1930 Hillview St., 366-5555; 5oclockclub.net.5 O'Clock Club
The stage, which passersby can see the through the window, has been dignified in the past couple decades by legendary blues man R.L. Burnside, Jimi Hendrix’s famed drummer Buddy Miles and The Police’s guitarist Andy Sumner. It’s also where AC/DC’s Brian Johnson and Allman Brothers Band’s founding guitarist Dickey Betts famously performed together. Currently, singer/slide guitarist Tony Tyler and his jam band Come Back Alice are the blazing act at the Five O, routinely packing the place every Wednesday for ladies night.
1962 Hillview St., 954-1011, bistrotfl.com.62 Bistrot
Part of chef/owner Olivier Rose’s family of French restaurants that also includes locations in Bradenton Beach and Lakewood Ranch, 62 Bistrot is a Francophile-approved spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner probably best known for its extensive selection of crepes.
1944 Hillview St., 954-4444, chutneysetc.comChutney's Etc.
Husband-and-wife team Ash Shukla and Denise May take turns cooking and greeting the customers, who often return again and again for the couple’s clever Indian and Middle Eastern dishes and that personal touch service.
1960 Hillview St., 364-4777, gatewaytoindiasrq.comGateway To India
For genuine Indian cuisine in the Sarasota-Bradenton area, here’s the place to visit. The Gateway also serves superb vegetarian dishes and offers a generous daily buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
1900 Hillview St., 953-2929, geckosgrill.comGecko's Grill and Pub
One of the several locally-owned Gecko’s sports bars in the area, this one, like the rest, is a solid choice for drink deals and American pub grub.
1920 Hillview St., 952-0045, hillviewgrill.comHillview Grill
From seafood and steaks to burgers and a small-plate tasting menu, Hillview Grill offers an assortment of eating options as well as a full bar.
1818 S. Osprey Ave., 955-7761, knickstavernandgrill.comKnick's Tavern and Grill
The father-daughter team of Knick and Knickole Barger have created a super-friendly atmosphere where even newbies feel like instant regulars after a long afternoon or evening spent quaffing beer or wine and noshing on, say, the blackened calamari followed by the spicy and smoky Chipotle Crumbled Blue Cheese Burger.
1816 S. Osprey Ave., 951-0990, legends-pub.net.Legends Sports Pub
Featuring more than 30 beers on tap including numerous craft selections, Legends has a brew for you to go with the big game and a nice selection of snacks ranging from Asian pot stickers to salad to sandwiches.
1917 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, 487-7300, libbyscafebar.comLibby's Cafe + Bar
From the cheesesteak egg roll to jumbo lump crab cakes to numerous other commendable dishes, Libby’s has you covered. A new menu debuts October 21 that co-owner Patrick Seidensticker says will “bring back the greatest hits with some surprises.” Fear not, the cheesesteak egg roll, an essential part of the daily 4-7 p.m. happy hour menu, will remain.
1821 Hillview St., 955-8101, thelollicakequeen.com.Lollicake Queen
Get your sweet-tooth fix at this boutique bakery specializing in “lollicakes,” which are baked-from-scratch cake swirled with buttermilk and dipped in chocolate. Stop by and choose from 20 choices of supreme decadence.
1812 S. Osprey Ave., 954-5400, luciassrq.comLucia's Pizza Italian Grill
This is the Southside Village place for cheese pizza with garlic crust and gourmet pizzas covered with everything from prosciutto to baked ziti.
1837 Hillview St., 556-9039, mainelobsterpound.wordpress.comMaine Lobster Pound
Ever have a desire to recreate those great runaway lobster scenes from “Annie Hall”? Here’s the place for purchasing your live crustaceans.
1924 S. Osprey Ave. #100, 955-9856, mortonsmarket.com.Morton's Gourmet Market
A Sarasota institution for more than 50 years, Morton’s is where you’ll find a variety of specialty items plus a deli featuring everything from brick-oven pizza to pressed Cuban sandwiches to barbecue ribs, pulled pork and smoked chicken. 1924 S. Osprey Ave. #100, 955-9856, mortonsmarket.com.
1936 Hillview St., 366-3010, oceanblues.net.Ocean Blues
Since opening in 2011, Ocean Blues has brought in a variety of great regional and local acts - yes, lots of blues players - to Southside Village while also offering full-bar beverages and a menu featuring everything from filet mignon and pecan encrusted salmon to chicken wings and pizza.
1859 Hillview St., 330-8071, pacificrimsarasota.com.Pacific Rim
Innovative Japanese and Thai fusion cuisine and fresh, adroitly prepared sushi are the main attractions at this chic establishment, which also has an equally impressive martini bar.
1821 Hillview St., 955-8101, perqcoffeebar.comPerq Coffee Bar
Hillview Street’s No. 1 hipster hangout is related to the LolliCake Queen and features coffee brewed from single-origin beans and such plus killer sandwiches imported from Mozzarella Fella on Main Street.
1830 S. Osprey Ave., 906-7771, samsneadssarasota.comSam Snead's American Grill
This Southside Village favorite is where folks have been going for years to watch sports while dining on steaks, ribs, burgers, chicken and chops.Cocktails, beer and wine are popular, too.
1825 S. Osprey Ave., 388-7235.Serving Spoon
For the past 16 years people have been coming here to scoop up “breakfast and lunch, all day, every day.”
1825 Hillview St., 330-9302, southsidedelisarasota.comSouthside Deli
This purveyor of breakfast, lunch and deserts serves customers right with Boar’s Head meat and cheeses as well as homemade gelato.
Restaurants and Bars
/ Thursday, October 10, 2013