It’s safe to go to St. Armands Circle again. Tourist season is at a minimal lull, restaurants don’t have 1.5-hour waits and parking is findable. Café L’Europe, 431 St. Armands Circle, is one of the restaurants embracing this. During the month of June, it has four special menu selections in addition to the standard menu.
One special menu that starts in June is the passport dinner series. The series, in its second year, features a menu inspired by a different country each month for the next five months. For those interested in this year’s itinerary, you can pick up a passport and venture to each of these countries (within Café L’Europe, of course).
Every month, you get your passport stamped that you have been to the designated country, and those patrons that make it to all five will get a special to-be-determined souvenir.
The menu each month features a choice of two appetizers, three entrees and two desserts for $40 per person.
The restaurant designated ambassadors for each country to help make sure the recipes were authentic: Giuliano Hazan, Italy; Francoise Mandonnaud Stotts, France; Andrew Vac, Greece; Daniel Perales, Spain; and Rainer Scheer, Germany.
June’s special menus
Passport Series: Three-course meal, $40 per person
Savor Sarasota: Three-course meal, $29 per person
Summer special: Two-course meal and a bottle of select wine for two (with a complimentary dessert to share before 6 p.m.), $69.95 per couple
Disco/late-night menu: 9 p.m. to midnight Fridays with a select late-night menu.