Hot Days, Hot Deals

By staff August 6, 2008


Summer specials worth the tasting.


By Judi Gallagher


Well, despite all the news about businesses going under (although some may have failed not because of the economy but because of bad service, inconsistent food and cleanliness issues), many businesses are thriving AND creating special events that are tasteful for the slow, hot days of summer, both in price and abundance. In fact, I’ve even agreed to come back from Jacksonville the morning after the Springsteen concert (this makes five for me so far on this tour) so we can enjoy the brew festival at Morton’s Market on Saturday, Aug, 16 from 4 to 7 p.m.


I’m addicted to Morton’s homemade kielbasa, and Paul swears by Aunt Bessie’s coleslaw. But most importantly, the festival does help a good cause, UCP. I certainly plan to grill and chill with the Morton’s chefs and sample some of 40 beers from around the world. In fact, if you tune in this Friday at 12:35-ish on ABC 7 you will see my cooking segment using Morton’s own house-made kielbasa.



The brew festival at Morton's this Saturday features local chefs and benefits UCP.


Here’s another tasteful summertime deal: Tommy Bahamas has a great Bungalow Bar menu for island time pricing—small plates like cheeseburger sliders and coconut shrimp are only $5 in the off hours of the afternoon and mojitos only $6.

 Another bit of good news, discovered running in to grab my weekly spray tan at Savannah Tan (you know they say one looks five pounds thinner with a tan, so I asked them to spray me 15 pounds worth), I noticed a new sign in a recently defunct space. Mamma Onesti’s is coming back to Sarasota. Located for years on North Tamiami Trail near the mini golf course, Mamma Onesti’s has killer garlic rolls soaked in butter and a fresh red snapper with capers and tomatoes that’s memorable. Look for the opening in about two weeks (and yes, I plan on getting three spray tans a week once they open!!!)



Mama Onesti's will open in about two weeks.

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