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“One of the Best Food Cities in the U.S.,” says Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards. Anyone who lives here knows, the only thing better than the many award-winning entrees are the all-you-can-savor, picturesque views.

A standout food scene

Sarasota County has an impressive melange of cuisines, with much of it plated by award-winning chefs. Wherever in the world your palate is leading you that night, it’s probably right around the corner. Peruvian, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Laotian, Greek, Mexican, Baja, French, Irish, Italian, Cuban, or just down-home Southern BBQ, it’s all on the menu.

Sarasota Breweries

Our culinary thirst and tropical climes almost guarantee you’ll find the kind of refreshing personalities and craft beers you’re looking for. Even tropical ingredients like cacao, cane, and coffee find their home in our brews—from breezy IPAs to stouts so thick you have to drink them with a fork.

Siesta Key Rum

The awards for this small-batch rum distiller roll in like barrels from a pirate sloop. Little wonder why. Caribbean Journal was just humble enough to call it “the best rum distillery—in the U.S.” And here’s something specific for your bucket list: Toasted Coconut Rumsicle.

Farmer’s Market

Where do our award-winning restaurateurs find their ingredients and inspiration? Right downtown. Sample our community, cuisine and gorgeous weather. Southern Living Magazine listed the Sarasota Farmers Market as one of the best farmer’s markets in Florida. Other great markets around the county are the Newtown Farmers Market, Atlanta Braves Farmers Market, Englewood Farmers Market, The Market at Lakewood Ranch, Siesta Key Farmers Market and Venice Farmers Market.

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Sarasota’s Food Scene At a Glance

  • 21 Zagat-rated restaurants
  • “One of the Best Food Cities in the U.S.” Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards.
  • “The best rum distillery in the U.S.” Caribbean Journal

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