Archive for August, 2014

Ophelia’s On The Bay

IBE members have the privilege of dining at one of the Gulf Coast’s finest restaurant’s, Ophelia’ On The Bay.  Located at 9105 Midnight Pass Road on Siesta Key,  this awesome restaurant gives you breathtaking views of Little Sarasota Bay.  Dining at Ophelia’s is special and is not to be missed!

When dining at Ophelia’s you will be surrounded by tropical vegetation, wonderful views, gorgeous birds, and you might even see a dolphin swimming by.  While enjoying the views, you will be treated to grand American cuisine where there is a taste for every palette.

Every IBE member should take advantage of the opportunity to dine at Ophelia’s.  And, even better, you can enjoy this world renowned restaurant by using your IBE dollars Little Sarasota Bayto purchase script.  Special occasion?  Birthday, Engagement Party?  A private dinner for two?  Ophelia’s On The Bay is the place to impress.  Their Sunday Brunch is the perfect place to bring friends and family.

I have had the opportunity to dine at Ophelia’s several times.   My dining experience is always phenomenal.  Delicious cuisine, fabulous and friendly staff…..a perfect dining experience every time.

Contact the IBE office today to purchase your scrip.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to dine at Ophelia’s On the Bay, do it soon.  It will be an event that you will never forget.  Visit Ophelia’s Website!

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Duff’s Original Buffet

IBE members, if you’re looking for a restaurant with a warm family atmosphere, and well-cooked meals with extreme variety, look no further.  Duff’s Original Buffet in Bradenton is a family restaurant that is comfortable and inviting.  The variety of freshly cooked food is incredible.  Duff’s is a sure bet when you want a restaurant that will satisfy everyone’s cravings, from carved ham and turkey, to salads, to scrumptious desserts.

In fact, you can get an excellent idea of what’s available by logging onto Duff’s Buffet website: , and feasting your eyes on the selection, as well as finding out how Duff’s started their Bradenton buffet location.

Duff’s is the largest buffet of its type in the Bradenton/Sarasota area, and beyond. You won’t find that food sits around for hours and dries up or sits in grease and becomes undesirable. At this buffet restaurant the food is always fresh.  The crowd is steady at Duff’s Buffet and keeps the food from sitting too long.  When you’re heading out to Duff’s Buffet you can rely on the fact that your meal will be fresh, every time.

If you’re coming to Duff’s Buffet and want to get the full flavor of the large selection, learn to pace yourself so you’ll be able to taste a lot of different Dessert Bradenton Floridafoods.  The salad and fruit bar are excellent choices for those folks who are watching their diets.  Duff’s Buffet features daily Mexican and Italian cuisine, and individually carved roast beef, turkey, and ham.  You’ll find fried chicken as well as fish, shrimp, macaroni and cheese, collard greens and black-eyed peas.  Add that to a salad bar stocked with every salad fixings’ you can imagine, and a dozen choices of salad dressings and you’ve got the perfect meal. For dessert can delight in a variety of pies, cakes, pineapple upside down cake, brownies, cookies, soft ice cream and regular ice cream.

It’s best to take a look around at each buffet station before making your choices.  Then you will become familiar with where your favorite dishes are.  Your waitress will bring your drink choices and take away any used dishes so you can go back up to the buffet tables for more.  Duff’s Buffet is a great family restaurant and the kind of place that is easy to take your whole family to. If you log onto their website you will find a money-saving coupon that makes it easier to bring the whole family.

Duff’s Buffet has an important goal: to present their customers with a sparkling clean restaurant with the food bars being constantly restocked so that you are always getting fresh entrees, salads and desserts and not food that has been sitting for hours in the warming tins. They have a friendly, upbeat staff of servers who will  help you to enjoy your Duff’s experience in any way they can, 7 days a week!  Duff’s Buffet wants you to know that we can accommodate your next party or business meeting in one of our alternate dining rooms.  . .
Duff’s Buffet is open Sunday – Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m…  After the brunch the restaurant is open till 8 p.m.  Whether you’re just passing through or you’re a regular patron, we welcome you to Duff’s.

