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Old 11-05-2009, 12:19 AM
 
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Capt Eddie's in Nokomis is good for a light lunch though it is not on water. Typically smaller prices and smaller quantities but it's good, fresh and clean.

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Try Fred's in Sarasota and Sam Sneed's, both local haunts...across from Morton's Market. We locals also like the Anna Maria Oyster Bar on US 41 near the airport...

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When Gringold was in town we had lunch at a really great Vietnamese place on Main St in Sarasota. The name of it escapes me. Maybe he can help me out here.

Alright, I think I'm outta ideas for now

Great tips, as always. No idea Cap'n Eddies even did lunch. Outdoor dining at Sam Sneed's was a hoot in the past.

And as for the Vietnamese place, maybe this one? Pho Cali Vietnamese Noodle House Sarasota FL

I've heard 'bad service, good food' about them a few times, haven't tried it myself. Big fan of Pho, the staple soup of Vietnam (and wildly popular on the west coast, especially the Pacific NW around Seattle). You haven't lived until you've had a great big bowl of the stuff from a good restaurant.
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Old 11-05-2009, 12:31 AM
 
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Sunsetsandsand, you're getting good info on the restaraunts and most popular places to go... as to your question about airports, there is a smaller one called SRQ in north side of Sarasota. Also not to far to go to Fort Meyers or St Petersburg depending on where one would land living in the area.

Others have found great deals living in Sarasota and surounding area, apartments included. I can't help much on this one but there are a few faithful posters that live really close to or right in the area you're hanging out in. I suggest spending time going up and down the strip on Siesta, grab lunch there, lay on the beach for a while, maybe see the Sarasota Jungle Gardens and top the night off at one of the other places SoFLGal recommended. Then the next day(s) go see some neighborhoods, check out St Armands Circle, Lido and Longboat a little before you leave town.

Carefully consider your lease and the job situations out at Sarasota. if you guys are servers, mechanics, med techs or anything like that, you'll probably be ok. But some of the more industrial, construction and office jobs are hit hard. You're a FL resident! You know what's going on down there! And welcome to the forum!
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Old 11-05-2009, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Great tips, as always. No idea Cap'n Eddies even did lunch. Outdoor dining at Sam Sneed's was a hoot in the past.

And as for the Vietnamese place, maybe this one? Pho Cali Vietnamese Noodle House Sarasota FL

I've heard 'bad service, good food' about them a few times, haven't tried it myself. Big fan of Pho, the staple soup of Vietnam (and wildly popular on the west coast, especially the Pacific NW around Seattle). You haven't lived until you've had a great big bowl of the stuff from a good restaurant.
Yes that's it! I'd say the service was average but the food was awesome. Gringold's had fish in a pot or something like that and said it was very good and I had scallops and pasta. Again, very good
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Old 11-05-2009, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Punta Gorda and Maryland
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Great info! Can't wait until tomorrow to see the Siesta sand! Any tips on a fresh seafood restaurant we should try tomorrow? Wish us luck exploring and throw out some ideas if you know any other great places we should see to help us see what local life is like there! Thanks everyone!!

Man! Everyone came and helped you out a lot!! I would suggest trying the Blase Cafe! It is right in Siesta Key. The food is fantastic, and the place / ambiance grows on you!
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Old 11-06-2009, 09:13 AM
 
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Great info! Can't wait until tomorrow to see the Siesta sand! Any tips on a fresh seafood restaurant we should try tomorrow? Wish us luck exploring and throw out some ideas if you know any other great places we should see to help us see what local life is like there! Thanks everyone!!
So how was exploring???
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Old 11-06-2009, 03:03 PM
 
Location: SRQ ~ Siesta Key
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Man! Everyone came and helped you out a lot!! I would suggest trying the Blase Cafe! It is right in Siesta Key. The food is fantastic, and the place / ambiance grows on you!
I love their grapefruit martinis!
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Old 11-06-2009, 07:37 PM
 
