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Sarasota is home to several award-winning chefs and highly-rated restaurants. From American to Vietnamese cuisine, Downtown Sarasota has something to titillate every palate. While Sarasota has always been known for its vibrant nightlife, sandy beaches, and arts, it has earned the status of a foodie community over the years.

From fresh farmer market produce to fine dining, Sarasota has all the makings to give you the best culinary experiences. There are so many restaurants, bars and cafes to explore that you are bound to leave the place with a full heart and stomach!

Patrick’s 1481: Best Burger

Oh, what can we say about this quintessential American upscale sports bar and restaurant without salivating? Let’s start with the fact that it has consistently held the record of producing the ‘best burgers’ over the past 35 years! The place is always cheerful, flitting with a mix of locals, tourists and nightly live music. The visually appealing art and the amazing food make it the top places to visit as a hardcore foodie.

Popular for fresh seafood specials; Make sure you visit on a Monday to get the juicy $5 half-pound burger, served with a side of crispy fries. You have to purchase a drink to get this discount! They also offer the Bronx Bomber Burger, the Kress Burger and the Roundabout Burger. If you like a little peace while eating, steer clear of Mondays as those are the busiest days at Patrick’s! You can avail of the daily happy hour from 4 pm to 7 pm to get access to delicious appetizers and drink specials. If you’re on holiday, do pay a visit to this little restaurant that is open seven days a week with live music playing every night.

Nicky’s on Palm: Elegant European Dining

If you want a taste of sophisticated European dining, Nicky’s on Palm Avenue is the place to be! It is a wonderful amalgamation of great food and lively atmosphere, easily making it a hit among tourists and locals alike. The food is accompanied by a full liquor selection from the wine bar and live music playing in the back.

Treat your taste buds with fine Greek food or a range of Italian pasta, or simply opt for the reasonably priced three-course meal. Enjoy the food while your server keeps your wine glasses full. This has to be one of the best top-rated restaurants that offer a complete dining experience– great food, great music, great ambiance, and great wine!

State Street Eating House + Cocktails: Craft Cocktail Selection

Voted best restaurant 2013, a visit to this café is a must! It truly lives up to its title, ‘for people who know food,’ and when you’re in Downtown Sarasota, isn’t that what you’re here to do, i.e. EAT? If you just want to sit down for some delicious food, you really can’t go wrong with this place, whether it’s brunch, lunch, dinner or cocktails!

The experience is heightened by the pleasing décor and, of course, the creative, craft cocktail selection. Although it’s a tough call, since just about everything on the menu is great, we advise trying out the lobster Mac and cheese and the deconstructed brunch burger. This restaurant is great, but the amazing bar takes the cake, so do try it out!

Green Zebra Cafe: For the Health Conscious

We have been talking too much about juicy burgers and Mac and cheese, but when we say Downtown Sarasota is a foodie community at heart, we mean it appeals to all kinds of foodies, including the health-conscious! The Green Zebra Café is made for those who like to have their food with a healthy, organic twist.

This café serves a great brunch, so it’s a call out to all early risers. Dig into the scrumptious and healthy pancakes or the chia pudding to eat without worrying about the calorie count.

Downtown Sarasota: A Destination for Food Lovers

One of the major attractions for visiting a place would be its eateries and food. If you are a foodie at heart, a visit to Downtown Sarasota is a must! The variety of foods and cuisines make it a food hub through and through. Do try out these restaurants in Sarasota to eat to your heart’s content.