18C THURSDAY JANUARY 30, 2003
THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER
DINING GUIDE F o o d
LONGBOAT KEY BAYOU STEAKHOUSE
The Bayou Steakhouse offers excellent dining and great service in a comfortable waterfront facility. Our menu combines steaks, seafood and pasta at moderate prices. We are located in the Whitney Beach Plaza and accept reservations of parties of six or more. Open: Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Bar open until 12:30 p.m. 383-7699 CAFE DON GIOVANNI Come, sit and feel at home and enjoy the friendly casual “Italian” atmosphere with Domenico, the owner. The chef will cook for you his delicious fresh pasta, fish, chicken and famous seafood and veal dishes. And, don’t forget to try our antipasti! Wine and beer available. open 7 days a week. Sunday Breakfast 9-2, Breakfast (Jan. to May) 8-11, Lunch 11-3, Dinner 410:30 every night. Call for reservations: 383-0013. 5610 Gulf of Mexico Drive (next to food mart). CAFE ON THE BAY Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay, Cafe on the Bay offers diners views of the marina and bay in an elegant yet casual setting. The extensive menu has something for everyone. We are sister restaurant of the world class Cafe L’Europe. 2630 Harborside Dr. Hours: Lunch 11:30-3; Dinner 5:30-9 Sun. — Thurs; 5:30-10 Fri. & Sat,; Sunday Brunch from 9-1 $16.95. 383-0440. CIAO! ITALIA A real trattoria on Longboat Key, the best homemade Italian food you ever tasted! From linguine with fresh clam sauce to veal scaloppine marsala. The most delicious antipasto you’ve ever had, plus succulent brick oven pizza. Try Ciao’s in the Centre Shops, we know you’ll not be disappointed. Hours: 11:30-3, 4:3010p.m. 383-0010. THE COLONY DINING ROOM This classic award-winning restaurant with floor to ceiling windows offers Florida’s finest view of the Gulf of Mexico. The Colony Dining Room cuisine could be described as Contemporary Continental. You’ll also enjoy one of this nation’s finest wine lists. Reservations strongly suggested. Dinner from 6 p.m. nightly. Sunday Brunch: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 383-5558. CUZINS OF LONGBOAT The best pizza south of Manhattan has arrived on Longboat Key. Cuzins of Longboat has pick up and delivery only. This location is the off shoot of the highly successful Cuzins on Manatee Ave. and 75th St. in N.W. Bradenton. Cuzins features NY style pizza, NY style Italian cusine, salads, sandwiches and more. 383-9477. EUPHEMIA HAYE An eclectic atmosphere of art & antiques creates the setting for award-winning cuisine; classic preparations of roast duckling, steak au poivre, Caesar salad, gulf-fresh seafood and homemade pasta. Upstairs, the HayeLoft Lounge & Dessert Room touts top-shelf spirits & cordials, appetizers, an outrageous dessert display & live entertainment. Dinner nightly. Late night gourmet pizza & desserts. 383-3633. www.euphemiahaye.com. HARRY’S CONTINENTAL KITCHENS Harry’s has been tantalizing tastebuds for 23 years. The restaurant is tropical fine dining with a casual flair. This intimate restaurant serves continental classics and inventive seafood. Lunch is served 11:30am-2:30pm. and Sundays 10:00am-2:30pm. Dinner SundayThursday 5pm-9pm, Friday and Saturday 5pm-9:30pm The adjacent gourmet deli offers dinners, sandwiches, salads and party specialties to take-out. The deli has an extensive selection of wines and offers gourmet gift baskets. Open 11am.-7pm. Harry’s has done stylish catering for every occasion since 1979. Open 7 days a week. 525 St. Judes Drive, 5600 block Gulf of Mexico Dr. 383-0777. www.harryskitchen.com. ISLAND JUICE & JAVA Winner “Rookie” Small Business of 2001. “Experience the taste of Longboat” at this charming gourmet deli/coffee shoppe/ice cream parlor. Healthconscious dieters as well as decadent dessert lovers will delight in a large selection of breakfast, lunch, snack and dessert items. Eat in, take out, and catering. OPEN DAILY 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 3174 Gulf of Mexico Drive (next to Sea Stable) 387-8783.
