Inspired sandwiches and fresh-baked bread at the Savory Street International Café and Bakery.
THE PLACE The Savory Street International Café and Bakery, 411 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, (941) 312-4027, thesavory-street.com. Sunlit Savory Street takes full advantage of its high-ceilinged corner spot in Orange Avenue’s Citrus Square, creating a strong European café vibe, but with a friendly attitude that hints at the tradition of American diners. The airy room includes tables, chairs and a banquette, as well as a counter and pastry case displaying fresh-baked goods.
THE PEOPLE Polo-shirted professionals talking business over chicken salad; young families taking a break from play dates.
TIME FACTOR Quick, if needed, but comfortable enough to take your time.
THE FOOD The lunch menu features a variety of refined approaches to classic sandwiches served on house-made bread. The two varieties of chicken salad sandwich-es, served on specially made croissants, are elevated with curry and coconut (in the case of the curried chicken salad), or cumin, coriander and sunflower seeds (for the Mediterranean). There are also beef, salami, ham and turkey sandwiches and hearty vegetarian creations. The fresh breads range from brioche to ciabatta to 10-grain.