Heading to Sarasota and outlying KEYS Dec 14-18th 2011..suggestions please
We love to eat where the locals love to eat...in other words, good food, seafood, french, latin,whatever....in good fun casual places and/or great sunsets, fun times to just relax and enjoy......we are friendly people and love the same. Grew up on the Chesapeake and Atlantic and later on the gulf, with a grandfather in the seafood business, so admire good seafood. Hope to find your delicious stone crab claws for lunch or dinner many times over while there..and just relax.
A good watering hole for an afternoon cocktail or a nice setset is also enjoyed, and if a place requires a pair of slacks or something like that, then we are not opposed either. Please guide us and
thanks in advance from Atlanta to Sarasota and beyond......
Love Ophelia's on the Bay on Siesta Key for a special night out and fantastic food. I hear they do a happy hour now sometime around 4-6 too. Last season, did the Sunday bruch. Fabulous! and a great value, too. The setting is hard to beat with an awesome waterfront view of a bird sanctuary. I never miss it when in the area.
Star fish dockside, (outside dining only) Cortez Owned by the A.P. Bell Wholesale Fish House, next door, watch the commercial fishing boats unload. Stone Crabs are in season!!!
As M'O 4 wrote Eat Here Sarasota Main Stree, also good food,t a little rushed in the service, new, always crowded, no reservations, good bar & terrace upstairs.
The Best Bolognese food anywhere outside of Emelia Romagna, Bologna Cafe, reservations necessary, unique, moderate to expensive, a true dining experience. Very accomodating service and friendly owners, Barbara and Claudio.
Pho Cali, Vietnamese Noodle Shop, Main Street Sarasota. Excellent Pho, noodle dishes, Duck, vegetarian dishes, various flavors in Bubble Tea, seafood, chicken, beef, pork etc. everything made to order seconds before it arrives at your table. Very inexpensive, lunch and dinner, no reservations.Stand in line if you arrive for earlyish dinner!
New Breakfast place, Sarasota one block past fruitville road on tamiami trail N.toasted mango owned by 2 young ladies who really know the local breakfast and lunch biz.
Toasted Mango, homemade corned beef Hash, Eggs bennie, Mango butter served, great on pancakes! other usual suspects for breakfast, good coffee, slow cooked oatmeal, homemade muffins & cinnamon buns, daily specials Breakfast and Lunch daily.
My two cents worth:
Phillippi Creek for relaxed atmosphere and good value seafood in Sarasota
Siesta Key Oyster Bar on Main street in the Key for fun lunch menu and great service.
Phillippi Creek Village Oyster Bar
5353 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34231
Siesta Key Oyster Bar
5238 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34242
Phillippe Creek definitely a tourist place. Wouldn't touch it in tourist season with a ten foot pole.
Just was at Casey Key Fish House last night, empty, and had delicious Almond crusted Snapper, but again wouldn't go near it starting in Jan Don't do 45-1 hour waits for any restaurant. Just not my bag, actually haven't found a restaurant yet that is worth that kind of wait....if they are they usually take reservations.
For fish that is very fresh Capt Brian's; no atmosphere, alot of ,"very", senior citizens, closes early, fish store in restuarant has a limited selection but mostly everything is very fresh Go there only for the food. Usually has house Alderwood smoked salmon, good Fish stew, lobster special is a 2lb Maine lobster shipped in every few days with salad bar and veg around
$24.00/26.00. Excellent Grouper sandwich for lunch, steamed mussels etc.
re: Mother of four
Mo'4....... Went to Capt. Brian's to order my "goods" to make the Christmas Eve "Night of 7 Fishes Feast", it is a real trip when you pick up on Christmas Eve and you see all the folks discussing their fav preparations while they wait to pick up their sometimes huge orders!!!