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SHARKY’S STEAK & SEAGRILL
Come by land or sea to Mar Vista’s Dockside Restaurant and discover Longboat Key’s favorite restaurant for fresh seafood and steaks. Enjoy lunch or dinner on our deck or in our old-Florida-style dining room. Kids’ menu available. 760 Broadway. 383-2391.
Great steaks. Fresh Seafood, prime rib, pasta & sandwiches. Happy hour daily. Entertainment & dancing. “Sharky’s presents surf & turf with style.” Bradenton Herald. “Enjoyed the specialties of the award winning chef.” Island Sun. “Well presented, tasty food - pleasing personel.” The Longboat Observer. “ We happily recommend it.” Taste Magazine. Open: 4pm - 2pm Daily. 2519 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach 779-9151
MAUREEN’S PALM GRILLE A restaurant for all reasons. Bistro style menu has been added offering the traditional and inventive to Steve Horn’s signature cuisine. Dine Al fresco under the stars! It’s what everyone’s raving about. Dinner Tuesday thru Sunday. Sunday breakfast 8:30 - 12:30. Lounge music 8pm Wed. 383-7774 SUNSET BAR & GRILL At the Hilton Longboat Key. Great “Island Style” dining overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. 4711 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Happy hour daily 5 - 7 p.m. Hours: 7 a.m. -10 p.m. 383-2451.
THE WATERFRONT RESTAURANT Enjoy the biggest & most interesting breakfasts, lunches covering everything from mouthwatering seafood, salads to burgers, sandwiches of all kinds & sophisticated great value dinners. Dine outside on our deck overlooking Tampa Bay or our 1920’s Florida cottage dining room w/fireplace. 7 days a week 7:00 a.m. 9:00 p.m. 111 South Bay Blvd. Anna Maria Island (opposite City Pier) 778-1515
THE MONKEY ROOM The Colony’s newest venue, The Monkey Room, with a choice of indoor and outdoor seating, features flavorful dishes from Indonesia, Florence, Havana and Paris. Just perfect for parties of all ages and sizes. Breakfast Mon. — Sat. 7 a.m. — 10:30 a.m. All Day Dining available 11:30 a.m. — 11:30 p.m. Adjacent to The Monkey Room is the all new Monkey Room Bar, one of the most comfortable lounges in town and definitely the place to be and be seen. Live entertainment nightly. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive 383-5558. LYNCHES LANDING BAR AND GRILL Sisters Ethna and Chris Lynch have captured the true spirit of Ireland. Famous for Cork Cottage Pie, Corned Beef & Cabbage, Irish smoked Salmon, fresh seafood and great burgers. Enjoy spectacular sunsets and our live music.4000 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Hours: 11:30 a.m.- 11p.m. 383-0791.
BRADENTON JONATHAN’S Welcome to ambience! Jazz music, creative continental cuisine, daily specials, fresh fish, crisp linens, fresh flowers, and candlelight all make for an unforgettable, intense dining experience. Menu offers a blend of French, Creole and Italian dishes. Full bar, excellent wine list and decadent desserts. 677 Manatee Ave., West (in the Northwest Promenade). Lunch Mon. - Fri. Dinner Mon- Sat. Sunday brunch 10 am - 2 pm 761-1177.
