Bacon and egg biscuit sandwich at Buttermilk Handcrafted Food
Turns out the best Saturday morning breakfast food is a biscuit topped with eggs and bacon. And lucky for us, Buttermilk Handcrafted Food has us covered. Their version of this biscuit sandwich ($5.50) is comprised of a house-made biscuit that's buttery and flaky; a fluffy egg from Grove Ladder Farm; and salty, smoky Benton's bacon. Settle into a window seat with a cup of Buttermilk's excellent coffee (brewed in consultation with Perq Coffee Bar) and indulge in this simple-but-perfect meal.
Spicy seafood udon at Yo! Sushi
Most Sarasota restaurant items marketed as "spicy" fall way short of that appellation. There may be a little drawing of a chili pepper next to the item on the menu, but you probably won't taste any actual chili in the dish itself. Not so at the University Town Center mall Yo! Sushi, where the global chain's spicy seafood udon ($7.50) presents a flavorful blaze that's a perfect warmup on a frigid winter day. The soup's thin broth contains hunks of salmon, squid, shrimp and veggies, plus thick, chewy udon. It'll fill your belly and clear your sinuses.
Sushi birthday cake at Tsunami Sushi
Tsunami has whipped up our idea of sushi nirvana--a sushi "birthday cake"--and it's ideal for any kind of celebration. For $75, you get an enormous creative "cake" that can easily feed eight people. You can even add on extra layers of sashimi, if you're so inclined. Just make sure to pre-order.
Farroe Island Salmon at Veronica Fish & Oyster
There's not much we don't love on the menu at Southside Village's Veronica Fish & Oyster, and now we're adding the restaurant's Farroe Island salmon to our list. The tender, flaky salmon fillet would be perfect on its own; the fact that it's served with crispy Brussels sprouts, creamy polenta ravioli and flavorful oxtail ragu make us love it even more.
Big Deal imperial stout at Darwin Brewing Co.
Cold weather has us hankering for fortified beverages, and you could do a lot worse than a big ol' bottle of Darwin Brewing Co.'s Big Deal imperial stout. Flavored with roasted barley and dark chocolate, it's a thick, dark concoction with an impressive tang. Perfect for fireside sipping.