Killer breakfast at Sun Garden Cafe, sweet potato pancakes! in the village. Turtles on the Bay @ south end of the island across from Turtle Beach, seafood. Off island my favorite is Alpine Steakhouse on 41 & Field, one block N of Proctor, good place for a knockwurst, also best Philly cheesesteak west of Philly. It’s a chain and you already know about it, but we just love Columbia, but it’s on St. Armand Circle, N of Siesta Key. Also in Sarasota are Yoder’s from DDD, Amish home cooking and Troyer’s, an Amish buffet, both on Bahia Vista.
Best to check when they’re open, many of these places are closed Sunday or Monday.