Savor Sarasota starts next Wednesday, June 1, which means you've got two weeks to sample the pre-fixe menus ($15 lunch and $29 dinner) at 67 participating area restaurants. (Though, truthfully, many restaurants extend the deal beyond the June 14 deadline.) Here are some top tastes the Savor Sarasota eateries are offering up this summer.
Another example of Michael's On East's trademark, pitch-perfect blend of culinary cultures, the BBQ duck wonton tacos with jicama slaw, avocado and roasted tomato salsa are stuff-yo-face good. The rich duck gets even richer with a slightly sweet, slightly spicy barbecue sauce, which is cooled by the silky avocado and finished with a bright pop (and crunch) of the sweet, tangy slaw.
The summer yellow pepper gazpacho at Mattison's Forty-One suits the season to a T--a cold soup packed with the flavors of onion, cool cucumber, sweet yellow pepper and tangy tomato. Stick a straw in it and it'd be a delightful June beverage; in a bowl, it's an uber-flavorful way to kickstart your meal.
On the other end of the soup spectrum, you've got Mozaic's indulgent cream of porcini mushroom soup with sherry and fromage fort gourgere--emphasis on "cream." The little pastry contains a gooey, cheesy tang that sets off the soup's richness even more. To be honest, we wanted to eat a tub-full.
Muse @ The Ringling is serving up BBQ Florida shrimp with cheese grits and Worcestershire butter. Whoa, who knew "Worcestershire butter" was a thing? And, in fact, it is the thing for taking this staple dish to the next level. The sweet barbecue shellfish and cheesy grits are united by a pour of the gravy-like sauce, which has just enough kick to encourage you to keep shoveling bite after bite.
Trust the Capital Grille to do steak right--in this case, the dry-aged sirloin is brightened by an arugula salad in a mustard dressing, alongside roasted peppers, tomatoes and cubes of mozzarella.