New items include seared cauliflower and Szechuan noodles, with optional seafood upgrades.
When you walk into 1812 Osprey you are greeted with a warm welcome. Even though the restaurant is only in its second year, there’s a sense of inviting familiarity, almost as if you’ve been going there for years. The Palermo family are no strangers to the neighborhood, and to the Sarasota community.
Jim and Melissa Palermo opened The Original Egg on Siesta Key in the early 1980s and ran it for nearly a decade before starting their first venture in Southside Village in the early 1990s with The Serving Spoon on Osprey Avenue. They ran that restaurant for several years before relocating to Vermont to be closer to family.
A few years later they returned to Sarasota and opened Oasis Café & Bakery, a breakfast and lunch staple which they still operate. Fast forward to 2017 when the space that is now 1812 Osprey became available. The family returned to their Southside Village neighborhood and opened the bistro offering lunch and dinner. The eclectic menu serves New American, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean cuisines. Middle Eastern influences serve as an homage to former nearby neighbors on Hillview, Ashwin Shukla and Denise May, owners of what was Chutney’s Etc., who retired after serving the community for 30 years.
1812 is definitely a family affair with a passion for food and genuine hospitality running in the owners’ blood. Jim is the chief cook, Melissa bakes all of the desserts for both restaurants, and both she and daughter Ashley help run the front-of-the-house operations at the Oasis Café & Bakery. Their son Adam is a staple at 1812 Osprey greeting guests, serving, and cooking. Their other son, Edward, was very much a part of getting the restaurant ready—laying tile and helping out in other ways—although his passion is on the water and he serves as a sea captain on the East Coast.
Adam also pays a very active role in the beverage program, working only with local breweries within a 60-mile radius for the rotating tap beer selections. Wines are thoughtfully hand-picked, most from family-owned wineries, with a special blackboard boutique selection of small-production beauties. The list includes wineries with local ties including Porter Family Vineyards and 2880 Wines.
There are daily lunch and dinner specials and menu standouts include Cauliflower Dukkah, a Moroccan dish made with North African spices; Fig and Arugula Salad dressed with house-made port vinaigrette; and 1812 Bacon and Eggs, hard-cooked eggs served with crispy pancetta, ancho chili, Dijon mustard, and mayo.
“Under the radar, we have the best burger in town,” Adam assures. Three meats—brisket, chuck steak, and short ribs—are seasoned with a locally made spice blend. There’s also a delicious veggie burger made with roasted vegetables and quinoa.
There are loyal customers who keep coming back for more; some are long-time Oasis Café patrons. Recently, someone came in three times in one day: the Oasis for breakfast, a work lunch at 1812 Osprey, and then again
Here at AMOB, we are dedicated to giving back. This month, we are teaming up for our 10th year with our awesome friends at PACE Center for Girls. PACE is a nationally recognized, research-based, non-residential program model that features a balanced emphasis on academics and social services, with a focus on the future for middle and high-school aged girls and young women. PACE believes that every girl, no matter what her life circumstances are or have been, deserves an opportunity for a better future...and so do we!
Throughout the month of April, stop by any of our locations and "adopt" a duck...or 10! By "adopting" a duck, you essentially are purchasing a raffle ticket... each of the ducks are numbered and assigned to a supporter like you! On May 11th, there will be a "Lucky Ducky Race" where all of the ducks purchased will race down the river at Caddy's at the Pointe for a chance to win a Jeep Wrangler (2 Year-Lease or $6,000) sponsored by Firkins Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram! 2nd prize is always the favorite though...(wins) a weekly dinner for two at any AMOB for a YEAR!
Adopt A Duck: Ducks are sold individually, in quack packs of 5, or in flocks of 100! For each quack pack you purchase, AMOB will throw in a FREE margarita as our way of saying thank you for supporting PACE.
1 Duck - $5 - Adopting a single duck provides a girl with the essential supplies she needs to be successful academically.
5 Ducks - $20 - Many girls make the choice every day to rude three buses in order to come to PACE. $20 provides a 1 month Student Pass for the MCAT Bus.
30 Ducks - $100 - Girls come to PACE when they are unsuccessful in Public School. Counselors help them find out why. $100 provides a girl and her family with initial counseling and goal setting, creating hope for her future.
Note: Available at all 4 locations.
Attend the lively Blues Brunch at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille, Downtown Bradenton. Listen to authentic blues played live by local blues musicians as well as legends like Bryan Lee, who make this the place to be for live music and a delicious brunch. Mattison’s brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday with live blues on the 4th Saturday of the month 11: 00 am – 3:00 pm. Mattison’s serves, brunch, lunch and dinner and offers a full bar and al fresco dining on the beautiful Bradenton Riverwalk.
Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille is located at 101 Riverfront Blvd. next to the Courtyard Marriot.