It's a staple of many Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte restaurants: the fish sandwich.
It can be anything - cod, grouper, tilapia, salmon. Just as long as it's tasty, and on a bun.
Lucky us: Throughout August, we'll be sampling fish sandwiches from area restaurants and putting them to the test. If you want to lead us to a great fish sandwich you've had recently, just let us know about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now, dig in!
Grilled Salmon Sandwich, $14.99
The Old Salty Dog
1601 Ken Thompson Pkwy (on City Island), Sarasota
Every now and then, we need reminders of why we live here.
Sometimes we get so stuck in our ruts - wake up, go to work, come home, go to bed, rinse and repeat - that we forget about the beauty around us.
So, step away from your work computer and treat yourself to a fish sandwich for lunch at a waterfront restaurant.
Like the always reliable Old Salty Dog on Sarasota's City Island.
There's a reason why Adam Richman and the crew of Travel Channel's "Man v. Food" visited this longtime favorite in 2010: It's the mouth-watering fish meals, hard-to-ignore fruity drinks and some of the best dining views you could ask for.
Of the many sandwich options, I went with the day's "Fresh Catch" - a grilled salmon. The server said it's North Atlantic salmon shipped daily. Yes, it's a bit pricey - $14.99 - but you get what you pay for: It's a huge slab of fresh and flaky meat, cooked medium rare and served on a big bun.
Tartar sauce? Who needs tartar sauce? Why ruin the natural flavors?
Don't be in a rush to get back to work. Enjoy the dockside view. Watch the boats go by, and if you're lucky, you might spot a manatee or dolphin.
For 45 minutes on your lunch break, you'll feel like you're on vacation.