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April 2013

Sarasota’s Best: Grouper Sandwich

By Megan McDonald Is there anything more quintessentially Sarasota than a grouper sandwich on a perfect spring day? We don’t think so—so we made it our mission to find the best one in town. Here are the results, with help from our 5,800-plus Facebook fans and judges: food blogger Megan Greenberg, food writer Abby Weingarten […]

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Meatloaf
March 2013

Sarasota’s Best: Meatloaf

It’s the month to snuggle up with comfort food – and that means meatloaf.

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Bartender Jennifer Bruggemann at Roy's.
February 2013

The Best Happy Hours in Sarasota

Great food, drink and prices make the early hours at some top restaurants the best. John Bancroft sips, tastes—and tells.

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truffle
February 2013

Sarasota’s Best: Chocolate Truffles

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we find Sarasota’s best chocolate truffles.By Megan McDonald What better Valentine treat than a box of artisan truffles? Our 5,500-plus Facebook fans nominated their favorites, and the sweet assignment of choosing the winners fell to a team of chocoholics: wedding photographer Naomi Chokr, our web manager Mark Bolden, intern […]

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J-Pan’s kimchi sampler (cabbage, cucumber, radish and spinach)
January 2013

10 Best: Healthy Dishes

The most delicious—and nutritious—entrées in town. 1 Spicy, fermented Korean kimchi is high in nutrients, loaded with healthy bacteria, and low in calories, fat and sugar. As J-Pan Restaurant owner Jane Dokko says, “It’s the Korean version of chicken soup for the soul.” When you need a kimchi fix, J-Pan’s kimchi sampler (cabbage, cucumber, radish […]

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Winner: Shakespeare’s
January 2013

Sarasota’s Best: Cheeseburger

This town really, really cares about cheeseburgers. That was clear from the response from our 5,400-plus Facebook fans when we asked them to nomi-nate the region’s best. Read on for the winners. (Thanks to judges Chef Judi Gallagher, The HuB’s Joey Panek and Lazy Fairy’s Christine Alexander). Best Overall Shakespeare’s caramelized onion and brie burger, […]

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Sarasota's Best Fish Tacos - Winner: Eat Here
November 2012

Sarasota’s Best Fish Tacos

Lots of our 5,200 Facebook fans weighed in when we asked who makes the best fish tacos in town. With help from chef Judi Gallagher, writer and taco enthusiast Cooper Levey-Baker and web/editorial assistant Beau Denton, we tasted our way to these winners. Best Overall Downtown Sarasota’s Eat Here was the clear overall winner: a […]

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August 2012

Top 100 Luxury Retailers 2012

This year’s Platinum 100 list is brimming with new havens of retail luxury and longtime favorites, each helping to assure Sarasota’s reputation as headquarters for sublime Gulf Coast shopping. No city in the region can claim the creativity of Sarasota’s boutiques or the comprehensiveness of shops offering high-end globally sourced treasures. From hard-edged Italian couture […]

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July 2012

Sarasota’s Best: Ice Cream

With nominations from our 4,800 Facebook fans and judging help from food blogger (“Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewy”) Susan Filson, we set aside our better judgment and headed to five of Sarasota’s ice cream shops to find the best scoop in town. Best Overall Anna Maria’s Joe’s Eats and Sweets’ vanilla ice cream was luxuriously smooth, […]

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May 2012

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May 2012

Sarasota’s Best: Hot Dogs

Spring training inspired this month’s ode to one of sports fans’ favorite foods: the hot dog. Many of our 4,600-plus Facebook fans weighed in with their faves, ranging from Joey D’s Vienna beef hot dog to the Old Salty Dog’s infamous fried hot dog topped with cheese, bacon and more. So—with chef Judi Gallagher, associate […]

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March 2012

10 Best

Meal Steals 1. Hungry? Try Kazu’s Sushi & Asian Bistro’s Early Bird Bento Box. Feast from the teriyaki or sushi menus; items from each are served with miso soup and salad. The non-sushi menu also comes with pearl rice. The sushi teriyaki salmon bento box offers salmon sautéed in a piquant teriyaki sauce and topped […]

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March 2012

Sarasota’s Best

“There’s no such thing as a bad chocolate dessert,” declared Wendy Resnick at Sarasota’s Best Chocolate Dessert tasting. There certainly weren’t in this competition. Resnick—who, as director of UCP Sarasota, hosted the organization’s signature Chocolate Festival for years—along with senior editor and dessert lover Bob Plunket, associate art director and chocoholic Lauren Pritchard, and web editor […]

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February 2012

10 Best

Start Your Ovens!   1. For a fresh idea at a moment’s notice, look no further than Fresh Market’s “Fresh Flavors” demonstrations. At the monthly classes at the University Parkway store, chef Marie Poullin walks the group step-by-step through a predetermined recipe. The demos are free, and there’s no registration required—so you can pop right […]

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February 2012

Sarasota’s Best

“There’s no such thing as a bad chocolate dessert,” declared Wendy Resnick at Sarasota’s Best Chocolate Dessert tasting. There certainly weren’t in this competition. Resnick—who, as director of UCP Sarasota, hosted the organization’s signature Chocolate Festival for years—along with senior editor and dessert lover Bob Plunket, associate art director and chocoholic Lauren Pritchard, and web editor […]

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January 2012

The Dubious Environmental Achievement Awards

  I was born in Florida. I grew up here. It really is the best place in the world to live—and not just because it has sugar-sand beaches and glorious sunsets. No, it’s also because something amazing is always happening. Every day, the headlines contain at least one story that merits a major-league spit-take. I […]

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January 2012

Sarasota’s Best

FANFARE>>“I wish more restaurants would offer veggie burgers!” –a FB post from Georgia from Bookstore1Sarasota “Yes, you can eat all these veggie burgers. I believe in you!” said Megan Greenberg, one of Sarasota’s popular cooking trio, The Three Kitcheneers. She was encouraging Whole Food’s marketing director Nikki Logan, as a group of us launched our quest […]

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December 2011

The Guide: Attractions

THE SEA, THE SCENERY, SCIENCE AND THE CIRCUS ALL shine in Sarasota’s world-famous attractions, which highlight natural wonders and local history while ushering in the artists and  innovators of tomorrow. The area’s history spans prehistoric Native Americans and pioneer settlers, whose stories are highlighted at the South Florida Museum and can be experienced firsthand at […]

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December 2011

The Guide: Beaches

SARASOTA’S BEACHES ARE LEGENDARY—varied, dramatic, entertaining and infinitely beautiful. And now wide, safe Siesta Beach, with its winter-white sand, has been named the best in the country, according to “Dr. Beach,” beach expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman. Our beaches have also inspired the many artists and writers drawn here over the years. Consider yourself not […]

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November 2011

Sarasota’s Best: French Fries

“The wide belt was a bad choice,” moaned ABC7 weatherman John Scalzi at the end of an afternoon dedicated to finding the best French fries in Sarasota. With the help of our Facebook fans, we compiled a list of six restaurants with star-potential French fries and headed out to sample them all with Scalzi, chef […]

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