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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. 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.

Monday, 18 November 2013 21:59

The new eat here: Urban, sustainable, local

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Downtown Sarasota’s eat here has a fresh, urban aesthetic to match its locally-driven Gulf Coast cuisine.

During the fall, the Main Street hotspot (previously only a dinner destination) announced it was opening for lunch. Patrons began flocking in for the seafood tacos, Seattle grilled cheese sandwiches and bistro-style tomato soup, only to be wowed upon arrival by a bevy of refurbishments.

They noticed a rolling bar on the ground level near the fountain, where they could sit and enjoy passion-berry iced teas, cappuccinos and mixed drinks with their bistro burgers and hot dogs. They also saw a bright red winding staircase leading up to a Rooftop Lounge where, in the evenings, bartenders would whip up fresh craft cocktails.

“Of all of the eat heres in the family of eat here restaurants, this one is the most urban. It is located on a beautiful little urban park with a fountain,” says restaurateur Sean Murphy, whose other two eat heres are located on Siesta Key and Anna Maria Island. “This restaurant has accomplished a great deal in the last year. It was selected by Florida Trend as one of the best new restaurants in the whole state of Florida. It was also selected by all of the Sarasota media as the best new restaurant in Sarasota.”

A restaurant with such a glowing reputation deserved to look the part, Murphy thought. So the fountain in the urban park was restored to functionality. Lights were added to the trees and shrubbery. New benches and seating were added downstairs and in the upstairs lounge. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, patrons could dine indoors at both traditional and community tables, on the covered deck, and in the park patio around the fountain.

“We’ve put in a fountain bar and a new staircase leading up to the Rooftop Lounge. Upstairs, you can lean up against the rail, have a drink, look down at the fountain and watch the sun set over the city of Sarasota,” Murphy says. “And this has also become a great little place to sit and have a snack and watch the fountain. You can have dinner or lunch fountain-side.”

The fountain-side rolling bar, commissioned and built by local artisan Mark Nodeen of 390 Design, is an especially eye-catching feature. Nodeen constructed the custom bar using salvaged wood, in his usual sustainable style. He is also the designer behind eat here’s many chalkboards, as well as the Rooftop Lounge’s “eat here” illuminated sign made out of corrugated steel and channel letters.

“This bar is one-of-a-kind and I’m thrilled to showcase it at such an outstanding restaurant like eat here,” Nodeen says. “I think the sustainable design matches what Sean Murphy is doing with eat here. He chose me, a local artist, to build the bar, and when it comes to his food, he is committed to using local ingredients and vendors. That means a lot to me and the community.”

Murphy’s menu, like Nodeen’s bar, indeed has a sustainable slant, as the eat here menu is packed with locally-sourced ingredients, prime American beef, domestic lamb and line-caught fish, as well as farm-fresh fruits, herbs and vegetables. His “bar chefs” take a pure approach to their drinks, too, which Rooftop Loungers love.

“This refurbishment says a lot about our vision for eat here. We are a local restaurant that celebrates our local designers and ingredients,” Murphy says. “I think the new look achieves that urban yet unpretentious look and creates a friendly, community vibe. Right now, with the perfect Florida winter weather, there couldn’t be a more gorgeous place than eat here to enjoy the Sarasota cityscape.”

 

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.

Father’s Day is coming and dad gets a day to call his own.

Eat Here restaurants are celebrating Father’s Day by giving dads a free beer and “a rib” all weekend long. The original dad gave up a rib to get the whole thing rolling so it is only fair that we return the favor with that free rib for dad. If one rib isn’t enough, our Island style ribs are on our menu in both lighter and larger portions.

Dad, you have to bring the kids to prove you’re a dad and not just another beer loving guy.

Eat Here Siesta Key and Eat Here Anna Maria are currently accepting reservations for Father’s Day – Sunday June 16. Eat Here SRQ offers a “beer and a rib” all day Friday and Saturday (closed Sunday).

Bring the kids, have a beer, get that rib back. It’s on us. Kids, bring your dad – feed him ribs – make dad happy.

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 22:46

Moms should eat here on mothers day

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Mphoto.11021e2-225x300om drinks for free at all “Eat Here” locations on Mother’s Day, and any gift certificates purchased for moms get 25% off.

Eat Here’s policy of treating all moms to libations on Mother’s Day is 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.

Sean has a great reverence for his grandmother.

“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.

“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.

“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.”

The Eat Here restaurants are offering free libations for your Moms on Mothers’ Day as a tribute to Sean’s grandmother. For our non-sipping moms we will be offering a complimentary chocolate budino dessert because – as Kate Hepburn said – “every women should have chocolate ever day”.

All restaurants will also be offering gift certificates for mom at a 25% reduction.

Eat Here restaurants and Beach Bistro are currently accepting reservations for Mother’s Day.

Eat Here AMI: 5315 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach 941-778-0411
Eat Here SRQ: 1888 Main Street, Sarasota 941-365-8700
Eat Here SK: 240 Avenida Madera, Siesta Key 941-346-7800

Monday, 15 April 2013 22:39

A Sneak Preview… Siesta’s New Piano Bar

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Sean Murphy dragged his Baby Grand Piano from his old haunts at The Concession into the his new bar at Siesta Key last week. To ward off wannabe Liberace’s practicing “Chopstix” and “Happy Birthday” a simple sign on the shuttered keyboard threatened …”Don’t even think about it.”

The sign is coming off Thursday night.

Nationally renowned piano man Wally “Gator” Sirotich will be opening with a special one-night preview on Thursday evening from 8:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Wally boasts a stellar history of performances with Steely Dan, the Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, the Toler Brothers and Bo Didley.

Sean is looking forward to Wally recreating some of his great piano bar entertainment that rocked the Lone Star Cafe in New York.

Sean is optimistic that Wally Gator will deign to become the resident musician at Siesta Key just as Twinkle and band have become the resident musicians at Murphy’s “rooftop bar” at his Sarasota Eat Here location. When The Gator’s schedule is rounded out he will be bringing joy to the crowd at the Eat Here on Siesta every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.

Eat Here’s kitchen and bars will be serving up great food and drink while Wally is serving up Sinatra, Beatles tunes and some of his own creative pieces.

Visit us Thursday for the preview … eat, drink and be merry at the new piano bar on Siesta Key.

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