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It’s a Tuesday evening, it’s pouring outside and you’re too exhausted to consider making dinner or going out for a bite. Thanks to a few smartphone apps that connect you with delivery options from local restaurants, you don’t have to budge from your couch. Here’s the lowdown on three popular restaurant delivery apps.

Bite Squad

Ordering options: Online at, free app at App Store and Google Play

Delivery cost: Around $5

Top local restaurant choices: Smacks Burgers & Shakes, Melange, State Street Eating House + Cocktails

Perks: Far and away the biggest selection of local restaurants to choose from

Downside: Full menus not available from all restaurants


Ordering options: Online at, free app at App Store and Google Play

Delivery cost: Ranges from free to $6

Top local restaurant choices: Yume Sushi, Drunken Poet, Ssam Bar

Perks: Plan a meal for between two hours or four days ahead of time through the app’s pre-order feature

Downside: Limited number of restaurants in the Sarasota and Bradenton markets so far

Uber Eats

Ordering options: Online at, free app at App Store and Google Play

Delivery cost: Around $5

Top local restaurant choices: Goichi’s Sushi Cafe, Il Panificio, Louies Modern

Perks: Track your order from when the restaurant starts prepping it to when the Uber driver arrives

Downside: While service recently spread to Bradenton and Palmetto, the number of participating restaurants still lags.

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Louies Modern Closed

$$$ New American 1289 North Palm Avenue

This handsome downtown focuses on farm-fresh, sophisticated American cuisine as well as craft beer and handcrafted cocktails.

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Il Panifico

Italian, Pizza Multiple Locations

What puts Il Panificio head and shoulders above Sarasota’s rich and varied collection of crust-creating cafés? For one thing, the plethora of specialty slice...

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Goichi's Sushi Cafe

Asian, Sushi 4563 Bee Ridge Road

Sure, it’s a sushi restaurant, but more importantly, Goichi's has a ramen menu stocked with a long list of brothy beauties. The restaurant’s tonkotsu broth...

Ssam Bar

$$ Korean, Sushi 1303 N. Washington Blvd.

Yup Namgoong used to operate Bradenton’s Sam Oh Jung, a combination sushi and Korean spot that he sold a few years back. At that location, 70 percent of his ...

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Drunken Poet Cafe

$$ Asian, Sushi, Vegetarian 1572 Main St.

Thai and other Asian delectables are expertly prepared in the small kitchen by the female owner/chef.

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Yume Sushi

$$ Sushi 1532 Main Street

Sushi and sashimi star here, including low-carb rolls for calorie counters.

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State Street Eating House + Cocktails

$$$ American 1533 State St.

Featuring modern takes on classic comfort food (think lobster macaroni and cheese, fried chicken and lamb), State Street also features an ambitious cocktail program and a separate lounge.

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$$$ New American 1568 Main Street

Chef Lan Bradeen showcases innovative New American cuisine and inventive seasonal cocktails in her newly renovated downtown restaurant.

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S’macks Burgers & Shakes

$$ Burgers, Ice Cream 2407 Bee Ridge Road

 S'macks is a brainchild of the team that runs Gecko's, the local mini-empire that has been sourcing much of its vegetables from Sarasota's Honeyside Farms, ...