6010 14th St. West
Bradenton, Fl.  34207

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Primo Ristorante

IBE members are privileged to have one of the best Italian restaurants in Sarasota as part of the IBE family. Primo Ristorante located at 8076 N. Tamiami Trail is a gem. Open 7 days a week at 4 pm, this is the restaurant to bring your family, or just a quiet dinner with your favorite guy or gal!  Host and owner, Maurizio Colucci will be there to greet you and make sure you feel right at home. His long time manager, Afaf loves to welcome IBE members. Going to Primo is like going back to Italy! Maurizio loves to gab & loves all of the ladies!!

Maurzio Colucci

You will love their “wood burning” oven Pizza…..the first in the area. Their homemade mouth watering dishes are a true delight. From veal or chicken parmesan, to fresh seafood or homemade pasta, as an IBE member you owe it to yourself to visit Primo. Oh, don’t forget to save room for a homemade dessert!

I want to share a secret about Maurizio!  Not only is he a great guy, he is a fabulous chef.  On any given night he might disappear for awhile.  You will find him in the kitchen cooking up something very special that he brings out to share with the patrons at the bar.  He loves to create a special pizza that is baked to perfection in the wood burning oven…….and I love to watch him create something on the small stove at the bar.  That special frying pan that he uses produces an aroma and flavor that will make your mouth water!

Having a party? Primo’s has a great catering facility that will accommodate up to 95 guests.  Recently, Primo hosted “Ladies Sing the Blues,” a fabulous charity that raises money for the needy in Sarasota.   Use your IBE dollars for a great party with the best Italian food in town. Visit the Primo website today at Call them at 941 359-3690. Scrip is available at the IBE office.

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Clayton’s Siesta Grille

IBE Barter is so blessed to have Clayton’s Siesta Grille and Clayton Thompson as a distinguished member of long standing.  The moment you step into Clayton’s dining room with its wonderful, welcoming bar, you know you are going to enjoy all the amenities and a superb meal.  The atmosphere is warm and friendly. Seating is diverse, depending upon the size of your party, and every effort is made to get you comfortably seated with the libation of your choice prepared to your liking.

All around the dining room and bar are signs and artwork that provide a very interesting view and amusement while you’re waiting for your appetizer or main course.  And the help is gracious.  We have had so much fun with our usual waiter that we’ve become fast friends.

Apparently this building has been through several metamorphoses.   Before Clayton was ready to completely refurbish and redesign it, it had housed a Clayton's Siesta GrilleMattison’s and a few other restaurants.  The building had fallen into such a state of disrepair that he basically had to start from scratch to create the wonderful ambience  and well-appointed restaurant you see now.

IBE Members, if you haven’t tried Clayton’s Siesta Grille yet, treat yourself to a freshly prepared meal, always presented in true artistic style, and never disappointing. The array of choices is undeniably mouth-watering.  I’ve personally enjoyed the Herb Marinated rack of New Zealand Lamb, the absolutely divine Seared Scallops, the wonderful Crispy Roasted Half Duck, and Beef Shortribs, served boneless.  The combination of Clayton’s calling to be an excellent host and accessible to his patrons, combined with Chef Dimitri’s finely tuned excellence in presentation, and his wonderful blending of spices, sauces and complimentary finishing touches, is just superb.

Always a testament to the Owner/Manager of any restaurant is the length of time and turnover of the staff.  Clayton has a marvelous staff that he hand picks from local high school kids and mentors them until he builds the best servers possible, and you can see they are happy to work there because most have been working at Clayton’s since it opened.  Clayton is a very down-to-earth guy. He can be seen walking around Sarasota shaking hands as he introduces himself and hands out free appetizer cards.  He’s not afraid of getting his hands dirty, so he’s right in there with everyone else, shirt-sleeves rolled up and working hard.  A major treat is when he stops at each table and asks how your meal is and sometimes actually sits down and offers up conversation and is excellent company. Clayton is a family man and his restaurant is a family restaurant atmosphere with an upscale edge, and dining there is equally comfortable whether you’re with friends or family.  It’s just a laid-back atmosphere that feels a bit like putting on your most comfortable slippers and kicking back with excellent food and drink.

