239 S Links Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
Cuisine: New American
Features: Outdoor seating
Cost range: 10.01-20.0
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
More in this neighborhood: Sarasota
It's a lovely Florida bungalow just a couple of blocks off Sarasota's Main Street, with a rustic interior and great use of indoor/outdoor space, including an intimate "wine cottage." Because it's busy and tables are set fairly tight, it can seem frenetic at times, but servers add warmth and genuine hospitality to dinner. Chef-owner Steve Phelps' 100-mile dinner was sourced from within 100 miles of the restaurant. Ordinarily it's less stringent than that, but the seasonally changing menu clearly prioritizes the local: Florida grass-fed beef, Gulf fish and shrimp, oranges from a nearby back yard. It's hardly pious. One evening's crisp/plush pork belly married the faint flavor of maple with a sweet-tangy hash of turnip, cherry and jalapeno heat.
Hours: 5:30 - 9:45 p.m. for dinner, Mon.-Sat.