My family (me, husband, well-behaved 4 yr old chowpup who doesn't need children's menus) are headed to Siesta Key for a long weekend. This isnt planned as a gourmet destination vacation, but wed still like to enjoy our meals. Ive been doing my research, here and elsewhere, and could use some advice. Were planning on keeping it very casual, jeans and decent shirts. Lunches on Siesta Key, dinner a little further away, maybe downtown Sarasota or St. Armands, although we could certainly stay on Siesta Key. Hows the food at the places below? Are they all sufficiently casual and well-behaved child friendly? (I dont want to reignite the whole how mediocre is Sarasota food? debate. Were coming from the NYC area. Were fussy. Were not expecting heights of culinary prowess, just want to get some decent meals and if theres something really yummy to be had, that would be great.)
BREAKFAST Probably mostly in the condo, but is the Broken Egg worth getting in the car, maybe waiting in line? I have a bad Starbucks habit and I see theres one pretty close to us, but Im always happy to try something new. I swear I found (and now have lost) a reference to a French coffe/pastry place on Siesta Key. Any idea what Im talking about and, if so, how is it?
LUNCH Broken Egg, Daiquiri Deck, Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Turtles, Old Salty Dog (I see SK and City Island locations with very similar menus. Is the food better at one location?) seem like the right kind of places. Where would you want to eat?
DINNER Any of the lunch places that serve dinner, Blasé Café, Mattisons Siesta Grille (either the regular restaurant or the Grille Bar). The menu at the Haye Loft (upstairs at Euphemia Haye) sounds yummy. Will we be disappointed? Will we have to wait at, say 6 PM, on a Fri/Sat/Sun or Mon night? We love Spanish, but Ive read such mixed things about Columbia (St. Armands) that Im inclined to skip it. What do you think? Blue Dolphin on Friday night?
SEAFOOD Were going to be right there on the Gulf, so clearly we should be eating seafood. Whats good and local, besides the obvious of grouper and shrimp? Any wonderful seafood places worth going a bit out of our way for?