First visit to Sarasota and Tampa
I am visiting Sarasota this coming spring and am so excited! It's my first time going there so I was wondering if there were any suggestions for awesome restaurants. I'm from Canada, so any good chain restaurants would also be a great help :)
Also, I might go to Tampa for a day or two, so any suggestions for restaurants there would be appreciated.
My advice- Avoid most chains. See what the area really has to offer as far as mom & pop spots and explore some excellent ethnic food, if you search the boards you'll find that the members on here have visited some really excellent places. Where in Tampa will you be? Downtown? North Tampa? It's pretty spread out. In Sarasota I haven't been too many places, but I really enjoyed L'Europe in St Armands Circle, and Beach Bistro on Long Boat Key. I've heard both great and bad things about LAN.
6600 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
If you like wine and steak, Tampa has a world class spot. Was there last night. Bern's, may be best wine list in world, and the steak is perfect as well. Also reasonably priced.
Thank you all for your suggestions :) Much appreciated! As for where in Tampa I would be, I'm not sure yet. I haven't planned that much yet!
Cafe L'Europe on St. Armand's Circle is a wonderful place to enjoy an al fresco spring lunch while watching the worldl go by. The lobster bisque is insane. I have no idea why you would actively seek out chains, though. I avoid them like the plague...you can do much better.
Do you want to see Tampa for any particular reason? I think St. Petersburg (both the beach area and downtown) are much nicer and more interesting.