In recent months we have visited the finest waterfront dining establishments for out of doors eating in Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Nokomis-Osprey-Venice, Cortez and Bradenton. Now, we return to the southernmost part of our coverage area to spotlight Englewood, the Gulf-front local community straddling both sides of the Sarasota-Charlotte county line. The dining establishments, which all offer you open up-air dining on the water, are introduced in alphabetical get.
Seashore Street Wine Bar & Bistro
1350 Beach front Highway, Englewood 941-474-9500 facebook.com/BeachRoadWineBarBistro
Giving a gorgeous view of Lemon Bay with seating on an outdoor patio and slips for people arriving by boat, Seaside Street Wine Bar & Bistro is an ideal location to pair by turns entertaining and far more sophisticated cuisine with a sweeping choice of varietals.
Well known menu items involve the shrimp and grits (four tiger prawns in a spicy broth served about tacky polenta), pork ribeye (bone-in pork served with Southern-design mashed potatoes and asparagus) and, from the lunch menu, really do not pass up out on a opportunity to try out the Bistro Haute Pet dogs. The two all-Kobe beef warm puppies are bathed in a brine with butter and beer (seasonal tap), chargrilled and served on a Hawaiian sweet bun, with toppings prepared day by day.
Farlow’s on the H2o
2080 S. McCall Road, Englewood 941-474-5343 farlowsonthewater.com
Keith and Laurie Farlow’s tropical eating place on Ainger Creek attributes a winning fusion of Caribbean and Southern cooking that has retained their place at No. 1 for some time now on Yelp and Tripadvisor’s rating of the ideal dining establishments in Englewood. Farlow’s is also a recipient of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Seal of Dedication for exemplary protection and sanitation specifications.
Well-known dishes include things like the Shrimp & Kentucky Cornbread that locations pan-seared wild pink shrimp in a Morita chile and roasted garlic butter sauce over residence-built cornbread and wilted greens. For island-model seafood, examine out the Anguilla hogfish: coconut and macadamia nut encrusted hogfish from the Florida Keys topped with a tropical strawberry and peach rum glaze.
There’s also the St. Croix Cranberry Chicken Salad that includes two scoops of freshly created cranberry hen salad over romaine and artisan greens with raspberries, granny smith apples, strawberries, mandarin oranges and candied pecans served with property vinaigrette. And for starters, be sure to check out the fried green tomatoes created with a recipe “smuggled out of Kentucky.” The thin sliced inexperienced tomatoes are dipped in cornmeal batter and drizzled with Farlow’s own cocktail sauce.
1400 Aqua Look at Lane, Englewood 941-474-4292 landysonthewater.com
Identified for steaks and seafood with a Mediterranean twist, the family owned and operated Landy’s overlooks the Redfish Cove place of Lemon Bay.
Well known goods on the comprehensive menu incorporate the Cajun Surf N Turf (five ounce hand reduce filet mignon topped with shrimp sauteed in a spicy Cajun sauce and served with creamy mashed potatoes) and the Seafood Portofino (shrimp, scallops, mussels and clams sauteed in garlic sauce with a trace of tomato and tossed with linguine).
Other favorites include things like a fried tender shell crab B.L.T. on a croissant and the Famed French Dip: Skinny sliced key rib with mushrooms and provolone on a toasted hoagie roll, served au jus.
Lighthouse Grill at Stump Go
260 Maryland Ave., Englewood 941-828-1368 thelighthousegrill.net
Overlooking Lemon Bay and boasting the very best sunset views of any cafe in Englewood, Lighthouse Grill reopened in 2017 after the completion of an comprehensive renovation of the marina. It’s accessible by boat at Marker 17A.
Well known menu products involve new conch and octopus salad mixed with roasted garlic, onions, Spanish olives and refreshing peppers tossed in olive oil, white vinegar and fresh lemon juice. There’s also the herb-grilled salmon filet topped with a mild lemon butter sauce and served with orzo. Another highly proposed dish is the fried crispy entire snapper topped with roasted garlic, peppers and onions. We’re also explained to the wings, served regular or gradual smoked, are “amazing.”
Lock ’N Essential Cafe & Pub
2045 N. Seashore Road, Englewood 941-474-1517 lockandkeyrestaurant.com
Right across the street from Englewood Seaside, the Lock ’N Key restaurant underwent a whole renovation in 2018 by owners Rocket and Sue Atamanchuk. Lock ’N Key is also a recipient of Florida Cafe and Lodging Association’s Seal of Determination.
Common lunch things contain the Grouper Rocket containing fried grouper with melted Swiss, thousand island dressing and coleslaw on grilled rye bread. There are also the signature “Key” burgers made from fresh new ground beef. These include burgers with numerous topping possibilities that include grilled shrimp, barbecue pulled pork or mac ’n’ cheese, as well as a beef patty covered with creamy jalapeno, raspberry jam and fried onions. There are also Impossible and black bean burgers mentioned on the menu.
For dinner, the cafe recommends the common surf and turf pairing of filet mignon and lobster tail (or stuffed shrimp). There’s also the parmesan-coated shrimp and scallops as nicely as the coconut shrimp, which are hand battered and “fried the Island way” served with a spicy berry sauce.
SandBar Tiki & Grille
1975 Beach Highway, Englewood 941-460-8280 sandbartikigrille.com
This Manasota Key spot offers tiki hut-style dining on the h2o with are living audio every day in a entertaining, beachy environment. SandBar is a recipient of Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Seal of Motivation.
For several, when it will come to eating at SandBar it’s all about the “Bustin’ Beach Burgers” made with a top quality ground brisket blend. Well-liked options incorporate the Tiki Torch made up of melted Swiss and pepper jack, bacon, pineapple, tangy mango salsa, banana peppers and red onions drizzled with Caribbean teriyaki sauce and served on a toasted brioche roll. Another common burger is the Bomber containing Swiss and American cheese and bacon a signature blend of grilled mushrooms, onions, roasted corn, pink peppers and shaved sirloin and completed with a tangy barbecue sauce, also served on a toasted brioche roll.
Sandbar also does a bunch of smoked barbecue things which includes ribs, pulled pork, and brisket, which can be loved as a sloppy joe with Sandbar’s own sloppy joe sauce. Other well-known menu goods consist of the Island Tacos (filled with decision of rooster, pulled pork, haddock, shrimp, grouper or mahi mahi) and the fish and chips created with a a person-pound whole filet of haddock “dredged in seasoned flour, deep fried, served with our renowned tiki fries and coleslaw.”
The Waverly Cafe and Bar
2095 N. Seashore Road, Englewood 941-475-3500 thewaverlyfl.com
Located right across from Englewood Seashore, The Waverly now serves its entire menu in the second-floor eating room with floor-to-ceiling home windows showcasing Gulf of Mexico vistas as properly as at the first-flooring out of doors bar.
Known for its profitable pairing of stunning sunset views and seafood, well-known dishes include things like a buttered split top rated lobster roll with freshly steamed and hand-shucked lobster meat tossed in mayo and lightly seasoned. One more well-known item on the lunch menu is Scott’s Turkey Club showcasing property-roasted sliced turkey breast, with crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, little one Swiss and aioli layered on thick-lower marble rye.
Well-known dinner dishes consist of the pan-seared sea bass served with a enthusiasm fruit beurre blanc, with grilled corn and blue crab risotto and scallions. One more preferred is the slow roasted, herb-rubbed key rib, served au jus and accompanied by Yukon Gold whipped potatoes and grilled asparagus.
An earlier version of this story originally ran Sept. 17, 2020.
Wade Tatangelo is the Herald-Tribune’s enjoyment editor. E mail him at [email protected]