Nestled away in the Centre Shops on Longboat Key, The Lazy Lobster has been a popular favourite for Sarasotans since 2009, when co-owners Michael Garey, former manager of Café L’Europe, and Bob Fracalossy, former chef at Café L’Europe and Café on the Bay, took over the space and launched their new restaurant. Decorated with nautical accents and tropical Floridean flair, the outdoor garden terrace is a special treat on warms days, surrounded with beautiful towering palm tress which were still standing after Hurricane Irma, but with one great casualty — the stately palm in the outdoor courtyard came crashing down. With great tenacity and a commitment to bring the garden mack to its former glory, the Lazy Lobster was back up and looking fabulous within weeks. With a great menu, there's a lobster dish for everyone, including retro favourites such as Lobster Thermadore, with mushrooms and sherry in a cream sauce, Lobster Newberg in a rich lobster brandy sauce and crowned with hot, golden puff pastry, and Lobster Mac & Cheese with fresh steamed lobster meat, macaroni, white cheese sauce topped with toasted crumbs and truffle oil. Other sensational seafood dishes include Lobster Tacos, Lobster Pasta a la Vodka with Maine lobster, asparagus, peas, fresh basil with vodka sauce over mushroom ravioli, or my favourite Maine Roll with fresh steamed Boothbay Harbour Maine lobster, in a light lemony dressing and crisp romaine on a grilled split buttered roll and served with warm freshly made potato chips, which are delicious but completely addictive.
The outdoor garden patio is a real treat on a lovely warm afternoon surrounded with a great stand of palm trees and flowering shrubs, which look great even after Hurricane Irma
Photograph taken of the devastation after Hurricane Irma
Surrounded with ferns and natural plantings, the fountain adds a tranquil quality to the patio,
that looks fabulous after being restored after the hurricane
Yuengling Lager from America's oldest brewery
Unsweetened Iced Tea with lemon and lots of ice - perfect!
Hot rolls fresh from the oven
Lazy Lobster's Lobster Bisque
Lobster Mac & Cheese with fresh steamed lobster meat, macaroni, white cheese sauce topped with toasted crumbs and truffle oil
Maine Roll with fresh steamed Boothbay Harbour Maine lobster in a light lemony dressing and crisp shredded romaine on a grilled split buttered roll and served with warm freshly made potato chips
Full to bursting with large pieces of fresh lobster, the Lazy Lobster Maine Roll is hard to resist