You may have heard of St. Armand’s Circle, a veritable banquet of shopping, dining, strolling, and gawking. People come from far and wide to walk around the famous portal to Lido Beach.
My favorite dining spot on the Circle is the Shore Diner, which sits above a great shop also entitled Shore. The Shore store features youthful and sophisticated clothing for men and women of all ages. I am particularly drawn to the shoes, sunglasses, and flowing, asymmetrical tops. My husband loves the shoes and shirts for men.
The restaurant upstairs is almost beyond description — an open-air eatery washed in candlelight with a lounge and dining tables that stretch out over the Circle. You can sip your specialty cocktail or choose from a lengthy wine list and gaze at the stars before you make your decision from the sumptuous menu. We dined with friends, and all raved about the food. I ordered the crispy chicken with a caprese salad. My friends feasted on red snapper over rice cakes, arrabiata spaghettini with crab, mussels, and oysters, and Korean BBQ ribs with an Asian chopped salad. For dessert, we shared a towering key lime parfait — enough to sate our palates after a decadent splurge on food and wine.
You can make a day of it by visiting Lido Beach and walking to St. Armand’s Circle afterwards. At Shore Diner and the store beneath it, you can eat and shop into the wee hours. St. Armand’s offers the perfect combination of food, fashion, and fun!
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.”