Part two should be just as delicious as the opening act.
Hope you have been smart and saved some room for week two. I would completely understand if you haven’t. Being disciplined in the face of extreme temptation is difficult at best and impossible at worst. Sometimes its not even worth trying.
As week two of Sarasota’s citywide food celebration gets rolling, we thought we might tempt you with a couple of sample menus. Just to to keep you thinking.
So, this post has a dual purpose. If you haven’t yet taken advantage of one of the best opportunities to check out some local Sarasota restaurants here’s what you’ve been missing. If you’ve already been out there sampling, here are a couple of suggestions to consider.
Appetizer: (Choose One)
Soup Du Jour
Fancy Mixed Greens
tossed in grain mustard vinaigrette
Our Famous Caesar Salad
Crisp romaine lettuce, in a creamy lemon and anchovy dressing with garlic, parmesan and croutons
Entree: (Choose One)
A New Zealand Lamb Shank
braised in a red wine garlic sauce, enhanced with fresh rosemary and authentic Greek seasonings
Our Famous crisp Roasted Duck
partially boned, filled with bread stuffing and the served with tangy, sweet seasonal sauce of the day
Gamberetti e Capellini
Jumbo shrimp, split and poached in a white wine, garlic, fresh basil and olive oil sauce, tossed with thin egg pasta
Thick pan-fried eggplant layered with home-made marinara sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, and fresh basil, baked to golden perfection
Dessert: (Choose One)
a fluffy chocolaty delight with whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings.
Traditional Southern Pecan Pie
New York Cheesecake
It’s hard to miss when you’ve got a shot at Euphemia’s fantastic roast duck at a nice discount. I’m always willing to pay full price. So, at $29 PP (for three courses) it’s a bargain. Did I mentioned that it is one of my favorite dishes around town?
That went well. How about another…
First Course (Choice of one)
Portuguese Grilled Octopus Risotto
Roasted pumpkin pesto, crispy pea leaves
Peruvian Roasted Duck Carpaccio
California peach slaw, tamarind gastrique, buttermilk leeks crisp
Watermelon Heirloom Tomato Antipasto
Hearts of palm, olives, roasted peppers, candied pecans
Second Course (Choice of one)
Japanese-styled Roasted Chilean Sea Bass
Roasted orzo rock shrimp succotash, California radish gremolata
Veal Skirt Steak Escardini
Polenta lasagna, charred broccolini spears, heirloom tomato fondue
Heirloom tomato jam, Spanish Manchego, creamy orzo, crispy spinach leaves
Dinner Third Course (Choice of one)
Gorgonzola Baked Italian Custard
Grand Marnier caramel
Peach Cobbler, French vanilla bean ice cream
Comments, questions, ideas?
OK, I’ll just go out on a limb and say that the Lamb Meatloaf is a knockout. I love lamb AND I love meatloaf, period. For me, combining the two puts it into a class by itself. Crispy spinach is a great go along. Creamy orzo is fine, but just think for a minute if it had horseradish mashed… Whoa.
By now you may be sitting back saying, “WOW, I sure didn’t realize that you could get THAT kind of a menu for Savor Sarasota”. If that’s the case maybe you haven’t been paying attention. Great food and great value is all around you. All you have to do is your part, EAT!
Take this as your last opportunity. Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week has one more week to run. So, get out there and go for it!