Dining and Restaurants

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Wherever you live in the Sarasota area, you have year-round access to fresh produce. With snowbirds flying home for the summer months, not all of the area farmers markets are open year long. However, there are still plenty of options to get locally grown and organic produce.

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Phillippi Farmhouse Market

Every Wednesday from October to May, Phillippi Estate Park at 5500 South Tamiami Trail hosts a farmers market from 9am-2pm. In addition to fresh produce, more than 40 vendors gather to offer plants for home gardens, prepared food, and other specialty items.

Englewood Farmers Market

Also from October to May, the Englewood Farmers Market takes place on Historic Dearborn Street on Thursdays from 9am-1pm. With over 50 vendors,

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Finding amazing pizza is one of the first orders of business whenever you find yourself in a new town. Fortunately, Sarasota has plenty of options, from New York to Chicago, and everything in between. Of course, you can always settle for the standard chains that taste the same anyplace you may go, however, I invite you to try some of our local pizza chefs and the incredible pies you can only experience in Sarasota.

Rico's  - With five locations throughout Sarasota, Bradenton, and Lakewood Ranch, Rico’s is one of our most successful local pizza chains. Featuring online ordering from each of their locations, Rico’s is a safe bet wherever you might be.

Solorzano's  – Opening in Gulf Gate in 2004, Solorzano’s pizza paved the way for other locations on Siesta

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While Florida got its name from being a "festival of flowers," many residents are more appreciative of its fruits and veggies. Due to its tropical climate and the growing "foodie" trend, Florida is a great place to grow food, and several people are opting to forgo the traditional lawns and landscaping for gardens and edible plants. With a wide variety of annual and perennial plants, edible landscaping can help residents create a beautiful, abundant, and tasty Florida yard.

Whether you want to help save the planet or save money on your grocery bill, growing your own food may be the way to go. Commercial gardens use up to two to three times the amount of water as a home or community garden, and according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, every

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While Florida got its name from being a "festival of flowers," many residents are more appreciative of its fruits and veggies. Due to its tropical climate and the growing "foodie" trend, Florida is a great place to grow food, and several people are opting to forgo the traditional lawns and landscaping for gardens and edible plants. With a wide variety of annual and perennial plants, edible landscaping can help residents create a beautiful, abundant, and tasty Florida yard.

Whether you want to help save the planet or save money on your grocery bill, growing your own food may be the way to go. Commercial gardens use up to two to three times the amount of water as a home or community garden, and according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, every

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Sarasota's malls feature plenty of places for indoor shopping, dining, and entertainment.

As the months get warmer in Florida, several residents are quite thankful for the respite of air-conditioned shopping. Yet the malls in Sarasota aren't just for shopping. Featuring a variety of restaurants and eateries, as well as entertainment venues, Sarasota malls have a little something for everyone.

Our oldest mall is Westfield Sarasota Square. First built in 1977, Sarasota Square received a 7-million-dollar facelift in 1986, followed quickly by another 15-million-dollar expansion. The mall saw more major renovations when Westfield purchased the property in 2005, instituting a 60-million-dollar remodel.

With its most recent addition of a Costco store,

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As Valentine's Day approaches, couples start to look for that place to have the perfect romantic meal. While everyone has their own idea of what “romantic” means, there are a few things that are pretty standard for everyone. Fortunately, Sarasota happens to have a broad range of possibilities, and if you're wondering where you should go for your perfect dinner out, you may want to consider a few of these.

Indigenous – If you’re looking for local flair, you can't do better than Indigenous. The ambiance is quiet and quaint, and the food is delectable. Located in charming Towles Court, your meal of locally sourced food and sustainable seafood can be followed by a nice stroll, window-shopping the art galleries.

Shoogie Boogies – Also in Towles

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Whenever you move to a new place, you're faced with the task of trying to find the best of what you like. One of those "best of" things most everybody looks for is comfort foods, and few foods are as comforting as a good burger. While Sarasota has a number of great chains that specialize in burgers, like Square 1, Five Guys, and Culver's, the best burgers you're going to find are in Sarasota's original restaurants.

If you love a good burger, these are the top ten places I really encourage you to try. However, I'll let you come to your own conclusion about which one is actually the best.

The Hob Nob – We have to start with Sarasota's oldest drive in. The burgers are good, having a 'made in the back yard" flavor, but the experience of dining at The

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As Plato said, “He was a wise man who invented beer.” It would seem that Sarasota is doing its best to increase in wisdom. Of course, this trend could also be considered a statewide movement now that Florida boasts over 150 craft breweries, yet Sarasota does have its standouts.

Sarasota Brewing Company was the first, and for a long time, it was the only brewery around. An anchor of Gulf Gate Village since 1989, this micro-brewery has also received a number of awards for its food, namely the burgers and Chicago beef sandwiches. Always a great place to catch a game, there always at least 5 unique brews on tap and 20 seasonal beers that rotate throughout the year. 

JDub's Brewing Company doesn't have the kitchen, but their taproom is often visited

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Some of the best places in downtown Sarasota are ones that many people don't even know exist. But they ought to know! Whether you're new in town or are a local who loves to discover, I'd like to share with you a few oddball, unique, and retro places that add a lot of charm to the Sarasota's downtown community.

For starters, you've got to have at least one breakfast at the Waffle Stop at 660 S. Washington Boulevard. If you've already driven by, you probably know that Elvis ate there, and Edith Barr Dunn is still there to tell the tale of how Elvis and his pals showed up in a pink Cadillac for two mornings in a row when he was playing at the Florida Theatre (now the Sarasota Opera House) and ordered three eggs with bacon, pan-fried potatoes, toast,

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