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April 2013

Cinco De Mayo Recipes from Chef Judi

Chef Judi shares her favorite recipes for a Cinco de Mayo feast.

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coconutshrimp
April 2013

New Restaurant Alert: Kacey’s Seafood and More

It started as a hot dog joint, and a darn good one, but let’s face it—hot dog eaters don’t necessarily make it their nighttime meal. Thus the change to Kacey’s Seafood and More. Sure, those Chicago dogs, Cincinnati dogs and Rueben dogs are still on the menu–and as a matter of fact, those hot dogs […]

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April 2013

Local Eats: Farm to Table Dinners at King Family Farm

Before the nights for outside dining get a bit too swampy, consider a table with an outdoor view of peach trees, flocks of baby lambs, flower fields and an old pick-up truck with soft music coming from the open back. No, this is not a 1960s family movie or a rerun of Lassie, this is […]

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porkchop
April 2013

Sarasota Restaurant News: Cosimo’s is Back!

Cosimo’s is back, thank goodness! Waiting for an authentic Cosimo’s margherita pizza was like waiting for your best friend to come visit after a long journey. You keep looking out the window, hoping for their return–and when they finally do come back, you pick up where you left off as if it were yesterday. Well, […]

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lumlings
March 2013

Restaurant News: Taste of Asia Moving; Full Belly Stuffed Burgers Opening in Manatee

By Judi Gallagher This is the last week for a Taste of Asia fix on Siesta Key. Get your fill of Sarasota’s best shrimp pad Thai, award-winning “lum”-lings and a cauliflower fried rice this week, or you’ll have to wait until the beginning of May. We fell in love with Taste of Asia when it […]

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MADE's towering burger and cheesy tots.
March 2013

New Sarasota Restaurant: MADE

By Judi Gallagher Where once stood a Belgian restaurant that never quite built enough of an audience for Flemish stew now stands Main Street’s newest reincarnation: MADE. And if my first experience is any indication of what good American food should be, MADE is going to be downtown’s new darling, thanks to its casual, full-flavored […]

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salad
March 2013

Goodfella’s Pizza Hits the Spot

By Judi Gallagher You know what they say: Want to know a good place to eat? Ask your hairdresser or your physical therapist. Besides being skilled at stretching and healing my aching back, Mark at Back in Motion is a bit of a food spy for me. By that I mean he has a knack […]

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March 2013

The Sandbar: Renovated Space, Renovated Menu

It seems The Sandbar, at the tip of Anna Maria Island, has come of age. Not chronologically, of course, but in stature and style in both structure and menu. The Sandbar is not the fish sandwich shack on the beach anymore. Long known for its grouper sandwiches, fried fish plates, peel-and-eat shrimp, frozen mango and […]

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Shanghai_shrimp
February 2013

New Restaurant: Ziti in Westfield Southgate

Ziti. It calls itself Italian, American and Asian. And here comes the cynicism: I thought for sure the new restaurant that replaced Cosimo’s in Southgate Mall was going be a fusion mess. I envisioned stir-fry pasta and Asian lasagna. Well, shame on me for over-thinking what the restaurant was doing. Ziti is actually pulling it […]

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judibeef
February 2013

Valentine’s Day Dining: Chef Judi’s Picks

By Judi Gallagher I know most of you are probably going out to dinner on February 14–but please take my suggestion and go the 13, 15 or 16. I personally have dinner plans to be at home, grilling out and enjoying fresh strawberries. For those of you who prefer a little romantic meal at home, […]

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