Better of Sarasota 2021: Readers’ Selection

Here’s what you, our loyal readers, had to say about your favorite dining, shopping, service, game time and more experiences. Thanks for voting!

Eat Drink

Netflix & Chill (Best Takeout)

Pacific Rim

Geckos Grill & Pub, JPan Sushi & Grill

Frozen or on the rocks? (Best Margarita)

My people

TIE: Wicked Cantina and El Melvin Cocina Mexicana, Circo

Get Sauced (Best Italian)

Caragiulos Italian American

Napulé, Mediterranean

Raw Talent (Best Oysters)

Siesta Key Oyster Bar (SKOB)

Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar, Anna Maria Oyster Bar (AMOB)

Roll call (best sushi)

Pacific Rim

JPan Sushi & Grill, Tsunami

Get Addicted (Best Seafood)

Walt’s Fish Market Restaurant & Tiki Bar

Owens Fish Storage, Duvals Fresh. Local. seafood

Love Me Tenderloin (Best Steakhouse Chain)

Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse

Connors Steak & Seafood, Rodizio

Love Me Tenderloin (Best Steakhouse Without a Chain)

Alpine steakhouse

Summer house, Michael is in the east

Closed on Sundays (Best Amish)


Der Holländer, summer’s Dutch family restaurant

Pit Boss (best grill)

Nancy’s Bar-BQ

Brick’s Smoked Meats, Stottlemeyer’s smokehouse

Breakfast Club (Best Breakfast)

First clock

Station 400, Millie’s

Let’s have lunch (best lunch)

First clock

Connors Steak & Seafood, Gecko’s Grill & Pub

Oh my vegetables (Best Vegan)


Vegetables, Simon’s coffee house

Are you sure we should bring the kids? (Best kids menu)

Gecko’s Grill & Pub

Evie’s tavern, Rodizio

Save the Date (Best Date Night Spot)

Ophelia is in the bay

Indigenous people, Michaels in the east

Sip happens (best cocktail)

The Ritz-Carlton Jack Dusty, siren

State Street Diner + Cocktails, Brambles; Tie: Rodizio, Caipirinha; Made, Gin & Juice

Do you want fries with it? (Best burger place)

Patricks 1481

Gecko’s Grill & Pub, Shakespeare’s

Sippin ‘on the dock by the bay (Best Boat Pull-up Restaurant)

Marina Jack

TIE: Dry dock and shore, old salty dog

Let’s Taco-bout It (Best Tacos)

My people

Screaming goat Taqueria, Circo

Life of the cake (best pizza)

Valentino Pizzeria & Trattoria

Ricos Pizzeria & Pasta House, Solorzano Bros.

The breadwinner (best sandwich)

Anna’s Deli, the surfer

Spice Boys Kitchen, falafel pita; South Philly Cheesesteaks, Cheesesteak

Sweet Spots (Best Desserts)

Euphemia Haye

Floribbean Flo’s, Banyan Tree Cafe

Against the Grain (Best Bakery)

Scheduled appointment

C’est La Vie, TIE: Floribbean Flo’s and Publix

Just brew it (best coffee)


TIE: Clever Cup and Buddy Brew, O&A Coffee and Supply

Honk When You Are Hungry (Best Food Truck)

Spice Boy’s kitchen

Hamlet’s Eatery, fire tacos

From the Land Down Under (Best Restaurant in Venice)

TIE: Sharky’s on the pier and flippers at Sharky’s

Cafe Evergreen, the crow’s nest

Side of the ranch (best Lakewood Ranch restaurant)


Lucky Pelican Bistro, TIE: Libby’s Neighborhood Brasserie and Paris Bistrot

North by Northwest (Best Bradenton Restaurant)

Pier 22

O’Bricks Irish Pub & Martini Bar, Schloss 13

Do it outdoors (best outdoor seating)

Ophelia is in the bay

Shore, Owens Fish Storage

Hot Shots (Best Bartender)


