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Moving to Nokomis!

This month we will be moving from Ohio to our newly purchased retirement home in Nokomis. Any good suggestions for fresh seafood, as well as Thai restaurants, in Nokomis, Sarasota or Venice? Thanks.

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  1. Don't think you'll be doing a lot of fine dining Nokomis.........


    1. Nokomis is close to Sarasota and there are lots of restaurants there that are Chowish. Venice and Nokomis are more likely to have Hungry Howies pizza as their number 4 pick (that is tripadvisors rating...LOL). I went to trip advisor to refresh my memory on a little fish dive on the intracoastal in Nokomis, but I could not find it. We'll push this up the list so maybe someone will see it.

      1. I've been here from NY for just under 2 years. It's true that the local choices are limited, but there are a few good spots. Several of the ethnic restaurants, well most of them, are way too americanized - better for tourists who've never tasted more authentic cusine. Best Thai around is on the 41 Bypass, Dara Thai. You can google that name and "Venice", it's quite close by. Fish - well I'd skip Captain Eddies. I think LilMs might be thinking of Marker 4? Or for fancier, Crow's Nest. I like Left Coast Seafood, also on the Bypass. Most of the seafood places you'll find around here specialize in fried, and don't quite get it right when they try to imitate New England style. Fish markets - you can often do quite well at the local supermarkets. Publix in Venice Commons (when Amy is working!), also for cheap stuff - rock bottom prices on shrimp, the 3 day weekend sales at Albertsons at Center Road. Lots of the little hole in the wall seafood restaurants also have a fish market attached. Many people consider the best to be Walt's, on 41 at the bottom of Sarasota - about a 15 or 20 minute drive. Good for a stop when you're up there picking up some home furnishings. Also a decent Japanese place in that area, Taste of Tokyo.

        I'll post more if other things come to mind. It would be far easier to post a list of "must avoids" though, believe me. And I'm pretty tolerant!

        It will be interesting to compare notes on our discoveries once you're down here. Funny if it turns out that we're neighbors, I'm just off Laurel Road.

        Good luck with your move and enjoy the transition!


        1. Oh yeah, and if you're looking for classic red Italian, Briandi's - also on 41, heck just about everything's on 41 around here. Anyway it's a hole in the wall owned by an old circus family, interesting memorabilia as decor. Luna on the island, Venice, is just okay - very loud, something of a production. It's like a chain restaurant that isn't a chain. A lot of people I know have said that this Italian place is great, Cassariano Italian Eatery, on Venice Avenue on the island. I haven't been there yet. They opened a new place called Fresca's recently, and I was there 2 weeks ago. Terrible.

          Sorry for the scattershot posts. I was just at the store, my Publix fish counter, and thinking of what else I could post. I still haven't found GOOD chinese locally. And that's a real drag.


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          1. re: MarkB1000

            Mark is Fresca's on Tampa across from the Venice Theater? I had heard that the newish Italian place in that location was great, but haven't gone, so I'm curious.

            1. re: backfixr

              I think the place you are thinking of on Tampa nearly opposite the Little Theater is called Scamotz. It's been open about a year now. Best pizza I have had in Florida by far, and many other Italian dishes.

              1. re: Scargoe

                Yes, it is Scamotz. Ate there for the first time two weeks ago and the pizza was sensational. What a great little gem. I sure hope it lasts. I still don't know Fresca's is located.

          2. Sharkies is always a good pic. It's on Venice beach. Beautiful pier. Great seafood. Always packed when I've been there.

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            1. re: mmuch

              I'll agree that Dara Thai is very good. Curry Creek Cafe is in Nokomis and I have had a number of good meals there. Not necessarily thai or seafood, but good. Very good crabcakes!

              The other posters are right, good seafood restaurants are hard to come by. I hate to suggest a chain, but we have had very good meals at Bonefish Grill in Sarasota.

              Pacific Rim is good, fun, lively and with a variety of dishes, including Thai. They are in mid-Sarasota.

