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Family Vacation - Siesta Key

marcia | Feb 19, 200602:58 PM

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 isn’t planned as a gourmet destination vacation, but we’d still like to enjoy our meals. I’ve been doing my research, here and elsewhere, and could use some advice. We’re planning on keeping it very casual, jeans and decent shirts. Lunches on Siesta Key, dinner a little further away, maybe downtown Sarasota or St. Armand’s, although we could certainly stay on Siesta Key. How’s the food at the places below? Are they all sufficiently casual and well-behaved child friendly? (I don’t want to reignite the whole “how mediocre is Sarasota food?” debate. We’re coming from the NYC area. We’re fussy. We’re not expecting heights of culinary prowess, just want to get some decent meals and if there’s 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 there’s one pretty close to us, but I’m 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 I’m 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, Mattison’s 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 I’ve read such mixed things about Columbia (St. Armand’s) that I’m inclined to skip it. What do you think? Blue Dolphin on Friday night?

SEAFOOD We’re going to be right there on the Gulf, so clearly we should be eating seafood. What’s good and local, besides the obvious of grouper and shrimp? Any wonderful seafood places worth going a bit out of our way for?


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