Flemings Steakhouse & Wine Bar

12/1/2020 – 2001 Siesta Dr., Sarasota, FL 34239 – (941) 271-7087 – flemingssteakhouse.com – –

We enjoyed the ambiance, excellent service by the bar tender & other servers. Everyone wore masks & did social distancing.

Began our early dinner with the usual Old Fashion & Perfect Martini drinks. Then LOBSTER BISQUE – north Atlantic lobster, spiced sherry cream & FRENCH ONION SOUP – baked with Gruyère & Parmesan cheeses. Both Q’s had the Filet Steak sandwich. One had the onion rings and the other french fries.

We thought about having Creme Brulee but we were fairly full. We will go again soon.

Unfortunately we also enjoyed the Flemings in Chicago but due to C-19, it has closed due to closing of the restaurants & only outdoor eating. We will miss the Chicago Flemings.

French Onion Soup
Photo of Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar - Sarasota - Sarasota, FL, United States. Onion rings.
Delicious onion rings
Photo of Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar - Sarasota - Sarasota, FL, United States. Yummy bread & Butter
Warm Bread with Champagne butter or Pumpkin butter
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A surprise – a box of their homemade chocolates to take home.

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CAPITAL GRILL – Sarasota FL 11/27/2020

The CAPITAL GRILL – 180 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, FL 34243, (941) 256-3647, thecapitalgrille.com

Q-Tips say: Great restaurant. Went to the Capital Grill in Chicago and both locations are great. Went for a late lunch and we were pleased with the excellent service, drinks and food.  Both of us had the Salmon-Parmesan Crusted Salmon with Roasted Garlic, Heirloom Tomato and White Wine Lemon Butter – it was awesome.   I had the Caesar Salad  and the Mr. had the Soup.

Not inexpensive but worth every dollar spent.

4/2020 – Take out – took out the sliders/ w fries. The other half also had Lobster Bisque and I also had a salad. Good but we miss going to the rest. and eating and drinking inside.

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BONEFISH GRILL – Sarasota FL – 11/25/2020

BONEFISH Grill – 8101 Cooper Creek Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34201 – 941-360-3171

Sunday 11:00AM – 10:00 PM,  Mon., Tues., Weds.,  Thurs., 4 to  10:30PM – Fri., 4 to 11:30PM.Weds. Specials: $6.00 Bang, Bang Shrimp -Speaking of servers: ask for Marty. He is an outstanding, cheerful server who aims to please the customer, usually works the afternoon lunch shift.  Q-Tips say: Yes, Yes, Yes, Go and enjoy.

They offer hot crisp bread and great service. Mrs. Q especially likes the Tuna Appetizer as her entree and Mr. Q really enjoys the King Crab Legs Special when it is offered. On Weds. a special is the Bang-Bang Shrimp appetizer for only $5.00. It is delicious.  The bar bites are good also. A bowl of soup, the Bang-Bang Shrimp & their crusty, hot bread – is a meal fit for a “Queen.”  Find a Bonefish Grill near you and enjoy!

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STONEWOOD REST. 11/2020

STONEWOOD – 5415 University Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34276, (941) 355-3315
stonewoodgrill.com

Happiness Hour: $5.00 drinks in the bar- also a Special Bar Menu.
$5 Ketel One® Vodka on Thurs., $1 off ALL DRAFT BEER, Select Wines by the glass & bottle – 1/2 price.  All Specialty Martinis & cocktails 1/2 price.

Buffalo Shrimp,  Bleu Cheese Chips, Smoked Salmon, Crispy Grilled Wings, Mojito Fries, Sausage & Pretzel Bread, Short Rib Sliders, Steak Sandwich, Menu changes periodically.

Q-TIPS SAY: Good food, service and drinks. Enjoyed the “bar area” with great service from Josh and the bar-tenders (the unsung hero of a restaurant). The bar area sometimes gets busy because of the the Drink Specials and Bar Menu but you can also have the regular menu also. Also have gone to the dining room with friends and all enjoyed their regular menu meals/service & libations. If you are in Sarasota, FL give Stonewood a visit. We do go often and enjoy. The other half had Buffalo Shrimp & clam chowder soup & I had the French onion soup and Buffalo Shrimp.  Of course, we had our usual libations.  Was not as busy as usual, probably due to C-19 but all servers wore masks as did the patrons except when drinking/eating. They also offer take out/pick up. They have sanitation engineers cleaning the tables, etc. immediately patrons leave.  And have an nice outdoor dining area with live music every Thursday. Go & enjoy! Don’t forget about those complimentary delicious warm pretzels instead of the usual bread!      Photo of Stonewood Grill & Tavern - University Park, FL, United States. Freddy m the bread basket. Yum!

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Connors Steak & Seafood Restaurant 11/23/2020 – eat in/take out

Connors  Steak/Seafood – 3501 S Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL,  (941) 260-3232 , http://connorsrestaurant.com

Q-tips say:  They offer the same menu to eat in/to go/take out

Go and enjoy! Good food, drinks, service and nice ambiance. Went for a late lunch and enjoyed the visit and the great service.   They offer a $10, $11, & $12.00 menu for lunch till 4:00. The dinner menu is impressive and also offer “small plates choices.”

