August 11, 2022

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What are the oldest restaurants in Sarasota? 10 historic places to eat

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We spend a lot of time at the Herald-Tribune, and Ticket in particular, writing about restaurant openings in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties. But what about the classics? What about the dining establishments that have stood the test of time? The ones that not only have survived this damned coronavirus pandemic, but countless other calamities, and continue to prosper.

Basically, what are the oldest restaurants here that folks should visit? It’s a story I’ve been meaning to write for years. A few months ago I started searching the Herald-Tribune archives. Started making phone calls. And, my favorite part, started revisiting some classic dining destinations. 

I ended up compiling what I hope serves as a useful dining guide, one with fun, historical facts and menu recommendations for each place. Information has been culled from Herald-Tribune stories dating back decades as well as my own Herald-Tribune reporting, which first appeared here in 2003, and, for this story, continued with a final phone interview conducted last Friday evening. 

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