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princess00 Nov 27, 2011 11:54 AM

Hi Chowhounds!

We are visiting Sarasota, Fl for the first time next spring. We are staying at the Hyatt downtown and plan on spending our days on the beaches at Siesta Key or Lido Key . Can anyone recommend some tasty food that we can grab for lunch while out at the beaches? Thanks!

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    jfb1138 Jan 21, 2012 12:50 PM

    On S. Tamiami Trail, between the two roads leading to Siesta Key, is Walt's Fishmarket Restaurant. This is minimal frills and family-owned. Started out as fishermen in 1918 and opened a restaurant soon after WWII. They've had a lot of time to learn how to cook fish properly.

    They feature local fish and other seafood, but also carry 'imported' Maine lobster, cod, haddock, and sometimes yellow perch and walleye pike. The assortment is seasonal, so not everything under the sun is available at all times. Just most of the time.

    New part-owners are fancying up the menu a bit, but the core of the business is no-nonsense seafood. You can choose fried, broiled, or blackened with most fish. They'll happily prepare what they have in the case, even if it's not on the menu.

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      JohnnyGe Nov 28, 2011 01:28 PM

      If you decide to hit Siesta Key, hit Turtles at the south end of Midnight Pass Road for a bayside lunch, lovely location and great price/quality menu for lunch. Also try the Siesta Key Oyster Bar on Ocean Blvd in the village. Very busy for lunch and happy hour, lots of fun and very acceptable lunch fare. Enjoy the beaches!!

      Siesta Key Oyster Bar
      5238 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34242

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      1. re: JohnnyGe
        princess00 Nov 30, 2011 12:24 PM

        Thanks, JohhnyGe! Are both of these places within walking distance from the beach (with a 2 year old) or will we need to drive?

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          JohnnyGe Dec 1, 2011 01:41 AM

          SKOB is about 150 yards up Ocean Blvd from the smaller beach parking lot (at the foot of Ocean Blvd). And Turtles is located across from Turtles Beach, a quieter, more pleasant and just as cool beach(IMHO!) as the main Siesta Key and Crescent beach areas. Free parking at Turtles Beach as well.You and the family are gonna love the beaches and will be back, staying on the beach next time!

          1. re: JohnnyGe
            princess00 Dec 4, 2011 03:29 PM

            Thanks, JohnnyGe. We are beach lovers and are excited to see popular Florida beach spot!

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