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Monday, 11 August 2014 18:54

Fresh Fish, Master Yoda and Eat Here

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Eat Here Fresh Catch | Haddock

On my recent trip back home to Nova Scotia I stepped into a scene from my lost youth. Fishermen were yelling across the cove...

"What was Frenchie catchin...?" 

(Every cove has a "Frenchie" and a "Slim".) 

The answer came back..."Haddock it was, he caught."

Nova Scotians from the rocky inlets of Nova Scotia's South Shore talk like Jedi Master Yoda in "Star Wars". They split the sentence in the middle and then put the last part first. As in..."Dumb as a boot, he is."...or ..."Drank like a fish, he did." 

That moment of 'Novey speak' awakened in me a craving for my favorite fish...Haddock...and a determination to source fresh Haddock in Florida.

Haddock is a smaller fish like a sole with a white flesh that is sweet and delicate. The good news is that the Haddock fishery seems to be growing stronger and that we have been able to find a reliable source for fresh Haddock for Eat Here.

Fresh Haddock rarely gets south of Boston. Almost all of what Floridians are told is "fresh" Haddock is any white fish that is caught off Norway or South Africa, then frozen in blocks, shipped across the Atlantic in the bottoms of slow ships and then defrosted and passed off as "fresh".

In my Nova Scotian youth fresh fish was as familiar on my plate as toast or baked beans or potatoes. My grandmother was called "Nana". Nana's fish cookery was religious in its constancy.

Cod...as common as hay...was mixed with potatoes and onions and cooked in "fishcakes"...or tossed to the cat.

Mackerel was for breakfast...cooked crispy, skin-on, in a hot skillet.

Halibut was special. It was the "when-the-priest-comes-for-dinner" fish. Nana cut it in thick steaks and baked it gently with butter in the oven.

But everybody's "favorite-Catholic-Friday-fish" was Haddock - always "Wicked-Fresh" from icey-cold Atlantic waters, filleted dockside, and wrapped in waxed paper.

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Our "Eat Here" fresh Haddock is almost as fresh as my grandma cooked. 

It is refrigerated from the time it leaves the hook...by the fog, salt air and a slurry of ocean water and ice...until it is packed in ice for flight. 

There are no warm spots until it hits the pan in the Eat Here island eateries.

Treat yourself to some fresh Nova Scotian Haddock. 

Yoda would have loved it.

"Try it, you should."

"Like it, you will."

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About Eat Here: The Eat Here restaurants celebrate chef-crafted, Gulf Coast cookery and creative cocktails. Eat Here on Anna Maria Island and in Siesta Key were recently selected as two of Florida’s “best new restaurants” as part of Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Awards. 

www.eathereflorida.com 

Eat Here Anna Maria Island: 5315 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 941-778-0411

Eat Here Siesta Key: 240 Avenida Madera, Sarasota, (941) 346-7800

Sunday, 03 August 2014 20:54

Farms and Tables

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“Farm to table” is a headline appearing repeatedly in the food writer scene, and more people are asking serious questions about where their food comes from. 

Sean Murphy, owner of the Beach Bistro and Eat Here family of restaurants, believes that “Farm to Table” is being "outrageously abused by restaurant marketers" who are not always being honest about the source of their ingredients. 

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Last week, Sean published an article on the Beach Bistro website detailing which local Florida offerings are appropriate for the Summer months and which items are best grown in specialty farms at their appropriate locations. 

Visit the Bistro's blog for more on Farms and Tables (and a bonus recipe!)

 


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Tuesday, 15 July 2014 14:43

Tales of the Cocktail

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Every July the French Quarter Hosts the World Bartenders Convention. “Tales of the Cocktail” welcomes bartenders and service industry personnel from all over the world. In its twelfth year, over 20,000 people will be in attendance this year. Tales of the Cocktail is a meeting of the minds. Days and nights are filled with educational seminars and tasting rooms. Bartenders get to learn, meet and collaborate with some of the top bartenders and brand ambassadors on the planet 

Again this year the Beach Bistro and Eat Here will be sending our resident bar chef, Marjorie Kammelohr to the Big Easy to participate in the “tales” celebration. Last year after being immersed in the food, history, culture, music - and of course, the cocktails - of New Orleans and “tales”, Marjorie came back inspired to create a new cocktail list with prohibition era classics like the Sazerac, the Opera and a Blueberry Basil Collins. She also discovered a love of vermouths and a passion for vermouth experimentation with variations on different types of killer Manhattans and Martinis. Who knew so many different varieties of sweet and dry vermouth existed and could change the flavor of a drink so dramatically?

