Crows Nest

Every year Crow's Nest starts the season off right...

with STONE CRABS of course!

The fishing of stone crab is unique because only the claws are harvested; the crab is released back into the water and can grow new claws.

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Legally-sized claws are at least 2.75 inches long, measured from the tips of the

immovable finger to the first joint.

Stone Crab Claws are a Florida treat and available October until May.

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As the Sarasota-Manatee culinary scene sets the bar ever-higher for quality, creativity, and passion, its libationary counterpart follows right behind. This area’s finest cocktail programs share key characteristics: They’re attuned to their establishments’ kitchens, drawing inspiration from fresh, seasonal ingredients. Their engineers run with creative freedom to not just mix, but construct drinks that elevate premium ingredients and achieve masterfully balanced flavor profiles. Most importantly, they expand patrons’ horizons with cocktails that are approachable while they defy expectations and reward exploration outside one’s comfort zone. Whether you’re crazy for the craft movement or you like to keep it vodka-soda simple, consider the following Originals’ cocktail menus “required reading.”

 The Waterfront Restaurant

By 2015, The Waterfront Restaurant had made a name for itself as a pioneer in all things sustainable and locally-sourced. However, owner Jason Suzor felt that Anna Maria Island was still missing something, and that something was a true craft bar. Suzor embarked on a week-long “bar safari” in Manhattan: He observed mixologists shaking up classic recipes and studied how some of the country’s top restaurateurs designed and appointed their bars. Then he brought all that inspiration back to the island to build a speakeasy from scratch.


“I was really afraid of failing,” Suzor admits, recalling the process of training up staff who, until that point, had never mixed, shaken, or stirred. Thankfully (but perhaps not surprisingly), the restaurant’s recipe for success worked just as well in its expanded bar. That from-scratch ethic sheds wholly new light on drinks you might consider old hat. Order The Waterfront G&T, for instance, and everyone nearby will start clamoring for their own glass of “that gorgeous sangria.” Ophir gin poured over a seasonal fruit salad and whole juniper berries, topped with Fever Tree tonic and garnished with a spike of rosemary, looks almost too pretty to drink; the good news is that it gets better (and better, and better) the longer you sit and savor each sip.



State Street Eating House + Cocktails
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Where The Waterfront’s drink menu stays relatively stable, State Street Eating House + Cocktails operates like a laboratory serving up weekly experiments.

“We have our menus, but that's just the beginning," says co-owner Chris Voelker of her establishment’s cocktail program. When it comes to the art and craft of drink, lead bartender Topher Nalefski embodies encyclopedic knowledge, which he passes on to his bar team. State Street’s is one of those rare bars you might approach and say “surprise me” without making your ‘tender choke, either in fright or rancor. That said, you’ll assuredly do well to order on-menu either from the current season’s collection or the latest concoction off the chalkboard, which serves as an expressive canvas for State Street’s bartenders. Or, when the lounge gets packed, you might tap into State Street’s newest experiment: barrel-aged cocktails. By blending and mellowing spirit-forward recipes in charred, American white oak barrels, Nalefski and crew serve cocktails with up to eight elements during the peak of happy hour without breaking

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Best Of 2019

It is back for another year of the "Best of"!

Provided below is the links to vote for the Best of 2019 for Sarasota Magazine, SRQ Magazine and Herald Tribune!

Do not miss this opportunity to vote your favorites!

Sarasota Magazine 

It's time to vote for the Best of Sarasota 2019! Share your picks for the best dining, shopping, arts and entertainment, goods, services and more—the winners will be featured in the readers' poll in their May 2019 issue.

Voting ends January 15th!

Please note: In order for your ballot to be counted, you must fill out AT LEAST 20 CATEGORIES.

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Vote Here!

 SRQ Magazine

The 11th Annual Best of SRQ Local Readers' Compertiton is back for another round!

Place your vote for your local favorites!

Voting ends February 11th!


Vote Here!

 Herald Tribune

Voice Your Choice!

Vote for your favorite local businesses and you could win a $500 gift card!

Voting ends December 2!

At least 25 categories must be filled out to be eligible for the Herald-Tribune Readers' Choice drawing.


Vote Here!





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Looking for the perfect gift? Mattison’s gift cards are good at all of their locations and available in both plastic and digital options!

Originals November Newsletter

Plastic gift cards are always available for purchase at any of the Mattison’s locations. If you would like them to mail you a plastic card, you can also purchase it in the Mattison’s ecommerce store by clicking here.

If you need your gift card immediately, they also offer digital gift cards. Their digital cards can be instantly purchased online, printed, or emailed to a gift recipient. To purchase a digital eGift card, please click here.

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