A tried-and-true family-run restaurant, The Oasis Café in Sarasota is always reinventing its menu and magnetizing new regulars.
Chef/owner Jim Palermo; his wife, Melissa; and their daughter, Ashley, operate the breakfast and lunch hotspot, which is known for its rotating specials du jour. Everything from the Bear Creek Pancakes and the Incredible Potatoes to the raisin bread French toast, Reuben sandwiches and inventive wraps, keep diners enticed and satisfied. Jim Palermo, a veteran restaurateur, has recipes that wow and a formula that works.
“Being the creator of two other breakfast and lunch restaurants here in Sarasota (the original Broken Egg and the Serving Spoon), and seeing them grow to multiple locations with new owners, tells me our process and concepts were very much locally grown,” says Jim Palermo, whose Oasis started in 2004.
Speaking of locally grown goodness, Palermo buys his buttermilk from Dakin Dairy Farms to use in pancakes, muffins and biscuits. His refrigeration work is done by a small one-man Sarasota operation that has been taking care of his equipment since 1985. Jim Palermo believes it is of paramount importance to use local services as well as serve local food. Being part of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals helps him promote community-based businesses.
“Being part of an organization, whether large or small brings a sense of belonging, of feeling like someone is in your corner and knowing you are not alone,” Jim Palermo says. “It also brings a sense of power and knowledge. The Originals have truly moved us into another level of exposure.”
The Oasis Café | 3542 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota | 941-957-1214 | theoasiscafe.net
Author: Abby Weingarten