Sarasota-Manatee Originals Restaurants Win 15 Readers' Choice Awards


A big congrats to winners of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune's Readers' Choice awards!

Ten of the winning restaurants are members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2003 dedicated to preserving the culinary heritage of the Suncoast.

"Sarasota Herald-Tribune readers chose their favorite restaurants and Original restaurants won so many of the awards," says Kate Atkin, Sarasota-Manatee Originals' executive director. "This makes perfect sense since our locally owned restaurants are led by forward-thinking originals!

"They’re passionate about what they do and they work hard to stand out from the crowd. Their work is a celebration of Southwest Florida’s culinary distinctiveness — and it's through their efforts that our region is recognized nationally as a top culinary destination."

If you're visiting the area and looking for a quick guide on where to dine, then add these winning restaurants to your list:

Sarasota County winners include: 

The Bijou Café - Best Continental Restaurant

1287 1st St  Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-8111

mi Pueblo - Best Mexican Restaurant

8405 Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, FL

(941) 359-9303

Ophelia's on the Bay - Best Outdoor Dining and Best Romantic Restaurant

9105 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota, FL

(941) 349

Michael's on East - Best Caterer and Best Power Lunch

1212 East Ave  Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 366-0007

Manatee County winners include:

Fete Catering & Ballroom - Best Catering 

10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, FL

(941) 782-0899 

Pier 22 - Best Early Bird Restaurant and Best Continental Restaurant

1200 1st Ave W, Bradenton, FL

(941) 748-8087

mi Pueblo-  Best Mexican Restaurant

4436 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL

(941) 379-2880

Fast n' Fresh - Best Power Lunch

8105 Cooper Creek Blvd

Bradenton, FL

(941) 462-2650

Anna Maria Oyster Bar - Best Raw Bar

6696 Cortez Rd W

Bradenton, FL

(941) 792-0077

Beach House Restaurant - Best Outdoor Dining, Best Romantic Restaurant with a View, and Best Waterfront Restaurant.

200 Gulf Dr N, Bradenton Beach, FL

(941) 779-2222

For more information about The Sarasota-Manatee Originals, visit


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