The Rosemary Opens in Downtown Sarasota

The Rosemary has opened in downtown Sarasota in the building that once housed Savory Street.

By Judi Gallagher January 19, 2016

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What a month for new restaurants! We are on a roll, Sarasota, with new restaurants opening left and right.

One of the newest is The Rosemary. Located in the corner building on Orange Avenue which once housed Savory Street, The Rosemary is destined to become a go-to place for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Owner George Armstrong had a vision for the space--and a good chef ready to go. The dining room is softer, with white tablecloths and high dining stations in rich woods. The outside area is lovely, and now you don't have to worry about someone parking over the curb where you sit (a real concern in Sarasota!). It feels a little like a European cafe.

As for the food, The Rosemary delivers with breakfast served from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. I ordered the classic quiche Lorraine, because what isn’t perfect about bacon and Swiss cheese baked together with eggs and cream with a side of rosemary roasted potatoes?

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Next, we tried a fish cake Benedict. If you like a little spice and some eggs with your fish cakes, this is an outstanding version, with topped with freshly prepared  Key lime Hollandaise. Someone in the kitchen clearly knows what the're doing.

Lunch is just as good, especially the open-faced tuna tartare on grilled rye bread with arugula and sweet red peppers. I paired it with a cup of The Rosemary's tomato and roasted red pepper soup of the day, and I'm calling it the Super Judi combo from here on out.

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Other lunch options include an 8-oz. grass-fed burger, a Cuban sandwich, brisket tacos and fish of the day tacos, along with several salads, including a vegan option that's loaded with power greens, cilantro, broccoli, asparagus and roasted Portobello mushrooms.

And finally, a pro tip: If you go, especially for breakfast, go on a weekday, as weekends are already crowded and you won't have to wait for a table mid-week.

The Rosemary | 411 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota | (941) 955-7600 

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