Best of

The Best of Sarasota

I’ve been fortunate to have lived in Sarasota for more than 40 years.  For those of you who are visiting or have just moved here, I’ve listed favorite merchants, restauranteurs and interesting places in and around the city.  For more recommendations visit and two other helpful websites: and



Artisan Cheese Company – Purveyor of amazing cheeses and  a fantastic lunch!

Artisans’ World Marketplace – Fair Trade Shop

Jim’s Small Batch Bakery – In Gulf Gate

Madeby Gallery – On the campus of Ringling College of Art & Design

Restore – Habitat’s terrific resale shop in Sarasota

Studio of d.a.gordon dart – On historic Palm Avenue

The Burns Court Neighborhood Guide

William Hartman Gallery – Museum framing & Sarasota’s historic photo collection

Woman’s Exchange – Not-for-profit resale shop in the Laurel Park Historic District!

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Originally the Edwards Theatre – Now the Sarasota Opera House



Burns Court Cafe – Corner of Pineapple and Dolphin

Fresh Start Cafe – Breakfast and lunch

Indigenous – Seasonal foods located in Towles Court

Lolita Tartine –  Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner  – In the old Ace Theatre at 5th & Central

Main Bar – Lunch – since 1958!

Owens Fish Camp- Next to the Burns Court Theater

Perq Coffee Bar, 1821 Hillview St.  Outstanding coffee, amazing confections & incredible yogurt parfaits!

The Bijou Cafe – At Five Points

Toasted Mango Cafe – Breakfast and lunch on Rt. 41

Nancy’s Bar-B-Q – At Pineapple and Ringling



Camp Bow Wow – Doggie day care and boarding

Sit, Stay & Obey Dog Training – Linda Woodbury, email:



Burns Court National Register District – 400 Block of Pineapple Ave. and Burns Ct.

Caples’-Ringlings’ Estates Historic District –  Ringlings’ Residence and Caples’ Residence

Central Cocoanut National Register Historic District – North of 10th Street

Downtown Sarasota Historic District – Main Street and Palm Ave. area

Harding Circle Historic District – St. Armands Circle, Lido Key

Overtown Historic District – Rosemary District including the Rosemary Cemetery

Rigby’s La Plaza Historic District – South Osprey Avenue

Rosemary Cemetery –  Sarasota’s pioneer burial ground.  A National Register of Historic Places site- 801 Central Av

Visit Sarasota  – Arts and Cultural listings

Myakka River State Park– Watch alligators sunning at the 1st bridge from the entrance on Park Drive.

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Lower Main Street at Palm Avenue – looking up to Five Points


© Deborah Dart 2015


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