Mrs. Q had:  Had the Grilled Shrimp – four jumbo grilled shrimp, cocktail sauce, couscous, instead of broccoli, asked for the grilled asparagus. Caesar salad was a side. Everything was delicious.

The Mr. had: His side: a bowl of Lobster Crab Bisque Soup. Grilled Rainbow Trout4 oz fillet, pineapple chipotle salsa, fries/coleslaw.  He inhaled it all.

Connors offers a “Happy Hour” daily 11am-4pm in entire restaurant; 4-6pm in the lounge.

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Rosebud – 11/30/2020

2215 S Tamiami Tr. Osprey, FL 34229, rosebudssarasota.com (941) 918-8771

Q-tips say: YES, to Rosebud. The Q-tips have never had a bad meal at Rosebud. Excellent service. Following C-19 rules. Dine in – Dine out. Early Bird Menu, two for one drinks in the bar & if you want to eat in the dining room, take you second drink with you to the dining room.

Some of our favorite dishes: Awesome Prime Rib dinner, delicious fish items such as Salmon, best Liver & Onions, several whitefish choices, ribs, shrimp, etc. Delicious appetizers & if you are not too full, desserts. Go & enjoy, we always do.

Prime Rib

Orange Roughy

Oysters On The Half Shell
Lamb Chops
Steak & Lobster

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BRIO Italian Rest. Sarasota FL 11/20/2020

BRIO – 190 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota, FL 34243, (941) 702-9102
brioitalian.com

Q-Tips say:
Go and enjoy, we did. We began our late lunch with awesome cocktails, and Lobster Bisque & I had a small Caesar salad.  Mrs. Q had: Beef Carpaccio -Served with field greens, capers, mustard Aioli and Parmigiano-Reggiano.   Mr. Q had: also had the Carpaccio.   Delicious and much more than just an appetizer and reasonably priced. Indoor/outdoor/bar area seating.  Mask worn by all servers & patrons till eating/drinking.      

Photo of Brio Italian Grille - Sarasota, FL, United States. Ceasar Salad

     Caesar salad

Photo of Brio Tuscan Grille - Sarasota, FL, United States. Lobster Bisque

Crab Bisque

Carpaccio

Mrs. Q says: We really enjoyed the ambiance, drinks, food and wonderful outstanding service and happy attitude.   We will come back.

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CHINA VILLAGE 11/2020 – C-19 takeout

CHINA VILLAGE – 7254 55th Ave E. Bradenton, FL — 941-756-4859 – Open daily from 11 to 9 or 1o.  Closed on Monday, In the Twelve Oaks Shopping Center.  We ordered & picked up. They were very busy with take out & have everything on the menu.

Q-Tips say:  Decent & reasonably priced food plus pleasant service.  Take out/ or eat in. China Village has good food and the best Won ton Soup and Pork Fried rice!

The former owner was a bit of a “drama queen”  but the food is good. She has retired and the new owners/workers are pleasant and happy. They remodeled the restaurant and it looks great.

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Quartino Restaurant

626 N State St., Chicago, IL 60654, quartinochicago.com, (312) 698-5000

Q-tips say: Yes, go and enjoy. We were celebrating our son’s BD with our Daughter in law. They have two outdoor seating areas. We were seated in the upstairs outdoor area. Everyone enjoyed their meals/drinks/ambiance, people gazing & admiring the surrounding beautiful buildings.

Our delicious food choices are shown below. Go and enjoy, we did.

Photo of Quartino Ristorante - Chicago, IL, United States. Outside seating
outdoor seating
Linguine w/ Clams
Photo of Quartino Ristorante - Chicago, IL, United States. Limoncello (Lemon)
Limoncello – a special treat for the BD boy. It was delivered with a cut strawberry with a BD candle instead of a lemon.
Photo of Quartino Ristorante - Chicago, IL, United States. Salmon
Salmon
Photo of Quartino Ristorante - Chicago, IL, United States. Gnocchi 3.5/5
Gnocchi
Photo of Quartino Ristorante - Chicago, IL, United States. Pappardelle w/ spicy tomato sauce
Pappardelle al Sugo di Manzo
Photo of Quartino Ristorante - Chicago, IL, United States. Polenta Fries
Polenta Fries -we shared
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Chicago Botanical Gardens

1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, IL 60022 – chicagobotanic.org

Q-tips say: YES see it! Went with our Son & Daughter in Law and had a great time outside walking around, enjoying the sites. It is FREE but you have to pay for parking in their own parking lot. You must register on line to arrange for your time/visit. Required to follow C-119 regulations. No interactive exhibits or any other bldg. exits were open.

They were beginning to decorate for the Holiday Light Fest.

Photo of Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe, IL, United States. Lily pads next to the fountain
Photo of Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe, IL, United States. Your never alone
Photo of Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe, IL, United States. Love the botanic gardens!
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