              We relocated to the Venice/Englewood area from San Francisco almost 20 yrs. ago. Believe me your choices are much better now than they were back then.

              Have fun. You'll really love living here when February rolls around.

            2. Can't believe no one noted the Casey Key Fish House, right in your new backyard. It's worth the drive from Sarasota!

              1. The best Thai I have found is Thailand Sushi and Steakhouse on Gulf Gate Dr in Sarasota which is a right off 41 heading north just south of Stickney Point Rd. Beckhams Osprey Grill in Osprey on 41 s/b in a mostly empty shopping center just south of Blackburn Point Rd is mostly seafood but a pleasant place to dine with a British flavor. Casey Key Fish House on Blackburn Point Rd is an old Florida fish joint and right on the Intracoastal. Simple fish fare and very good.
                Somewhat along the same theme is Pop's Tropicicgrill right on the Intracoastal in Nokomis. Great views and soso food. It's right next to the obscene huge boat storage sheds right off Albee Rd just before the drawbridge. Also there is Pelican Alley which I personally would skip.

                1. I'm also a (part-time) Nokomis resident, living at the Venetian Golf and River Club. My favorites are Curry Creek Cafe, Scamotz (terrific salad and pizza) , Crow's Nest and Cafe Venice -- great roast duck (on Venice Ave.). I agree with most of the others that the food here leaves much to be desired. They're behind the times: seafood places specialize in fried fish and very basic preparations. Sharkey's is a touristy place -- fun, but ok food. The thing I miss most down here is good Chinese food. When I asked for brown rice at one place, they thought I meant fried rice. Other places don't even have brown rice. The Chinese food is in a time warp. There's also no good Indian places I've found -- there's one in a shopping center on Clark Rd. but it's not very good. Take a drive to Sarasota for better food choices.

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                  1. Casey Key Fish House is our favorite and "default" where-to-go place. It's informal place located on the water and a favorite of locals and snow birds. Fresh, well prepared fish and shell fish dishes, friendly service and reasonable prices. Oh, and the burgers are terrific, too!

                    If you'e traveling to Sarasota I highly recommend Zoria's.

                    1. Walts Fish Market & Seafood Restaurant on Tamiami Trail just south of Bee Ridge in Sarasota (west side of the road). Dara Thai on the Trail in South Venice between Seminole & Alligator.

                      1. I just discovered chowhound, however, I am a native of Florida (4th generation of the Blackburn family), although I don't live in FL at the moment, I visit often and can highly recommend Captain Eddie's for seafood, now them personally and they have always served great food, just be prepared to eat off of paper plates. Athena's on Miami Ave in Venice is a fantastic place for breakfast and the Venice Cafe is great for lunch, need to try the grilled romaine salad. Hope you enjoy your new home in Nokomis, it is a great town!

                        1. Hope you have relocated and found some places you enjoy. I live in Nokomis and it's true, there aren't very many good restaurants around, but there are a few. In Venice I'd recommend Bushido's sushi on W. Venice Ave, The Crow's Nest (probably the nicest restaurant in the area, in my opinion), Scamotz for pizza, and the Gold Rush Barbecue on the island for burgers and bbq. In Nokomis, Curry Creek Cafe and Briandi's are both very good. Captain Eddie's I find is better for buying fresh fish than for eating because I'm not big on fried food or bland baked fish, but I do love their smoked mullet which they smoke on site. They just expanded the restaurant and opened a tiki bar in the back, and it's fun to eat a smoked mullet and drink a draft out there on a balmy evening. If you like more interesting seafood dishes, try the Casey Key Fish House on Blackburn Point Rd. in Osprey. There's also a decent Thai restaurant in Bird Bay Plaza on US 41 bypass (Thai Spice, I think it's name is), and Dara Thai on US 41 bypass in Venice is also good, as is the Mexican restaurant Mi Pueblo, also on the US 41 bypass in Venice.

                          1. Scamotz - best pizza hands down. Try the white pie with fresh tomato, basil and roast red peppers.