The Little Sarasota DINING Book is back!

Sometimes It’s hard to stay away.

The Little Sarasota DINING Book

Well, we meet once again.

When we published our last Sarasota dining guide back in 2010 I thought, “That was a nice run. But, it’s time to move on. Print is dead”. Truth be told, I wasn’t ready to move on (AND, I don’t think print is dead).

As, it turned out our 2010 edition was our last because of family circumstances that were out of my control. It seemed like fate had intervened. Trouble was, I’m not all that big a believer in fate.

Time passed. Four years to be precise. We kept publishing the website. I still LOVE writing for the site and helping to promote our great local restaurant community. We’ll continue to do that. But, I always wanted to bring back “the book”. Locally, there isn’t anything like it.

Sure, you can pick up a copy of Zagat. They do a great job. But, honestly though they can’t treat Sarasota they way we can. It’s been said that we have the highest concentration of Zagat rated restaurants in Florida. We also have SO much more than that. Our restaurant pool is deep. And, runs the gamut from a Cuban/Columbian trailer to James Beard Award nominees. We need a print publication that honors that culinary breadth and range.

Here’s the bottom line. A brand new Little Sarasota DINING Book is coming late 2014 or early 2015. It’s going to be fresh and redesigned. Don’t worry. We’re going to keep all of the things that made the guide so popular. We still get calls and emails looking for a current edition.

There is going to be one BIG change. The 2015 book will be AD FREE. That’s a good thing. For you, it means all you have is great Sarasota food related content to thumb through. For me, it means I won’t have to hound and shame local restaurant owners into buying ads. And, they won’t have to cross the street when they see me coming. Everybody’s a winner!

As in past years, we won’t have space for all 300+ local restaurants. Like the cover says, we will once again feature our 200 top Sarasota restaurants. And, we will actively promote the restaurants that get included throughout the year. You will know who makes the cut.

That’s our big news. You’ll get more details as we move through the rest of the year. Including where and when you can get your fresh, new copy.

Thanks to everyone who encouraged me to re-start the presses!

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The Shamrock Is Ready To Jam On

Talk about a great backyard summer party!

BBQ Chicken

Summer is here! The calendar might not say June 21st yet. But, summer is most definitely here. Along with the heat, humidity and frequent downpours comes a recent Sarasota summer tradition. The Shamrock’s Summer Chef Jam.

For the uninitiated amongst you, here’s the recipe. One bottomless pint of Florida craft beer, plus three small plates prepared by some of Sarasota’s best chefs, stir in musical accompaniment by DJ Andy Viohl and serve! That is a summertime recipe you can really get onboard with.

This year, as in years past, The Shamrock will be hosting some of our cities most accomplished chefs. The lineup includes recent James Beard nominee, Steve Phelps of Indigenous. All of the chefs will be cooking out of the Ri Quisimo food truck. Taking a chef out of his usual habitat and dropping him into a food truck can yield pretty creative and delicious results.

Things get started on Monday June 16th with Chef Kyle Harrington from Libby’s Cafe + Bar. Are you thinking, “Hey a sneak peek at the menu would be nice”. Done! Here’s what Chef Kyle will be cooking up. Korean Food Truck Sticky Ribs, Bulgogi Tacos and Karubi Pork Gyoza. Not bad for an opening act.

Here’s the schedule for the remainder of the summer. Get your pencil and calendar ready. You won’t want to miss a week.

The Shamrock’s Summer Chef Jam – 2014 Edition

June 16: Libby’s Cafe + Bar
June 23: Mattison’s 41
June 30: Duval’s New World Cafe
July 7: Louies Modern
July 14: Michael’s On East
July 21: BREAK (no event)
July 28: Indigenous
Aug 4: Cafe Americano
Aug 11: Darwin’s on 4th

Guests may purchase their wristband one hour before the event starts. $20 includes bottomless pints of at least four different Florida beers and three small plate dishes. And, all of the unbridled fun that goes along with it. Things get rolling at 8pm and run through 10pm.

If you go (and I’m certain you will). Please report back on your favorite dishes of the summer.


2257 Ringling Boulevard
Sarasota, FL 34236


Official news for the Shamrock Pub
Edible Sarasota is a sponsor of this years event
Chef’s Choice USA
The folks at Swamp Head Brewery know their stuff

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Savor Sarasota Rolls On!

Part two should be just as delicious as the opening act.

Euphemia Haye

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

Eggplant Parmesan
Thick pan-fried eggplant layered with home-made marinara sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, and fresh basil, baked to golden perfection

Dessert: (Choose One)
Chocolate Mousse
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?

Libby's Cafe + Bar | Cedar Wrapped Sustainable Salmon

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

Lamb Meatloaf
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!


The Official Savor Sarasota website
Mozaic Restaurant – Savor Sarasota Menu
Harry’s Continental Kitchens – Savor Sarasota Menu
Michael’s on East – Savor Sarasota Menu

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