Where to eat: Downtown Sarasota's Main Street

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  • azteca

    1551 Main St., Sarasota, 917-0043; aztecasarasota.com

    AZTECA

    Mexican cuisine with a focus on fresh fish. Located in the former Cinco de Mayo location.

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    1526 Main St., Sarasota, 365-6800; barnaclebillsseafood.com

    BARNACLE BILL’S SEAFOOD

    The flagship for Sarasota’s Barnacle Bill’s empire, the downtown version is more chic than most, with upscale preparations of seafood from around the globe.

  • bombon

    1952 Main St., Sarasota, 331-4351; bomboncafe.us

    BOMBON CAFE

    Breakfast and lunch, with sandwiches and some fresh baked goods.

  • CafeAmericano

    1409 Main St., Sarasota, 365-1026; cafeamericanosrq.com

    CAFÉ AMERICANO

    The chrome and red vinyl furniture, open kitchen and high ceilings are reflective of the straightforward preparations, like creamy polenta or sauteed mushrooms in a basket of Parmesan cheese. Pastas, chicken, beef, and seafood dishes, rotisserie specials. Excellent service and good wine selection.

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    1371 Main St., Sarasota. 951-6896; cafeamicisrq.com

    CAFÉ AMICI

    At the heart of Main Street, Café Amici dishes up classic Italian cuisine and a good wine selection in a quaint setting.

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    1553 Main St., Sarasota. 906-9575

    C’EST LA VIE

    You can find the best croissants in town, along with a bounty of fine baked goods, or sit at the tables and enjoy the casual service and tasty breakfast and lunch items at this French spot.

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    1766 Main St., Sarasota, 330-9393; divinosarasota.com

    DIVINO

    Charming decor, gracious service and a delicious menu. Divino is a family-owned Italian restaurant located on Main Street, known for its consistent menu, which includes homemade pastas, daily fresh fish, steaks, desserts and nightly specials. Its bar offers the finest spirits, cocktails and an international wine selection. Private dining room available.

  • (Herald Tribune Staff Photo by Rod Millington)--Pineapple Fried Rice.--Drunken Poet Cafe at 1572 Main Street, in downtown Sarasota, features authentic Thai food using all natural ingredients, as well as sushi.

    1572 Main St., Sarasota. 955-8404; drunkenpoetsarasota.com

    DRUNKEN POET CAFE

    A casual sushi and Thai spot in the heart of the downtown dining district, Drunken Poet specializes in evocatively named makimono, many inspired by local chefs and downtown regulars.

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    1592 Main St., Sarasota. 365-2234; elgrecocafe.com

    EL GRECO CAFE

    This old-time downtown mainstay underwent a big renovation a few years back, updating the space and adding covered sidewalk seating where you can enjoy your garlicky Greek pizza and stromboli, along with other Italian and Greek classics.

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    1991 Main St., Sarasota, 952-9400; halfshelloysterhouse.com

    HALF SHELL OYSTER HOUSE

    Seafood — especially oysters, of course — via Louisiana culinary traditions served in a massive location with prime outdoor seating.

  • DPizza

    1703 Main St., Sarasota. 366-5570; panificiousa.com

    IL PANIFICIO

    Excellent thin-crust pizza available by the slice or the pie, along with big sandwiches and salads made to order and an extensive outdoor dining area on Main Street.

  • mediterraneo

    1970 Main St., Sarasota, 365-4122; sarasota-italian.com

    MEDITERRANEO

    Mediterraneo serves classic Italian fare in a chic, urban setting. Enjoya pizza from the wood-burning oven; or more sophisticated dishes such as potato dumplings with Gorgonzola and arugula, veal scallopini with Marsala wine and mixed mushrooms, or grilled jumbo shrimp with tomatoes on a bed of spinach.

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    1568 Main St., Sarasota. 953-7111; lanrestaurant.com

    MELANGE

    Chef Lan Bradeen’s cuisine is innovative and exciting, focused on small plates with worldwide influences constructed with precision and elegance. Also, the late-night menu is some of the best food in town.

  • MoZaic

    1377 Main St., Sarasota. 951-6272; mozaicsarasota.com

    MOZAIC

    Chef Dylan Eljhajoui’s Moroccan and Mediterranean-inspired cooking injects a needed burst of African elements into downtown’s dining scene. The food is exquisite, the wine program is excellent and the newly-expanded space is elegant.

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    1668 Main St., Sarasota, 366-7600; mozzarellafella.com

    MOZZARELLA FELLA

    Fresh mozz made daily, plus prepared dishes and plenty of simple — but extraordinary — sandwiches.

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    1512 Main St., Sarasota. 955-7545; pastryartonmain.com

    PASTRY ART

    Part coffee shop, bakery and restaurant, the centrally-located Pastry Art is known for great soups and fine sandwiches at lunch, along with its pastry selection.

  • patellinis

    1429 Main St., Sarasota. 957-6433; patellinis.com

    PATELLINI’S PIZZA

    Great N.Y.-style pizzas by the slice or by the pie.

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    1481 Main St., Sarasota, 955-1481; patricksofsarasota.com

    PATRICKS 1481

    Patricks has a new look to go with the same famous burgers and homey bar and grill fare it has served for decades.

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    1578 Main St., Sarasota, 955-2683; phocalisarasota.com

    PHO CALI

    Even on a mid-week night, the place hums with energy. The restaurant takes its name from the hearty noodle soup, “pho,” and offers 17 variations on this staple. Diners can explore a series of variations, with different cuts of beef, with meatballs, with chicken, with shrimp, or with a variety of vegetables. Asian beers.

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    1345 Main St., Sarasota, 362-4427; selvagrill.com

    SELVA GRILL

    Favorites at this Peruvian restaurant include the wide variety of cured fish available as ceviche. Entrees, prepared with flair, include flavorful preparations of steaks, chicken, pork, fish and shrimp.

  • SportsPage

    1319 Main St., Sarasota, 365-0469

    SPORTS PAGE BAR & GRILLE

    Neighborhood bar and grill offering homestyle food at reasonable prices. Menu includes specials such as barbecue ribs and prime rib, burgers, salads, soups, grouper Reuben, pastrami, potato skins, nachos and more. Full bar, flat screen TVs and pool tables. Indoor and outdoor dining. Kitchen open until 1:30 a.m.

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    1420 Main St., Sarasota, 364-5775

    TROPICAL THAI

    The setting at Tropical Thai includes beautiful wood carvings under glass tabletops; the scent of fresh flowers fills the air. The menu include all the favorites: pad Thai, Yum salads, curries and specialties including roast duck, sea scallops, Siam chicken, lobster and more. Plus a variety of macrobiotic entrees.

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    1355 Main St., Sarasota. 366-1618; twosenoritas.com

    TWO SENORITAS

    Icy margaritas and hot Mexican cuisine are the stars here, along with great open-air dining facing Main Street.

  • utamaro

    1900 Main St., Sarasota, 366- 0095; sarasotasushi.com

    UTAMARO SUSHI BAR

    Although sushi is abundantly available around town, few places can offer the overall ambience Utamaro provides. Sushi is the obvious center of the menu, but there are enough other samplings to offer a rounded dining experience, such as tempura dishes. Excellent service.

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    1537 Main St., Sarasota. 363-0604

    YUME SUSHI

    Another downtown sushi spot with fine sashimi and makimono.