Done, State Street Eating House + Cocktails

Pitcher Perfect (Best Brewery)

Calusa Brewing

Big Top Brewing Company, Motorworks Brewing

That’s what I call service! (Best service from a restaurant)

Seasons 52

TIE: Michaels On East and Summer House, TIE: Rodizio and Connors Steak & Seafood

Outstanding Markets (Best Specialty Grocery)

Morton’s Gourmet Market

Detwiler’s Farm Market, Trader Joe’s

Haute Chocolate (Best Chocolate Shop)

Banyan Tree Chocolate & Café

Kilwin’s, Floribbean Flo’s

Goods services

Pamper Your Pooch (Best Pet Boarding / Grooming)

Bayside Pet Resort

PetSmart, wet noses

Shear Madness (Best Hair Salon)

New salons

Loose, fresh salon & spa cut

Razor Blade (Best Hair Salon)

American shave

Modern men’s premier barbershop & bar, The Barbershop 941

Stairway to Heaven (Best Spa)

The Ritz-Carlton

The Met Day Spa & Salon, L. Spa

Up Your Zoom Game (Best Fillers / Injections)

TIE: Elite Medical Spa and Rita’s Medical Elite

Sarasota facial aesthetics

Rock of Ages (Best Jeweler)

Diamond vault

Coffrin Diamond Jewelers, Milan’s jewelry

Walk the Runway (Best Women’s Clothing)

The store

Foxy Lady, Darci

GQ HQ (Best Men’s Clothing)

The mead

Shore, Tommy Bahama

Suit Up (Best Swimwear)

Swimming city

Shore, beach bazaar

Oldies But Goodies (Best Vintage)

Canned ham vintage

Sarasota Architectural Salvage, Bon Bon Vintage

Sustainable shopping (best consignment shop)

The exchange

Fifis Fine Resale Apparel, Laura Jean’s broadcasts

Put a bow on it (Best Gift Shop)

Elysian fields

TIE: The Giving Tree Gallery and Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, Molly’s! A chic and unique boutique

Home Sweet Home (Best Home Accessories)

Blu Home

Copenhagen imports, Charlotte’s grace

Sofa so good (best traditional furniture)

Bear’s furniture

TIE: Matter Brothers Furniture and Robb & Stucky, Norris Furniture

Mod Living (Best Contemporary Furniture)

Copenhagen imports

Soft Square, home resource

Magic Carpet Ride (Best Carpets)

Carpets as art

Art to run

Don’t Stop Beleafin ‘(Best Landscaping)

TIE: Artistree Landscape Maintenance & Design and Michael A. Gilkey Landscape Architects,

Critter Ridge Landscaping Company, Golden Leaf Landscaping

Dive in straight away (Best Pool Service)

Coast to coast pools

TIE: Lucas Lagoons Aquatech Pools and Olympus Pools

Forever Young (Best Retirement Community)

The Glenridge at the Palmer Ranch

TIE: Aviva Senior Living and Plymouth Harbor, Sunnyside Village

Lean On Me (Best Home Health Care)

Take care of private domestic health

Help at home, at the discretion of the doctor

Interior Thinking (Best Interior Design)

Sally Trout interior design

Branded interiors, JKL Designs

Whatever floats your boat (Best Boat Shop)

Marine max

TIE: Erickson Marine and Galati Yacht Sales, Cannons Marina

Home Grown (Best Local Manufacturer)

Health mug

Siesta Key Rum, Sarasota Honey

White Glove Service (Best Business Service)

Castle Concierge

Publix, the apricot & lime bazaar

Things to do

Child’s play (best place to take kids)

Tie: The Beach and Mote Marine

Sarasota Jungle Gardens, TIE: Skyzone and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Tee It Up (Best Golf Course)

Laurel Oak Country Club

University Park Country Club, Serenoa Golf Club

Special category

I love my job (best place to work)

The Glenridge at the Palmer Ranch

TIE: Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Aviva Senior Living, Berlin Patten Ebling

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