Of course, it’s not all about the classes. There are also the tasting rooms! Liquor industry representatives from the entire world come to Tales of the Cocktail with their best products for the bartenders to taste and create. cocktails

Creating cocktails has become an art form. Finding the balance in your drink, while still trying to create something different is always fun and exciting. Tales of the Cocktail is a great place to try new liquor products that you have never heard of before or maybe never had an opportunity to try. If you find something that you love you can create something unique and extraordinary. 

What will Marjorie be creating when she returns from New Orleans? We have no idea, but we can’t wait to find out! If you want to follow Marjorie’s journey through the Quarter, follow her on our Facebook page! She’ll be updating us on her adventures daily! 

In appreciation of Marjorie’s impact on our cocktail lists we will be featuring wine and beer cocktails, the Kalimotxo, the Michelada and the Shandy, at our Eat Here on Anna Maria Island. Marjorie’s New Rum Punch will be the featured cocktail at Eat Here on Siesta Key and Sean will be pouring tastes of the Bistro rendition of “Bees Knees” at the Beach Bistro. The Bistro’s Bees Knees rounds out Hendrick’s gin with lavender infused island honey and fresh lemon juice.

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Eat Here Sarasota transitions to World of Beer 

(Sarasota and Holmes Beach, Florida) – Sean Murphy, the owner of the Eat Here restaurant family and Beach Bistro, is pleased to announce the transition of Eat Here's Sarasota location to World of Beer.

"World of Beer contacted us with an unsolicited but very compelling offer to buy out our lease. The offer was attractive enough we could not refuse it. They are significantly extending the term of the lease and will be an excellent fit for the location.”

"The Eat Here family's smaller restaurants on Anna Maria Island and Siesta Key will continue offering chef-focused, chef-crafted, coastal cookery at their island locations."

"The World of Beer will do very well at the fountain and urban park location at Links and Main. There is a momentous excitement brewing in the neighborhood now with the opening of McCurdy's comedy store. The World of Beer will be a great addition to a refreshed entertainment district."

Sean Murphy explained the change to World of Beer as a perfect fit for the location.

"Eat Here is about great food, first and foremost. Our personal service style and chef-crafted menu creations are better suited to a smaller space. Most of the senior Eat Here staff will be offered positions at our other restaurants. Their presence will strengthen our performance on the two islands. We have been offered promising smaller premises in St Pete and Tampa.”

"I am pleased that we have a great tenant for the Kauffman family. Dr Kauffman is a true gentlemen. He has always treated us graciously and generously. I will miss him. He loves our blue tomato soup. I have promised him that every month I will bring him a quart." 

Dean Lambert, one of the managing partners of the World of Beer on University Parkway is excited about the new location. “ It will be an excellent showcase for our extensive offerings of craft beer and our new food menu. World of Beer will be opening on Main in the early fall.”

World of Beer will also co-sponsor the Beach Bistro Culinary Winter Carnival in January of next year. The Bistro's Culinary Carnival features the best chefs of the south, winemakers, chef bartenders and now, beer craftsmen, at a culinary celebration on Anna Maria Island in aid of children's hospitals.

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About Eat Here: The Eat Here restaurants celebrate chef-crafted, Gulf Coast cookery and creative cocktails. Eat Here on Anna Maria Island and in Siesta Key were recently selected as two of Florida’s “best new restaurants” as part of Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Awards. 

www.eathereflorida.com 

Eat Here Anna Maria Island: 5315 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 941-778-0411

Eat Here Siesta Key: 240 Avenida Madera, Sarasota, (941) 346-7800

Thursday, 12 June 2014 17:14

Free beer and "ribs" on Father's Day

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Free beer and "ribs" on Father's Day

Eat Here restaurants are celebrating Father's Day all weekend by giving dads a free beer and "ribs". The original dad gave up that first rib to get the first mom and start the whole ball rolling so it is only fair that we return the favor with free ribs for dad. Our St Louis cut Island style ribs are tasty and delicious and are on our menu in both lighter and larger portions.

A free "light" will go to dad.

