The signature Fresh Catch at Duval’s is about as Gulf Coast as it gets.
At the revamped downtown Sarasota eatery, more than 40 varieties of fish from area waters are served annually, and patrons feel the satisfaction of knowing the origins of their seafood.
“When you dine here, you can be confident that there is always an outstanding piece of fresh fish available that was filleted in-house that day,” says Duval’s co-owner Josh Halbrucker, who has worked in the restaurant industry since age 15. “My favorite is the hognose snapper. The chef will typically do a very simple preparation of fresh, seasonal, sautéed vegetables and a light white wine butter sauce to complement the delicious, delicate sweetness of the hognose.”
This concept is precisely what makes Duval’s an “Original.” Halbrucker’s business partner, Nils Tarantik, is also the executive chef and “magic maker” in the kitchen. Together, they created the coastal chic concept that Main Street craved.
“Nils uses only the finest and freshest ingredients that he sources from local fisherman and farmers,” Halbrucker says. “We are the only restaurant in Sarasota that focuses on fresh local seafood.”
Lunch regulars return for the N’Awlins Style Po’ Boy with flash-fried seafood, napa cabbage, rajun- cajun remoulade and roma tomatoes on a fresh-baked baguette. Dinner is all about the fish filets. And the new full bar offers nautical cocktails to match the catches.
“As we tell our guests at the restaurant, ‘The only knife that touches the fish before yours is the chef’s,’” Halbrucker says. “Producing stunning, sophisticated seafood while working with high-quality shellfish and fresh fish is my passion.”
Duval’s: 1435 Main Street | Sarasota | 941-312-4001 | www.duvalsfreshlocalseafood.com
Author: Abby Weingarten