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Cheeseburgers in Paradise
There is a multitude of dining choices in Siesta Key, with an emphasis on casual dining. Nibble on Spanish cuisine at the tapas bars. For seafood lovers, there are raw bars, crab shacks, and award-winning chowder. At the public beach pavilion, listen to reggae music while enjoying burgers and ice cream. More sophisticated dining can be found at waterfront restaurant that serve gourmet fare.


Breakfast
One of Downtown Sarasota's nicest breakfast spots is the First Watch Restaurant, 1395 Main St., at Central and Pineapple. First Watch offers a wide variety of inexpensive breakfast and lunch fare. It's open daily from 7:30am to 2:30pm. If the wait's too long, walk south along Central Avenue; this block has several coffeehouses and cafes with sidewalk seating.

Lunch & Dinner
Sarasota's newest dining hot spots is Southside Village, centered on South Osprey Avenue between Hyde Park and Hillview streets, about 15 blocks south of downtown. Here you'll find several hip restaurants, including Fred's and Pacific Rim.

While the locals are hanging out in Southside Village, visitors flock to St. Armands Circle. Plan to spend at least one evening here, it's fun and safe, so come early and plan to stay late. St Armands Circle has a branch of Tampa's famous Columbia between John Ringling Boulevard and John Ringling Parkway. The Spanish food is excellent, there's outdoor seating, and the Patio Lounge is one of the liveliest spots for evening entertainment Thursday through Sunday. Tommy Bahama's Tropical Cafe, 300 John Ringling Blvd., draws a lively crowd of young professionals to its moderately priced seafood. It's upstairs over Tommy Bahama's clothing store on St. Armands Circle.

Ocean Boulevard, which runs through Siesta Village, Siesta Key's funky, laid-back beach hangout, is virtually lined with restaurants and pubs. Most have outdoor seating and bars, which attract the beach crowd during the day. At night, rock-and-roll bands draw teenagers and college students to this lively scene.

Sarasota Area Pizza Places

Fodor's recognizes these outstanding Sarasota restaurants:
BIJOU CAFE
1287 1st St., Sarasota.
Phone: 941/366-8111
Over $35
Sarasota
Continental
 
CAFÉ L'EUROPE
431 St. Armand's Circle, Lido Key, Sarasota.
Phone: 941/388-4415
Over $35
Sarasota
Continental
 
COLUMBIA
411 St. Armand's Circle, Lido Key, Sarasota.
Phone: 941/388-3987
$20 to $35
Sarasota
Spanish
 
CRAB TRAP AND CRAB TRAP II
U.S. 19 at Terra Ceia Bridge, Palmetto.
Phone: 941/722-6255
Under $35
Bradenton
Seafood
 
MARINA JACK
2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota.
Phone: 941/365-4232
$20 to $50
Sarasota
Seafood
 
OPHELIA'S ON THE BAY
9105 Midnight Pass Rd., Siesta Key, Sarasota.
Phone: 941/349-2212
$20 to $50
Sarasota
Contemporary
 
PATRICK'S
1481 Main St., Sarasota.
Phone: 941/952-1170
Under $35
Sarasota
American/Casual
 
SHARKY'S ON THE PIER
1600 S. Harbor Dr., Venice.
Phone: 941/488-1456
$20 to $35
Venice
Seafood
 
YODER'S
3434 Bahia Vista Dr., Sarasota.
Phone: 941/955-7771
Under $50
Sarasota
American
 
Frommers recognizes these great Sarasota Area Restaurants:

Frommer's Favorite Price Name Cuisine Type Neighborhood
Frommer's Favorite Expensive Bijou Cafe International Downtown
Frommer's Favorite Moderately Priced Blasé Café International Siesta Key
Frommer's Favorite Inexpensive Blue Dolphin Cafe Diner/Cafe St. Armands Key
Frommer's Favorite Very Expensive Cafe l'Europe Continental St. Armands Key
Frommer's Favorite Expensive Euphemia Haye/The Haye Loft International Longboat Key
Frommer's Favorite Expensive Hemingway's Caribbean St. Armands Key
Frommer's Favorite Moderately Priced Marina Jack Seafood Downtown
Frommer's Favorite Expensive Moore's Stone Crab Seafood Longboat Key
Frommer's Favorite Moderately Priced Pacific Rim Asian/Pac Rim Southside Village
Frommer's Favorite Moderately Priced Patrick's American Downtown
Frommer's Favorite Inexpensive Turtles American Siesta Key
Frommer's Favorite Inexpensive Yoder's American/Amish Downtown




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