Welcome to Sarasota, Fla.: A Newcomer's Eating Tour
A visit to this picturesque pocket of the Sunshine State promises award-winning powdered sugar sand beaches, cotton candy sunsets, salty ocean breezes and the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
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Welcome to Sarasota
Local Eating: Indigenous
Alfresco Dining: Shore Diner
Casual Dinner: State Street Eating House & Cocktails
Seafood: Owen's Fish Camp
Institution: Columbia Restaurant
Breakfast: Sun Garden Cafe
Frozen Drinks: Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar
Date Night: Selva Grill
Barbecue: Nancy's Bar-B-Que
Since 1996, Mediterraneo has been a beacon of casual upscale Northern-style Italian in downtown Sarasota. Don't let the white tablecloths fool you: Mediterraneo is warm and family-friendly, with three contemporary dining rooms, as well as sidewalk seating. Run by Italian owners, the restaurant offers specialties that span the country's best regions. Dishes include fresh seafood, meats, pasta and thin-crust, wood-fired pizza. The most-famous dish is the Veal Chop Milanese, which comes pounded, breaded and topped with arugula and tomatoes.