Let's Eat Englewood 2018. Photos by Nicole Coudal
Let's Eat Englewood 2018. Photos by Nicole Coudal
Let's Eat Englewood 2018. Photos by Nicole Coudal
Let's Eat Englewood 2018. Photos by Nicole Coudal
Let's Eat Englewood 2018. Photos by Nicole Coudal
Let's Eat Englewood 2018. Photos by Nicole Coudal

The 4th Annual "Let's Eat, Englewood" is September 14-28, 2018!

In the charming community of Englewood, Florida, this event is a chance to enjoy local restaurants at special prices.

The 4th annual Let’s Eat, Englewood! event is Sept. 14-28, a great reason to try about 20 restaurants in the Englewood area, each offering 2-course lunches for $13 and 3-course dinners for $25. Menus will include favorite items and/or new dishes created for the event.

It’s billed as “a culinary adventure without breaking the bank” and it’s a perfect time to support restaurants whose teams depend on local traffic to sustain them on a year-round basis. According to Ed Hill, Executive Director of the Englewood Chamber of Commerce, “The success of this event over the years has been greater than we expected. Each year it gains traction and we’re pleased that during a slower time of the year, our participating restaurants can bring in more than $100,000 in collective income, tied directly to this event.”

All participating restaurants are independently-owned and are some of the most respected in the area. Here’s just a sampling:

At Farlow’s on the Water it’s all about Caribbean and Southern-inspired dishes like fish tacos with kiwi pico de gallo, West Indian conch fritters, and coconut shrimp with strawberry coconut sauce. There’s also favorites like a cheesy ‘World Famous Kentucky Hot Brown’ and a yummy ‘St. Croix Cranberry Chicken Salad’ with its lick-your-plate sweet and sour dressing, fresh fruit, candied pecans and big scoops of chicken salad.

Howard’s has been a staple in Englewood since 1955, offering a diverse menu of comfort foods like a BLT, a grilled chicken sandwich, and wedge salad, or fresh seafood options like PEI mussels, fish and chips, and Scottish salmon.

Mango Bistro is a colorful spot on Dearborn Street. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers delicious sandwiches, wraps, salads and soups, and gluten free options, all made with fresh ingredients. If you go, be sure to try a special dish like chicken & brie crepes or the tasty shrimp and lobster wrap.

Sandbar Tiki & Grille (formerly Flounders) is a casual, fun, waterfront spot offering lots of tropical treats and cocktails. It’s a great place for a fish sandwich, a burger (the “Sandbar Bomber” has it all), a Portobello burger, tacos, nachos, surf and turf platters, and anything else in between.

Prime Time Steak & Spirits is known for its Angus Beef and select cuts, so if you have a hankering for a steak, head there and you won’t be disappointed. They have lots of other tasty dishes too, like burgers, salads, fish tacos, chicken and fajitas, all served in a family-friendly setting.

La Stanza Ristorante is the place for Italian food cravings, with classics like fried calamari, clams/mussels marinara, Sicilian onion soup, penne alla vodka, manicotti, chicken piccata, veal Oscar, and more. It’s all there, just waiting for you and your appetite.

Ephesus Mediterranean Grill is a lovely spot offering “Authentic Turkish Cuisine” and owners Burak and Michelle are intent on providing you a delicious experience. Look for classics like stuffed grape leaves, tabouli, falafel, grilled meat kebabs, gyros, and pistachio baklava. 

The Lighthouse Grill at Stump Pass (formerly Stump Pass Marina) offers casual, waterfront views and local favorites like slow smoked wings, ‘The Admiral’s Grilled Reuben,’ a tasty Angus cheeseburger, smoked salmon with their signature rub, and gluten free and vegetarian options. This property has a rich history dating back to 1947, so stop in for a piece of Florida’s past.

Waverly Restaurant & Bar (formerly The Gulf View Grille) is a lovely spot with views of Englewood Beach. They’re open for lunch and dinner, offering favorites like cane sugar seared Ahi tuna, Waverly citrus salad, orange-bourbon glazed Seabass, tasty vegetable risotto, and more. 

Note: for those who love Lock ‘N Key Restaurant & Pub, it won’t be part of this year’s event due to remodeling, but will re-open in November, so stop in then to enjoy their delicious seafood, steaks, salads and sandwiches.

For more information, check out LetsEatEnglewood.com.

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Nicole Coudal is a home chef and food writer based in southwest Florida, where she fishes and cooks using local ingredients. When not on the water, she visits farms, farmer’s markets, and other food-related venues to highlight what’s in-season and to create tasty recipes. Nicole is a regular contributor to Edible Sarasota, as well as, a frequent guest on ABC 7’s Suncoast View. Read more at www.MyDeliciousBlog.com.

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