Does anything beat dining outside with a a cool IPA, murmuring ceiling fans, a delightful menu, and classic vinyl tunes?
Today we stopped for lunch in south Sarasota, lured in by the tiki hut motif, Neil Young on Sirrius Radio, and a flashy sign that read Walt’s Fish Market and Restaurant. Once inside, we noted the restaurant and market were named Best of Sarasota in 2013.
We walked by dozens of varieties of fresh fish for sale in their retail shop and then were seated outside. A prompt bartender brought us complimentary whitefish while we sipped our brew and studied the extensive selections.
My husband ordered a crab cake sandwich, which turned out to be dee-lish; I settled on Walt’s Bella Salad with salmon which was fresh, generous, and included the right amount of balsamic glaze over fresh greens, goat cheese, slivered almonds, and artichokes. We passed up Blue Crabs, oysters, mussels, Hog Snapper, conch chowder, and more. But we will return. Walt is true to his word: “The fish we sell today slept in the Gulf last night!” So in addition to enjoying Sirrius Radio, we devoured some serious Sarasota seafood!
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.”