Pop, you have to bring the kids to prove you're a dad and not just another beer and rib loving guy. All of the Eat Here family of restaurants, Siesta Key, Sarasota and Anna Maria are currently accepting reservations for Father's Day, Sunday, June 15, and the rest of the weekend.

Fathers, bring the kids, have a beer, get that rib back. It's on us.

Kids, bring your dad – feed him ribs – make dad happy.

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About eat here: The Eat Here restaurants celebrate chef-crafted, Gulf Coast cookery and creative cocktails. Eat Here on Anna Maria Island and in Sarasota were recently selected as two of Florida’s “best new restaurants” as part of Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Awards. Eat Here is located at 1888 Main St., Sarasota,941-365-8700; 240 Avenida Madera, Sarasota, 941-346-7800; and 5315 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 941-778-0411, www.eathereflorida.com.

Thursday, 22 May 2014 18:13

Memorial Day Weekend at Eat Here

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In appreciation for their service, our veterans will receive the first drink on us this Memorial Day weekend at the eat here family of restaurants. We are thankful for your sacrifice. Enjoy your time with friends and family!

For reservations, call: 

Eat Here, Holmes Beach - (941) 778-0411

Eat Here, Main Street - (941) 365-8700

Eat Here, Siesta Key - (941) 346-7800

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About eat here: The Eat Here restaurants celebrate chef-crafted, Gulf Coast cookery and creative cocktails. Eat Here on Anna Maria Island and in Sarasota were recently selected as two of Florida’s “best new restaurants” as part of Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Awards. Eat Here is located at 1888 Main St., Sarasota,941-365-8700; 240 Avenida Madera, Sarasota, 941-346-7800; and 5315 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 941-778-0411www.eathereflorida.com. 

 

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 00:00

Moms should eat here on mothers day

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This year, eat here wants to treat mom to a fresh sunflower and a glass of bubbly.

In fact, eat here has a policy of treating all moms to libations on Mother’s Day as a tribute to Sean Murphy’s grandmother, “Nana” Martin. 

In the Nova Scotia vernacular “Nana” is an endearment for “grandmother.” A “sip” with dinner was part of Nana’s dinner ritual.

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Sean has a great reverence for his grandmother.

“My grandmother had ten children and my grandfather was something of a partier. One day my two uncles, both monsignors, brought the bishop by for tea and the subject of my grandfather came up while Nana was out of the room. They all put down their cups, shook their heads, rolled their eyes to heaven, and said ‘ah…that poor woman is a saint’. I thought that settled the matter. Nana was a saint. I had a winning hand … two monsignors and a bishop … against two sisters.“My grandmother was a saint. Almost literally. As a kindergartner I was convinced Nana was a real saint and I got into trouble with the two good sisters teaching kindergarten. I was punished for arrogance. They were teaching ‘Lives of the Saints’ and I was adamant that the book was wrong because my Nana wasn’t in there.

“Nana lived to be ninety-five. Conscious of her tribulations, her doctor had told her to have a wee sip of port before every meal. It would calm her nerves and improve her appetite. Nana was a woman of strong character, a great lady, but she was very delicate and frail in stature.

“She set a meticulous table for dinner every evening. Just as we were about to be seated she would remove her lace apron, open the cupboard under the huge sink, pull out a bottle of port, pop the cork and knock back a quick swig. She would then recork the bottle, put it back under the sick, sit at the table and say grace.

“That quick little sip of the port was incongruous with everything else she did – but it worked wonders. The aggravations of the day slipped away. Nana’s dinners were always joyous occasions.”

Treat mom to diner and we'll treat her to a fresh sunflower and a glass of champagne! 

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About eat here: The Eat Here restaurants celebrate chef-crafted, Gulf Coast cookery and creative cocktails. Eat Here on Anna Maria Island and in Sarasota were recently selected as two of Florida’s “best new restaurants” as part of Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Awards. Eat Here is located at 1888 Main St., Sarasota,941-365-8700; 240 Avenida Madera, Sarasota, 941-346-7800; and 5315 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 941-778-0411www.eathereflorida.com.

Thursday, 01 May 2014 17:51

Burger Tuesdays...one helluva burger night.

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eat here burgerYears ago, Sean made a deal with "Ms Duffy" who owned Duffy's Tavern on Anna Maria Island.