Clayton’s also serves the best breakfasts and is also open for lunch.  A wonderful idea for a graduation party or summer get-together would be to have Clayton cater your affair.  He can handle any size group, so give Clayton’s a call and learn more about his catering business. You can get all the information about menus and hours of operation by logging onto their website:  “LIKE” Clayton’s on Facebook!  Reservations on holidays are always a good idea, so call 941-349-2800 to make them.  Clayton’s address is 1256 Old Stickney Point Road in Sarasota. Do something special for yourself – go get that “Clayton Experience!”

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Delicious Italian Pizzeria & Old World Bakery

IL Panificio is an  Italian pizzeria, bakery, market & deli that offers hot Italian dishes from Italian recipes.   The offer delicious appetizers, deli sandwiches, old world style bakery items and desserts.   They also have a Cappucino & Espresso Bar and serve beer and wine.

Let Them Cater Your Event!

Il Panificio provides catering for Weddings, Corporate Events, Pizza Parties, and Food Deliveries. Some of our catering dishes include: Baked Ziti, Italian Restaurant SarasotaLasagna, Chicken Parmigiana,  Manicotti & many more Italian dishes with a variety of Salads & Desserts.

IBE members can use IBE Scrip at all of their locations!  1703 Main Street and 6630 Gateway Avenue in Sarasota and 4191 Tamiami Trail South in Venice.

If you have never been to IL Panificio, you are in for a real treat.  They have been members of the International Barter Exchange for a very long time.  Bring the family….you will find IL Panificio to be a very special treat!  Visit their website at  Enjoy!

Italian Market Sarasota Bradenton Venice Florida

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Riverhouse Reef & Grill

IBE Barter is proud to introduce you to one of its popular members, The Riverhouse Reef & Grill, located at 995 Riverside Drive in Palmetto, Fl.  A wonderfully beautiful setting gives you water views with boats and watercraft docked along the lazy coast.  The Riverhouse Reef and Grill is a laid-back blend of casual and elegant.  The waterfront dining room is enclosed but facing the great Manatee River view, while outside, dockside seating provides a riverside view of manatees and dolphins with a backdrop of impressive yachts at the Regatta Pointe Marine.

You can count on the Riverhouse Reef and Grill to provide you with the freshest seafood as well as Angus Steaks and burgers.  They love to put a new interpretation on old favorites like Lobster Pot Pie, Cajun Crawfish Cheeseburgers and Fish Tacos.  Happy Hour is every day from 3 pm to 7 pm, featuring a full array of appetizers and your favorite beer, wine, and cocktails.

Fine Dining Sarasota Bradenton FloridaThe Riverhouse Reef & Grill’s Sunday Brunch is famous for its delicious fare, cooking up the traditional brunch offerings and providing a regular menu as well.  Feast your imagination on Cheesy scrambled eggs, hickory smoked bacon, sausage, hash browns, pancakes, French toast, seasonal fresh fruit and more.  Also served are Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and champagne.

Those Mondays when your week is starting out in a frustrating way, come join the crowd at the bar as they celebrate Margarita Mondays at $3 a drink, and you can order your favorite appetizers and finger food as well.  If you log onto their website, at you will get all the information you  need.  It does not get any more spectacular than the Riverhouse on the historic Manatee River at Regatta Pointe Marina…where the very special views make memories of their own that will last forever.

Regatta Pointe Marina has many services and features that cater specifically to their residents including the ship store, which is a West Marine satellite location and membership In the Regatta Pointe Marina Yacht Club. The boaters enjoy deep waters and no bridges between our marina and the Tampa Bay or Gulf of Mexico. Problem-free living and a boating community that will exceed all of your needs is our goal.

The Riverhouse is a waterfront banquet facility located on the historic Manatee River at Regatta Pointe Marina in Palmetto, Florida. Built on an island and surrounded by a 350 slip resort marina, the Riverhouse offers a unique banquet facility with stunning views and breathtaking atmosphere. The facility can comfortably host a 250 seat single event inside, with open waterfront porches offering an additional opportunity for seating, wedding locations, or social events. The Riverhouse is available for daily, evening, or luncheon bookings.  Their hours are:   Sun-Thu 11:30am to 9pm   |   Fri-Sat 11:30am to 10 pm.  Plan your next gala or wedding, or any celebration where upscale service, food and ambiance is top-of-line. Call today and begin creating your wedding or family dinner (941) 729-0616.

