The Readers Speak!

By ericg May 1, 2009

Food and Drink

Restaurant View: Marina Jack; Ophelia's on the Bay, University Park Grille


American Restaurant: Patrick’s; Libby's, Stonewood Grill


Meal Deal: Libby's; Applebee's, Sweet Tomatoes


Italian Restaurant: Carrabba's; Caragiulo's, Divino, Mediterraneo


Chinese Restaurant: Mrs. Chen's; Empress Garden, Mak's


Japanese Restaurant: Da Ru Ma; JoTo's, Pacific Rim


Thai Restaurant: Bangkok; Siam Orchid, Tropical Thai


French Restaurant: C'est La Vie; Bijou Café, Maison Blanche


Central/South American Restaurant: Selva Grill; Columbia, Javier's


Mexican Restaurant: Mi Pueblo; El Adobe, Two Senoritas


Romantic Restaurant: Ophelia's on the Bay; Bijou Café, Euphemia Haye, Michael's On East


Seafood Restaurant: Bonefish Grill; Barnacle Bill's, Captain Brian's


Restaurant to Seal the Deal: Michael's On East; Bijou Café, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse


New Restaurant: Libby's; Ceviche, Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse


Steakhouse: Fleming’s; Outback, Ruth's Chris


Wine List: Fleming’s; Libby's, Michael's On East


Power Breakfast: First Watch; Broken Egg, Word of Mouth


Brunch: The Colony; University Park Grille, Vernona at the Ritz-Carlton


Bar Scene: Ceviche; Gator Club, Horse Feathers, Libby's


Restaurant to Eat Outdoors: TIE: Marina Jack, Mattison's City Grille; Ophelia's on the Bay, University Park Grille


Restaurant to Arrive by Boat: Marina Jack; Mar Vista, Old Salty Dog


Non-chain Pizza: Rico's; Demetrios, Il Panificio


Dessert: Euphemia Haye; The Melting Pot, Yoders


Vegetarian: Simon's; Chutney's, Whole Foods


Small Plates: TIE: Ceviche, Sangria; Hyde Park, Libby's


Sushi: Pacific Rim; Da Ru Ma, Yume


Burger: Patrick’s; Five Guys, Cheeburger Cheeburger


Barbecue: The Oaks; Alday’s BBQ, Lee Roy Selmon's


Caterer: Michael's On East; Morton's, Nellie's


Deli: Nellie's; Morton's, TooJays


Gourmet Market: Morton's; Fresh Market, Whole Foods


Wine Store: Total Wine; Michael's On East, Morton's


Bakery: Publix; C'est La Vie, Morton's


Happy Hour: Hyde Park; Gecko's, Libby's




Arts, Entertainment and Sports


Performing Arts Group: Asolo Repertory Theatre; Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota Ballet


Local actor/actress: Carolyn Michel; Cliff Roles, Shelly Whiteside


Black-tie Event: UnGala; Catholic Charities Ball, Orchid Ball


Place to Work Out: YMCA; Gold's Gym, Shapes


Festival or Event: Sarasota Film Festival; E-fest, Florida Winefest & Auction


Place to Watch a Performance: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall; FSU Center for the Performing Arts, Sarasota Opera House


Live Music: Van Wezel; Mattison's City Grill, 5 O'Clock Club


Place to Play Tennis: University Park Country Club; Laurel Oak Country Club, Serendipity Racquet Club


Place to Play Golf: University Park Country Club; Laurel Oak Country Club, TPC Prestancia


Museum: Ringling Museum; G.WIZ, South Florida Museum


Art Gallery: Dabbert Gallery; Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Galleria Silecchia




Goods and Services


Salon: Yellow Strawberry; Diane K, Marmalade, Nuovo


Kids Store: L. Kids; Bun in the Oven, Children's World


Women’s Boutique: Chico's; Kelietza, L. Boutique


Men’s Boutique: The Met; Brooks Brothers, Tommy Bahama


Skincare: Neoderm; The Met, University Park Dermatology


Customer Service: Saks; Children's World, The Met


Antique Store: Sarasota Architectural Salvage; Crissy Galleries, Sarasota Antique Mall


Bookstore: Barnes & Noble; Borders, Sarasota News & Books


Bank: Bank of America; SunTrust, Wachovia


Florist: Beneva Flowers; Bee Ridge Florist, Flowers by Fudgie


Home Accessories: HomeGoods; Bed, Bath and Beyond, Pier One


Furniture Store: Robb & Stucky; Kanes, Home Resource


Consignment Store: Woman's Exchange; Designing Women, House of Lords, Laura Jean's


Gift Shop: Persnickity Cat; Crowder’s Gifts & Gadgets, Elysian Fields


Place to Buy Swimsuits: Swim Mart; Dillards, Splash Sun & Fun, Swim City


Spa: The Met; Body & Spirit, the Ritz-Carlton Spa


Landscaper: ArtisTree; Bella Terra, Critter Ridge


Dry Cleaners: Cove Cleaners; Bob's, Michael the Cleaner


Retirement Community: Plymouth Harbor; Glenridge, Kobernick-Anchin


Veterinarian: Clark Road (Dr. Thom Smith); Bay Road Animal Hospital, Gulf Gate Animal Hospital




Hotspots and Highlights


Tourist Attraction: Beaches; Mote Aquarium, Ringling Museum


Local TV Personality: Bob Harrigan; Heidi Godman, John Scalzi


Blogger: Robert Plunket; David Grimes, MC Coolidge


Place to Take Kids: G.WIZ; Mote Aquarium, Sarasota Jungle Gardens


Beach: Siesta Key Beach; Lido Beach, Whitney Beach (Longboat Key)


Place to Take Pictures: Siesta Key Beach; Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Myakka State Park


Scenery: Ringling Bridge; Marina Jack, Siesta Key


Place to Meet Singles: Horse Feathers; Ceviche, Libby's


Place to People Watch: St. Armands Circle; Main Street (downtown Sarasota), Siesta Key


Reason to Leave: No reason; heat/humidity, hurricanes


Reason to Stay: Weather; beaches/water, everything


Thing That Could Happen Here: Economic rebound/real estate recovery; fall in love, renew downtown
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