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Scrumptious Seafood on the Menu for Savor Sarasota 2018

It's a fantastic time to be in Sarasota for folks who have a mighty appetite. Local chefs pull out all the stops in June for the annual Savor Sarasota celebration, featuring prix fixe offerings that highlight the most delectable dishes Sarasota restaurants have to offer, with three-course meals priced at just $16 for lunch and $32 for dinner.

With nearly 90 local restaurants participating in Savor Sarasota 2018, it's no small task to taste everything. We've picked out a selection of our favorite seafood offerings on the menu this year, and we've arranged our favorites in alphabetical order by restaurant name.

Dive deep, and bon appétit!

Bijou Cafe has been a downtown Sarasota standard for more than thirty years. Among an array of diverse and equally delectable turf and vegetarian menu offerings, this year's Savor Sarasota menu features an Asian-inspired Poppy Seed-Crusted Yellowfin Tuna with crispy soba noodles, sliced avocado, and yellow tomato, topped with a wasabi-orange soy reduction that we can't stop raving about.

No overview of seafood in Savor Sarasota would be complete without Crab and Fin. Get adventurous during the first course with cork-braised Portuguese Grilled Octopus served on grilled focaccia with lemon, oregano, capers, oven-dried tomatoes, and olive oil. For the second course, dig into Crab and Fin's Florida-inspired Cioppino with Red Grouper and Shrimp fresh from the Gulf of Mexico, clams, mussels, and roasted garlic orzo in a red wine, tomato and herb broth.

Locals celebrate Duval's Fresh Local Seafood for its popular Shrimp Po’ Boy: flash-fried shrimp on french baguette garnished with tomatoes and napa cabbage, and served with chipotle remoulade and French fries. In addition to the beloved Po'Boy, Duval's Savor Sarasota menu this year also includes a Blackened Shrimp Quesadilla with queso fresco, jack cheese, scallions, sundried tomatoes, chipotle remoulade with avocado crème.

In the south county, Farlow's on the Water reigns seafood supreme. Try the fresh Wild-Caught Gulf Cobia, grilled with Farlow's house jerk seasoning and placed over black lentils, a cauliflower coulis and topped with a wild African piquante reduction.

A Gulf Coast Florida favorite, blue crab, is the star of the show at Fins at Sharky's on Venice Beach. Try the Chilled Sweet corn Veloute: blue crab meat, roasted tri-color peppers, corn relish, smoked paprika oil and cilantro as a starter, before digging into the main course, Blue Crab-Crusted Jumbo shrimp. That's three jumbo (U8) white shrimp with blue crab, chorizo, Yukon gold potato, sautéed baby spinach, and a shellfish emulsion.

Half Shell Seafood House is known for their oysters and New Orleans-style cooking. Savor starters such as four oysters served any style, fried green tomato and crab cake, or classic seafood gumbo. For the main course, dig into Gulf-indigenous Redfish Lameuse, or southern-inspired Bacon and Pecan-Crusted Redfish.

Wahoo (also known as 'ono', the Hawaiian word for 'good to eat') takes the spotlight on this year's Savor Sarasota menu at Jack Dusty. This year the restaurant cooks up a classic, no-frills beer-battered Wahoo Fish 'n' Chips with malt vinegar and tartar sauce, or at lunch time, California style battered Wahoo Tacos with jalapeno ranch slaw.

Off the Hook Seafood Restaurant offers an array of succulent seafood options on this year's Savor Sarasota menu. Try the Salmon Chowder — an Off the Hook creation — to start, and for the main course, have the fresh catch of the day cooked to order in a variety of styles including Pineapple-Bourbon BBQ, Cashew-Crusted with Coconut Curry, Rockefeller Sauce topped with Fried Oysters, Mediterranean style, and more.

Ophelia's on the Bay elevates local classics like Gulf triggerfish to fine cuisine. For Savor Sarasota, Ophelia's triggerfish is grill-basted with lemon gremolata, warm Maine Lobster, and herb beurre blanc. Another option is Ophelia's gussied-up version of shrimp 'n' grits: jumbo black tiger shrimp with andouille sausage, spinach, tomato, scallions, cioppino-style sauce, truffle gouda and green chili grits.

The Rosemary offers an array of seafood options that include locally-sourced Bermuda Whitefish Chowder with black rum and sherry pepper sauce, fresh Florida Catch of the Day options cooked to order, and Orange and Horseradish-Glazed Salmon with risotto, as well as shellfish offerings like the Scallop Trio or Shrimp and Lobster Cargot. (Yes, it's a cooking style, not a typo. Think: escargot with shellfish instead of snail!)

Selva Grill — Peru is known as one of the world's top culinary locales for contemporary seafood cuisine, and in Sarasota, Selva Grill specializes in all dishes Peruvian. Come for the Maya Shrimp Ceviche starter — shrimp marinated in orange, lime juice, achiote, tossed with avocado, tomato, red onion and Cusco corn — and stay for the Salmon Chileno: Chilean salmon, jumbo lump crab and manchego topping, served with jasmine rice and roasted bell pepper tamale, and finished with a mango beurre monte.

Siesta Key Oyster Bar is a Siesta Key Village cornerstone, known, of course, for its oysters. Take advantage of Savor Sarasota deals on baked oysters cooked to your preference — Rockefeller, Casino or Garlic-Parmesan — and enjoy classic Cedar Plank salmon or Shrimp Penne Pasta alla Vodka for the main course.

The Table Creekside offers award-winning global cuisine that inspires the taste buds. Try something a little different with the Calamari Octopus Cassoulet, accompanied by heirloom organic beans and whipped taro root to start — and finish out the main course with classic Florida Grouper Filet stuffed with baby scallops, crabmeat, and butter shrimp on a bed of pecorino risotto and summer vegetables.

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