It’s not difficult to find a seafood restaurant in the Gulf Coast area: you could toss out a fishing line and hit a dozen places that serve up delicious fresh Florida catch. But in order to find the best of our local seafood showcased alongside authentic New England seafood, you must visit The Lobster Pot restaurant in Siesta Key.
The Lobster Pot celebrated its fifteenth anniversary this month, but its story begins long before then. Glen Medeiros’ parents owned and operated a restaurant also called The Lobster Pot in Provincetown, Massachusetts. They started their business in 1939 and ran it until they retired in 1979. Medeiros, who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New Haven, Connecticut in 1968, was determined to keep the family tradition alive.
“My passion was to open a restaurant like my parents, and now my two sons and I manage the restaurant with my wife up front as a hostess,” Medeiros says. “I also have my two daughters-in-law working for us now. We are a proud third-generation family owning and operating our business.”
Medeiros’ vision was always to own a seafood restaurant, but to give the genre its own distinct twist by serving well-loved family recipes as well as more modern takes on seafood using the freshest local product available. They purchase fresh fish daily from local fisherman, and their lobsters are delivered live straight from Bar Harbor and Boothbay in Maine.
Doing fresh takes on classic dishes has served them well: the signature baked stuffed Lobster Duchess, The Seafood Portugal, and the Salmon Rockefeller have all been award-winning dishes at “The Taste of Sarasota” competition.
However, the real secret ingredient behind the success and longevity at The Lobster Pot is clearly family.
“I collaborate with the chefs and family to work as a team. They all have had culinary experience to create fresh wholesome daily specials.”
This collaborative effort is on display in the front of the house too, as the whole family dedicates themselves to their goal of providing excellent customer service.
“The best compliment we have ever received is we are extraordinary in food quality and service,” Medeiros says. “When we hear compliments from our guests we know we're doing something right.”
The Lobster Pot: 5157 Ocean Boulevard | Siesta Key Village | 941-349-2323 | www.sarasotalobsterpot.com
Author: Kate Wight