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.
A menu of comforting breakfast dishes, brimming sandwiches, and homemade baked sweets fills Broken Egg with a bouquet of warming aromas. Three-egg omelets ($12.99 each), such as the Siesta Key with blue crab and swiss, or the Longboat Key with salmon, cream cheese, and capers, allow patrons to draw out breakfast experiences without listening to Tony the Tiger's long-winded tales. Masters of the griddle forge plate-smothering pancakes from whole-wheat or buttermilk batter that can be dolled up with 13 different toppings including coconut and pecans ($4.99+). The Boar in a Quilt bundles two hearty sausages in a large blueberry pancake ($7.99). During lunch hours, the grouper sandwich's grilled or blackened fillet dons a cloak of house remoulade ($13.99), and in the Dickie V burger, a turkey patty sticks to a strict curfew between onion-bagel halves ($8.29).
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.
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.