Stop in for a healthy lunch

With New Year’s resolutions just around the corner, finding affordable and healthy lunch spots can be a challenge.

This New Year, I recommend Jpan Sushi & Grill a favorite healthy lunch spot that helps keep you thin and your wallet thick. Serving Sarasota for 10 years and now in two locations, 3800 S. Tamiami Trail and 229 N. Cattlemen Road, the owners have created a fantastic dining experience for any sushi lover.

Both restaurants offer a great atmosphere complete with outdoor seating. The sushi lunch special is off the hook, tasty, fresh, colorful and comes with the option for either miso soup or a ginger salad under $10.

If sushi is not your thing, no problem.

Be sure to try the Korean tacos special (not on the menu). It’s an exciting combination of spicy Korean pork, onions, radishes, and cilantro; perfectly presented on a soft tortilla.

Jpan also offers delicious tempura rice bowls. Choose from the creative combinations of protein and fresh vegetables, fried in a light, crispy batter over sticky rice, accompanied by delicious sweet soy for dipping.

Check it out! Jpan will have you licking your chopsticks.

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Sarasota Magazine Best of 2019

Winners will be announced in the May 2019 issue of Sarasota MagazineEnter by January 15, 2019 and be automatically entered to win gift cards to your favorite shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. The grand prize winner will receive two tickets to the Best of Sarasota & Sarasota Magazine 40thAnniversary celebration, April 29, 2019 at Bayside at the Van Wezel.

Winners will be announced on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.



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Michael’s On East, Sarasota, was recently recognized as one of Florida’s best places to dine as a member of Florida Trend’s 2018 Golden Spoon Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame members appear in the Golden Spoon special section in the December issue of Florida Trend magazine. “The ‘Golden Spoon’ is such an honor for our team receive each year,” explained Michael’s On East Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber. “We truly value this Florida Trend award and remain focused on ensuring every single guest’s dining experience is worthy of the ‘Hall of Fame’ distinction. We believe our commitment to consistency, the dedication of our professional team and basic guiding principle to run the entire operation from our guests’ perspective have been the secrets to earning this type of special distinction within the competitive restaurant industry.”

For over 50 years, Florida Trend has provided readers with a guide to the state’s finest restaurants, celebrating the diversity of dining opportunities from coast to coast. These offerings range from the treasured institutions in the Hall of Fame to trendy newcomers making their debuts. The Golden Spoon awards recognize individual achievement and distinctive contributions to the Florida restaurant scene. “Dining out is a major activity for Florida citizens and our more than 110 million annual visitors,” says Florida Trend Publisher, Andy Corty. “We are pleased to recognize the leaders.”

For a complete searchable list of the Golden Spoon award winners organized by region, go to


About Michael’s On East

Michael’s On East was founded on April 27, 1987. Located at 1212 East Avenue South in Midtown Plaza, the iconic restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, open for dinner 6 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, with the exception of Easter and Mother’s Day each year. The establishment is the winner of the 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame and Sarasota’s only AAA Four-Diamond Award, having received its 29th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2018. Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. Michael’s On East Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling galas for 1,000. Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines including more than 200 wines under $20, boutique spirits and craft beers. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 941-366-0007 or visit


About Florida Trend 

Florida Trend is an award-winning business magazine read by 250,000 senior business executives, civic leaders and government officials each month. Delivered via print, tablet, mobile and e-mail newsletter, Florida Trend covers business news, executives, industry analysis, regional news round-ups and executive lifestyle. Special features focus on travel, restaurants, innovation, research and technology, personal finance, law and small business. attracts 115,000 unique visitors. Daily e-newsletter reaches 47,000 subscribers.  For more information, please visit

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