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cabin cook Mar 23, 2009 04:56 PM

Visiting Sarasota next month. Looking for moderate priced restaurants. I prefer local spots, rather than touristy places.

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    irwin RE: cabin cook Mar 24, 2009 07:03 AM

    My Opinion:
    Yoders on Bahia Vista lunch or dinner amish cookin and very good
    DaJaVu for dinner T-S truly excellent
    El Greco on Main St for lunch or dinner
    Simons on 41 So. great--great and even better if you are a vegetarian
    Divino on Main st for Italian-best in town
    Casey Key Fish House on Blackburn Point Road in Osprey---real down to earth
    Star Fish in Cortez---a must if you like fish
    enjoy--have fun--report back---good luck
    Irwin

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      cabin cook RE: irwin Mar 24, 2009 04:03 PM

      Thanks for the great list. I will definitely report back !

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        contessa1 RE: irwin Mar 29, 2009 08:53 AM

        I love Mother Yoders!! Great food, simple ambiance, HUGE portions. Hubby loves the pies!! Everything is homemade. Service w/smile for little $.
        We'll try Divino's tonight. Can't wait.

        Contessa

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          terrylab RE: irwin Mar 29, 2009 11:46 AM

          II'm coming down for a few days with my daughter. Someone recommended The Columbia. What do you think? Thanks for your help!

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            irwin RE: terrylab Mar 29, 2009 05:48 PM

            Columbia is terrible..........
            The only good item they have is their 1905 salad....
            Next door is Cafe E'urope which is very good, or Crab & Fin across the street, but both are touristy....... Ferrari's on 41 South is also very good, and owned by a mother and son team.

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              Longboat RE: irwin Mar 31, 2009 09:17 AM

              Columbia's Sangria is also good. ;-)

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              contessa1 RE: terrylab Apr 1, 2009 05:30 AM

              I think Columbia is overrated......as well as overpriced. Try Main St., which is around the corner. Lots of great restaurants. I highly recommend Divino's Ristorante! I wrote a review here. We were there Sun. night and the service (Janine is great!) and food is fantastic!! Small, non-pretentious and freshly cooked. You'll be happy you went! Buono Appetito!!
              Contessa

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              terrylab RE: irwin Apr 21, 2009 05:54 PM

              Thanks for the advice! We made it to Yoders and DaJaVu, but kept the list near at hand. We'd have been over-and perhaps under-whelmed without this. Yoders was great fun with a waitress as dear and generous as the pies...DaJaVu was simply excellent. Thank you so very much for adding to a very fun and unexpected trip!

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                backfixr RE: terrylab Jun 13, 2009 05:07 AM

                Based on this thread, my husband and I went to Deja Vu last night for dinner. It was excellent. Being off season, there were only a couple of tables occupied and it made for a wonderful fun evening. At one point, nearly all tables and the owner were conversing!! The food can be made to order with any ingredients removed/added etc. The freshness came through in every dish. We will be back. Thanks Chowhounds.

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                  Mother of four RE: backfixr Jun 14, 2009 04:01 PM

                  Glad that you liked it, as we want to keep the restaurant in business!! Nice people, seat you when you have a reservation, and last but not least very good food!

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              gfr1111 RE: cabin cook Mar 29, 2009 10:25 AM

              Try Cafe Baci on 301/41 for Northern Italian. It's a little south of Bee Ridge Road. Try Big Sugar at 1900 Hillview Street, the east-west street just south of Sarasota Memorial Hospital for good Carribean/Floribean/Latin-American food. Cafe Baci has been around for a long time. Big Sugar is relatively new.

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                Mother of four RE: gfr1111 Apr 4, 2009 03:03 PM

                We went to Big Sugar last night, and the food was wonderful. They had a lot of Tabas, which looked fantastic (at least the presentation was gorgeous), but all four of us ordered fish. Mine was the sea bass, Yummmm!!! Pass on the dessert though! We got there at about 7:30 and they had a guy with a great voice singing, but by the time we left, at 9:30, a different group came on and the music was sooo loud that we couldn't wait to leave!!! Check out what groups are playing, and at what time!!

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                contessa1 RE: cabin cook Apr 1, 2009 05:33 AM

                Forgot to mention another good one! The Island Grill on University. It's in the Mall w/Home Depot/Bell's outlet. Don't be fooled, this isn't a Mall restaurant. It's a classy restaurant with delicious food. A beautiful ambiance. I'd noticed a change in the prices, too, LOWER!! Who'd heard of lowering the prices?? The specials are always great, but the regular menu is fantastic! We dine there every time we visit.
                Contessa

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                  PamelaForce RE: contessa1 Jul 1, 2009 03:38 PM

                  Island Grill is not in the plaza with Home Depot and Beall's (that's on SR-70) It's in the Plaza across the street from Target and next to BJ's, Lee Roy Selmon's and there actually is a Beall's, near there. It is a nice ambience, although I haven't eaten there, and have heard rumors that they are closed.

                  A place I really like is Pegasus for Greek food off Bee Ridge near Tuttle. Really great Chicken Souvlaki. For Mexican we really like Mi Pueblo. Michael's on East is really good for a special occasion, great presentations and great taste.

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                    pitzn RE: PamelaForce Feb 4, 2010 10:19 AM

                    Island Time has gone out of business

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