By Forest Balderson February 1, 2012

Fork and KnifeWhat’s most important when choosing a restaurant?

[17] Food

[4] Atmosphere

[3] Service

[1] Full Bar

[0] Cost



Average number of home-cooked dinners respondents had each week


Average number of times each week they had dinner in a restaurant


What is your favorite Sarasota restaurant?

Café Americano (3)

Bijou Café (2)

Ophelia’s on the Bay (2)

Pacific Rim (2)

Selva Grill (2)

One vote each: Peruvian Grill, Marina Jack, Sahara, Turtles on Little Sarasota Bay, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar, Puccini’s, Libby’s Bar + Café, Hyde Park Steakhouse, Columbia Restaurant, El Adobe, Café Baci, Mediterraneo, MoZaic


what do you usually spend on a dinner for two?Including beverages, what do you usually spend on a dinner for two?

[1] $96-$125 

[7] $66-$95    

[11] $36-$65

[6] $35 and under


Chinese and Mexican foodBetter Chinese Food and Better Mexican Food

Tied for No. 1 answer to, “What does this town need, restaurant-wise?”



WineHow much will you spend on a bottle of wine in a restaurant?

[1] $10

[2] $15

[1] $20

[2] $25

[2] $30

[2] $35

[1] $40

[3] $50

[11] Don’t drink wine


“One night a week I bring home Publix fried chicken.


Smart CarHow far will you drive for a restaurant?


5 miles or less


10-20 miles 


21-30 miles


31-50 miles 


51 miles or more

(To Tampa, for Bern’s Steakhouse and Yummy Bistro)


This poll was conducted by Forest Balderson at downtown’s Five Points.

Filed under
Show Comments