Our panel of food experts share the five best things they ate locally this week.
We may be well into fall by now, but it’s still warm enough to enjoy a frozen treat—and Pop Craft’s caramelized pumpkin pop is hitting all the right notes. The popsicle purveyor says it has a secret ingredient and “top secret process” for making this pop; we say it’s a Florida-perfect take on a classic fall flavor. (Pro tip: Go on a Tuesday, when you can get four pops for $12.)
Freshness epitomized, Café Epicure’s Insalata Tropicale makes healthy eating feel indulgent. Peppery arugula, creamy avocado, tangy, al dente hearts of palm and a salty slice of parmesan—dressed however you like with olive oil and balsamic vinegar—combine to satisfy your palate and leave you light on your feet. (And if you want a little more protein, ask them to add grilled chicken.)
Curry Station just opened a second location on Clark Road, and South Sarasota should get excited about the exceptional Indian flavors. Our pick? Biryani, a popular Indian rice dish bursting with cinnamon, coriander, cardamom and a hint of ginger—the best we’ve tasted locally. Try it with tender chicken or vegetables—you can’t go wrong either way.
A benefit of living on the coast: fresh seafood. Those who love Asian-inspired food will be thrilled with Indigenous’ Plentiful & Abundant Fish dish (market price): two meaty and filling pieces of cobia atop a bed of fresh coleslaw and cucumbers. The whole plate is dressed with a unique, savory vinaigrette; if you want a bit of kick, order a side of sweet-spicy Hungarian house-pickled peppers for $4 and add them on top.
Shore Diner’s Cobb salad isn’t your typical dish—it’s chock-full of avocado, bacon, egg, crab, Maine lobster and shrimp, then topped with a delicious and unique yuzu vinaigrette. We love enjoying it with a glass of wine and the second-floor views of bustling St. Armands Circle; best of all, it’s large enough to share or, if you’re dining solo, you’ll have enough to take home for leftovers the next day. Yum.