Best of Sarasota 2021: Readers’ Choice



Here’s what you, our faithful readers, had to say about your most favorite experiences in dining, shopping, services, playtime and more. Thanks for voting!

Food & Drink

Netflix & Chill (Best Takeout)

Pacific Rim

Gecko’s Grill & Pub, JPan Sushi & Grill

Frozen Or On the Rocks? (Best Margarita)

Mi Pueblo

TIE: Wicked Cantina and El Melvin Cocina Mexicana, Circo

Get Sauced (Best Italian)

Caragiulos Italian American

Napulé, Mediterraneo

Raw Talent (Best Oysters)

Siesta Key Oyster Bar (SKOB)

Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar, Anna Maria Oyster Bar (AMOB)

Roll Call (Best Sushi)

Pacific Rim

JPan Sushi & Grill, Tsunami

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Sarasota vegan restaurant Ka Papa Cuisine opens

A new all-vegan restaurant has opened in Sarasota, offering plant-based versions of dishes like crab cakes, escargots and ravioli in an “upscale casual” setting.

Ka Papa Cuisine is now open in the Southside Village neighborhood at 1830 S. Osprey Ave., the former location of Pazzo Southside, which has since moved to another space on Hillview Street. The new restaurant is owned by Kim Fraederich along with her mother, Bella.

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Best restaurant, bar, book, movie and album with deep ties to Sarasota

There are so many fun things to do in Sarasota. But what are the essentials? We’ve spent recent weeks sharing our favorite places to visit in the area but for this week’s story we wanted to be more specific. Get down to the bucket-list essentials, for both longtime residents and newbies, as well as snowbirds and visitors. So, here it is. Five things every Sarasotan should eat, drink, read, watch and listen to at least once. 

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7 downtown Sarasota restaurants, bars near Van Wezel, Mangrove Walkway, The Bay

It’s an exciting time for downtown Sarasota’s iconic Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

The purple palace overlooking Sarasota Bay, which has hosted everyone from Bette Davis to Dave Chappelle, celebrated its 50th anniversary in early 2020 – and then remained almost entirely closed for the following year. Now, the famed waterfront theater is finally ready to return to business with a show by Brian Regan on April 15 (read our interview with him). The star comedian’s performance will be the first event on the Van Wezel’s main stage since last March.

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