Hans and I were both in the mood for a Chinese Buffet. Lo and Behold - SPLENDID BUFFET. And it was totally awesome. They offered a wonderful "All-you-can-eat", delicious Buffet consisting of steamed Crab Legs, giant prauns, peel-and-eat shrimp.sweet & Sour Chicken, Sushi, BBQ Spare Ribs and much much more. They even had a Mongolian BBQ section. Also a soup and salad bar and dessert & fruit selections.
Needless to say, we enjoyed it very much and at $8.99 a real bargain.
Lunch 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mon - Sat. $5.99
Dinner 3:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mon - Thurs. $8.99
Sunday Brunch 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $6.99
Sunday Dinner 3:45 to 9:30 p.m. $9.99
10% discount for Seniors 65 plus
Sarasota, January, 2007
OK what to eat tonight! CRAGER'S FAMILY DINER just down the street from our Motel had a sign outside which read Sirloin Steak $7.49. That sounded good, so that's what we did. Our steak was a small portion, but good and it came with choice of potato ( we both had baked ), vegetable and corn bread which was all more than enough. Our waitress was hilarious and had us in stitches.
Crager's which is family owned and operated, had quite a good menu with your usual breakfast items, soup and sandwiches, salads, burgers, chicken, fish, steak and pasta dishes.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Primo's is actual Italian food. If you are into mozzarella sticks and something called a "sampler", look elsewhere.
Like everything they serve, they make their own pasta here (apparently from angel's wings or something because this stuff is good) and they have real pride in creating meals, not just serving food. The owner / head chef, Maurizio, is a very nice man who actually cares about your response when he walks by your table and asks, "So, how is everything?"
There is some stereotypical "italianess" in the decor of the resturant - early American plastic fruit and pictures of "famous" Italians, complete with chubby angel frescos randomly on the walls, candles in "antique" sconces, white linen table cloths and full settings of crystal and silverware. I think that's all just part of the scene. Your Nana will think it's "beautiful."
Despite its older-generation ambiance, Primo's isn't stuffy, though. They are actually one of the cheaper resturants on US 41 that doens't serve its food in a bag with paper napkins. They have a lunch special everyday that is incredibly cheap, too.
Favorite Dish: They make crazy good gnocchi and manicotti julian here.
tommy bahama's is a combination clothing store and restaurant. tommy bahama's offers a relaxed, elegant, caribbean atmosphere. the cuisine is american with a tropical accent. good food moderately priced. besure to check out their clothing store for florida casual apparel. reservations recommended during the winter tourist season.
This is a great "down-to-earth" restaurant, considering that the ones that surround it are higher level dinner oriented affairs on St. Armands circle. It's a good thing the breakfasts are good, because it's practically the only game in town unless you want to go back to the mainland!
Favorite Dish: The pancakes! Lunch is very good too, the Rachel (turkey Reuben) is excellent.
This restaurant is off the beaten track in Sarasota, but well worth the trip. Take a cab if you have to. The interior is painted in bright colors giving it a festive atmosphere. The food is great, too.
Favorite Dish: I can't remember what all we had, but I know that we tried a variety of items and all of it was excellent!
the crab & fin is a good seafood restaurant on st. armands circle. they also offer kobe beef and poultry. one of sarasota's better restaurants. reservation recommended during the winter tourist season.
hemingway's retreat is a casual tropical style restaurant. the cuisine is american with a florida accent. good food moderately priced. dinner reservations recommended during the winter tourist season.
Sarasota is home to a pretty large Amish and Mennonite community. (Check out the documentary Devil's Playground to learn a little about Sarasota's Amish, They are only in it a little, but the documentary is awesome all in all.) This place serves up traditional Amish-style cooking and is staffed mostly by Mennonite women. There's also crafts, quilts, and cookbooks made by locals for sale. The quilts are the type of quality that you could pass them on for generations. I've always been kind of sad that I can't afford one.
Oh, yeah, the food is pretty good, too.
Favorite Dish: During strawberry season, the strawberry shortcake is the best!
Bangkok Thai is the first place I ever went out to eat as a college student. I think that the orientation staff took us there because (as I would find out as a future orientation staffer) they were instructed to give us experiences that would make us want to stay at that particular college and reasons to want to live in Sarasota.
