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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


A New Owner and a Little More Style at Bellagio; Plus The Table Creekside’s Global Brunch

By Judi Gallagher We hadn’t been to Bellagio since the new owners came in, did some styling to make the window that faces 301 much better, and brought a little uptick to the menu. While the location might throw you off, think of this, as Nancy Kaplan suggested, as an Italian hideaway. Off 301, just […]


Chef Judi Visits Downtown Sarasota’s Drunken Poet

By Judi Gallagher Several years ago I remember trying Drunken Poet on Main Street and really enjoying my lunch. I also remember taking a photo of chef-owner Oy’s herb garden just outside the restaurant. Well, what the heck took me so long to go back? I have been missing so much goodness. I solemnly pledge […]


Chef Pino Arrives at Siesta Key’s Flavio’s; Chef Judi Tastes and Dishes

By Judi Gallagher As a longtime fan of Bella Roma, I’m pleased to tell you that we now have even more to love about this Siesta Key eatery. Get ready for this score: The new chef is none other than our all time favorite Italian chef: Pino Luongo! Yup, you heard it straight from the […]