Still Savoring

By staff June 15, 2009







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Amid all the fabulous flavors of Savor Sarasota, a favorite emerges.


By Judi Gallagher


We savored some more of Sarasota this past week, and while my extended waistline clearly proves it, it was a delicious and affordable adventure. I did not set out to pick a favorite, but clear and away Euphemia Haye this past Wednesday night was beyond a positive culinary tour. For three courses at $25 per person, our evening delighted and felt like an old friend.



Euphemia Haye's house-made pate was an appetizer no-brainer.

Comfortable and consistent, this “old friend” lived up to each previous visit.  What I love about Euphemia Haye are its classics and they were offered up beautifully on the Savor Sarasota menu. House-made pate and their “best in town” Caesar salad made the appetizer choices a no-brainer, and they were as tasteful as the full-price offerings throughout the year. Of course, they started us out with homemade banana bread, a refill kindly provided. I could hardly contain myself when the roasted duck—a longtime Euphemia classic—arrived, with strawberry almond being the sauce of the day.



The duck at Euphemia Haye is a favorite.

It is quite noticeable at this Longboat key destination that duck is a favorite, most tables ordering the classic house specialty, but hubby’s moans of contentment over the braised lamb shank deserves a tip of the hat as well. Meaty and tender, lamb shank is a favorite Sarasota dish, and they delivered with this well. Dessert is served upstairs in the Haye Loft, but for Savor Sarasota they did offer a warm chocolate cake or their infamous (or at least in my eyes) apple crumble pie—even the sliver proved to be too much for me, and I still regret not taking it home for the next day—the crust alone is amazing.



Some of Pattigeorge's tasty offerings.



We finished the week with the Savor Sarasota menu at Pattigeorge’s. While understated in its flavors (I prefer the lobster tempura on the regular menu), Pattigeorge’s has one of the most beautiful water views. Like Mattison’s Forty One, Pattigeorge’s, The Colony and the Ritz Carlton are offering their Savor Sarasota menu for an extended time. (Best to call for details). One thing I will certainly say to all the restaurants we tried during the fine dining meal deal, service was excellent. We appreciated that diners on a budget menu are treated with the same attention to detail. Cheers to savoring our town and the restaurants that make our days a little more delicious!

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