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Affordable Dining in Sarasota Area?

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Evansville, Indiana
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Affordable Dining in Sarasota Area?

Hey everyone!

My husband and I are being sent to Florida for a business trip the week of June 18th-24th. All expenses are covered except for the food. Normally, we would love to splurge on nice restaurants, but we will come back and be closing on our new house (ouch!), so we would like to enjoy some restaurants without putting a dent in our wallet! We are from Indiana, and normally can eat at pretty good restaurants for anywhere from $15-$30 for two people. We would like to stay in that range in Sarasota, but most restaurants I have seen recommended on sites are too pricey ($25 main course per person).

Any and all suggestions would be great.

Thanks!

PS-A friend recommended Sonny's BBQ. How would you rate it?

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1. Re: Affordable Dining in Sarasota Area?

Siesta Key is about 10 minutes from Sarasota by car. Captain Curt's has great seafood at an affordable rate. Good pizza can be had at Napoli's in Siesta Key and if you are looking for great appetizers during a happy hour setting Siesta Key Oyster Bar's are delicious.

Evansville, Indiana
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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! We don't get seafood much, so your tip is a big help! We really appreciate it!

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3. Re: Affordable Dining in Sarasota Area?

Try Phillippi Creek - reasonable and good, fresh seafood.

Turtles in SK has an early bird special that is reasonable with decent food. Also a nice setting on the bay.

If you have a room w/kitchen, Publix has really goodpeel and eat shrimp and great key lime pie. A man that lives in the condo next to one we rented told us to try it - that it was better than most restaurants. He was correct - plus it is cheaper. Check with someone behind the fish counter at Publix and they will tell you what day the shrimp arrive so you can get them at their freshest.

Can't help with the BBQ question because we tend to eat mostly seafood when we go to Sarasota.

Venice, Florida
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4. Re: Affordable Dining in Sarasota Area?

Haven't been to Sarasota in a few years, but Sonny's BarBQue and Sugar & Spice were 2 of our favorite reasonable restaurants. The Key Lime pie from Publix is GREAT!! Have been getting it for years. We were just down to disney at Easter and I bought a whole pie. It was gone in less than 24 hours!

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5. Re: Affordable Dining in Sarasota Area?

Summer05 - Did you eat the whole pie yourself?

My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Evansville, Indiana
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Is Publix a grocery store?

TN
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7. Re: Affordable Dining in Sarasota Area?

Yes, Publix is a grocery store. Good deli and fresh seafood. The fruit is usually good also.

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There are plenty of reasonably priced restaurants along 41 in Sarasota, lots of national chains as well as local restaurants. Also check out Sarasota's Main St. - several restaurants there. We went to Longboat Key every summer for over 10 years and rarely ate at any of the "island restaurants" (Longboat Key, St Armands Key, Siesta Key) due to prices - but when you go into Sarasota there are tons of restaurants to choose from. For ultra casual seafood there is a great open air restaurant right by Mote Marine (between Longboat Key & St Armands Key) - I think the name is the Salty Dog. We also enjoy Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar and Sugar and Spice (Amish homestyle cooking) as mentioned by another poster. Publix makes great sub sandwiches in addition to great key lime pie! You can always pick up dinner to go and then picnic out on the beach for sunset...........best atmosphere in town!

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9. Re: Affordable Dining in Sarasota Area?

There was an Irish Pub in Longboat Key that was nice. Food was ok...not the greatest, but a nice place to sit outside and see a nice beach and ocean for cocktails. IMO.

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Futzy....you'll love it if your Irish.

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10. Re: Affordable Dining in Sarasota Area?

caragiulos (italian) on palm ave

and in bradenton on cortez road west

check it out...

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