Let's Eat Englewood 2017

Feeling Hungry? Head to "Let's Eat, Englewood!"

In the mood for a good meal at a good price? Head to Englewood for the Englewood Florida Chamber of Commerce’s third-annual Let’s Eat, Englewood! restaurant week. Taking place from Sept. 22 through Oct. 6, the event offers two-course lunches for $12 and three-course dinners for $23 at about two dozen restaurants located in this community that straddles Sarasota and Charlotte Counties.

“The culinary experiences available in Englewood are a little different than other communities, in that we have very few franchise restaurants,” says Ed Hill, the chamber’s executive director. “That creates a unique experience for people looking for something outside of the cookie-cutter type of restaurant fare.”

What’s on the menu? At Boca Royale Golf & Country Club, you can’t go wrong with the three entrée choices on its dinner promotion. Go classic with the Twin Tournedos of Beef Tenderloin, try some local seafood with the Florida Snapper, or enjoy the hearty New Zealand Lamp Chops.

At Mango Bistro on Dearborn Street in downtown Englewood, diners can try dishes like a Thai Grilled Burrito and Black and Blue Crepes. The bright and cheerful spot that draws on influences from its owners’ French and Brazilian backgrounds can also make any entrée on its Let’s Eat, Englewood! menus gluten free.

Zeke’s Uptown Bar & Grill on Dearborn has participated in Let’s Eat, Englewood! all three years. This year it’s offering dishes like a Chicken Cuban and Crispy Mahi Beach Tacos for lunch and Whiskey Barrel Sirloin and Chipotle-Coffee Pork Chop for dinner.

“We’ve really enjoyed being part of this promotion and have always been able to see new customers and make new friends from it,” says general manager Dale Wentzel. “Of course we’re a bit partial, but Zeke’s is always a good choice for anyone ‘when it’s the food that matters,’ folks who care about the ingredients that go into their food and who like bold flavors. There’s absolutely nothing fancy about Zeke’s, except the food. We like to call it ‘Come-as-you-are Old Florida casual gourmet dining.’”

Other Dearborn Street–area restaurants participating in the event include La Stanza Ristorante (for dinner only) and Howards Restaurant, a local family-owned spot since 1955. This year’s list is a mix of returning favorites and some first-time participants. The event website features a handy map detailing where each restaurant is located. “So if people are coming in off of I-75, they can easily find the restaurants,” says Hill.

The promotion began as a way to drive traffic to local restaurants during what’s usually a slower time of year. “It has definitely provided more exposure for the community,” says Hill. “And diners have an opportunity to get a really good value.”

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