Marina Sarasota Bradenton

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Florida Restaurant Pages

IBE Barter’s Member, Florida Restaurant pages, is a convenience provided by the company’s  research, coupons and a knowledge of Sarasota and its surrounding areas  about where to eat and find entertainment.  They are people who love living in Sarasota and want you to experience all the rewards of being in here.  They are also able to direct you to enjoy a diversified eating experience on a daily basis. The purpose of this directory is to help diners navigate through town, sampling all that area restaurants have to offer.

You will see that Restaurant Pages is the optimum guide to local dining for breakfast, lunch, dinner and more. The Restaurant Pages are a compact guide that fits in your purse or glove compartment.  It is the perfect traveling companion for diners on the go. It’s up to date, representing over 50 ethnic food groups, and presenting over 200 local eateries. You’re sure to find many good meals within these pages and great opportunities to find hot new spots.

Restaurant Coupons Sarasota FloridaIf you like to mix your dining experience up a bit and try something new, Restaurant Pages is for you.  It’s fun and exciting to try new types of food, so dig in and enjoy the offerings. Plus, carry Restaurant Pages in with you, and have management sign the contest page to win a free mini-vacation on Marco Island or some cash prizes. Restaurant Pages strive to be your go-to dining reference, and they appreciate all of your comments!  If you would like to be published in their magazine for your restaurant, café or music venue, their next printing is at the end of this year and it will include many more dining options for you to explore as well as local tourist attractions for seasonal visitors.

Until then, here are some guidelines to publishing your business in the Restaurant Pages publication:  Your full page ad will be posted in Florida Restaurant Pages online at  When you book your ad, they include you in their Crossword Puzzle Contest, the answer to which will be your restaurant name.  100’s of replies are submitted to each contest, but prizes are limited to the first 20 applicants.

Restauarants Reserve Your Space TodayThey have a yellow page format that works, without the heavy yellow page directory.  Just leave it in your glove compartment for the time you’re looking for a new place to eat.  How convenient!  Only Restaurants and Entertainment venues are advertised in their guide book, so you’re getting a targeted book filled with so much information and widely used by the Sarasota and Bradenton areas, as well as Anna Maria, Siesta Key and Venice.

You won’t believe the variety of valuable coupons available in this publication!  Mexican, Italian, Barbecue, Cafes and Wineries, Seafood Restaurants and fine dining.  There are pages of restaurants to choose from on Florida Restaurant Pages. Call Owner / Publisher Dave Deacy at 941-378-5353 for information about how to advertise your restaurant or entertainment business.  Mailing address is PO Box 22083  Sarasota, Fl, 34278, and their website address is

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El Warike Peruvian Cuisine

El Warike offers one of the best Peruvian Cuisines on the Gulf Coast of Florida. You can enjoy this wonderful dining experience in a cozy and inviting atmosphere. For over ten years their trained staff and talented chefs have dedicated themselves to providing you with a fun, relaxing, and delicious time. Their selection of Peruvian dishes includes traditional dishes, Cerviches, Peruvian Paellas and the traditional grilled specialties.

If you’ve never had Peruvian cuisine you are missing an amazing cuisine that has evolved from both local and immigrant traditions. The foods eaten today in Peruvian cuisine are the same recipes from ancient civilizations. Peruvian dishes have also inherited some of its roots from European, African and Asian influences. The country of Peru and its geography bring into play local seafood from the coast, tropical fruits from the jungle and grains and potatoes from the Andes.

Fine Dining Bradenton FloridaPeruvian cuisine reflects local practices and ingredients—including influences from the indigenous Inca and cuisines brought in with immigrants such as Spanish cuisineChinese cuisineItalian cuisineGerman cuisineJapanese cuisine and African influences. Without the familiar ingredients from their home countries, immigrants modified their traditional cuisines by using ingredients available in Peru. The three traditional staples of Peruvian cuisine are cornpotatoes, and chili peppers. Staples brought by the Spanish include ricewheat and meats (beef, pork and chicken). Many traditional foods—such as quinoakaniwa, some varieties of chili peppers, and several roots and tubers have increased in popularity in recent decades, reflecting a revival of interest in native Peruvian foods and culinary techniques.

