hotdogs not bad for Florida). Service at the window can be slow based on past visits but it's a pleasant place to sit and hang out and you can get your drinks before waiting for the food to be ready. It's about the only place on the Intracoastal between Venice and Sarasota where you can always get dock space for your small boat while you eat. Will probably be developed into a few condo's as soon as real estate crawls out of the sewer but it's fun now.
                        Lastly, a recommendation for a little breakfast/lunch place called Scrambles just north of Blackburn Point Rd (west side). Nothing out of the ordinary but they do a very good job with breakfasts. Usually a wait on Sunday mornings as it's right near the large local Catholic church.

                        1. re: cheshirecat

                          Have you read the newspaper lately? Now they are talking about getting rid of Spanish Point, where it is on the water, building condos, making some kind of walking park along the water, and moving the restaurant to 41!! Unreal, just like we need more condos! Soon there will no place in Sarasota to get a meal by the water; and a cheap one??? Forget it!

                    2. Ophelia's Pasta House on 41 in Nokomis/Osprey is excellent...they have a bread pudding dessert that will knock your sox's enough for two and inexpensive to boot.