Alpine Steakhouse Exterior in Sarasota Florida
Alpine Steakhouse (Photo: Lauren Jackson)

Get your Grill Game Sizzlin’ in Sarasota County

Find the best ingredients for the grill from the best specialty markets in town

May 21, 2020

It’s summertime in Sarasota, and instead of trying to beat the heat, we recommend you embrace it by setting up the grill, inviting your friends over and having the perfect great American BBQ. We’ve assembled a list of top spots to enhance your grilling game in Sarasota complete with prime meats, savory sausages and local seafood.

Alpine Steakhouse

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Photo: Lauren Jackson

Conveniently located in midtown Sarasota, Alpine Steakhouse will meet all of your butchering needs. Alpine Steakhouse specializes in homemade ingredients and quality prime meats. In addition to their classic meat offerings, Alpine Steakhouse has been made famous by their Turducken, a contemporary Cajun dish in which a whole chicken is stuffed inside of a whole duck inside of a whole turkey, it’s the only store in the whole state of Florida where you can find this triple poultry delicacy. While you’re there, peruse the wine section for the perfect pairing for your party.

Morton’s Gourmet Market and Morton’s Siesta Market

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Whether you’re staying dry on the mainland, or beaching in style on Siesta, Morton’s Market has you covered with not one, but two centrally located stores with equally impressive inventory. The full service, locally owned grocery store specializes in high-end quality ingredients and some of the best grab-and-go in town. That means you can stock your grilling party in one stop, complete with prime meats or fish, prepared potato or macaroni salad, fine wine and fresh baked desserts.

Captain Brian’s Seafood

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For some of the best fresh seafood in town, look no further than Captain Brian’s Seafood. Located in north Sarasota, Captain Brian’s is serving up local and imported seafood for all your grilling needs. Local favorites like mahi-mahi, pompano and scamp are nearly always available. You can also pick up smoked fish dip and peel-and-eat shrimp as appetizers for your guests. If you’re feeling extra special, opt for some fresh Maine lobster to give your guests a treat.

Sarasota Farmer’s Market

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The Sarasota Farmer’s Market in downtown Sarasota is open every Saturday, rain or shine. While it may take a little more planning for your grilling party, it will be 100 percent worth it as everything you source there is local. You’ll find fresh meat and seafood for the main course, as well as locally grown produce, delicious desserts, and even olive oil for cooking it all. There are also plenty of vegan options at the Sarasota Farmer’s Market, so that you can be sure to include something special for your more particular guests.

Geier’s

What would a backyard BBQ be without sausages? Look no farther than Geier’s German Meat Market, for more varieties of sausages than you could ever think up. They make their products from scratch while upholding Old World German standards to ensure the highest quality. Geier’s has around 40 different types of sausages in addition to their traditional butcher shop offerings like rib roast, ham, and smoked bacon. Stroll the aisles for specialty European treats like an assortment of boozy brandy filled chocolates.

Butcher’s Block

With an all-star selection of fine meat in Sarasota, Butcher’s Block is likely the best spot to find wild game like duck breast, venison, rabbit and even buffalo. Looking to really shake up your grilling game? The Butcher’s Block is an authorized Big Green Egg dealer, so you can pick up the meat and the premium smoker in one fell swoop. Be sure to peruse their cheese section before checkout to assemble the perfect cheese and charcuterie plate for your guests.

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