Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Café L'Europe: Christmas Dinner on St Armands

Celebrating almost 40 years as one of St. Armand's more elegant and relaxing restaurants, Café L'Europe continues to be a charming and popular culinary destination for many along Florida's sunny Sarasota coast. Established in 1973 in John Ringling's original real estate office, which was the oldest building on St Armand's, Café L'Europe is one of the best seats on the 'Circle'. Having built its reputation on continental cuisine, Café L'Europe strikes a balance between the traditional and innovative, with some popular menu items that have been served since the restaurant first opened. Some of the dishes are even prepared table-side, adding an old world elegance and time honoured drama to the delight of many of the restaurant's rapacious regulars. The restaurant's charming original brick walls enhanced with featured artwork from the Café Collection, fresh flowers, stained glass and Spanish terra cotta tiles provide a warm, relaxing old-world ambiance, with an attractive outdoor terrace for long languorous lunches after shopping on St Armand's Circle. Each Christmas, they also feature a full seasonal menu such as Roast Turkey and Prime Rib of Beef with all of the traditional yuletide accompaniments. For many along Longboat Key, that means less time in the kitchen, more to spend with family, and of course no washing up!

Gulf Shrimp Cocktail with fresh Lemon and Cocktail Sauce

Gulf Oysters Rockefeller topped with spinach, bacon, onion, hint of pernod and hollandaise

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French Onion Soup Gratinée served in a whole onion

Buffalo Mozarella Salad with fresh mozzarella, sliced vine-ripe tomatoes, fresh baby greens and house-made balsamic dressing

Prime Rib of Beef with Yorkshire Pudding, Potatoes Dauphinoise, asparagus and sweet potatoes

Roast Turkey with stuffing, whipped mashed potato, green beans and gravy

Southern Pecan Pie with whipped cream