Every one on the Island knew that Ms Duffy had a reputation for the best burger on the Island. Their burger even made the "Top Ten Burgers in the USA" list in USA Today.

Ms Duffy was an icon - she had been the mayor of the town forever and everyone loved her.

Sean wanted to build a burger at the Beach Bistro Bar but did not want to get on Ms Duffy's bad side. Duffy's closes every night at seven, so Sean offered his burger only after seven o'clock. Sean then marketed the Bistro Bar burger it as  the "best burger on the island ...after seven o'clock" 

Since then, the Eat Here chef staff has created a killer burger formula. We all realized the other day that Duffy's is closed on Tuesdays...and the eat here "Burger Tuesdays Celebration" was born.

Every Tuesday the Eat Here restaurants will deliver the best burger in the area.

The eat here burger

Two five ounce patties of fresh ground beef, on a garlic-butter-grilled brioche bun with our own bacon jam, aioli and choices of fixings and cheeses.....with fries. 

Duffy's doesn't have fries.

Eat Here presents the better burger...every Tuesday...when Duffy's is closed.

*While known to everyone who loved her as "Ms Duffy", Pat Geyer was the original owner and operator of the world famous "Duffy's Tavern" in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island. Her daughters still operate Duffy's ... and build great burgers there every day...every day but Tuesday.

But if you find yourself craving a helluva burger on Tuesday, we've got you covered...and then some. 

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About eat here: The Eat Here restaurants celebrate chef-crafted, Gulf Coast cookery and creative cocktails. Eat Here on Anna Maria Island and in Sarasota were recently selected as two of Florida’s “best new restaurants” as part of Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Awards. Eat Here is located at 1888 Main St., Sarasota,941-365-8700; 240 Avenida Madera, Sarasota, 941-346-7800; and 5315 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 941-778-0411www.eathereflorida.com.

Summer Hours | Eat Here Sarasota

 

The Eat Here restaurant family is gearing up for Summer! That means new hours, entertainment more... 

  • Eat Here in Sarasota will be offering dinner every evening from 5:00pm 
  • The Rooftop bar will be serving craft cocktails and a great bar menu from Tuesday through Saturday evenings
  • Live entertainment will be featured on weekends.
  • Rooftop & dining area available for private parties
  • Abundant parking availble out back

 *Eat Here in Sarasota will not be serving lunch during the Summer months. Please call (941) 365-1700 for more information or to make a dinner reservation. Thank you for you patronage and support!

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About eat here: The Eat Here restaurants celebrate chef-crafted, Gulf Coast cookery and creative cocktails. Eat Here on Anna Maria Island and in Sarasota were recently selected as two of Florida’s “best new restaurants” as part of Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Awards. Eat Here is located at 1888 Main St., Sarasota,941-365-8700; 240 Avenida Madera, Sarasota, 941-346-7800; and 5315 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 941-778-0411www.eathereflorida.com.

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We’ve seen a lot of dietary trends over the years, but the shift to and interest in gluten-free foods has been one of the fastest growing ones. For those with a gluten allergy or celiac disease, this has meant, finally, so many more options. For the rest of us, with varying levels of gluten tolerance or intolerance or just plain curiosity,  it’s been an interesting and sometimes confusing change. A quick Google search indicates just how much conversation is centered around the topic, and it's predicted to increase in the next couple of years. 

Gluten free on Google SearchSo, gluten or no gluten? We have plenty of both at eat here, and a menu and staff who can help guide you through your choices. 

The eat here family of restaurants is unique in that every menu item is prepared to order, with ingredients sourced from local farms and family-owned operations. Nothing is offered that is prepackaged or prepared by a big supplier, which makes it easier to adapt preparations to gluten sensitivity and dietary preference. 

There is a difference between absolutely gluten free and gluten limited services. Each of our restaurants in Sarasota, Siesta Key and Anna Maria Island offer a complete menu that substantially limits gluten content. However, we do ask that you still alert your server of any allergy prior to ordering - just to be on the safe side. 

Try our keenwa (quinoa) vegan salad with garbanzos, red pepper, carrots, currants, and apricots or the fine-chopped kale salad with currants and roasted almonds…yummy!

We encourage you to consult your waiter guide about our other gluten-limited option on your next visit. Any questions can be directed to us on Twitter: @eathereami. You can find our full gluten-limited menu on our website! 

Here are a few spots we've found in each of our areas that can be helpful: 

Anna Maria Island

  1. Poppo's Taqueria
  2. Ginny and Jane E's
  3. 941 Deli

Sarasota & Siesta Key

  1. Island Gluten Free Bakery
  2. Beach Bites
  3. S'macks Burgers & Shakes

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About eat here: The Eat Here restaurants celebrate chef-crafted, Gulf Coast cookery and creative cocktails. Eat Here on Anna Maria Island and in Sarasota were recently selected as two of Florida’s “best new restaurants” as part of Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Awards. Eat Here is located at 1888 Main St., Sarasota,941-365-8700; 240 Avenida Madera, Sarasota, 941-346-7800; and 5315 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 941-778-0411www.eathereflorida.com.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 17:16

Free drinks during Sarasota Film Festival 2014

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The 16th annual Sarasota Film Festival continues to put our community in the international spotlight by celebrating the best independent films in the world.  

Each year the festival features full length films, documentaries, shorts and even kid-friendly showings that will introduce the whole family in the art of filmmaking.

Children can watch for free at the festivals youthFEST program, which will feature Disney classics, the Oscar-nominated Ernest & Celestine and a beach screening of The Little Mermaid.

Adults are promised an incredible experience as well with a stacked lineup including John Slattery’s God's Pocket, featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final screen performances. The film will show at the Sarasota Opera House, just a few short blocks from our eat here restaurant in Downtown Sarasota.  

Philip Seymour Hoffman at Sarasota Film Festival 2014

The festival, which runs from April, 4-13, will kick of with the Last Days of Vietnam at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall at 7:00pm, an unforgettable story of heroism and compromise in the face of hardship. 

The Festival Box Office is conveniently located inside Regal Cinemas Hollywood 20, just across the street from our eat here restaurant and parking deck on the corner of Links and Main in downtown Sarasota. 

We have all the parking in the free world out back. We recommend avoiding the traffic war zone by enjoying dinner with friends and family at eat here before walking a short distance to the show. Afterword, discuss the movie over a craft cocktail at Sarasota’s new Rooftop bar...the Sazerac comes highly recommended by local media...

The first round is on us…from April 4-13, show your waiter or bar tender your ticket stub, and you will receive a free glass of wine. It’s our understanding that movies are best digested with friends and libations. 

Happy viewing! 

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About eat here: The Eat Here restaurants celebrate chef-crafted, Gulf Coast cookery and creative cocktails. Eat Here on Anna Maria Island and in Sarasota were recently selected as two of Florida’s “best new restaurants” as part of Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Awards. Eat Here is located at 1888 Main St., Sarasota,941-365-8700; 240 Avenida Madera, Sarasota, 941-346-7800; and 5315 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 941-778-0411www.eathereflorida.com.

Friday, 14 March 2014 00:00

Enjoy Live Entertainment at Eat Here Sarasota

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This Weekend, enjoy live entertainment at Eat Here Sarasota:


Rooftop:
3/13 Thursday, 3/14 Friday and 3/15 Saturday- Matt Frost

Patio Deck:
Thur.3/13, Sardis Greco
Fri. 3/14-Martin Jordan and Twinkle
Sat. 3/15- Martin Jordan
Sunday 3/16- Lady Jazz


Regular Schedule

Rooftop
Thur., Fri, Sat.- Matt Frost / Twinkle

Patio Deck
Thur. Sandi Greco, Fri/ Sat- Martin Jordan, Sun. Lady Jazz

Sunday, 09 March 2014 19:16

Best St. Patricks Day Party at Eat Here

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Best St. Patricks day party at Eat Here

 

Best St. Patrick’s Day Party is at eat here in Downtown Sarasota. Wear something green and join the fun.

 

Sean Murphy, proprietor of the eat here restaurant family reminds everyone that it’s almost time for the wearin' of the green. He’s inviting all Irish and those who love an Irish party to gather at eat here in downtown Sarasota on Monday, March 17, for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration that will transport you to Dublin.
 
St Patricks day Camels at Eat Here

There will music, Irish foods, and family festivities in the Links Park plaza including face painting, tattoo artists, dancers and a one-hump camel named Nomad who will make an appearance at 5 p.m. Have your photo taken with him.

 

Why the Camel?? Murphy explains that the camel is magical for the Irish because any creature that can go two weeks without a drink is mystical. 
The eat here restaurant group will be open all day from 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. During lunch, bagpipers will march and play throughout the restaurant. Live Irish entertainment will follow from 5-9 p.m. The menu is Erin-go-bragh authentic with  traditional slow-cooked corned beef and cabbage ($12.95 all day) and more modern specialties such as Celtic Caesar salad ($6.95) and corned beef tacos on a cart for $4.95 in Links Park downtown Sarasota. Murphy's Irish Stout ($5.00) and celebratory drink specials.


Regular lunch and dinner menus available too. Be sure to wear something green and bring friends. eat here in downtown Sarasota is located at 1888 Main Street.

This year, the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at eat here will benefit SPCA of Sarasota.

 

For more information, call (941) 365-8700. 

 

15th annual St Patrick's Day parade on Anna Maria Island

There is a big green day coming our way. Eat Here's sister restaurant, the Beach Bistro, is hosting an annual St Patrick's Day Parade in Holmes Beach on the Sunday before St Patrick's Day, March 16th.

The parade will assemble at Holmes Beach City Hall at 5801 Marina Drive and will leisurely proceed 20 short blocks north along Marina Drive to the corner of Palm and 78th.

The group will celebrate with the usual panoply of dignitaries, cyclists, floats, Irish dancers, bagpipes and lots and lots of green.

 

More information can be found on the Beach Bistro website at www.beachbistro.com.
 

Beach Bistro's Annual St Patricks Day Parade on Anna Maria Island

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About eat here: The Eat Here restaurants celebrate chef-crafted, Gulf Coast cookery and creative cocktails. Eat Here on Anna Maria Island and in Sarasota were recently selected as two of Florida’s “best new restaurants” as part of Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Awards. Eat Here is located at 1888 Main St., Sarasota, 941-365-8700; 240 Avenida Madera, Sarasota, 941-346-7800; and 5315 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 941-778-0411, www.eathereflorida.com.

 

Enjoy the beautiful weather in March and April outside on the patio at eat here in Sarasota. We will have live music outside on the deck downstairs Thursday through Sunday from 6-6:30pm. 
 
Thursday: Sandi Grecco 
 
Friday and Saturday: Martin Jordan
 
Sunday: Lady Jazz
Thursday, 20 February 2014 18:21

eat here's 3-4-5 Happy Hour on Siesta Key

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happy hour on siesta keyBar service in Siesta Key and Sarasota will celebrate a new 3-4-5 Happy Hour every evening. The Eat Here happy hour will feature $3 drafts, $4 well cocktails, $5 house wines, and $5 small plates from 5-6:30pm. The 3-4-5 happy hour small plate menu will feature the famous Heart Attack Hot Dog (bacon wrapped and finessed with truffle butter and béarnaise), chef-crafted woodstone pizzas, poutine served with debris demi-glace and house-made garlic chips.  

Begin those lazy evenings after the beach with a happy hour visit on Siesta Key. Eat here's 3-4-5 Happy Hour is also available in Sarasota. The new Rooftop Bar is the perfect place to wind down after work with co-workers or friends atop Eat Here in downtown Sarasota. 
 
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Thursday, 20 February 2014 17:35

Musical Guests at Eat Here Sarasota

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Eat Here's downtown Sarasota location is proud to host two musical guests this season! 

Every Friday and Saturday night, singer and songwriter Martin Jordan will be playing at the Rooftop bar. Check out Martin's profile here.

Another locally-known artist, Twinkle, will be playing at Eat Here SRQ on February 8, 15 and 22, and March 15, 22 and 29. She will start downstairs at around 8 p.m. before moving upstairs for an hour-long acoustic set that starts around 10:30 p.m. Here profile can be found here.

Come check out these amazing artists while you treat your taste buds to something delicious! We can't wait to see you.

Enjoy a decadent three-course prixe fixe menu all weekend long.

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Indulge in decadent, award-winning fare with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day and make a romantic weekend of it. From Fri. Feb. 14 to Sun. Feb. 16 during dinner hours from 5 to 10 p.m., all three eat here locations (downtown Sarasota, Siesta Key and Anna Maria Island) will be offering a three-course prixe fixe menu.

It’s all about extending the celebration through the long, romantic weekend this Valentine’s Day, and sampling a romantically themed, decadent meal together. You can give your loved ones an experience they will never forget.

