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Top Choice Museum in Sarasota

Ringling Museum Complex

The 66-acre winter estate of railroad, real-estate and circus baron John Ringling and his wife, Mable, is one of the Gulf Coast’s premier attractions and incorporates their personal collection of artworks in what is…
Top Choice Southern US in Sarasota

Owen's Fish Camp

The wait rarely dips below an hour at this hip, Old Florida swamp shack downtown. The menu consists of upscale Southern cuisine with an emphasis on seafood, including whatever's fresh, and solid regular dishes like …
Top Choice Modern American in Sarasota

Indigenous

Focusing on the popular farm-to-table and hook-to-fork movements, chef Steve Phelps whips up innovative American creations such as Parmesan beignets with honey, pears and thyme, and an ever-popular wild mushroom bis…
Top Choice Food & Drink in Sarasota

Forks & Corks

A multiday epicurean event held in venues throughout Sarasota, including the courtyard of the Ringling Museum of Art. Includes food and wine tastings, vintner events, seminars, samples from local restaurants and ent…
Top Choice Bakery in Sarasota

Jim's Small Batch Bakery

Real small-batch, scratch baking makes Jim's a delicious stop for breakfast and lunch. All-butter hand-laminated croissants, candied bacon BLTs, creamy quiches, and cups of soup for $3.50.
Performing Arts in Sarasota

Sailor Circus

One of the living circuses in Sarasota is performed by kids, and it's incredible. The Sailor Circus, founded in 1949, is a unique extracurricular activity for Sarasota County students, who gear up for one big show o…
Circus in Sarasota

Circus Arts Conservatory

In addition to putting on the ever-popular Sailor Circus each year, this circus center offers professional performances along with circus training and summer camp. The performances are usually held in a one-ring Eur…
Grill in Sarasota

Mattison's City Grille

Healthy salads and hearty sandwiches (using fresh homemade bread) are the order of the day at central Mattison's. The outdoor dining area doubles as a bar that gets going each evening with live music, giving the pla…
European in Sarasota

Antoine's Restaurant

Newly relocated to an otherwise unexciting strip mall, Antoine's is a French bistro serving elegant dishes such as scallop risotto with a candied, tangerine sauce. But this isn't faddish fusion food: the owners hail…
Park in Sarasota

Island Park

Sarasota's marina is notable for Island Park, an attractive green space poking into the harbor: it has a great playground and play fountain, restrooms, tree-shaded benches, a restaurant and tiki bar; and kayak, jet-…