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“Restricted but interesting menu”
Review of Indigenous

Indigenous
Ranked #35 of 1,158 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 8 - USD 28
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Dining options: After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Focusing on sustainable seafood and local farms in a beautiful remodeled old Florida cracker cottage, with an amazing outdoor seating area. James Beard Best Chef South Semi Finalist Steve Phelps and his team are focused on creating a better food system.
Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

On the face of it this is an unpretentious restaurant to the extent that the sign outside it is to all intents and purposes illegible. We drove past it because from the outside it just looked like an ordinary house on the corner of the street.

This restaurant is undoubtedly popular – we came to it on the recommendation of others and we sat at the bar next to a couple from Las Vegas who were in town for a week and were already on their third visit! Perhaps it is for this reason that the management sees no need to accept reservations – it is a case of first come, first served, starting at 5:30 PM.

There are tables inside, tables outside and a small bar at which half a dozen people can be served their meals. There is a very extensive wine and beers list but the food menu is limited to half a dozen starters and half a dozen main courses.

We sampled a creamy mushroom bisque which was outstanding; definitely not out of a tin! A fish bake in a small earthenware dish was clearly straight out of the oven, covered in breadcrumbs and with just a little too much lemon juice, but otherwise very good.

For the main course I ordered a lemon grass shrimp dish which was a confection of very finely julienned raw vegetables which had a marvellous texture and flavour with the lemon grass subtly coming through permeated with a hint of coriander (cilantro). The cooked shrimp (well prepared prawns) was perched on top. My fiancée ordered a dish of baked fish which was the catch of the day garnished with risotto; the latter was the least successful element of the entire evening's dining and seemed an inappropriate accompaniment to an otherwise beautifully cooked piece of fish.

Purists may prefer not to read the next sentence: I am fond of draft (draught if you are British) beer in the right setting and after enquiring about the selection available I chose a milk stout. Although I was uncertain as to whether this was a dangerous gamble it turned out to be delicious and I ordered a second glass.

The meal did not come particularly cheaply and if we had ordered wine it would have been considerably more than the $120 which we had to pay after adding on a tip.

Thank Dilemo
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

In a rustic and charming environment, whether you sit inside or outside you will have a spectacular meal. The brilliant chef specializes in focusing on proteins that are either raised in a morally defensible way or that haven't yet found an appreciative audience. Most of it is local and - yes - indigenous. My wife and I split the parmesan beignets - which are extraordinary. Then, we each had a fish dish - and each was distinctive and satisfying. For dessert, we split some terrific ice-cream. The service was charming and available without being invasive. It's not a cookie-cutter place that delivers unchallenging and drab food. It was our third time that we've been there and hardly the last. (We don't live nearby or we'd camp out there.)

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Thank Bruce R
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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Had a lovely meal. seated on the front porch in a quaint neighborhood. Started with Mushroom bisque which was fantastic, also had the pork belly which was fair, but a superb mole sauce saved it. Our main courses were the hook/fork which tonight was sword fish over a lovely bead of fresh unique veggies, and the cauliflower Chile, yes cauliflower chile. I am a meat eater and did not really notice there was no meat. we finished with the ginger date bar. Yum, yum.

They also have a really good wine list by glass and better list of bottles,

1  Thank bert f
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

This restaurant has really unique and imaginative menu items. I had the short ribs, super tender and tasty. Others had the swordfish and thought it was great. Staff was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. Good wine selection.

Thank e1949
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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

We had not been to Sarasota and Indiginous for a few years. When we could not get a table for Saturday night, we extended our visit until Tuesday when they would again be open.

The wait was worth it. Their mushroom bisque is the best anywhere. We had their house pickled peppers, crudo and a Vietnamese style shrimp salad followed by a grapefruit sorbet. All unique in their own way and delicious.

Thank RichR
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