Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Sarasota Food Blog - SRQ Chew - Five-O Donut Co.

Donuts are serious business. Somewhere in the sugar-glazed haze they have become a high-end dessert. I'm a bit of a donut floozie! Let me tell you,  I have been around when it comes to donut places. For this blog I will let my images speak for themselves and just say you have to go and experience Five-O Donut Co. near downtown Sarasota. Chef/Owner, Christine Nordstrom's yeast raised, gourmet small batch from scratch donuts are "arrestingly good".  This friendly, happy place also takes care of the vegan and gluten free peeps. Five-O 's croissant donuts are something really really special and left me with no words, mostly because I had my mouth full of them. 

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Open 7 Days
M - Fri.  7am -sold out
Sat. & Sun.  8am -sold out

Please check out Christine's other bakery, SIFT Bakehouse. Christine also has a community kitchen, RISE that offers a bake space and mentoring for culinary entrepreneurs to fulfill their dreams. 


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Photos by Kyra Barger of Faso Photography

Monday, January 8, 2018

Sarasota Food Blog - SRQ Chew - Happy New Year!

All the best in 2018! May this year be filled with joy, laughter and good food shared with those you love. 

Copyright 2018 Kyra Barger. All Rights Reserved.

Photos by Kyra Barger of Faso Photography

Friday, December 1, 2017

Sarasota Food Blog - SRQ Chew - The Best Of - Year in Review

It has been another fantastic year of eating, drinking and meeting people who make the Sarasota food scene the best in Florida. Here is my list of the best local Sarasota restaurants, microbreweries and coffee houses I visited this year along with their websites and social media links. 

Buttermilk Handcrafted Food is truly a modern place for bringing people together and should be shared with friends. When one pairs fresh local ingredients and homemade recipes with exceptional coffee and tea it is a meaningful experience and the intention of Buttermilk. More bacon jam please! 

Baker & Wife is a spot-on place to go for a delicious, casual and fresh experience. You will not be disappointed with the diverse menu offerings and cheerful atmosphere. Be sure to check the times they are open before you go.

Located in Siesta Key, Lelu Coffee Lounge is a really groovy spot to hangout. Their coffee, food, drinks and music never disappoint.

'62 Bistrot is quaint, authentic, and perfectly Parisian. A lovely French bistrot offering seasonal French classics that Chef Alex and his wife, Vanessa grew up enjoying in France. 

If you're in the mood for some British comfort food and a proper cupa tea, you need to visit 4 & 20 Pasty Company. Brits, Richard and Barbara offer a variety of hand held pies to suit every taste whether it's sweet or savory. Everything they offer is made with the freshest ingredients and a lot of love. 

With its stellar craft beer, friendly and laid back vibe, Calusa Brewing is top on my list for some pints     with friends. Calusa's beers are fierce, intelligent and rich in Florida's natural resources.

Funky Fusion is a Filipino-American inspired food truck. Owners, Jackie and Jenna's love for people and for Filipino culture makes me so happy and will make you happy too. Filipino comfort food at its best in Sarasota.

Living in Memphis, Tennessee for sixteen years, I get a craving for good BBQ and ribs once in a while. Nancy's BBQ definitely is the place to satisfy my craving. 

I also visited two incredible places that need to be mentioned but I did not have my camera with me at the time. The first place is Indigenous. Indigenous is a beautiful seasonal inspired restaurant. It is evident from the menu offerings created by Chef Steve Phelps that he believes in carefully sourced local and sustainable ingredients. When someone asks me what my favorite place is for dinner in Sarasota I always say Indigenous. Honestly it is one of my top five meals I have had anywhere, including Paris, London and Montreal. I look forward to featuring Indigenous on SRQ Chew in the coming year. It is really really a special place.

The second noteworthy place is Five-O Donut Co. People who know me know that I love donuts and good coffee. Their yeast raised, gourmet, small batch donuts are "arrestingly good" and the coffee  is excellent. They also take care of the vegan and gluten free peeps. Cronut holes anyone?

