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Food scene in Sarasota

Wine Bar
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“Cool trendy restaurant in the heart of downtown Sarasota with a focus on local products. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“This location in St. Armand's square was located right in the heart of the action. We went there for lunch. I found this location to be more quaint than others I've been to. This 2 level location has indoor and outdoor seating. I had a pineapple Martini and a BBQ Pork sandwich. The drink was top shelf and yummy. $11. The sandwich was $14 and included fries. The taste of the food was better than average, the service was decent. She was attentive without being annoying. Wait time was 22.5 minutes, that is decent for a busy place like this. This place is great for a date night although it may get a little noisy based on the layout of the place. I would not recommend it for families with small children.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
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“No-frills storefront serving bubble tea, smoothies & traditional Vietnamese stir-fry & noodles.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great views of Sarasota Bay. It has an elegantly casual atmosphere. The menu is moderately priced for being near Saint Armand's Circle and Longboat Key.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
“Truly a place to "get social". This classy bar and eatery offers a dazzling outdoor bar complete with vine lined walls and crystal gas fire pits amongst comfortable conversational patio furnishings. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Authentic light Italian cuisine. Great atmosphere. Definitely try the pizza. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“State Street has 2 great spaces next door to each other. One side offering lunch and dinner where you can get eclectic dishes, the other cocktails in a lounge area with a cool vibe. They also offer brunch and outside seating.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
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“Good to watch the sunset from the upper deck while sipping on a frozen cocktail/mocktail.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Seasonal New American cuisine served in a stylish space with a copper bar & outdoor dining.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bakery
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“There are a lot of Publix Super Markets in Sarasota for a reason! The one listed is the closet to our location, but there are also several others close by. Stop by the deli to order a freshly made sub sandwich on your way to the beach! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
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“Some people in Sarasota love Nancy's BBQ, some love Brick's. When it comes to BBQ - you can't go wrong either way, but I would personally give Brick's a slight edge. If you're looking for a more casual scene - pick Nancy's. Think rustic picnic tables and coolers of beer. (This note is for the original location in downtown Sarasota. There are other locations around town now, but I have not been to them.) Pro Tip: Ask for the burnt ends and Nancy's - best thing you can get there. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Locally sourced American breakfast & lunch bites served in a restored train depot dating to 1852.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Fresh-baked breads, meatballs & homemade mozzarella star at this casual, family-run Italian eatery. *Within Walking Distance*”
  • 7 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“Lila (pronounced Lee-La, meaning creative play) is a casual hip restaurant on Main St. that my husband Ryan and I opened in 2016. Lila offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner with vegan and gluten-free options, local and organic whenever possible. If vegan isn't your thing, no worries. Lila serves delicious dishes like omelets with the option to add homemade chorizo, or a black bean burrito that can be made with chicken. Personally, I love adding shrimp to the macro bowl or red quinoa taco bowl for lunch, for breakfast the avocado toast with homemade gluten-free bread with a side of smoked salmon and cappuccino with almond milk. And for dinner one of the homemade pasta dishes or fresh fish entree. (*please note the menu changes frequently to offer the best ingredients.) We wanted to create a place that reflected our lifestyle and how we eat at home. Lila is a place where you can get super flavor- full delicious food that makes you feel just as good after, as you do eating it. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet, very reasonably priced. (You can also order off the menu) There is also a great gift store up stairs.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Not your typical Chinese restaurant. You'll find items here that go beyond the ordinary. A favorite is the salt and pepper shrimp.”
  • 14 locals recommend