Cooper Levey-Baker has written about food, politics, civic issues, the arts, and music in Southwest Florida for a decade. His work has won an honorable mention from the Julia Child Foundation and a Bronze Award for Best In-Depth Reporting from the Florida Magazine Association, and he was named a finalist for Best Public Service Reporting by the Florida Society of Professional Journalists. His fiction earned him a John Ringling Fund Individual Artist Fellowship from the Arts Council of Sarasota County and his rendition of "Drunk in Love" has left karaoke audiences throughout the region bewildered.

Best Lunches

The 25 Best Lunch Spots in Sarasota

Where to go, what to order and how to relish the midday meal.

10/26/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Hungry on University Parkway? Here's Where to Fill Your Belly

Fast-casual deals abound, from 99-cent raw oysters to mix-and-match grain bowls.

10/26/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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A Day in the Life of a Jimmy John's Delivery Driver

Intrepid food reporter Cooper Levey-Baker finds out what it's really like delivering all those sandwiches.

10/26/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Where to Eat Lunch in Manatee County

World-class barbecue, seafood and more await in Sarasota's neighbor to the north.

10/26/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Pizza, Curry, Turducken—Oh, My! Here's Where to Eat Lunch in South Sarasota

A sandwich made out of pizza dough? Delicious tacos? Sign us up.

10/26/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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5 Great Spots for a Midday Meal in Mid-Sarasota

From seafood to salads, there are plenty of options for a delicious and filling lunch in this neck of the woods.

10/26/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Where to Eat Lunch in Downtown Sarasota

From vibrant veggies to perfect pho, here's where to grab your midday meal downtown.

10/26/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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8 Killer Sandwiches

We scoured the region for the tastiest of this lunchtime favorite.

10/25/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Chemistry Lesson

A Love Letter to Nitro Cold Brew Coffee

Why this creamy, caffeinated treat is worth seeking out.

10/01/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

$10 or Less

Nicky's Bistro Opens on Palm Avenue

It's the newest project from the former owners of Divino Restaurant & Lounge.

10/01/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Tip Sheet

What Food Servers Wish We Knew About Gratuities

We asked servers about tipping etiquette.

10/01/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Bone Appétit

Forget Meat—Bone Broth is the Hottest Food Trend Right Now

Beef bones are packed with flavor.

09/26/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Restaurant Review

Rosemary District's Spice Station Is a Hot Spot for the Arts Crowd

The menu hops around the Asian continent, pulling in customers for both the food and the excellent deals.

09/26/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Ice, Ice Baby

Snowballs, a Chilly New Orleans Treat, Come to St. Armands Circle

They're the perfect antidote to hot, sticky Florida days.

08/31/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Restaurant Review

At His Darwin Evolutionary Cuisine, Chef Darwin Santa Maria Has Found a New Home

The menu is an Endless Summer of flavors and techniques the chef has become known for.

08/31/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

A Path Forward

Should the Legacy Trail Be Extended?

Voters will answer the question in November, when they will decide whether to approve a bond referendum that would pay for the project.

08/29/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Breaking Away

The Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center Helps Women and Men Flee Abusive Relationships

In 2017, law enforcement reported more than 1,400 domestic violence offenses in Sarasota County.

08/29/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Civil Rights

Sincerely, the Black Kids Examines Racism on College Campuses

Miles Iton, a New College of Florida graduate, says he faced racially motivated backlash from fellow students that shocked him.

08/29/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker