Duval’s Fresh. Local. Seafood

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I confess that I have “a bit” of a crush on the Chef at Duval’s Fresh. Local. Seafood.  And I know his wife understands because I’m just one of a long list of adoring fans. Chef Nils Tarantik, in my humble opinion, is about the nicest and easily one of the most talented chefs in…read more

Cafe BarBosso

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Restaurants in this area come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. Italian restaurants dig deeper with nuanced regional cuisine to establish themselves from their competitors. Then there’s Café BarBosso. “Eat, Laugh, Love or Else,” says the sign at the entry door. And then there’s this sign . . . Everything about Café Barbosso has a larger-than-life quality…read more

Metro Diner

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If you want your restaurant to be featured on The Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” it probably doesn’t hurt to have the work “Diner” in your name.  If you want host Guy Fieri to go “all nuts” about your food, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have a meatloaf so inspiring that Guy declared, “Diners…read more

Brick’s Smoked Meats

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I think we all agree on one thing at least – that few things are as “American” as southern barbeque, and with the summer grilling season solidly upon us, Jill and I headed downtown to the recently launched bricks & mortar version of Brick’s Smoked Meats with a group of esteemed fellow foodies. If you…read more

C’est la Vie! Comes to University Park/Lakewood Ranch Area

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C’est La Vie!, as most Sarasota residents know, operates one of the most popular breakfast and lunch destinations in downtown Sarasota.  Famous for their authentic French restaurant, bakery, and café, C’est La Vie owners Christophe and Geraldine Coutelle were thrilled when Parisians Myriam and Jean Dandonneau approached them about licensing their popular restaurant, opening a second…read more

Tommy Bahama Restaurant

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Ever since Jill and I finished up our afternoon at Tommy Bahama with Susan Robinson of Key Culinary Tours a few months ago, we vowed that we would return to experience more than “just” their brilliant desserts. Even in late May, after the snowbirds flew back north and our restaurants supposedly slow down, St. Armand’s Circle is…read more