Adriatico pulls from land and sea to create a menu that celebrates Italian flavors. Entree-sized snapper fillets simmer in a spicy tomato broth, and slow-braised pork tenderloin sits in a milk and white vinegar reduction sauce. Chefs cover ravioli with black truffle sauce and toss orecchiette with cannellini beans and mussels. Meals can be paired with a wide selection of fine wines, which are displayed on a wall of racks for oenophiles to select a bottle by sight and for archers to select a bottle by skilled aim.
At Pastimes Pub, guests gather to sip brews and cocktails while witnessing the musical feats of live bands and artists. An impressive variety of acts take the stage, from ska ensembles blasting horns to head-banging metal bands to open-mic blues impresarios with lightning-quick fingers and ever-changing nicknames. When not compelled into fits of dancing by the up-close live acts, guests can challenge each other to friendly games of billiards at the green-felt-clad pool table.
Rico's Pizzeria introduces tongues to an abundance of casual Italian fare, including oven-fresh specialty pizzas and piquant garlic knots. The King Neptune pie smothers sea-based cravings with black tiger shrimp, calamari, mussels, and clams, and the buffalo-wing pizza helps appetites take flight with mildly spiced tenders, mozzarella, and blue cheese or ranch dressing. For a feast of meat, patrons can snag a circle of the Carnivore, or for a bonding activity, family members can build their own pie from 24 available toppings and then trust-fall into it from the top of a shed.
Voocaray Cajun Cuisine and Bar's menu catalogs a bounty of bayou cuisine. An appetizer of gator bites hide under a coating of Kick n' Bayou sauce, ready to pounce on taste buds to properly prepare them for Louisianan flavor ($6.95). The kitchensmiths prepare the whole crawfish entree with Cajun seasonings and sauté the seafood delicacy in white-wine sauce and garlic ($5.95/half-pound, $8.95/pound). The Swamp & Turf burger, 8 ounces of beef, features crawfish tails and spices for a whimsical take on an American classic ($10.95) and the muffaletta unites a bonanza of black forest ham, genoa salami, mortadella, provolone, and homemade olive tapenade ($10.95). Guests can thwart thirst with one of the Louisiana beers on tap while imbibing the jambalaya, a concoction of shrimp, andouille sausage, chicken, the French language, and Cajun spices ($9.95), and a deep-fried beignet ($4.95).
The Angry Pickle's house-made spicy pickles sit across the high-topped tables from hand-shaped burger patties and a selection of 14 draught beers in a casual eatery. Appetizers such as fried pickles, available in dill or a house-crafted angry spicy blend, named after Sporty Spice after her exposure to hulk-inducing gamma rays, dance across taste buds, and palatable jalapeño poppers burst into a culinary fireworks display of gooey cheese.
The chefs at Veg follow a simple philosophy: with each dish, they hope to expand diners' enjoyment of healthy, fresh, and seasonal foods. Their efforts have won praise from Sarasota Magazine, which has ranked Veg number one on their list of the area's best vegetarian-friendly restaurants three years in a row. HappyCow reviewers and every chicken who's ever gone into hiding are also fans of Veg's creative take on meat-free dining.
Vegetarians aren't the only ones who frequent Veg, though. Pescatarians, vegans, raw-foodists, and gluten-free diners can happily eat together, thanks to menus that make ordering easy rather than restrictive. Plates of raw "quiche" and vegan sweet-and-sour "brisket" share table space with sumptuous wild-caught seafood and salads heaped with proteins such as rare ahi tuna or non-GMO organic tofu.