The food / people here are amazing. Everyone is really dedicated and hardworking, and that comes out in the food they serve. Also, it’s not so expensive or overpriced that you have to feel like it is a totally irrational treat you are giving yourself to eat here. The carrot crane and radish rose on every plate just make me smile, too.
It was voted best Thai something like eleven times in a row in the local paper, too. It's worth wandering off of US 41.
Favorite Dish: I really like their red curry with thai vegetables. It's not runny and overcooked like a lot of curry dishes.
the columbia st. armands circle is one of several columbia restaurants in florida. the original columbia was established in the ybor city area of tampa in 1905. i have dined at the original columbia in tampa and a couple of other locations around the state and find the quality of the food and service to be consistant with the original. good spanish and american fare. they offer a large patio area on st. armands circle for outside dining. reservations recommended during the winter tourist season.
Sarasota has a pretty large Amish community that resides in a neighborhood known as Pinecraft.
This neighborhood has narrow streets and small houses in a grid layout mark this as the area’s "Amish community." In truth, the area is made up of Amish, Mennonites, and others, but it is those members of the Plain Sects, in their traditional clothing, that catch the eye.
There are also some wonderful Amish restaurants (with crafts etc for sale) in the area
Yoders makes everything from SCRATCH and was voted first place by the People's Choice awards (Sarasota Herald Tribune & Channel 40) for:
* Best Dinner Under $10.00
* Best Amish Restaurant
* Best Homemade Desserts
* Best Key Lime Pie
* Best Carry out
* Best Breakfast
Favorite Dish: I just love home cooking so its hard to say...but Do NOT leave without having a piece of Pie (or buy an entire pie and take it home)...my favorites are the Peanut Butter Cream and the Strawberry Rhubarb pies
**** Also note there is an Amish market nearby on Saturday is on Bahia Vista about one -quarter mile east of Beneva Rd.****
There are also several Amish Restaurants in the area...including
Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant, Bakery, Gift Shop and Furniture Store
3713 Bahia Vista St.
Sarasota, FL 34232
An old tradition in a new setting since 1969. Troyer's Dutch Heritage serves traditional Amish family and buffet-style meals, scrumptious bakery pastries and more than 20 types of pies. Second floor gift shop.
My favorite! Casual dining, Good Bar menu and Seafood selection, usually a few daily specials. Best fish and chips this side of the big pond! The big attraction here is the waterfront bar. Great view, lots of friendly locals to entertain you, Great place to end the day.
Favorite Dish: Fish and Chips
Sarasota is semi-famous for its excellent Thai food, and Siam Orchid is partly why.
Siam Orchid is definitely the most refined Thai restaurant in Sarasota and the biggest. Though I usually find them adorable, a lot of Thai restaurants have the tendancy to make me feel claustrophobic. Here, they take all the cute things about Thai restaurants: wood carvings, wall plaques, neat fabric, little water dishes with flowers floating in them, and devine wait staff outfits, and put them in a less sardine-can atmosphere.
Besides eye candy and elbow room, the food at Siam Orchid is really, really good. They are willing to work around whatever crazy food allergy / particular food hatred that you have, too, because they make everything fresh.
Favorite Dish: The Amazinf Tofu really is amazing, and so are the banana coins.
TASTY HOME COOKING IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE RESTRAUNTS. IT IS A SMALL DINER LIKE PLACE WITH THE BEST DEALS IN TOWN! AS A CUSTOMER YOU WILL ALWAYS BE SEATED BY THE OWNER HIMSELF. HE ALWAYS PERSONALLY THANKS YOU FOR VISITING.
THE FOOD ...............GREAT.
THE SERVICE.........EXELLENT. YOU WILL LEAVE FEELING LIKE YOU JUST MADE A NEW FREIND!
THE MEAL SIZE........THE DINNERS ARE HARD TO FINISH.
THE PRICE.............ALL DINNERS UNDER $7 BUCKS!
THEY ARE FAMUS FOR THEIR TASTY BUGERS WITCH ARE 3 FOR $1.29!!!! IF YOU LIKE WHITE CASTLE & CRYSTAL BURGERS, THEN YOU WILL LOVE THESE!
Favorite Dish: I ALWAYS ORDER 8 TASTY BURGER WITH A LARGE SWEET TEA. I NEVER FINISH ALL EIGHT OF THEM, BUT THEY MAKE A GREAT SNACK THE NEXT DAY. BESIDES ITS ONLY $5 BUCKS! YOU WIN TWICE!!!!