When heading out for a day or night on the town, there's always somewhere great to explore just a short distance from your apartment. On US41/Tamiami Trail, just north of the turnoff to the neighborhood is the Philippi Mansion grounds, where every Wednesday morning during the cooler months the Phillippi Framer's Market offers fresh fruits and vegetables, Amish Donuts, food trucks and local artesian crafts.
If you're looking to dine out, there are some highly acclaimed restaurants within walking distance of your apartment. Sardinia Italian Restaurant and Isan Thai are both open for dinner and so close you drove past them on your way to your apartment! Also just around the corner is Simon's Coffee House, a great place for breakfast and lunch. Just a short drive further north, on the east side of Tamiami Trail is the Phillippi Creek Restaurant and Oyster Bar, a great spot to enjoy fresh seafood either inside in the air conditioning or outside at one of the picnic tables lining the waterfront of Phillippi Creek.
Also on Tamiami Trail, 1.5 miles north from your apartment, is the Landings Shopping Center, with a large Publix Grocery Store, a Starbucks, and a number of locally-owned restaurants including DaRuma Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, OfKors Donuts and Bakery, Apollonia Greek Restaurant, Corkscrew Deli, and several others.
If you head south, just a mile down Tamiami Trail is the Stickney Point Bridge, which takes you to Siesta Key. There you’ll find Daiquiri Deck, Spearfish Grill, Coconuts and award-winning Capt Curt’s Crab and Oyster Bar. If you’d like a tropical drink fresh off the beach, stop by Capt. Curt's outdoor bar - Sniki Tiki. Further south is the Toasted Mango Café (great for breakfast) or if you'd like to cook at the apartment, pick up some fresh fish at Big Water Fish Market. For date night, you can’t go wrong driving towards the southern tip of Siesta Key for romantic bayside dining at Ophelia's on the Bay. If you like French food, stop by Miguel's but save room for one of their table side desserts!
If you want to stay on the mainland, less than a mile from your apartment on the west side of Tamiami Trail is a great new steakhouse called GrillSmith offering a varied menu and a full bar. On the east side of Tamiami Trail, you'll find Pietro's Italian Restaurant, where you're sure to be spoiled, Pho 101 Noodle House and a Dunkin Donuts.
There are also a number of restaurants in the shopping plaza on the southwest corner of Stickney Point. There you'll find restaurants including Plaza Mexico, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, and Abel’s Ice Cream. If you stay on Tamiami Trail past Stickney Point Road you'll find Gecko’s Grill & Pub (an indoor and outdoor sports bar so guys won’t miss the big game) and Ruth Chris Steak House. So there is a little bit of everything within a mile or so from your apartment.
Just enter any of these restaurants into your mobile phone's search and you'll find easy directions to get there. Enjoy!
It's easy to get around Sarasota via Uber, Lyft and public buses. If you're on Siesta there is a free ride taxi service that works on tips to zip you from the beach to Siesta Village.
If parking on Siesta Key, there are a number of free public parking lots, otherwise you'll want to keep an eye on your watch when parking in areas designated for limited parking hours on the side streets.