Fine dining 60 minutes from Venice?
I love the outdoorsy places where the birds perch on the railings, but we will be on vacation in Venice during our anniversary and want something a bit 'more'.
I've tried reading but am overwhelmed with the divergent opinions on the white tablecloth places in Sarasota and Longboat Key, etc.
Are there any consistently excellent places (American cuisine preferred) that serve up slightly fancy food without an attitude 60 minutes north or south of Venice?
Euphemia Haye and Michael's on East seemed good, but opinions vary widely.
I thought Bern's Steakhouse in Tampa was 'it', but their prices are astonishing.