Weekly Dish


Weekly Dish


Date: March 17, 2010
by: Stephanie Hannum | Black Tie Editor


Lovely leftovers: The only thing better than eating Chutney’s (1944 Hillview St., 954-4444) for dinner is getting to eat it two days in a row. After recently consuming only half a meal of spicy Indian food recently, we were surprised at the thoughtfulness of owner Ash Shukla, who included an extra helping of basmati rice in each to-go box.

Sensational spud: Have you tried a spud at the new Jason’s Deli (5231 University Parkway, 351-5999)? This chain offers a fresh salad bar, hearty sandwiches and more — but the hardest thing to resist on the menu is the Plain Jane spud ($6.19). It’s bigger than any average potato and is swimming in ice-cream scoops of butter, sour cream and handfuls of cheese. It’s a recommended indulgence — especially on a cold day. For a tasty addition, Jason’s Deli offers free soft-serve ice cream.

Deli deals: Between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Deli Lane (2157 Siesta Drive, 366-5554) is offering 50% off your check. Restrictions apply, of course, but who doesn’t love a good deal?

dish of the week… goes to Libby’s Café + Bar’s (1917 S. Osprey Ave., 487-7300) Unfashionable French onion soup ($9) for looking as good as it tastes. The fresh-baked sourdough bread bowl with piping hot onion soup and melted Bellweather Farms Gruyère is served in the All Clad pot it was cooked in, which is über cool — and practical — because it keeps the dish nice and hot. “It’s a meal in itself,” says waiter Graham Parsons.

The Observer is looking for your favorite restaurants, your beloved entrees and favorite mouth-watering desserts. Send your suggestions and restaurant tidbits to shannum@yourobserver.com.

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Currently 2 Responses

  • 1.
  • Thanks for your comment Rudy! "The Weekly Dish" column is published each week in all three of our newspapers (The Longboat Observer, The Sarasota Observer and The East County Observer) in the Arts and Entertainment section. We welcome reader tips, and reader suggestions can be e-mailed to shannum@yourobserver.com.
  • Jessica Luck
    Mon 22nd Mar 2010
    at 3:46pm
  • 2.
  • This is a really good feature. I encourage you to include it in your published editions as well. You might even solicit reviews from your registered readers.
  • Rudy Stehl
    Mon 22nd Mar 2010
    at 2:23pm
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