1289 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 552-9688, thelemontreekitchen.com
If you think you don’t like Brussels sprouts, you haven’t tried the "blistered" Brussels at Lemon Tree Kitchen. Slightly charred, with a creamy lemon aioli, this is a perfect appetizer or side dish. Warning: You may want to order two and not share.
3800 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 954-5726; 229 N. Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, (941) 960-3997; jpanrestaurant.com
Made with ponzu, truffle oil and microgreens, this appetizer includes fresh sushi-grade salmon, tuna, octopus and yellow tail in a light and bright citrusy sauce.
1592 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 365-2234, avlionmain.com
Avlí recently replaced El Greco Mediterranean Cafe and one of the highlights of the new menu is its delicious baba ghanoush spread. Made with smoky eggplant, pomegranate seeds and fresh mint and served with pita, it's great. Mix it up with a platter that also includes hummus and spicy feta.
3550 Clark Road, Sarasota, (941) 924-7222, currystation.net
If you are a beginner at Indian cuisine, this vegetarian dish is a wonderful introduction, with mixed vegetables cooked with basmati rice and spices. If you like a little heat, ask for some mango chutney.
239 S. Links Ave., Sarasota, (941) 706-4740, indigenoussarasota.com
The menu here changes seasonally, so do check in advance, but if you are fortunate enough to select the "Ocean Crudo," you are in for a seafood treat. This dish offers thinly sliced fresh fish with a Meyer lemon jam, a golden tomato purée and cilantro.