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Need Recs for Englewood Florida

daisygirl Nov 29, 2006 07:50 PM

Hi Folks,

Philly chowhound here asking for recommendations for fine dining in or around Englewood Florida. My in-laws are snow birds and we would like to give them a gift cert. to a restaurant they may not have tried. They are typically shorts and sandals type diners. I'd like to find something nice in their area (not asian, though). I was hoping to spend around $50 per person. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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  1. Covert Ops RE: daisygirl Nov 29, 2006 08:39 PM

    Mapquest tells me there are two Englewoods in Florida -- one in the northeast by Jacksonville, the other southwest by Sarasota. Please let us know which one, and how far you think they'd be willing to drive. (Driving in Florida is a lot different than up north -- I remember when I lived in Jersey, an hour and a half down the shore seemed endless, while here I wouldn't think to cross 3 big counties just for a shopping trip.)

    Also, I'm a bit confused -- do you want a "fine dining" place, or "shorts and sandals"?

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      daisygirl RE: daisygirl Nov 30, 2006 08:14 PM

      Southwest, near Sarasota.. They typically eat at informal, casual places - I am hoping to find something different, that they probably have not tried - I am looking for a more formal dining experience. Sorry for the confusion. Thanks for asking for the clarification. An hour drive would be fine.

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        tony noriega RE: daisygirl Dec 1, 2006 10:30 PM

        It's been a while but a place called The Lock and Key on Manasota Key (Englewood's barrier island beach) had consistently good food, and good drinks. From the front door you can hear the surf from the Gulf.

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        foodiegrl1 RE: daisygirl Dec 2, 2006 09:05 PM

        Try The Perfect Caper in Punta Gorda, not far from Englewood

        1. sixelagogo RE: daisygirl Jan 13, 2007 11:47 AM

          Barnicle Bills. Great menu, decent prices, and supergrouper.

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            lexpatti RE: daisygirl Jan 13, 2007 09:07 PM

            Everyone anywhere near Englewood has to be going to Barnicle Bills on a regular basis. :-) If there is Bonefish Grill in that area, it's a very nice upscale chain.


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              jgiler RE: daisygirl May 3, 2007 07:49 AM

              The Lock and Key is a landmark and great choice. Here are a few more: The Gulfview Grill, right next door to the lock and key with outstanding views of the Gulf while you are dining. Then there is Farlows. It is on on the water, but not a great view. However, excellent food and beautiful setting. Very tropical for its location on 776.
              Can't go wrong. Or, Sharky's in Venice. Directly on the Gulf of Mexico. You can eat indoors (more formal) or outdoors on the deck. They always have entertainment too.

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