Chef Judi's Five Top Tastes This Month

Here's what Chef Judi ate and loved this month.

By Judi Gallagher October 28, 2015 Published in the November 2015 issue of Sarasota Magazine

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Beulah is a bright new star on the Italian dining scene, and I recommend you start your evening there with its namesake cocktail ($12). Black Coral spiced rum, Heering cherry liqueur and pomegranate juice combine to make a fruity, zesty concoction that’s as bold as it sounds.


The Capital Grille excels at steak in every form, but its 16-ounce, bone-in filet ($60) is true Steak Nirvana—a glorious pound of tender meat grilled to exquisite perfection. Go all out and enjoy with a side of the restaurant’s outrageously rich lobster mac and cheese.


Leave it to creative Chef Fran at Louies Modern to turn pasta carbonara ($20) on its head. He tosses ramen noodles with prosciutto, Applewood bacon, peas, bagna cuda cream and tops it all with a fried egg. Salty, savory and sensational.


The Russian House now offers full-service dining along with a fancy new dish: blintzes with red caviar ($10.99). Tender, freshly made crepes are topped with red caviar and a sprig of fresh dill, making for a dish that’s both traditional and light.


Maemi is a cute little restaurant in University Park that specializes in Peruvian and Japanese cuisine. We flipped over the Maemi dynamite roll ($14)—shrimp tempura, avocado and Japanese mayo topped with baked crab, grouper and Maemi’s special sauce.


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