Small Wonders: Our Favorite Local Hand-Held Treats

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Welcome to the new world of mini-treats.

Author: Megan McDonald


Photographer: Gene Pollux

The Lollicake Queen pinky pies

Pinky Pies
The Lollicake Queen

Yes, you can eat a whole pie, thanks to these personal-sized treats, which come in a variety of flavors—including chocolate peanut butter, banana cream and Notorious P.I.E. (an oatmeal cookie crust with brown sugar filling). $5-$6; 1821A Hillview St., Sarasota, (941) 955-8101.

Meany's Mini Doughnuts Siesta Key

Mini Doughnuts
Meany’s Mini Donuts

These mini doughnuts—which are almost beignet-like, thanks to their fluffy lightness—come in a variety of flavors, including powdered sugar, Bavarian cream, strawberry cheesecake and peanut butter cup. We dare you not to polish off a whole bag in one sitting. From $2.50; 201 Canal Road, Siesta Key.

The Cottage restaurant Siesta Key

Smoked Salmon Sliders
The Cottage

Canadian smoked salmon topped with arugula and drizzled with crème fraiche dill sauce, served on a mini pretzel roll. Need we say more? $8; 153 Avenida Messina, Siesta Key, (941) 312-9300.

The Short Giraffe Sarasota

Mini Cupcakes
The Short Giraffe Mini Confections and Catering

These adorable treats—in flavors like cookie butter, banana toffee crunch and white chocolate blueberry cream—totally take the cake. $2.99 each; 1412 State St., Sarasota, (941) 706-2075.

The Table Creekside Sarasota

Sea Bass Fritters
The Table Creekside

Packed with flavor in a perfectly round package, these crispy bites are served with a Key lime aioli that ups their ante even more. $5; 5365 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 921-9465.

Perq Coffee Bar Sarasota

Mini Scones
Perq Coffee Bar

Counting carbs? Have your scone and eat it, too: Perq’s pastry is smaller than the standard size, but just as satisfying alongside your morning cup o’ joe. $1; 1821 Hillview St., Sarasota, (941) 955-8101.

Libby's Cafe Bar

Bulgogi Tacos
Libby’s Café + Bar

Small size doesn’t mean small flavor: At Libby’s, they’re piling mini grilled corn tortillas with Korean barbecue shredded beef and vinegary pickled slaw. $15 lunch (two tacos); $18 dinner (three tacos); 1917 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, (941) 487-7300.

State Street Eating House Sarasota

Lobster Roll Snacks
State Street Eating House

All the flavor of a full-sized lobster roll—think succulent meat sautéed in butter, then topped with sea salt on a house-made roll—in a pint-sized package. $6.75; 1533 State St., Sarasota, (941) 951-1533.

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