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Columbia Restaurant, Sarasota

Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota, Florida
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Columbia Restaurant
411 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, FL 34236Map
Located in Lido Key
Cuisine: Spanish
AOL Travel Editor’s Review

This is the Sarasota branch of the famous Ybor City eatery and it’s located on fashionable St. Armands Circle. The Spanish menu is authentic, but also includes some of the Gonzmart-Hernandez family’s own recipes. Recommending a single dish is difficult, but the house 1905 Salad (named for the year the original Columbia opened) is a must. It’s constructed tableside and served with a house-made dressing. The entreés run the gamut of Cuban and Spanish favorites; there are three kinds of paella alone. Snapper Adelita (grilled snapper topped with hearts of palm, artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and onions) is one of the signature dishes, but it’s difficult for us to order anything other than the bistec palomilla (thin-cut steak grilled and topped with onion, parsley and lime juice) or, especially, the boliche (eye round stuffed with chorizo).

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