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Gulf Gate Bar and Restaurant Guide

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A TASTE OF EUROPE: A smattering of European goods dominated by Russian items, such as caviar, groceries and religious icons. 2212 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota. 921-9084; sarasotatasteofeurope.com

Angry Pickle

ANGRY PICKLE: Homemade pickles and bar food, plus a decent beer selection, make this new Gulf Gate pub a prime destination. 6518 Gateway Ave., Sarasota. 487-8983. (Read our Bar Tab about Angry Pickle.)

BADDA BING: Sports bar atmosphere, and great place to shoot pool. 6528 Superior Ave., Sarasota. 921-5109; baddabingbar.com

CHOCOLATE, NUTS AND MORE: This chocolatier has been creating the sweetest goodies for several years. Great place for gifts for all celebrations. 2114 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota. 925-1111; chocolatebarkcompany.com

Dolce Italia

DOLCE ITALIA: Casual style and décor for salad, pasta, a handful of entrees, wine and beer. 6606 Superior Ave., Sarasota. 921-7007. (Read our review of Dolce Italia.)

EZ PIEZ: Decadent pastry stuffed with savory fillings like black pepper steak or chicken and mushroom, plus sweet treats as well. 6609 Superior Ave., Sarasota. 993-0780; ezpiez.com

FRENCH AFFAIR: A storefront bistro that has served the Francophiles for years. Classic French food in a cozy atmosphere. 2637 Mall Drive, Sarasota. 925-3414. (Read our review of French Affair.)

HAIR OF THE DOG SALOON: 6523 Gateway Ave., Sarasota. 922-4066

HAM HEAVEN & DEVIL DOGS: Great sandwich and hot dog spot that serves the hungry from nearby bars without food service. Symbiosis at its best. 2647 Mall Drive, Sarasota. 923-2514; hamheavenanddevildogs.webs.com (Read our Cheap Eats review of ham Heaven and Devil Dogs.)

HEAVENLY CUPCAKES: Edible art — moist and yummy! 6538 Gateway Ave., Sarasota. 922-0024; myheavenlycupcakes.com

HURRICANE MIKES: Billiards, trivia, happy hours and happy smokers in this neighborhood bar. 2639 Mall Drive, Sarasota. 923-9827; geckosgrill.com.

Il Panificio

IL PANIFICIO: The second location for this popular Italian deli and pizzeria. This location offers a wider array of foods for eating in or take-out with appetizers, pasta and its famous pizza. 6630 Gateway Ave., Sarasota. 921-5570; panificiousa.com. (Read our review of Il Panificio.)

JC'S PIT STOP: Ice cream and plenty of it. 2301 Gulf Gate Dr., Sarasota. 922-3187

JIM'S SMALL BATCH BAKERY: This bakery uses natural ingredients and doesn't stock up -- when they sell out, it's gone until the next day. 2336 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota. 922-2253

KING GEORGE PUB: The place to go to watch soccer, this is a sports pub for Anglophiles. Be prepared to down a pint and throw some darts. 6525C Superior Ave., Sarasota. 925-1966; thekinggeorgepub.com.

MAK’S CHINESE AND THAI RESTAURANT: Mak’s has been a Gulf Gate takeout staple for more than 20 years. 2224 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota. 922-6765

Monk's Steamer Bar

MONK’S STEAMER BAR: Oysters, crab legs, shrimp, mussels and more - in a casual, comfortable place. 17 TVs for sports lovers. 6690 Superior Ave., Sarasota. 927-3388; monkssteamerbar.com

MR BEERY’S CRAFT BEER BAR: Center of the craft beer universe for the south side of Sarasota, Mr. Beery’s offers tastings and classes as well as a revolving list of newly-on-the-scene brews. 2645 Mall Drive, Sarasota. 343-2854; mrbeeryssrq.com

MUNCHIE’S 420 CAFÉ: Late night — they’re open until 4:20 a.m. — place for, well, munchies — and they deliver. Known worldwide thanks to a feature on“Man vs. Food”. 6639 Superior Ave., Sarasota. 929-9893; munchies420cafe.com. (Read Tom Becnel's Overnight at Munchie's 420.)

OH MAMMA MIA: Legions of fans will tell you this is the real deal, totally authentic Italian food bathed in a family atmosphere. Reservations are a must. 2324 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota. 706-2821; ohmammamiarestaurant.com

OOH LA LA FRENCH BAKERY: Incredible pastries, from eclairs to cakes, plus excellent brioche and some lunch-style snacks. 2705 Mall Dr., Sarasota. 922-0169

ORIENTAL FOOD & GIFTS: This busy thoroughfare of the Orient representing China, the Philippines, Korea, India, Vietnam and Japan offers everything from Korean sushi on Saturdays to the perfect tea set and wonderful cooking classes. The place to go for any Oriental ingredient for which your recipe calls. 2234 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota. 924-8066; orientalfoodandgifts.com

PASTIMES PUB: Pastimes is Gulf Gate's live music hub, with acts that range from local standards to international celebrities. Great bar, too. 6540 Superior Ave., Sarasota. 924-7782

The wine cellar at Piatti

PIATTI: This Italian bistro and martini bar was opened by the people behind Il Panificio, featuring a cozy dining room and beautiful lounge area. 6630 Gateway Ave., Sarasota. 923-5570; panificiousa.com. (Read our Bar Tab about Piatti.)

