Where to Eat Right Now

The best restaurants in Sarasota. Plus, arts season preview and red-hot neighborhoods.

In this issue:

Arts & Entertainment

Season Preview

The Best Arts and Culture Events in Sarasota This Season

A preview of the top tickets in town.

10/13/2021 By Kay Kipling

Eat & Drink

Restaurant Review

Chaz 51 Serves Up Steakhouse Classics in Venice

Chaz 51, which has morphed from a cafe and coffee shop to a bistro to a steakhouse, moved into Bird Bay Plaza last year.

10/18/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Best Restaurants

The Best Restaurants in Sarasota

Where to eat right now—and what to order when you're there.

10/07/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Fashion & Shopping

Trend Report

Four Stylish Fanny Packs—Yes, Fanny Packs!—You'll Wear Forever

If you thought fanny packs had their moment in the ’90s, think again. They’re back and, dare we say, more stylish than ever, with chic options that can take you from the beach to happy hour.

10/04/2021 By Megan McDonald With Lauren Pritchard

Health & Fitness

Fit Fam

Meet Three of Our Town's Favorite Workout Instructors

Three great instructors, three different ways to get healthy.

10/11/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Home & Real Estate

Market Report

If You Buy in This Real Estate Market, Will You Get Burned?

“I expect prices to continue to rise, and residential prices are going to be permanently higher than they were two years ago.”

10/19/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Real Estate

Can You Buy a Home in Sarasota for Less Than $250,000?

Yes—but you have to act fast.

10/18/2021 By Robert Plunket

Red-Hot Neighborhoods

Home Sales Are Sizzling in These Sarasota-Manatee Neighborhoods

With listings scarce and prices going through the roof, the Sarasota-Manatee real estate market has entered an unprecedented era.

10/11/2021 By Ilene Denton

News & City Life

History

Flashback: Texas Jim Mitchell Reptile Farm, 1949

The reptile farm and tourist attraction was located at Fruitville Road and Tuttle Avenue from 1935 to 1965.

10/08/2021 By Kay Kipling

Treating Trauma

Resilient Retreat Is Using Innovative Therapies to Help People Dealing With Trauma

And it's building an ambitious, $7 million retreat space east of I-75 near Old Miakka.

10/08/2021 By Elizabeth Djinis

Rocktogenerians

The Rockstars Who Live in Sarasota Right Now

These golden oldies have taken up at least part-time residence in the region.

10/07/2021 By Isaac Eger

A Little Magic

Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Tiny 'Fairy Doors' Throughout Downtown Sarasota

At least some of the fairy doors were painted by Joan Love, a retired schoolteacher who has been placing small doors on the facades of buildings since 2018.

10/06/2021 By Emma Lichtenstein

Perfect Party

If We Threw a Party in Sarasota Right Now, Here’s Who We’d Invite

Suncoast Waterkeeper's Justin Bloom, dancer/choreographer Rhodnie Désir, the TikTok star redefining Jewish food, a UF prof studying rudeness, and a horse (of course).

10/06/2021 By Pam Daniel

Mostly Ghostly

Sarasota's Most Haunted Places

From vengeful spirits with broken hearts to mischievous graveyard imps, here are five supernatural stories of local lore to keep you up at night.

10/06/2021 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

Essential Intelligence

After a Year Off, the Siesta Key Crystal Classic Returns in November

From Nov. 12-15, professional and amateur sand artists will wow visitors with their outrageous and improbable designs.

10/05/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker