May 18, 2017 The Traveling Gals 0Comment

Attention all foodies! Savor Sarasota is coming up from June 1-14.

Here is an interesting fact for those new to Sarasota and those who live here…Sarasota has the highest concentration of Zagat® rated restaurants in Florida.  It makes sense because even just spending a weekend here provides you with so many quality, food options.

79 restaurants are set to participate this year in the 12th annual Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week.   This 2 week extravaganza is hosted by Visit Sarasota County (VSC), and provides everyone an opportunity to try new restaurants and revisit favorites by enjoying pre-fixe three-course dinner menus and multi course lunch menus.  This is a great chance to sample eclectic offerings of Sarasota’s diverse cuisine.  Restaurants also encourage patrons to pay it forward by giving a voluntary donation to All Faiths Food Bank’s Campaign to End Summer Hunger.

The Traveling Gals were lucky enough to be included to participate in the kick-off event at Salute!, 23 N Lemon Ave. in downtown Sarasota.  Salute owner, Laszlo Bevardi offered a great venue and wonderful homemade pasta with wines from his own vineyard in Italy.  His next door neighbor, the always fun Mattison’s treated us to salmon with decadent risotto.  Sarasota’s much loved, Michael’s on East gave everyone a taste of their seafood bisque.  Downtown’s sought after sushi extraordinaire, Tsunami delighted with a tuna tower and tempura roll.  Since I try to stay on the healthy side, I stuck to either a bite or polling everyone on their favorite.  Ashley’s favorite was the risotto.  Carol loves everything from Tsunami.  My favorite bite was the tuna tower for sure.

Tuna Tower from Tsunami

Visit Sarasota County really knows how to throw a great event!  Thank you for putting the excellent Sarasota dining scene on display for everyone to discover.

Participating Restaurants are as follows:

62 Bistrot, Andrea’s Restaurant, Apollonia Grill, Barnacle Bill’s Seafood, Bijou Café, Blue Rooster, Brio Tuscan Grille, Café L’Europe, Café Gabbiano, Café Venice Restaurant & Wine Bar, The Capital Grille, Carmel Café & Wine Bar, Chart House,  Chianti Ristorante; Crow’s Nest; Currents; Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar, Dry Dock Waterfront Grill, Duval’s, Fresh.Local.Seafood, Euphemia Haye Restaurant no& The Haye Loft , Fins @ Sharky’s , Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, H2O Bistro,  Harry’s Continental Kitchens, Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, Kona Grill; Libby’s Café & Bar, Louies Modern , Made, Main Street Trattoria; Mattison’s City Grille; Mattison’s Forty-One, The Melting Pot;  Michael’s On East, Miguel’s, Mozaic, Muse at the Ringling, Off the Hook, Ophelia’s on the Bay, Red Clasico Sarasota, Roessler’s Restaurant, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Saltwater Café, Salute!, Sardinia Restaurant, Season’s 52, Selva Grill , Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Stonewood Grill and Tavern, The Table Creekside, The Rosemary,The Starlite Room, Tommy Bahama, Tsunami Sushi & Hibachi Grill, Beulah Restaurant, Buffalo Wild Wings, Casa Antica, C’est La Vie, Flavio’s Brick Oven and Bar, Not new Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Jack Dusty’s, Lila, Mona Lisa Restaurant and Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue. (Check for any additions).

Homemade pasta and bruschetta from Salute

For more information about the 2017 Savor Sarasota celebration – including featured chef profiles, a complete list of participating restaurants and pre-fixe, three-course menus, alongside upcoming events and accommodation packages – visit

The Traveling Gals

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