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Erik,  I am listing everything from the northern most part of Sarasota county to the south. Siesta key is in Sarasota county and Lakewood ranch is in Manatee county   Also if you like Whole foods you may like the local Amish markets called Detwiler's everything they have comes from local farms and people around here love the place they have 3 locations one is close to Siesta key and one is close to Lakewood ranch so there is one close to you no matter where you buy. Also every Saturday in downtown Sarasota they have a farmers market that takes up about 3 or 4 city blocks.  Also just for your info Feld,  the company that promotes the supercrosses is about 30 minutes from my house in a town called Ellenton.  

A few other things I did was put maps with each area showing where the restaurants I have been to are in relation to the major streets they are near. I also put a link to their web sites so you could look at the menu if you wanted and most of them show where they are located or has their address. Having a map shows you where the restaurants are in relation to where you may be  in the county, I couldn’t remember how to add names of the restaurants balloons I put on the maps since its been a while since I did this and as long as you have a good cell phone all you have to do to get there is say google if you have an android or siri navigate me to and name the restaurant closest to me and they will take you there.

Also there is a big difference between Siesta key and Lakewood ranch as far as atmosphere. Since Lakewood Ranch is fairly new most of the houses don't have many mature trees and have nice manicured lawns and is fairly open, where as Siesta key gives you a very tropical and beachy feeling and with all the trees and vegetation everywhere it feels like a jungle with houses in it.   Lastly I put together a short video giving you an idea of the area and where most things are.

A quick video for you.




Here is where you can look at the tax bill for any property you may be interested in in Sarasota county which Siesta Key is in.

property tax look up sarasota county

Here is where you can look at the tax bill for any property you may be interested in in Manatee county which is where Lakewood Ranch is.

Manatee county

For the most part just about anywhere people live in Sarasota county they just say they live in Sarasota not naming the small towns unless they live all the way down in Venice.


The two biggest realtors in the area are the two below, the realtor husband wife team that found my brother and sister in laws house retired.  If you don't like either of these realtors it is easy to find many in the area online.

Sotheby's     941 525 2740

Michael Saunders & company   941 504 3303


I am listing all the restaurants we have been to, some are chain restaurants like the long horn steak house but most of them are local and mom and pop types of places.  I am listing them from the north to the south.  Most of the major roads have your usual chain restaurants on them so some of them I didn't list, but if you drive down them they are easy to see.

On or near University

Duffy's Sports Grill

Chipotle Mexican Grill     

Another Broken Egg Cafe

Lucky Pelican

Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill   on the Manatee river

Lazy Lobster    great seafood but needs a reservation

Metro Diner

On or around Fruitville

Stottlemyer's Smokehouse

Rodizio Grill  Brazilian steak house

LongHorn Steakhouse    


Chipotle Mexican Grill

Breakfast House     breakfast and lunch

Station 400  breakfast and lunch

Mandeville Beer Garden

Marina Jack Restaurants     fine dining as well as bar and grill food on first floor       

O'Leary's Tiki Bar & Grill

Cha Cha Coconuts

Cafe L'Europe

Near Bee Ridge

Madfish Grill   great seafood          

Eggstraordinary Cafe            breakfast and lunch

Miller's Ale House    barfood but really good      

First Watch  breakfast and lunch   

Evie’s Tavern & Grill on Bee Ridge       bar food

The parot        bar food and nice dinner food as well       

Geckos    great barfood  many locations around Sarasota

Tasty Home Cookin  small breakfast lunch and dinner food  good     

Athens Family Restaurant   breakfast and lunch  

Rico's Pizzeria   best pizza in town    

Shakespeare's Craft Beer and Gastro Pub   bar food really rustic setting

Serving Spoon     best omelets in town   breakfast and lunch

Irish 31 Sarasota

Cafe Baci  semi fine dinning needs reservation

Walt's Fish Market Restaurant  great seafood family owned

Marcello     great Italian food needs reservation   

Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar   great seafood as well family owned

The Grasshopper Mexican Restaurant & Bar   real good Mexican food

Rosebuds Steak & Seafood House




Stickney point

Carrabba's Italian Grill

The Boatyard Waterfront Bar and Grill

On Siesta Key

Captain Curt's Crab & Oyster Bar   best New England clam chowder anywhere

Turtles Restaurant   nice place

Ophelia's on the Bay   fine dinning needs a reservation

Another Broken Egg Cafe     breakfast and lunch only

Siesta Key Oyster Bar   bar food  fun atmosphere

Lobster Pot Restaurant     good seafood but kind of a dumpy looking place

The Beach Club

Things to do

The John and Mable Ringling Museum

Sarasota Classic Car Museum

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Big Cat Habitat Gulf Coast Sanctuary

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Sarasota Opera House

Grocery stores

Chain food stores in town are Publics and Winn Dixie  I didn’t mark them  as they are everywhere

Whole Foods Market  2 locations   downtown sarasota on 1st street  &     Honore ave just off University

Trader Joe's   

Detwiler's  3 locations   swift  rd and Clark rd,  Palmer ave and on Lockwood Ridge rd