Fin's Sharky's on the Pier

Hot Dish: Fin’s Strawberry Cream Puff

With a majestic view of the Gulf, the big new Fin’s restaurant at Sharky’s on the Pier is in danger of having the food eclipsed by the setting, but a recent dinner ending in an enormous strawberry cream puff captured my full attention. Filled with homemade Bavarian cream and gelato from a Nokomis store, the cream puff also holds fresh local strawberries on a base of homemade hot fudge.

Fin’s, 1600 Harbor Drive S., Venice, (941) 786-3068.

Dakin Dairy Sarasota

Fresh & Local: Dakin Dairy Farm

Myakka City’s Dakin Dairy Farm’s milk, cream and other products all come from grass-fed dairy cows. Go to to see where you can buy their products—and to check out the fun family activities they offer to farm visitors.

30771 Betts Road, Myakka City, (941) 322-2802.

Chef Judi Gallagher


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