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Sarasota/Venice Florida Restaurants

I agree with Indigenous and Social!! I would also add Owens Fish Camp.

Aug 19, 2015
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Tampa or St. Petes - Unique spots likely to be open on Thanksgiving

I just had a good meal at Annata Wine Bar in St. Pete. It is owned by the same people that own Mazzaro's Italian Market (another place you have to check out). It is all small plates, cheeses and charcuterie. Everything was great! Try the bone marrow!

Oct 30, 2014
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Sarasota to Crystal stops to eat?

Try Jose's Real Cuban in Bradenton. It's definitely "homey" but the food is good. Try their signature cuban roast pork…‎

Jan 18, 2014
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Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar in Sarasota

You might want to try Louie's Modern. It's a really cool looking place, with a good vibe. I'd go for drinks and apps. Main course was just ok.

Sep 10, 2013
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Zucchini Flowers Tampa Bay

I have seen them at Mazzaro's but I dont know if they have them now. Maybe call first to check.

Sep 10, 2013
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Any restaurants worth trying in Sarasota/Bradenton?

gfr1111 gave you a good list, and i have a couple more i would add...

Owens Fish Camp- seafood
Indigenous- locally sourced and sustainable but delicious too!!!
Louies Modern- a new cool looking place for a cocktail. Food is good, not great, good.

Derek's that was mentioned is great, but last I heard is not opening back up in Bradenton until later in the Fall.

Aug 10, 2013
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Bradenton/LBK/Sarasota ethnic recommendations.

Jose's Real Cuban in Bradenton. It was featured in Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. It is a true Dive!! But the food is good.

Pho Cali on Main Street in Sarasota is great Vietnamese.

Tandoor Indian on University (in Cooper Creek Plaza) is very good. They do a lunch buffet and regular dinners.


Jun 20, 2013
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best sarasota restaurants

have you tried Louie's Modern yet?

Jun 19, 2013
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Bizarre eats in Tampa, St. Pete, Plant City, Orlando, Sarasota or just Florida

The Linger Lodge in Bradenton has been featured on the Food Network as having being one of the "Top 5 Weirdest Resaurants". It serves old Florida style food like Gator Bites and Frogs Legs.

Jun 13, 2013
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Palmetto,Close to Bradenton

A favorite of mine just closed in Sarasota and is re-opening in Bradenton (although I dont know exactly when). Its called Derek's... so be on the look out!

Apr 25, 2013
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Siesta Key

I love The Lobster Pot on Siesta Key. Their blackened fish sandwich is amazing!
A short distance off Siesta Key in Gulfgate is a craft beer bar named Mr. Beery's. Very unique and interesting beer on over 25 draft lines!

Apr 20, 2013
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best sarasota restaurants

Try Indigenous for its seasonal food. Its really fresh and delicious.
Try Vizen if you like sushi.
Owens Fish Camp is good for seafood, but beware of the wait!! No reservations!!
Enjoy :)

Apr 02, 2013
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Ooh La La

So glad to hear Theresa will still be involved. I saw the notice on the doors the other day too, but thought someone bought the place and was keeping the name without her. Knowing that she'll be there makes me excited to go back.

Mar 24, 2013
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Florida restaurant reviews and Trip advisor

One warning about Yelp...
The Ritz Carlton in Sarasota just went through a major restaurant re-haul. Yelp and The Ritz invited their top local contributors to a free soft opening. All of the yelp reviews were overwhelmingly positive (why not.. they were pampered and fed for free!) yet when I went with my husband we were less than impressed.
It almost seemed like The Ritz "bought" a bunch of good reviews...

Mar 03, 2013
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Lunch in Siesta Key?

Try The Lobster Pot- Great Mahi sandwich, great fried clams, peel and eat shrimp, and good lobster roll.

Feb 19, 2013
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Where's Your Favorite Place to Eat in Sarasota?

Two of my favs are Indigenous (American) and Vizen (sushi).

Jan 25, 2013
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Back in Sarasota/Bradenton area..any new restaurants worth a try?

Yes. I second Darwin's. and what about State Street. Can't remember when they opened, but they are fairly new and good. Fried okra with truffle oil! Yum!

Dec 06, 2012
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Back in Sarasota/Bradenton area..any new restaurants worth a try?

I think it's been 1 year, so maybe you've tried it, but Indigenous is great every time I go!

Dec 05, 2012
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Food trucks in Sarasota

not yet, but will let you know when I do!

Apr 21, 2012
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Food trucks in Sarasota

I have had the mac n cheese from O'Macalicious (the mac n cheese truck). It is a very simple, straightforward mac n cheese, but it's really good. They do a dish called "the Works" where they put the mac n cheese on top of tater tots and top that with bacon, scallions, and sour cream. Amazing!

Apr 18, 2012
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Best Eats in/near Sarasota?

indegenous , or Darwins on Fourth for dinner
vizen in Gulf Gate for sushi
Station 400 has great breakfast
Cafe Epicure for brick oven pizza
And if you're into craft beer go to Mr. Beery's for drinks

Mar 28, 2012
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SARASOTA/ BRADENTON 3 day visit.....

Since you mentioned seafood, I would recommend Owens Fish Camp in Sarasota. They have a yummy fish spread appetizer, and make a delicious piece of grilled fish (sounds simple, but it's not!).
Also, a little more pricey is Indigenous. Their menu is constantly changing based on what is available locally, and it is fabulous.

Jan 31, 2012
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Looking for Dinner South of Downtown Sarasota

Not exactly sure where Vamo Road is, but the area off Clark Road called Gulfgate is south of downtown, and has a couple of good spots...
Vizen is the BEST sushi in the area. And for your espresso there is Dolce Vita. A tiny place owned by a husband and wife straight from Italy.

Jan 11, 2012
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Nellie's Deli -- Sarasota (Terrible)

Thanks! Now I'll check it out.

Dec 04, 2011
christinet. in Florida

Nellie's Deli -- Sarasota (Terrible)

Has anyone tried Michelles Brown Bag? I read a nice review about her sandwiches. Although, now that I think about it I read a couple of positive reviews of Nellie's also!

Nov 30, 2011
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Sarasota Decisions, please help???

Indigenous is my new favorite restaurant in the area too, so I hope you enjoy it. As for your list, I would pick Mozaic out of all of them. Its wonderful.

Mozaic Restaurant
1377 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236

Nov 18, 2011
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Mozaic on Main St

We went about a month ago and thoroughly enjoyed it! Service was great and the food was wonderful... and I don't give positive recommendations often!

Mar 28, 2011
christinet. in Florida

Sarasota Barbecue

Nancy's BBQ has also been doing BBQ at Mr. Beery's Craft Beer Bar in Gulfgate on Sunday afternoons. It's pretty awesome, her pulled pork, some great brews, and football on the big screen!

Oct 29, 2010
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Where to buy fresh fish/seafood in Key Largo

Key Largo Fisheries... It's kind of hidden off of US1 in Key Largo, and it doesn't look like much, but the fish is always very fresh!

Oct 19, 2010
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Fried pickle spears in Sarasota/SiestaKey/Venice area

Owens Fish Camp in Sarasota has them. I am a former New Yorker, so I'd never had them before. I have nothing to compare them to, but I thought they were pretty awesome!

Oct 19, 2010
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