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Trip to Sarasota with Three Dinners

nsxtasy | Feb 5, 2012 07:54 AM

I just visited Sarasota this past week. I don't see a specific Sarasota-wide topic featuring nicer restaurants, so I'm starting this new topic to report on my trip.

I had three dinners, in three different parts of the area. The first was at Lazy Lobster, which has two locations. I ate at the one on Longboat Key, about 1/4 of the way down from the north end of the island. This was good, not really earth-shattering in any way, but decent. As you might expect, the menu has a lot of dishes featuring lobster. Many of them mention having 4 ounces of lobster meat with an option to double the amount of lobster. Lobster-lovers will probably love the place. My food (including atlantic sole) was reasonably good, and it was a good choice for me because it was close to where I was staying. (Dining options on Longboat are limited.)

My second dinner was at Indigenous, in the Towles Court neighborhood just east of downtown Sarasota. I thought it was absolutely FANTASTIC, amazingly creative and delicious, in a trendy bistro atmosphere. This restaurant has its own topic, where I reported in detail on my wonderful dinner, at Highly recommended!

My third dinner was at Miguel's, on Siesta Key. Miguel's is an old-fashioned French/continental restaurant, of the sort that predominated upscale dining 20-30 years ago, with features like caesar salad prepared tableside. You're not going to find anything you haven't seen a hundred times elsewhere, but what Miguel's lacks in creativity, it makes up for in top-notch ingredients and execution. I had a mussels appetizer that was one of the best I've had in quite a while, with the mussels not only cooked perfectly, moist and flavorful, but much larger than elsewhere. My entree was a variation on veal piccata, and it was one of the best veal dishes I can remember, with the veal just amazingly moist and tender, almost "melt in your mouth". If you think you'd enjoy the dishes on their menu, you should check it out.

I also tried three bakeries in town, and posted in detail about them in the Sarasota bakery topic at

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