Small Wonders: Our Favorite Local Hand-Held Treats

Welcome to the new world of mini-treats.

By Megan McDonald Photography by Gene Pollux January 31, 2014

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Pinky Pies

The Lollicake Queen

Yes, you can eat a whole pie, thanks to these personal-sized treats, which come in a variety of flavors—including chocolate peanut butter, banana cream and Notorious P.I.E. (an oatmeal cookie crust with brown sugar filling). $5-$6; 1821A Hillview St., Sarasota, (941) 955-8101.

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Mini Doughnuts

Meany's Mini Donuts

These mini doughnuts—which are almost beignet-like, thanks to their fluffy lightness—come in a variety of flavors, including powdered sugar, Bavarian cream, strawberry cheesecake and peanut butter cup. We dare you not to polish off a whole bag in one sitting. From $2.50; 201 Canal Road, Siesta Key.

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Smoked Salmon Sliders

The Cottage

Canadian smoked salmon topped with arugula and drizzled with crème fraiche dill sauce, served on a mini pretzel roll. Need we say more? $8; 153 Avenida Messina, Siesta Key, (941) 312-9300.

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Mini Cupcakes

The Short Giraffe Mini Confections and Catering

These adorable treats—in flavors like cookie butter, banana toffee crunch and white chocolate blueberry cream—totally take the cake. $2.99 each; 1412 State St., Sarasota, (941) 706-2075.

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Sea Bass Fritters

The Table Creekside

Packed with flavor in a perfectly round package, these crispy bites are served with a Key lime aioli that ups their ante even more. $5; 5365 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 921-9465.

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Mini Scones

Perq Coffee Bar

Counting carbs? Have your scone and eat it, too: Perq's pastry is smaller than the standard size, but just as satisfying alongside your morning cup o' joe. $1; 1821 Hillview St., Sarasota, (941) 955-8101.

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Bulgogi Tacos

Libby's Café + Bar

Small size doesn't mean small flavor: At Libby's, they're piling mini grilled corn tortillas with Korean barbecue shredded beef and vinegary pickled slaw. $15 lunch (two tacos); $18 dinner (three tacos); 1917 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, (941) 487-7300.

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Lobster Roll Snacks

State Street Eating House

All the flavor of a full-sized lobster roll—think succulent meat sautéed in butter, then topped with sea salt on a house-made roll—in a pint-sized package. $6.75; 1533 State St., Sarasota, (941) 951-1533.