WINE EM AND DINE EM War of the Wines II, Duvalss New World Cafe,. Oct 23rd, 6:30pm. A battle royale. Sonoma vs. Napa. May the best wines win! 444-5971 | Chateau Ste Michelle Wine-Pairing Dinner. Mattisons 41, Oct. 24th 6:30pm, five course wine paring menu will be served. 921-3400 | Oct. 23rd, 5-7pm, Harrys Continental Kitchen. Celebrate 35 Years! A special wine tasting, more 383-0777.
CHANGING SIGNS Looks like the Pegasus Greek Family Restaurant (2833 Bee Ridge Rd.) has closed its doors. But, seems a new eatery will be filling the now vacant space. New window sign reads, Fionas, more soon
ROUND 2 OR 3 J. Ryans on the Grill (8389 S. Tamiami Trl.) is open again! This iteration is billed as A Casual Gourmet Bistro. Bistros are in, so, that could be a good sign of things to come. Good luck with the new opening!
COOKING WITH NITA Casa Itaila holds a Indian cooking class Oct 25th. $55 PP, reservations required, more 924-1179.
SHARKEYS ADDS FINS Theres an expansion underway at Sharkeys on the Pier in Venice. The new addition will be called FINS. Should be open for all of us to try just before the new year. Things are really hopping down there in south Sarasota county!
A RISE FROM THE RUBBLE? More than a few years back a Siesta Key favorite was mostly reduced to heaping pile of debris to make way for development/improvement. Is it possible that now, all these years later, The Summerhouse Restaurant will rise from the ashes? A sign on South Tamiami Trail suggests that may just be the case. Waiting to see
A TENDER TALE Is Sarasotas refined restaurant palate ready to embrace the much maligned chicken tender? Thats the hope of the folks at PDQ (People Dedicated to Quality). The Tampa based fast casual chain flung its doors open a few weeks ago on South Tamiami (next to Rooms To Go). Will local diners be clawing over each other for a taste of hand breaded chicken tenders made from only the finest ingredients? Time will tell
GETTIN CRABBY Thats right, stone crab season is finally upon us. You may or may not have your favorite spot to enjoy one of our delicious local delicacies. But, that wont stop me from recommending a few of my favs: Moores Stone Crab, 800 Broadway LBK | Walts Fish Market, 4144 S. Tamiami | Capt. Curts Crab & Oyster Bar, 1200 Old Stickney Pt. | Barnacle Bills Seafood, 1526 Main St.
REAL OR RUMOR? Is a Buffalo Wild Wings headed for Main Street? Theres some talk downtown that the popular sports themed, wing joint is set to move into a soon to be vacant restaurant space. Pass the hot sauce please. [OK, no, its not April 1st. And, I know this is pretty out there, but, crazier things have happened in this town ]
NEW IN THE DS DATABASE The Grasshopper, 7253 S. Tamiami Trl. | Hurricane Grill & Wings, Sarasota Square | Revelry Pub & Grill, 3005 University Pkwy. | Social Eatery & Bar, 1219 First St. | Apollonia Grill, 8235 Cooper Creek Blvd.