What is it? Located in a cottage in downtown Sarasota, Indigenous is an intimate fine-dining experience, serving locally sourced seafood and meats with a menu supported by regional ingredients.
Why go? Chef and owner Stephen Phelps has done a lot with the little downtown location, earning him two James Beard nominations for best chef in the south in 2014 and 2015. Among the standout dishes, you’ll find are sturgeon from the local Mote Marine Aquarium and an absolutely ungodly Cincinnati-Style cauliflower chili.
If you’ve ever visited Sarasota, you’d be forgiven for thinking the best restaurants in this city only serve seafood. After all, every establishment seems to offer a catch of the day and most streets are populated by at least one beach-themed restaurant blaring Jimmy Buffett through outdoor speakers. But, of course, you’d also be wrong. Sure, Sarasota locals and snow birds love their fresh fish, but the city’s best meals are served by chefs who look seaward and inland, sourcing their ingredients locally from nets as well as nearby farms. When in Sarasota, add these top restaurants to your list of things to do.