PICCOLO ITALIAN DELI: Dine in or take-out homemade Italian sausages and an array of baked goods and other foodstuffs. 2128 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota. 923-2202; piccolomarket.com

PIEROGI INN POLISH DELI: For the past decade, the center of Polish food in Sarasota. The enterprise has expanded to include an online store for pierogi lovers everywhere. 6611 Superior Ave., Sarasota. 929-0101; polishdelipierogiinn.com

POKI JOE’S CATERING AND CAFÉ: A Gulf Gate landmark; casual café with an extensive catering menu and some late night eats for the bar crowd. 6614 Superior Ave., Sarasota. 922-5915

PONTILLO’S PIZZERIA: Casual spot for pizza, wings and subs for lunch or dinner. 6592 Superior Ave., Sarasota. 921-0990

RICO’S PIZZERIA: New Jersey-style, thin-crust pizza. No relation to the rest of the Sarasota Rico's pizza joints. 6547 Gateway Ave., Sarasota. 922-9604

SAL’S PIZZERIA AND PASTA HOUSE New Jersey-style pizza, plus capable pastas, salads and other neighborhood Italian fare. 6582 Gateway Dr., Sarasota. 926-0022.

Sarasota Brewing Company

SARASOTA BREWING COMPANY: The area’s first microbrew pub, for 20 years or so this Gulf Gate icon has maintained its popularity as a great meeting spot and sports bar. 6607 Gateway Ave., Sarasota. 925-2337; sarasotabrewing.com

SCANDINAVIAN SHOP: This spot has it all: textiles, gifts, clogs, carvings, rugs and delectable baked goods and groceries. 2166 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota. 923-4313; scandinavian-south.com

SOLORZANO'S: Classic NY/New Jersey Italian cuisine, from hearty pasta dishes to meat and fish. 6516 Superior Ave., Sarasota. 906-9444

SUPERIOR LIBATIONS: A small wine and beer bar that's just getting started. 6616 Superior Ave., Sarasota. 923-6616

TASTEFULLY BRITISH: A tea room and shop and must stop for all Anglophiles. Tea is served from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with extended hours for the store, which offers a wide array of merchandise — from toys to British tea sets. 2236 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota. 927-2612; tastefullybritish.com

THAILAND SUSHI & STEAKHOUSE: The local Thai spot also sports a sushi bar, open for lunch and dinner. 2238 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota. 927-8424

THIRSTY TURTLE: Carries a reputation for an outstanding happy hour, along with a quiet, cozy vibe, pool tables and a great staff. Grab some chow at the “Ham” and drop by. 2615 Mall Drive, Sarasota. 927-3426

Tony's Chicago Beef Company

TONY’S CHICAGO BEEF COMPANY: Windy City dogs at their best, hand-cut fries and classic Italian beef sandwiches dunked in jus. 6569 Superior Ave., Sarasota. 922-7979; tonyschicagobeef.com. (Read our Cheap Eats review of Tony's Chicago Beef.)

TOUCHÉ: This breakfast and lunch spot’s mantra is fresh and organic. 6540 Gateway Ave., Sarasota. 297-2233

TRANSATLANTIC SAUSAGE & BAKERY: All the good things our European grandmothers baked are here, plus hand-crafted sausages and specialty meats. 6620 Gateway Ave., Sarasota. 921-2253; transatlanticsausage.com

VEG: After two years, Veg has become the spot for organic, vegetarian, gluten-free and all-around healthful and taste-good food. Wine and beer, too. 2164 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota. 312-6424; vegsrq.com. (Read about the culinary philosophy behind Veg.)

Vizen

VIZEN: One of the best (if not the best) sushi places in Sarasota, thanks to the careful craft and innovative ingredients of the chef. 6559 Gateway Ave., Sarasota. 926-0830; vizen-sarasota.com. (Read our review of Vizen.)

WEST END PUB: 6500 Gateway Ave., Sarasota. 554-8905.

WORD OF MOUTH: The breakfast and lunch spot that has birthed a small Sarasota chain, the Gulf Gate location still packs them in, especially during season. Don’t miss the cinnamon rolls. 6604 Gateway Ave., Sarasota. 925-2400; wordofmouthsrq.com. (Read about how Word of Mouth has served over two million eggs.)

ZANTE GYROS Meat, sliced from a spit, served in pita with all the fixin's. 6500 Superior Ave., Sarasota. 404-2099; zantegyros.com.

ZEST CATERING: While a catering company at heart, Zest keeps a few tables for café-styled innovative dining. 6584 Superior Ave., Sarasota. 685-6030; zestofsarasota.com

Last modified: February 16, 2014
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