The Valentine’s menu includes a choice of:

  • Kale Caesar salad (romaine with a chiffonade of kale) or award-winning bistro-style tomato soup
  • Wild, American-caught salmon, mini pork ossobuco or ballad fire-roasted free range chicken with root vegetables
  • Chocolate Budino dessert pot for sharing (accompanied with strawberries and topped with sea salt) or shareable Floriday strawberry layered shortcake served with royal cream cheese icing.

The experience is $29.95 per person plus tax and gratuity, and reservations are required. Seatings begin at 5 p.m.

“This is truly one of the most heavenly meals Eat Here has created for Valentine’s Day,” Murphy says. “It will definitely impress.”

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About Eat Here: The Eat Here restaurants celebrate chef-crafted, Gulf Coast cookery and creative cocktails. Eat Here on Anna Maria Island and in Sarasota were recently selected as two of Florida’s “best new restaurants” as part of Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Awards. Eat Here is located at 1888 Main St., Sarasota, 941-365-8700; 240 Avenida Madera, Sarasota, 941-346-7800; and 5315 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 941-778-0411, www.eathereflorida.com.

Eat Here in the New Year

We know the January 1 drill: With every New Year comes a to-do list of self-made promises, most of them involving food (or at least resisting it).

…And we know the January 15 drill: By week three, most of our New Year’s dietary resolutions have gone up in flames.

We’re proposing something different…a little more attainable.

At Eat Here and the Beach Bistro family of restaurants, we invite you to tweak your resolutions for 2014. Aim for less deprivation and more culinary enjoyment, and relish those foods that keep you happy and healthy. We have you covered.

Foods for Health at Eat Here

Gluten-free for 2014? Have our crisp, fire-roasted veggie platter, or one of our garden-fresh salads. The keenwa (quinoa) salad is a vegan delight with garbanzo beans, red peppers, carrots, currants and apricots. Our fine-chopped kale salad has currants and roasted almonds. 

Maybe you have resolved to know more about the origins of your seafood. “Fish here” for wild-caught, American-sourced catches, including real fresh gulf grouper floribbean with pecan crust and bell pepper papaya jam; Key West mahi (Cajun-dusted and finished with key lime dill); and wild Atlantic salmon, oven-roasted with horseradish cream. 

Get more nutritious with your sides and go for our roasted green beans, Aunt Shirley’s collard greens, vegan quinoa or chopped kale. Veggie lovers, combine all four and make it a meal. A nutritious 2014 never tasted so rich.

This blog post is part of a two part series in partnership with our sister restaurant, the award-winning Beach Bistro. Continue over to their blog for more on food for your happiness...

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The Eat Here restaurants celebrate chef-crafted, Gulf Coast cookery and creative cocktails. Eat Here on Anna Maria Island and in Sarasota were recently selected as two of Florida’s “best new restaurants” as part of Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Awards. Eat Here is located at 1888 Main St., Sarasota, 941-365-8700, 240 Avenida Madera, Sarasota, 941-346-7800, 5315 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 941-778-0411.

Thursday, 09 January 2014 01:53

New Rooftop Bar featured in Ticket Sarasota

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Eat here in downtown Sarasota has accomplished a great deal in last year. We've been selected by Sarasota Trend as one of the best new restaurants in Florida and by nearly all of Sarasota media as one of the best new restaurants in the area. In the last year, we've managed to assist in the refurbishment of the fountain nesseled in Sarasota's favorite urban park...right in front of the restaurant. We've even installed new lighting for the greenery and benches for passing downtowners.

Most recently, we managed to crane lift a giant red spiral staircase through the awning of the restaurant. It was quite nervewracking watching all that metal dangle over the patio seating and sustainable rolling bar.

So why all the hustle in 2013? 

When we picked the location for our newest eat here restaurant, it was a little bigger than Operating Founder Sean Murphy would have liked it to be. There was only one thing to do with the extra space...build a bar.

After months of lifting, nailing, painting and boozing, we've finally launched, and we're excited to have been well recieved by the surrounding community.

We'd like to thank @LeveyBaker with the Herald Tribune and Ticket Sarasota for the glowing review. We've included a short snippet below...because we're that proud. The full article can be found in the Cheap Eats section of Ticket Sarasota. 

