Sunday, March 17, 2013

Detwiler’s Farm Market, Sarasota, Florida

One place we enjoy food shopping for produce and deli is Detwiler’s, another Mennonite owned (remember Yoder’s?) establishment in the area. We’ve never been thrilled with the produce at our local Publix (the food stores in the area) and Detwiler’s always has an abundance of good produce, reasonably priced. They also have nitrate-free deli – the real stuff, not the pressed-loaf stuff, so we stop by every once and again as part of our shopping. This is definitely a place to go when in the area, if fresh produce and good deli is important to you. Enjoy!
Easy and affordable - no matter where you are! 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

J.R.’s Old Packinghouse Café, Sarasota, Florida

J.R.’s Old Packinghouse Café is a nearby restaurant where many locals go, so we thought we’d give it a try. A bit of a dive, no doubt. We arrived right at the restaurant opening for the day, 11am, hungry for lunch. There was plenty of staff, all friendly, and we ordered a Fish Reuben for Brad and the special-of-the-day chicken pot pie for Suzanne. A long time later, the meal finally arrived. Considering we were the only customers, we’re not sure why the meals took so long. Given that, the food was very good – Brad enjoyed his first-ever Fish Reuben and the chicken pot pie had huge pieces of chicken and a lovely crust. Along with two iced teas, the bill was $30, including tip. A bit expensive for a Sarasota local eatery, in our opinion, and the service could have been better, but potions were generous and food good. Will we go again, nah……probably not, but glad we tried it once.
Easy and affordable - no matter where you are! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Yoder’s Restaurant, Sarasota, Florida

Somewhat surprisingly, there is a large Mennonite population in Sarasota and  one very well know place to eat is Yoder’s Restaurant ~ we’ve heard great reviews and stopped by today for lunch.
We arrived around 11:30am and there was quite the line – we waited about a half-hour to be seated. Brad had the fried chicken special, Suzanne a sandwich with homemade potato chips. Both – great! The staff and customers were a mix of Mennonite and non-Mennonite, and everyone was friendly and courteous. Yoder’s is known for its pie, but we were too full, so we have plans to go back!

Along with the restaurant, Yoder’s has an “Amish Village” (yes, that’s what it’s called even though the village is owned by Mennonites) which consists of a fresh market, produce stand and gift shop. We drove around the area a bit and it was a very much a Mennonite village -  many people riding tricycles, men with long beards/no mustaches, and women with bonnets and long dark dresses. 

This is definitely a place to visit when in the area, and to reiterate, yes, we’ll be back for pie! 
Easy and affordable - no matter where you are! 

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