For a hearty breakfast, we recommend the Traditionalist eggs Benedict ($9) at Daily Eats off University Parkway. Perfectly poached eggs sit atop a crisp English muffin with maple ham, and the whole thing is topped off with homemade Hollandaise. Best of all, you can choose brown sugar-pecan oatmeal, grits or potatoes for your side. Yum.
We can never decide what we want most when we visit Yume Sushi, so instead of making up our minds, we just order the chirashi ($23.95) and cede all responsibility to the restaurant's sushi whizzes. The dish includes a generous hillock of sweet rice overlaid with the day's freshest sashimi. A perfect blend of bright, crisp, clean flavors.
For many years now, the bruschetta at Mattison’s City Grille has been one of our favorite Sarasota bites. The bread first gets a generous smear of garlicky pesto goat cheese before being topped by a heap of tangy, meaty, marinated cubed tomatoes, shredded parmesan and a healthy drizzle of balsamic. It’s a go-to order on every single visit.
We wrote about Amish Baking Company's doughnuts in our current issue--but did you know that Sadie Peachey and her crew also make enormous soft pretzels? The pillowy, buttery treats are served fresh from the oven and are perfect for splitting with a friend or two while you shop the Phillippi Farmhouse Market, where Amish Baking Company sets up shop on Wednesdays. Look for special weekly flavors, too--last week's was jalapeno-cheddar.
We're currently craving the lobster yakisoba ($20) at Tsunami Sushi: authentic Japanese soba noodles tossed with lobster tail, red onion, sliced green bell pepper and shredded bok choi, sautéed in a tangy homemade yakisoba sauce. This traditional Japanese dish warms your palette with rich melodious flavors that will leave you fulfilled for hours. Pairs well with super-dry chilled sake.