Grab a three-course prix-fixe meal the taste of UTC starting this weekend
We hope you’re ready to tantalize your taste buds while keeping your wallet happy and full, because Taste of UTC is back. Starting this Friday, Downtown University will host a two-week event where guests can sample a variety of dishes including American, Indian and French. Each participating restaurant will have an affordable prix fixe menu for lunch and/or dinner. Keep reading to find out what you can expect to sink your teeth into.
8235 Cooper Creek Boulevard, Bradenton, (941) 359-4816, apolloniagrill.com
Journey to the Mediterranean with Apollonia Grille. This restaurant will serve $20 lunches and $49 dinners. The daily lineup includes Mediterranean classics like moussaka, phyllo pies, hummus and baklava.
150 University Town Center Dr Ste 150, Sarasota, (941) 256-8005, konagrill.com
Try award-winning sushi and contemporary, casual American fare at Kona Grill. Start lunch with a cup of hot miso soup, edamame or oriental salad – a mixture of fresh vegetables with a crunchy mixture of almonds and ramen and drizzled with a sweet soy vinaigrette. Then choose from one of seven entrees, including chicken pad thai noodles, a poke bowl, and a spicy and crispy tuna roll. The dinner menu includes potstickers, prime rib and coconut rum cake.
1605 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 554-4021, mademoiselleparis.com
Paris is calling. Soak up the flavors of the city of love at Mademoiselle Paris. Create the perfect ambiance for dinner with foie gras, a cheese platter or hot Camembert, a whole wheel of Camembert baked in the oven and served with toast for dipping or spreading. Entrees include roasted lamb chops and duck breast with orange sauce. End the evening with a lava cake and ice cream, chocolate-covered profiteroles or a crêpe suzette. The $20 lunch option offers guests the choice of a salad or the soup of the day as an entree. For the main course, choose from a savory range from a Swiss ham and croissant to a chicken, mushroom and spinach pancake topped with a white cream sauce.
Norman Sweets of Love
192 N Cattlemen Road, Unit 7, Sarasota, (941) 777-5507, normanloveconfections.com
Take a walk on the sweet side by visiting Norman Love Confections. The chocolate factory offers its guests a simple but delicious dessert menu. Good luck deciding between French macaroons or mini cakes. And accompany your choice with a glass of house wine or a steaming cup of coffee.
Origin Craft Beer & Pizza Cafe
8193 Tourist Center Drive, Bradenton, (941) 358-5850, originpizzacafe.com
Keep it simple and classic at Origin Craft Beer & Pizza Cafe. Lunch is $16 and includes half a salad, a 10-inch pizza of your choice, and a cannoli. At dinner, start with a half order of wings or a salad. Then select a 12-inch pizza from Origin’s 17 pies. A cannoli is the perfect end to any meal.
Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern
257 N. Cattlemen Road, #81, Sarasota, (941) 355-6666, myrustybucket.com
A casual American dining experience awaits at Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern. Enjoy a lunch of salad or soup of the day, a hand burger – bucket burger, el cubano or buffalo chicken sandwich – or a Cobb salad for your main course. Sticky bread pudding, cast iron brownies and New York cheesecake make up the dessert menu. At dinnertime, supper classics like chicken parmesan, meatloaf and soy-glazed salmon are also available.
170 University Town Center Drive, Suite 103, Sarasota, (941) 702-9652, seasons52.com
At Seasons 52, lunch and dinner share the same first-course menu: a cup of seasonal soup, green vegetables, romaine salad or golden beet salad. For lunch, choose a wood-grilled, dry-rubbed pork chop, sesame-grilled salmon salad, or wood-grilled shrimp and grits. The dinner menu consists of cedar-planked roasted salmon, a wood-grilled 8 oz. filet mignon or caramelized and grilled sea scallops. Finish your lunch or dinner with a mini dessert. And for an additional fee, you can add a glass of red, white or sparkling wine to your meal.
Sophie is at Sak’s Fifth Avenue
120 University Town Center Drive, Second Floor, Sarasota, (941) 444-3077, sophies.com
Sophie’s has yet to release its Taste of UTC menu, but here’s a pro tip: while you’re enjoying your lunch, be sure to take in the views from the outdoor terrace.
Refined Indian cuisine in the tandoor
8453 Cooper Creek Boulevard, Bradenton, (941) 926-3077, tandoorsarasota.net
Want authentic Indian cuisine? Take a trip to the Tandoor Fine Indian Cuisine. You can expect to find butter chicken, chicken curry, chana masala and saag bhaji on the lunch menu. Each is served with steaming hot rice, naan bread and an appetizer. Classic South Asian dishes like curry, biryani and tandoori are offered for dinner. Be on the lookout for the restaurant’s prix fixe menu to see which of these tasty favorites are featured!
The Capital Grid
180 University Downtown Parkway, Sarasota, (941) 256-3647, thecapitalgrille.com
Appetizers include your choice of wedge salad with blue cheese and smoked bacon, green salad with parmesan dressing, or a cup of New England clam chowder. Filet mignon, roasted chicken breast, and seared citrus-glazed salmon make up the entrees menu (or you can elevate your meal with double-cut lamb chops, sliced tenderloin, lobster tail from Maine or dry-aged NY strip loin for an extra charge). Savor the evening with flourless chocolate, espresso, cheesecake or the chef’s selection.
For more information or to view the event menus, visit the UTC website website. Be sure to check their website often, as more menus will be released soon.