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Sarasota - a crowded place over the holidays

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A December 2003 trip to Sarasota by dennistravels

Pelican and flamingos Photo, Sarasota, Florida More Photos
Quote: Sarasota is a beautiful place with lots of things to do and see, but it was very crowded over the holiday season. Despite the crowds and long restaurant lines, we really enjoyed this beautiful city and can't wait to go back in a less crowded time of the year.

Sarasota - a crowded place over the holidays

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Pelican and flamingos Photo, Sarasota, Florida
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A trip to Sarasota is not complete without a visit to the Ringling Museum of Art. But art is not the only thing you will see at the Ringling Museum. There is also a circus museum and tours are available of the Ringling's beautiful winter home. We also enjoyed the Selby Botanical Gardens, Jungle Gardens and many fantastic restaurants. Quick Tips: If you are visiting Sarasota in the season, either plan to eat early or eat late, as long lines form at all the popular restaurants. In addition to long lines at restaurants, traffic can be a real problem on the Keys. While the new bridge to Lido Key has really helped folks wanting to get to St. Armand's Circle, there are ...Read More

Columbia Restaurant Retail & Cigars

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Restaurant | "Columbia"

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It is very easy to describe our dining experience at the Columbia - FANTASTIC!!! This was the first restaurant we headed to when we arrived in Sarasota. Even though it was well after noon, there was still a sizeable crowd. We were seated at a table for two, right next to the sidewalk, so we had a ringside seat to watch the people walking around St. Armand's Circle. This was our first visit to the Columbia Restaurant in Sarasota, but not our first visit to a Columbia Restaurant. On previous trips to Florida, we had eaten at the restaurants in Ybor City (the original), St. Petersburg, Clearwater Beach and St. Augustine. It didn't take us long to make up our minds as to what we wanted. We starte...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 26, 2004

Columbia Restaurant Retail & Cigars
411 Saint Armands Circle
Sarasota, Florida 34236
(941) 388-1026

Hungry Fox St Armands II

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Restaurant | "Hungry Fox Treetop Bistro"

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For our first breakfast in Sarasota, we decided to try the Hungry Fox and we are glad we did. It was a beautiful Sunday morning, so we decided to sit on the deck so we could look out over St. Armands Circle. Although it was almost 10 a.m. there were very few dining in the bistro and even fewer on the circle. This is one of the few times during our visit to Sarasota that I saw the circle almost empty of cars. Our server Jennifer was very friendly and offered us a free Mimosa to sip as we pondered our breakfast choices. It didn't take either of us long to decide that we wanted to try the crab cake benedict with grits. I asked if I could have my eggs fried instead of poached, which was not...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 26, 2004

Hungry Fox St Armands II
415 Saint Armands Circle
Sarasota, Florida 34236
(941) 388-2222

Barnacle Bill's Seafood on Webber

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Restaurant | "Barnacle Bills"

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After dining here it is easy to see why Barnacle Bill's was chosen as Best Seafood Restaurant for 2003 by Sarasota Magazine. The restaurant, which has three locations, touts itself as having "no waterfront, no view, just great resort style seafood at neighborhood prices." The location, where we ate, is not really much to look at from the outside but what great seafood restaurant ever is? Once inside, we had about a twenty minute wait, as the restaurant was packed. After finishing my dinner I know the reason why. The food is delicious and our waiter Craig made an excellent suggestion to my wife to try the Seafood Strudel. I had a bite---actually a couple of bites---of this lobster...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 26, 2004

Barnacle Bill's Seafood on Webber
5050 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34234
(941) 927-8884

Troyer's Dutch Heritage

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It is a good thing I don't live in Sarasota where I could visit this restaurant anytime I wanted to because I would weigh twice as much as I do now. Troyer's is just one of several restaurants located in Pinecraft, the Amish settlement of Sarasota, that features Amish style cooking. While many of the guide books tout the restaurant down the street, Yoder's, it may be because they haven't eaten here. Like other restaurants in Sarasota, during the season, long lines form at the lunch and dinner hours. However, Troyer's broasted chicken is absolutely delicious and is definitely worth the wait in line. In order to beat the luncheon crowd, we came early and browsed through thei...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 29, 2004

Troyer's Dutch Heritage
3713 Bahia Vista Street
Sarasota, Florida 34232
(941) 955-8007