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Sarasota / Siesta Key -- should we update our old stand-bys?

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Sarasota / Siesta Key -- should we update our old stand-bys?

Jack Barber | Feb 24, 2008 02:55 PM

Our family is making our annual visit to Siesta Key next week (from NYC). Was wondering if anyone would recommend that we update our usual dining choices. Also a few questions.

I know it's kind of a long list but I'd be very grateful for any answers you might have top of mind.

-- We usually get pizza at Demetrios, which is pretty good but not great. Anywhere else we should try? Would be curious about any places in the area that people think are better than Demtrios -- although proximity to Siesta Key is of course a plus.

-- I know the fish is supposed to be best at Capt Brians, but it's all the way across town. So we usually go to Walt's. Anywhere better?

-- It's Hot Cross Bun season, and we end up eating a lot of them from (of all places) Publix. Is there a better Hot Cross bun in the area?

-- We haven't found good Mexican since the tamale place (on Oak St, near where 301 splits from 41) shut down. Is there some place we should be trying?

-- We eat a lot of grouper sandwiches and early family fish dinners at places like Turtles, Capt Curts, Phillipi, etc. (Used to love Flying Bridge nr Casey Key before it closed.) None of these places are great great food, but we enjoy them. Anywhere else especially good for this type of meal? Water view a plus.

-- We go out for fancy dinner only once or twice per visit. (Rest of the time we either cook or eat early family/kids dinners at fish places.) Selva Grill has been by far our favorite in the area, and we'll definitely go there. Anywhere else we must try? (read the last couple threads on this topic, and nothing jumped out.)

-- Is Malabar worth trying? Menu seems a little weird. We usually have post-farmer's mkt lunch at El Habanero, but would you recommend trying Malabar instead?

-- What's the best sushi place? Pacific Rim, Yume, other?

-- Is there BBQ that's better than The Oaks (I think it's called) on 41 just N of Stickney Pt? It's ok, and we usually eat there once or twice a visit -- but I'd drive 30-45 min if there were secret great bbq inland.

-- Are there any hole in the wall Peruvian places? There seems to be a decent-sized Peruvian community in the area, at least judging by the restaurants. I think we've hit most of the fancier places (Javier, Red, etc) but are there places where Peruvians eat roast chicken, ceviche, jalea, etc + drink Pilsen?

Thanks for the help.

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