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Update! Yesterday we drove in to Siesta Key. We had lunch at Siesta Grille I believe was the name. We were in the car most of the day, just trying to cover it all. We went to Nokomis and went out on the beach, drove through Casey Key and checked out the houses. Next, we hit Venice beach and from there to Lido Key to check it out before we drove home. We watched the sunset and that was going to be it for us for the day but we weren't ready to leave yet so we got a hotel room and went to Salty Dog for dinner. We woke up this morning overlooking the gulf and had breakfast and watched dolphins. For lunch we ate at the Lobster Pot. We decided Siesta Key would be the best fit for us. We didn't take the time to check out Longboat or Anna Maria because we assumed they wouldn't have as much as Siesta Key. We want beach life with bars and restaurants and some shopping closeby. The only things we've questioned is we didn't seen any bars or restaurants running along the beach other than Sharky's. We also only saw dogs on the beach in Lido. Not that this would keep us from moving. It was just different than we expected as far as entertainment up and down the beach and the ability to walk the dog in the mornings along the beach. All in all, we absolutely loved it! We're back home in Orlando tonight letting everything sink in before we make our final decision. We saw a lot more than expected in a day and half. I know there's so much more to see and do but we were able to get a feel for what life would be like living there and are very impressed with the area. Thanks again SO much to everyone who has helped out here with such great info! It's very appreciated. Any advice or tips you may have after reading this, please feel free.
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Old 11-06-2009, 07:56 PM
 
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Update! Yesterday we drove in to Siesta Key. We had lunch at Siesta Grille I believe was the name. We were in the car most of the day, just trying to cover it all. We went to Nokomis and went out on the beach, drove through Casey Key and checked out the houses. Next, we hit Venice beach and from there to Lido Key to check it out before we drove home. We watched the sunset and that was going to be it for us for the day but we weren't ready to leave yet so we got a hotel room and went to Salty Dog for dinner. We woke up this morning overlooking the gulf and had breakfast and watched dolphins. For lunch we ate at the Lobster Pot. We decided Siesta Key would be the best fit for us. We didn't take the time to check out Longboat or Anna Maria because we assumed they wouldn't have as much as Siesta Key. We want beach life with bars and restaurants and some shopping closeby. The only things we've questioned is we didn't seen any bars or restaurants running along the beach other than Sharky's. We also only saw dogs on the beach in Lido. Not that this would keep us from moving. It was just different than we expected as far as entertainment up and down the beach and the ability to walk the dog in the mornings along the beach. All in all, we absolutely loved it! We're back home in Orlando tonight letting everything sink in before we make our final decision. We saw a lot more than expected in a day and half. I know there's so much more to see and do but we were able to get a feel for what life would be like living there and are very impressed with the area. Thanks again SO much to everyone who has helped out here with such great info! It's very appreciated. Any advice or tips you may have after reading this, please feel free.
Glad you had a great time! Too bad you couldn't have checked out Anna Maria - there are a lot of restaurants right on the beach and waterfront, I like it a whole lot more than Siesta personally. There are some awesome places there to eat and have a few drinks. I personally love the Sandbar, it's right on the gulf with a big deck and even tables in the sand - they have a contest to guess the time of sunset every night and the winning table gets a bottle of champagne! If you come down this way again, please check out Anna Maria, it's probably more what you are looking for.
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Old 11-06-2009, 09:23 PM
 
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Glad you had a great time! Too bad you couldn't have checked out Anna Maria - there are a lot of restaurants right on the beach and waterfront, I like it a whole lot more than Siesta personally. There are some awesome places there to eat and have a few drinks. I personally love the Sandbar, it's right on the gulf with a big deck and even tables in the sand - they have a contest to guess the time of sunset every night and the winning table gets a bottle of champagne! If you come down this way again, please check out Anna Maria, it's probably more what you are looking for.
I'm going to agree with Gypsychic on how nice Anna Marie is you guys.... it really is the place that sold the deal for me too. I'm going to have to swing through the Sandbar sometime. That sounds like a lot of fun!!

Glad to hear you had a nice time in Sarasota. Good luck with your decisions!!
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Old 11-07-2009, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Punta Gorda and Maryland
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When we first came to Siesta Key a few years ago, it sealed the deal for us! I knew that SWFL was where I wanted to be. For those of you that have been planning to make this move - don't give up! It is absolutely worth it! It seems like everyday is a great vacation day!

Come get some!
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