True to its name, The Teahouse at Asian Arts offsets its exotic Asian concoctions with a Silk Road-inspired ambience of traditional Asian artwork and décor—right down to the mahjongg you can play at your table while waiting for your food. Your journey to the East begins with two items from the appetizer menu, such as crabmeat dumplings or yodofu, a tofu and vegetables mix that comes with dipping sauce and a clean bill of karma. From there you'll be free to pick your entrees from a massive menu of sandwiches and wraps, specials such as Hannah's wasabi mussels in miso broth, and soups and dumplings, which come in beef, crab, Mothra, and vegetarian variations. End your excursion with two sweet desserts, such as a warm pear crumble or ice-creamy Japanese daifuku mochi. In between bites, The Teahouse at Asian Arts will delicately hose down dirty palates with an Around the World flight of five infused sake shots; seasoned sake-sippers, meanwhile, can order an eight-ounce carafe of their preferred varietal. For added fun, a seasoned chiromancer will give you and your date a mini palm reading that determines your romantic chances, the number of kids you'll have, and exactly how many Shriner cars will be involved in your death tomorrow.
In October, 2011, Audrey shared with Focus Magazine a snapshot of her childhood in Jamaica—her grandmother moving swiftly through her outdoor kitchen, preparing Caribbean specialties on a cast-iron stove. Comforting memories like this are what inspired the homestyle chef to open her own eatery after 21 years split between careers in nursing and marketing. Today, celebrating her culinary roots, Audrey bakes rum cakes year-round and cooks authentic, savory entrees using recipes that date back to her family's days of using brick ovens, wood-burning stoves, and the power of a really good glare.
Diners can sit at a small handful of tables, though most choose to take dishes to go. Meals include oxtail in brown sauce, curry chicken, and flaky Jamaican patties filled with spicy beef or chicken.
Behind their teppanyaki grilling stations, chefs at Kumo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi flip lobster tails, filet mignon, and shrimp through the air as diners look on. A short distance away from the hibachi flames, chefs at the sushi bar craft fresh hand rolls based on local catches, such as the cape coral maki with salmon, tuna, and avocado and the Top of the World roll with yellowtail, scallion, and cucumber. Staff pour hot and cold sake and imported beer for patrons to quaff when not digging into a noodle bowl. The dining area’s decor teems with Asian accents such as bamboo shoots, a zen-garden-inspired rock wall, and a zen-garden-inspired ball pit.
Moe Elkasri and his fellow citizens of Pita’s Republic deftly balance good taste and good health, like Jackie Onassis’s tracksuit collection. These stuffers of edible envelopes hew to such practices as making their tzatziki sauce from low-fat yogurt, never using frozen chicken, and sweetening their smoothies with honey-green tea. For more details about the tangy blend of fitness and deliciousness, check out the company’s nutritional information.
Hearty brews from the local area, around the country, and all over the world take center stage at World of Beer Sarasota, with countless varieties on tap and hundreds of selections by the bottle. The selection is updated frequently, so each visit to World of Beer can mean discovering a new favorite brew. For those who aren't certified beerophiles, the modern brick-lined space also offers a selection of white and red wines. After grabbing a drink, patrons can head out to the outdoor patio to enjoy some of the bar's Rocky Patel cigars. In addition to serving the masses, World of Beer also hosts a constant stream of events, including ladies' nights, trivia nights, and performances from live bands.