Thanks to everyone who follows my Sarasota food blog, SRQ Chew. Cheers to 2018! Happy eating and drinking local.


Copyright 2017 Kyra Barger. All Rights Reserved.

Photos by Kyra Barger of Faso Photography

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sarasota Food Blog - SRQ Chew - Sarasota-Manatee Originals' Set the Bar

Last month the Sarasota-Manatee Originals and Aloft Sarasota Hotel premiered Set the Bar cocktail competition. Cocktail lovers celebrated National Vodka Day while tasting handcrafted cocktails 
made  with Tito's Homemade Vodka and other yummy natural ingredients.  

Everyone at the event voted for their favorite in the Peoples' Choice Award. First place went to The Waterfront Restaurant of Anna Maria with their charcoal infused libation. Second place went to Siesta Key Oyster Bar for their all natural honey, lemon, mint and tea cocktail. There was also a blind  judging and first place went to The Waterfront again. State Street Eating House + Cocktails came in second for their creation.

Set the Bar was a fantastic night and all the proceeds of the evening went to Tour de Cure which is even more fantastic. Glad to be a part of it all. This is just one more reason that makes Sarasota a great place to live.

Thanks to all who participated. Check out their links below and enjoy eating and drinking local.

The Sandbar Restaurant


Made Restaurant

Ophelia's on the Bay


Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood

The Waterfront Restaurant of Anna Maria



State Street Eating House + Cocktails


The Beach House Restaurant


Pier 22 Restaurant


Siesta Key Oyster Bar (SKOB)


Turtle Beach Natural Foodservice provided our member restaurants with amazing, all natural product to help create the delicious dishes served during the event.

*Tickets complimentary from Sarasota-Manatee Originals. Thank you.


Copyright 2017 Kyra Barger. All Rights Reserved.

Photos by Kyra Barger of Faso Photography

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Sarasota Food Blog - SRQ Chew - Calusa Brewing

There is always a cool vibe going on at Calusa Brewing in lovely Sarasota, Florida. Outside, there may be a food truck, some corn hole and Jenga and of course there is always stellar beer on tap inside the stylish microbrewery. With its friendly and laid back atmosphere, Calusa is one of my favorite places to hang out with my family and friends. Their beers are fierce, intelligent and rich in Florida's natural resources.

My first time at Calusa I tried their ever so popular Citra IPA named Citronious. I love the name and its big and beautiful aroma and flavor. Calusa's Citronious is the perfect local beer for Florida. It is easy to drink, goes well with whatever you're eating and it pairs really well with dark chocolate.

On my most recent visit I ordered a flight of beers and tasted Calusa's Citronious BIG, their double IPA. I suspected I would love the more intense hoppy flavor and I did. If you're a fan of the Citronious like me you must go BIG sometime. So so good! 

The second beer in my flight was Calusa's Wildest Dreams, a wine barrel aged golden sour. With its clean lemon notes and sour and bright finish, it is definitely a beer you will remember. I love a good pucker and Calusa's Wildest Dreams aged sour was spot on in the pucker department.  

I also tasted Calusa's Devil's Weave, which is a Belgian-style ale. The ale was fruity, hoppy and complex. What more could you ask for in an ale? Calusa's Dulcet with Mint was on my friend's flight and I could not resist a sip. Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies came to mind when I sipped the milk stout.  Think vanilla, cocoa nibs and mint. 

I finished my flight with Calusa's Dissonance Breakfast Brown (pictured above). The coffee and cinnamon brown ale is the perfect way to finish a beer flight, a meal and dessert. Calusa's Dissonance has just the right balance of brown ale, local cold-brew coffee from one of my favorites, Black Gold Coffee Roasters (Dec. 2015 featured post) and cinnamon. It is not too sweet so the quality of the ale and coffee shines through.  

Check out Calusa's tasting room, what's on tap, their food truck schedule and happenings. This is a Sarasota gem.

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5701 Derek Ave.
Sarasota, Fl.
941. 922. 8150

Tues. - Sun.


Copyright 2017 Kyra Barger. All Rights Reserved.

Photos by Kyra Barger of Faso Photography