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.
Sarasota Bay Roasting Company's knowledgeable staff curate a gallery of savory sips including house-roasted coffees, loose-leaf teas, and specialty wines. Crafted in small, Ambex roaster batches before customers' eyes, custom bags of joe ($10.99+ for 12 oz.) keep drinkers alert during nights spent balancing checkbooks or days spent mowing bankers’ lawns for lower interest rates. Slather tongues in Costa Rican tarrazu, full-bodied, bold and sans the bitter bite, or let the Mexican high grown's intricate flavors jolt awake snooze-happy central nervous systems. Iced coffee options abound, which utilize a 16 hour cooling process to prevent bitterness. An assortment of organic fair-trade loose-leaf teas ($2.50+/ounce) coat mouths in fruits and florals including blooming-black-peony, blueberry-cheesecake, and banana-dulce-tisane. Sarasota Bay Roasting Company’s cellars house dozens of wine varieties, including specialty vintages ($9.99+). Wine sages stay on hand to help pair customers with fermented soul mates, and a taste testing ensures tongues know a merlot from a cabernet and a wine glass from a cleverly disguised bowl of chili.
For three generations, Burritos Mexican Grill's culinary team has made its authentic Mexican food the same way: with fresh ingredients free of preservatives or anything from a can. The results include the restaurant's namesake burritos, which can be filled with ingredients such as lean ground beef, philly-cheesesteak fixings, or a medley of cauliflower, broccoli, and carrot. Mexican staples such as tamales, spicy shrimp tacos, and nachos smothered in beans, melted cheese, and cilantro round out the menu, which includes copious options for vegetarian and gluten-free diners.
On any given day, you might see Big Water Fish Market's seafood specialists on the docks dotting Little Sarasota Bay and the Gulf Coast, buying catches straight from the boat. They haul these bounties back to their chilled display cases, then scrawl the day's selection across the store's blackboard. Big Water's staffers concentrate on local fresh fish and shellfish, taking a special interest in grouper, snapper, and mahi-mahi. Besides these catches, they keep freezers full of imported shipments, from sushi-grade yellowfin tuna to snow crab that, ironically, has never actually seen snow. For those who don’t want to wait until they get home for a tasty seafood meal, the shop’s deli fries, grills, and blackens various fish.