Blasé Bistro & Martini Bar

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“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” – François de La Rochefoucauld Back when I first visited Blasé Bistro & Martini Bar shortly after opening early last fall, I was totally smitten. Not only was the menu interesting, thoughtful, and expertly crafted by Chef/Consultant Mike Isabella, but the aura or…read more

Bridges Restaurant at The Embassy Suites

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It’s time. While curbside pick-up was a wise and wonderful choice during the last couple of months of social distancing, in-house dining has always been our preferred way to enjoy the amazing food offered by Sarasota’s many locally-owned restaurants. So, with several months since our last in-house restaurant visit, I felt like I was waking…read more

Drift Kitchen & Bar

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Second in our series of Restaurants with a View, is Drift Kitchen & Bar located on the 8th floor Lido Beach Resort.  Formerly the Lido Beach Grill, Drift Kitchen & Bar is currently the only Sarasota restaurant to offer 180-degree views of the Gulf of Mexico.  Elevate that view to the 8th floor and, well…read more

Darwin Peruvian Eatery

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Darwin Santa Maria is a local Sarasota chef who we’ve written about several times over the past 8 years.  He’s been the Executive Chef at a number of Sarasota’s most popular restaurants and he’s co-owned a few as well.  And we’ve followed him from hot spot to hot spot, enjoying countless appetizers and entrees, indulging…read more

Sarasota Food + Beer

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Sometimes an annoying delay in your plans can result in a really cool experience, in this case, an impromptu lunch with Jill at  Sarasota  Food + Beer on Fruitville Road.  This hot spot is the six-month-old sibling of the wildly successful Gulf Gate Food + Beer, which opened about 19 months ago and has been…read more

Viento Kitchen & Bar – Spring 2020

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Note to our Readers:  Viento Kitchen & Bar is the first restaurant we’ll be featuring on the upcoming series covering Restaurants With a View.  Please stay tuned over the new few weeks as we introduce a series of great dining destinations with waterfront or skyline views.  We’ve also added the category: Restaurants With a View…read more