I have been to the lobster pounds of Maine, donned a paper apron, and devoured the scrumptious shellfish over a picnic table, but I never associated lobster with Florida’s Gulf Coast. Yet we are the home to two Lazy Lobsters, locally owned by Michael Garey. Both have all things “lobstah”: lamp shades, clocks, signs, and shirts. As to be expected, the menu boosts all sorts of shellfish delights, including lobster flatbread, bisque, tacos, rolls, and of course lobster itself, from live Maine lobster to the Lazy Man Lobster with double meat.
One can also choose from scallops, ahi tuna, or assorted fresh fish. For those who prefer to dine off the land, the restaurants offer Kobe beef burgers, Key Lime chicken, and assorted cuts of steak. All meals begin with a house-made red pepper jelly and hot rolls. The jelly was so yummy I bought six bottles for stocking stuffers.
What makes the place fun, however, is the decor. The glass bar is a virtual aquarium with live fish darting around coral, faux turtles, and authentic sand. There’s nothing like koi swimming under your cocktail glass to make you jump! Both restaurants have a beautiful Christmas tree amidst signs and logos of lobsters. Colorful lobster crates hang in different corners of each restaurant, but although the decor is somewhat similar, the Longboat Key location is swankier with its white tablecloths and garden patio. It’s also a much larger venue.
I have dined at both restaurants and noted they pack ‘em in. We watched patrons snake around the host stand and wait patiently for an open table. Just like the owner said to me, “It’s always GOOD to eat lobster!”
The Sarasota Spectator
Our Sarasota Spectator is Betsy Miller, a retired high school teacher and college professor. Originally from Columbus, Betsy has fallen in love with the Gulf Coast of Florida, especially Sarasota. Blogging about the area has been a creative outlet for the writer, opening up an avenue of exploration. You may find the bon vivant enjoying happy hour at a tiki bar, shopping on historic Main Street, or seated at a concert or show at a local theater. Chances are you also might find her buried in a book on one of our beautiful beaches. Asked to give one word about her feelings for Sarasota, Betsy replied, “Smitten.”