There's something for all tastes here, whether your idea of culinary perfection is a homely mom-and-pop kitchen or a garlanded gourmet restaurant.
In a coastal city like Sarasota, seafood is always going to be a good option - and this is a fantastic place to savor the freshest bounty from the Gulf of Mexico. Grouper, mahi-mahi, oysters and snapper are among the local specialties, and the catch is so fresh that some restaurants double as markets.
It's not all about the seafood in Sarasota, though. Don't miss the rare chance to try hearty Amish cuisine in the restaurants of Pinecraft, or to dive into the local craft brewing scene, with local producers specializing in delicious beer and rum.