Self-Guided Food Walking Tour of Lido Key

Enjoy fresh air, open spaces and global cuisine throughout the day on St. Armands and Lido Keys

The best part of a trip to Florida is the seemingly endless seafood available at your beck and call. From grouper sandwiches to briny oysters and piping hot conch fritters, Sarasota’s historic St. Armand’s circle is the ideal location to sample the area’s plentiful seafood.

  1. The Old Salty Dog City Island

    Begin the afternoon a hop, skip and a jump away from St. Armand’s circle so that you can take in the panoramic views of the water at the Old Salty Dog on City Island. Boasting the best Bloody Mary in Sarasota County, we recommend you order it spicy - if you can handle it. Treat yourself to some deliciously messy Peel & Eat shrimp and breathe in the salty sea air.

  2. Crab & Fin

    For a little more refinement mosey back over to the circle and continue your journey at Crab & Fin. They offer an unparalleled raw bar with oysters from around the world. Maximize your experience with their Oyster Tasting, which offers six different oysters from various famous regions. Step it up a notch with the Petite Indulgence, a raw bar offering including Alaskan King Crab, Snow Crab, Stone Crab, Shrimp, Oysters and Clams.

  3. Shore

    Continue your seafood extravaganza at Shore. Admire their midcentury decor and chic vibes with a glass of bubbles and their iconic Lobster, Shrimp and Crab Cobb Salad. This salad is jam packed with seafood which is highlighted by a delicate tarragon vinaigrette. Take in the second story views of St. Armand’s Circle, the perfect spot for people watching.

  4. Cha Cha Coconuts

    After strolling the circle and exploring the wide variety of shops, pop into Cha Cha Coconuts for a mid-afternoon snack and a distinctly tropical vibe. Indulge in their namesake cocktail, made famous in Havana and chock full of tropical flavors including coconut, guava, pineapple, and of course, rum. Pair your cocktail with Bahamian Conch Fritters for an island adventure.

  5. Columbia Restaurant

    End your evening with dinner at Florida’s renowned Columbia Restaurant. First opened in Tampa’s Ybor City as a Cuban coffee and sandwich shop, the Columbia has expanded to Florida’s top destinations to offer Cuban and Spanish influenced cuisine. Whet your palate with a pitcher of their sweet and refreshing Red Sangria. Luxuriate in seafood with any variety of fish dishes, but our favorite is their Paella “a la Valenciana”, chock full of clams, mussels, shrimp and scallops.