Rooftop's Sazerac is out of this world, with a strong dose of rye and a wash of absinthe that stings and then numbs your lips. So many "craft cocktail" places these days simply water down their liquor with sugary flavorings; Rooftop allows the core alcohols to shine through.

OK, the booze is great, but what about the food? Rooftop has its own menu, distinct from Eat Here, with nothing that runs above $10. The bar's smoked salmon pizza is small but filling at $9, the biggest surprise being that every inch of the small football-shaped dough is covered with fish instead of being huddled into the center. The salmon sits atop a generous smear of crème fraîche, with julienned basil decorating its flesh. The small pizza is a hit, with the aggressive smoke and salt of the fish mellowed out by the lactose below. The crust isn't cracker-crisp à la Il Panificio, but it's thin enough that the 'za doesn't taste like a hunk of bread with stuff thrown on it. It's a hit.

Hop over to the Ticket Sarasota for the full article. We'll leave you with a time-lapse video of the staircase installation. :-)

 

 

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The Eat Here restaurants celebrate chef-crafted, Gulf Coast cookery and creative cocktails. Eat Here on Anna Maria Island and in Sarasota were recently selected as two of Florida’s “best new restaurants” as part of Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Awards. Eat Here is located at 1888 Main St., Sarasota, 941-365-8700, 240 Avenida Madera, Sarasota, 941-346-7800, 5315 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 941-778-0411.

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Sean Murphy is the owner of Beach Bistro and the Eat Here family of restaurants.
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I spend way too much time thinking about food. Apparently this qualifies me to write about some of the best food stuff I discovered in 2013.

Discoveries:

The exceptional tacos and burritos at Poppo's on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria.

The great Philly sandwiches at South Philly on 43rd street by IMG…already discovered by Nick Bollitieri who hangs there.

George O’Connor’s clam, lobster and shrimp boil - a new England classic perfectly served by a kid from Buffalo. Coming soon to an Eat Here table top near you.

That the top city for food in America is now Seattle.

It has cruised past New York and San Francisco because of the relative ease of opening an eatery. You don’t need two million dollars, four lawyers to handle the permitting, and permission from the Mafia.

Seattle has an abundance of fresh, cold fish, fresh local produce year round, emerging and accomplished wineries and breweries, and a gazillion young people with cash to spend.

Cooking methods:

The best way to cook Lobster...BB-LobsterGrits

I have something of a lobster fixation. This is not surprising. Nova Scotians think they know more about lobsters than anybody. There are fights in bars late at night about the best way to cook a lobster. Prevailing theology requires committing the lobster to an excruciating death in boiling water and then keeping it there until most of the flavor leaves and goes into the water.

We have been obsessed with finding a method for cooking a whole lobster that keeps the richness in the lobster meat and leaves it succulent and tender.
This year we resolved that removing the meat from an entire uncooked lobster is a treacherously slow process but poaching that meat slowly in butter yields lobster that is just about perfect. Problem solved in 2013. 

The best way to cook Duckling...

Serving duckling is tough, literally. Ducks are tougher than chickens because they actually fly around. If you cook the little beggars until the breast is done then the leg is tough and dry.

In 2013 we resolved that if you confit the whole duck, drain and dry it, then crisp it with a blow torch you get just-about-perfect-duck…crispy, but with meat that is moist, tender and delicious.

And there were rediscoveries in 2013:

The burger at Council's in downtown Bradenton across from the courthouse - cooked on an ancient flat top.

John’s hot dog stand for late night on Main Street in Bradenton. Get the sausage with peppers and onions. Get two of them.

Wasabi Thai on Manatee Avenue. Probably the best Thai I have had outside of Thailand and warm and friendly people.

The Pulled Pork Platter at Jose's. Plan on a nap after lunch.

And finally, and possibly the very best and most sublime flavor for me this year was Jim Copening's Lavender Cauliflower Vichyssoise served at his excellent little Bradenton restaurant "Arts and Eats" in the Village of the Arts.

And my first New Year’s resolution is to get the recipe.


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The Eat Here restaurants celebrate chef-crafted, Gulf Coast cookery and creative cocktails. Eat Here on Anna Maria Island and in Sarasota were recently selected as two of Florida’s “best new restaurants” as part of Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Awards. Eat Here is located at 1888 Main St., Sarasota, 941-365-8700, 240 Avenida Madera, Sarasota, 941-346-7800, 5315 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 941-778-0411.

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