Sarasota’s Hot and Spicy Food Scene


Sarasota’s Hot and Spicy Food Scene

Posted by Marcia Salkin in Uncategorized 21 Oct 2016

There are so many new, exciting restaurants that have graced the Sarasota culinary scene lately.

I’m going to give you the scoop on a few of the best newbies, plus I’ll let you in on a couple of my all-time favorite Sarasota dining establishments. And before I go, I’ll tell you about a season you won’t want to miss.

The most recent restaurant opening is the talk of downtown this October. The Coolinary is in a chic second-floor space on lower Main Street above Bookstore1 Sarasota. It offers an intriguing menu that combines American and European cuisine.


Another new addition to the downtown scene is Lila, the creation of well-regarded Pomona Bistro chef-proprietors Ryan Boeye and Arthur Lopes. The Main Street casual dining eatery has a rustic vibe and focuses on locally sourced food.

Clearly the local food movement has hit Sarasota big time, because Boca Kitchen Bar & Market also has a menu that focuses on local ingredients. Try Boca for lunch, dinner or a weekend brunch and sample a variety of foods, from salads and sandwiches to soups and flatbreads.


And now for two of my favorites. In my opinion, Jpan Sushi & Grill has the best sushi in town. You can’t go wrong with all the traditional Japanese dishes and delicious sushi they have to choose from. In addition to their Paradise Plaza location, Jpan has opened another location across from University Town Center mall. So the next time you feel a shopping spree coming on, why not stop at JPan for a delicious dinner afterward?


Chutney’s is another of my very favorite restaurants in Sarasota. A Hillview Drive staple since 1987, Chutney’s has a full menu of Indian and Middle Eastern favorites. One of their most popular menu items is their chicken masala – you have to try it.

Stone crab season just kicked off, and all I can think about lately is this tasty Florida treat. Several local restaurants offer this delicacy, and you can cook them up yourself, too. Just don’t miss out on the season, which ends May 15.


Well, all this talk about mouth-watering food has made me hungry. So I’m off for a bite to eat at one of these Sarasota gems. Which one? Well, you’ll just have to guess. See you there!

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