My dream lunch: pan-seared barrumundi.

Great deal at Derek’s Culinary Casual--the Savor Sarasota menu also offers a three-course lunch for just $15. My fantasy lunch come true included pan-seared barramundi with potato gnocchi, sweet grape tomatoes, house-made bacon and aged sherry vinaigrette. Perfect way to start a meal. Hubby tucked into the daily gumbo with pork, chicken and andouille.

Derek's homemade banana pudding was a hit.

We both favored and savored the pulled pork and grouper taco duo with basil fried rice, followed by Derek’s homemade banana pudding with mini doughnuts and chocolate bread pudding. (Did I mention all this for only $15 at lunch?!). Several other restaurants, like the Ritz's Vernona, Mattison’s 41, Libby’s, Mozaic and Derek’s will be offering their Savor Sarasota menu until the end of the month.


Since husband asked for a roast beef dinner at home this Sunday for Father’s Day, I hit a win/ win for the rest of the summer. We should all save every Sunday in July and August for the prime rib dinner at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, a three-course meal featuring a succulent prime rib, salad, side and dessert for only $29.95 per person. You can’t even make that at home for that price!

If you do need some suggestions for dad dining, Lee Roy Selmon’s is offering a $10 gift card to Dad to use for another visit when you bring him in on Father’s Day. And Nancy’s BBQ is always a good choice, as is a burger at New Pass Grill and Bait Shop or breakfast at Word of Mouth.

Finally, a farewell to Cosimo’s Too in Sarasota Square Mall. That area just never picked up steam. Good news, though: The original Cosimo’s in Southgate continues to go strong and still has the best darn Quattro Fromaggio pizza I have ever had!