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WHO ARE THE "ORIGINALS"?

It's been 20 years since the Sarasota-Manatee Originals was founded: a collaborative of independently owned and operated restaurants and culinary innovators committed to uniting the energies of local restaurants and celebrating the food and friendship that’s indigenous to our Gulf-coastal lifestyle. 

Today the “Originals” are over 60 restaurants strong and provide diners with unique local flavor from the north shore of Anna Maria Island down to the southern beaches of Venice and every neighborhood in between. 

By choosing to dine at an Originals restaurant you support the extraordinary efforts of these local restaurateurs who share a passion for dining excellence and commitment to the communities in which they work and live.  We thank you and encourage you to always “Eat Like a Local.”

Wine Down Wednesday
on ABC7 Suncoast View

Each week, a Chef from one of our Sarasota-Manatee Originals Member Restaurants is kickin' it up in the kitchen with the sassy Suncoast View hosts where the food's always wonderful and the company inspired.

Check out some our recent Wine Down Wednesday segments by clicking here

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Forks & Corks 2025

The 2025 Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival, celebrating its 18th year, will take place January 23-28, 2025. This premier Sarasota-Manatee event showcases delicious cuisine from local restaurants alongside esteemed international wines. Don't miss this opportunity to savor the best the Suncoast has to offer!