Hey, it’s time to find some great Sarasota food!
What: Coyne’s Famous Crab Cakes
Where: Coyne’s Pier 28 (8200 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota 941-921-0028)
First, does the following sound vaguely familiar? Second, no, this is not a Mad Lib. Ready, here goes. NOBODY has (fill in your own favorite regional food here) like they do in (fill in your hometown here). If you haven’t uttered that phase, undoubtedly one of your friends or acquaintances has. I know because I have been both the utterer and the utteree.
I have some friends from Baltimore. Being from Chicago (where we defend our awesome pizza, hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches to the death), I can appreciate the sometimes dismissive tone they use to describe the crab cakes offerings here in Sarasota. I get it. All of that may be about to change.
Coyne’s Pier 28, located at the entrance to the Sarasota Square Mall, has some crazy good cakes. Crab cakes of course. No filler here, just large hunks of crab expertly cooked and served with a tasty remoulade sauce. Let’s have a look at the crabby goodness shall we.
I wasn’t kidding. Looks delicious, right? Well, they are. So delicious in fact, that they may even quiet some of the crab critics from the Old Line State. Nah, probably not.
Hey, I realize that standing up for your hometown fare is more sport than culinary critique. But, let’s not let pride in our old stomping grounds cloud our judgment (or dull our taste buds).
How about one more peek?
A personal note to all of my Baltimore friends, humor me, give this authentic delicacy an honest shot. You may just find a new go-to place when you’re yearning for home cooking. For those of you from everywhere else, all you will know is that they are damn good.
Need more info? Have a look at Coyne’s Pier 28 on dineSarasota. Just click the logo and you will magically transported.
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