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FOOD & DRINKat & Drink: Foot Stompin’ Eats

By Rick Dakan


There are a lot of advantages to living in a tourist town. Yeah, yeah, we all complain about the traffic, but in addition to all the economic benefit stuff there’s a more tangible benefit: way more entertainment and dining options than most cities of our size. Sarasota is swimming in live music, especially in the more touristy areas, and there are also a ton of terrific venues with great food and great bands.

The Blue Rooster was designed from inception as a music venue, and the restaurant’s event calendar is packed with live acts every night they’re open. The southern cuisine inspired menu reflects the rock, blues, jazz, and gospel acts that fill the space to the rafters with music. There’s a hearty gumbo and Brunswick stew for the spoon-fed inclined, and for the knife and fork crowd there’s fried chicken & waffle, and cornmeal coated catfish with collard greens (why would I order anything else?). Regular acts at The Blue Rooster include some well-established Sarasota favorites. The Al Fuller Band takes over every Wednesday evening for their boisterous Blues Jam. Local Grateful Dead tribute band Ship of Fools are also frequent performers, bringing their full panoply of Dead head favorites and deep cuts to the stage.

For a truly inspiring and filling entertainment extravaganza, you have to wait for Sunday and you better make reservations. The Blue Rooster’s Sunday Gospel Brunch is an experience not to be missed. It features Truality, a tremendous, award-winning gospel band under the music direction of Dennis Clove, who started the group with some members of his church’s choir. Their uplifting, family-friendly gospel music accompanies a feast of brunch buffet goodness: biscuits and gravy, waffles, eggs, bacon, fried chicken, catfish, Brunswick stew, fried green tomatoes, and more and more. Held every Sunday from 11:15 AM to 2:00 PM, it costs $24.95 for adults, $12 for kids 6 to 12, and children under 6 eat free.