First Bite

Lila, a Polished-Casual, Veggie-Forward Restaurant, Opens on Main Street

Chef Judi says the new restaurant from Pomona chef/owners Arthur Lopes and Ryan Boeve delivers.

10/26/2016 By Judi Gallagher

First Bite

Cafe Barbosso Opens in Former Cosimo's Space on Clark Road

At Cafe Barbosso, you'll find Italian favorites with a modern twist.

10/03/2016 By Judi Gallagher

First Bite

The Coral House Opens on the South Trail

Chef Judi does brunch at the new Coral House restaurant on South Tamiami Trail.

09/26/2016 By Judi Gallagher

That's Amore

La Dolce Vita Serves Up Authentic Neapolitan Fare on Stickney Point Road

Chef Judi finds an Italian gem in a Stickney Point strip mall.

09/14/2016 By Judi Gallagher

Endless Summer

Here's Your Labor Day Weekend Eating Schedule

Bad weather notwithstanding, Chef Judi's got her plans set for a marathon long weekend of eating.

08/31/2016 By Judi Gallagher

Openings

Veronica Fish & Oyster Opens in Southside Village

Chef Judi says the newest concept from restaurateur Mark Caragiulo delivers.

08/24/2016 By Judi Gallagher

High Steaks

Revisiting Ruth's Chris Sarasota

After a "breakup" a few years back, Chef Judi revisits Ruth's Chris Sarasota and finds great food and service. Here are the details.

08/22/2016 By Judi Gallagher

Latin Comfort Food

Sofrito Mama's Makes Puerto Rican Food Shine

Chef Judi finds authentic Puerto Rican food at a family restaurant.

08/04/2016 By Judi Gallagher

Diet Diary

How to Eat Healthy as a Food Writer

Chef Judi shares a personal story about her ongoing weight loss journey.

07/27/2016 By Judi Gallagher

Beefeaters

Smashburger Opens on University Parkway

And Chef Judi ponders the ultimate burger question: how do you like your patty?

07/06/2016 By Judi Gallagher

Restaurant News

JR's Old Packinghouse Cafe Suffers Major Damage from Warehouse Fire

After sustaining significant fire damage, JR's Old Packinghouse Cafe is trying to figure out how to rebuild.

06/21/2016 By Judi Gallagher

Father's Day

Where to Eat on Father's Day

Chef Judi shares her picks for where to eat on Father's Day in Sarasota.

06/15/2016 By Judi Gallagher

Restaurant News

Rusty Bucket Opens Near Mall at University Town Center

Rusty Bucket, a sports bar with a cool rustic vibe, has opened on Cattlemen Road near the Mall at University Town Center.

06/01/2016 By Judi Gallagher

Date Night

At CineBistro, Food Plays a Starring Role

CineBistro, which took over the old Saks Fifth Avenue space at Westfield Southgate, offers a gourmet twist on dinner and a movie.

05/17/2016 By Judi Gallagher

That's Amore

Valentino's Serves Up Classic Italian Favorites on University Parkway

Chef Judi finds Italian-American comfort food at Valentino's on University Parkway.

05/11/2016 By Judi Gallagher

Pizza Pizza!

Chef Judi Finds Perfect Pizza at New York Slice Company

In what may be a controversial opinion, Chef Judi says New York Slice Company offers some of the best cheese pizza outside of New York.

04/19/2016 By Judi Gallagher

Top Tables

Chef Judi's Top 3 Meals This Week

Chef Judi reports on her week of good eating.

04/05/2016 By Judi Gallagher

New and Noteworthy

Mojo's Real Cuban Opens On S.R. 70

A second location will open soon in Southside Village.

03/28/2016 By Judi Gallagher

Rise and Dine

Station 400 Debuts New Spring Menu

Local favorite Station 400 has a new spring menu--and a new owner.

03/21/2016 By Judi Gallagher

Erin Go Bragh!

What to Eat on St. Patrick's Day

Chef Judi shares her favorite local food finds for St. Patrick's Day.

03/16/2016 By Judi Gallagher