Biz Bites: Lolita Tartine

French dining and cuisine at Lolita Tartine in Sarasota.

By Chelsey Lucas April 1, 2014

Lolita Tartine brings the flavors of France to the Rosemary District.

By Hannah Wallace

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The Place Lolita Tartine, 1419 Fifth St., Sarasota, (941) 952-3172, This high-ceilinged Rosemary District eatery features a clean and welcoming industrial/shabby-chic design and authentic European hospitality—appropriate, as Lolita Tartine comes to us from the owners of Main Street’s C’est La Vie. Tables, banquette seating and a small bar inside, as well as alfresco sidewalk tables outside.

The People See-and-be-seen downtown professionals, relaxed but sophisticated European ex-pats.

Time Factor From the pre-meal bread-and-butter basket to the post-meal cup of coffee (or wine) and fresh-made desserts, Lolita Tartine embraces a no-hurry kind of vibe.

The Food The namesake tartines, or open-faced sandwiches on toast, range from the simple (the Van Gogh, with three melted cheeses and walnuts, $11.90) to the sublime (the Dali, with smoked duck breast, asparagus, tomato, walnuts, mesclun and onion marmalade, $13.90). There are also paninis and salads (from $8.90) as well as a “Savory from the Bakery” section of the menu with quiches, feuilletes (savory pastries) and even a “vol au vent of the day” (hollow puff pastry) from $10.90.

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