ST. ARMANDS/LIDO THE HUNGRY FOX The Hungry Fox is the neighborhood restaurant on St. Armands Circle. Casual dining featuring chef quality food reasonably priced. Serving you breakfast, lunch and dinner, pleasing local appetites for over 19 years with all of your favorites. Children and families welcome. Dine inside or on our garden patio overlooking the Circle. Open: Monday — Saturday 8 a.m. — 9 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. — 2:30 p.m. 388-2222 CHRISTOPHER’S Located 8 stories above beautiful Lido Key, this outstanding restaurant boasts Sarasota’s grandest views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. Opened in April, Christopher’s has already earned a reputation for for providing a dining experience unparalleled in this area. The menu ranges from sushi and lobster salad to Chateaubriand and Dover Sole prepared tableside. After you dine, plan for an after dinner drink or cigar in our “smoke-free” lounge. Entertainment nightly. Located at the Radisson Lido Beach Resort 8th floor. Open nightly 5:00 p.m. Reservations call 388-5608
SARASOTA BARNACLE BILL’S SEAFOOD
ANNA MARIA ISLAND BEACH BISTRO Award winning surfside dining. Zagat Guide “the best food on the Gulf Coast”. Recipient of the “Golden Spoon Award” bestowed on the Top Twenty restaurants in the State of Florida. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Hours: 5:00p.m. — 10:00p.m. Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive. Anna Maria Island. 778-6444. www.beachbistro.com. BISTRO AT ISLAND’S END Beach Bistro’s more casual cousin. Selected one of Florida’s “Top 200” restaurants by Florida Trend, praised by Zagat Guide and voted Best Overall Restaurant by locals. “Gulf Coast Cookery” with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Jazz piano on weekends. Hours: 5:00p.m. — 10:00p.m. Bistro at Island’s End, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Island 779-2444. www.bistroatislandsend.com. BRIDGE TENDER INN & DOCKSIDE BAR Specializing in fresh seafood, outstanding steaks and barbecue ribs; open 7 days. Live entertainment every evening, also Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Lively happy hour 3 — 6 p.m. in the bar. Sailboat dockage west via Marker 49. Casual/fine dining. Enjoy the best of both worlds. Hours: 11:30 a.m. — 2:00 a.m. 778-4849. DA GIORGIO RISTORANTE Offers authentic Italian cuisine. A big selection of wines from around the world will most certainly enhance your meal. Live entertainment with Luigi Toth, Tuesday through Saturday, contributes to the already pleasant atmosphere. Gift certificates available. Open Daily from 5-10p.m. 779-0220.
No waterfront, no view, just great resort style food at neighborhood prices. Sarasota’s finest fresh seafood, specializing in the freshest local and northern seafood in the market. Old world and contemporary preparations with showcase quality seafood in the restaurant. (3 locations) Barnacle Bill’s Seafood on Main, 3656800, Barnacle Bill’s Seafood on Webber, 923-5800., Barnacle Bill’s 5050 N. Tamiami Trail 355-7700. DA RU MA Enter the exciting, fascinating and delicious world of Da Ru Ma, where expertly trained chefs perform feats of classic Teppan style cooking at your table. Along with traditional favorites, innovative combinations featuring sauteed shrimp, teriyaki steak, seafood, tempura, sushi and much more. Enjoy sunset specials with a breathtaking view of the bay. Open daily 5-10. At the Sarasota Quay, U.S. 41 and Fruitville Road. 951-2440. MOREL RESTAURANT Enjoy sophisticated cuisine in one of Sarasota’s finest restaurants. A pleasant dining experience awaits you at Morel, where the cuisine is tantalizing and the service and atmosphere are warm and inviting. Well worth the trip! Centrally located with ample parking. Reservations suggested. Hours: Tues.-Sun. 4:30-9:30 p.m. 3809 S. Tuttle Ave., 927-8716. MUNROE’S For those beyond trends and power dining, Munroe’s is Sarasota’s mainstay. Enjoy sophisticated regional American cuisine, a global wine list and friendly, attentive service in a historic urban atmosphere. The upstairs jazz tavern offers live entertainment, late night appetizers and desserts, happy hour and full dinner menu. Chef-owned and operated. Valet parking. Hours: Dinner Mon.-Thur. 5:30-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 5:30-10 p.m. Closed Sundays. Catering available. 316-0609.