Jorge CorzoJorge Corzo, owner and chef, migrated to the US 11 years ago with a dream of sharing the jewels of Peruvian Cuisine with Americans. The family has opened several restaurants since they have been in the US, such as El Tondero, Red, Peruvian Grill and El Warike. El Warike offers the best and most authentic Peruvian food and was the first Peruvian restaurant in Bradenton!

Peruvian cuisine is considered the best South American Cuisine and you can find that out by eating at El Warike! Serving Lunch and Dinner, you can also see daily specials on their website, Menus can also be viewed, as well as wine selections. Contact the IBE office for scrip to this great restaurant.

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Ortygia Restaurant

Meet Ortygia Restaurant and Chef Gaetano Cannata.  When people grow up cooking and eating their favorite cuisine, you know you’re getting a piece of their family history and the history of their native country, in this case, Sicily, Italy.  Chef Guy’s cuisine is the result of living in a tight-knit neighborhood in New Jersey and watching his father create elaborate meals for friends and family.  Their home was a gathering place of friends and relatives, and Guy strived to recreate that atmosphere at Ortygia Restaurant in Bradenton.

Chef Guy decided to move to Florida and work in various restaurants to accumulate knowledge of other cuisines and fine tune his own culinary talents.  Seeing the laid-back atmosphere of Bradenton’s Village of the Arts, he converted a cottage into a charming and atmospheric restaurant, his Ortygia.  This is the sweet atmosphere and meeting place for eating and hanging out where he serves up “Monzu” cuisine, a mixture of Sicilian and French cooking that actually dates back to Napolean’s time.

In fact, Chef Gaetano’s style of culinary arts incorporates elements of Arab, Greek, Spanish and North African cooking styles that have historic roots.

Fine Dining Bradenton FloridaThe ingredients in Chef Gaetano’s food embrace organic and locally purchased products in an effort to buy local.  Mazzone Extra Virgin Olive Oil is exclusively used in all preparations.  Did you know you can cater your party or business meeting through Ortygia?  Indoor and outdoor space is available with the perfect ambiance.  And there are some very special retail products available for your home use.  Just inquire within.  This restaurant offers a friendly family atmosphere and you’ll find the patrons to be discerning about flavors and knowing exactly what they want.  Log onto:  to see the menu and many more interesting facts or call 941-741-8646 for reservations and remember, Ortygia is open from Tuesday through Sunday to serve you.  Lunch is served between 11:30 am to 2:30 am.  Dinner is from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

Chef Gaetano hosts cooking tours of the Mediterranean that you will want to sign up for. Learn about the cuisine sand see the gorgeous countryside of different regions of the Mediterranean as you have hands-on cooking lessons and tours and meals in the better area bistros and cafes. Look for the tab on the website to sign up or simply read and learn about how exciting these tours are, with pictures and comments from patrons.

Restaurant Bradenton FloridaMy friend Sande Caplin, who is always searching out restaurants and taking friends along to enjoy the ride, gave me an excellent recommendation for Ortygia.  Sande is an IBE member and was very impressed with the unique cuisine at Chef Guy’s wonderful restaurant.  In fact, Sande said that Chef stopped at his table to asked how everything was and answered all the questions about the origin of some of the dishes and was generous of his time.  All around it was a delicious experience for Sande and his friends.  IBE Barter is proud to have Ortygia as a member and to refer people there for a special, one-of-a-kind meal!  Chef Guy welcomes you!

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Blue Dolphin Café

When you log onto the website of the Blue Dolphin Café, the first thing you see are the Today’s Specials at their St. Armand’s location. Peach-Pecan Cheese blintzes, Blue Dolphin Seafood Omelet, Bluefin Crab Benedict, Slirced Sirloin Hoagie, Blackened Sea Scallop Salad, and Soup and Sandwich Combo. My mouth is watering and I know a particular IBE Barter member who is a regular there and it’s his home away from home.

The Blue Dolphin Cafe is located on historic St. Armand’s Circle in Sarasota, Florida and the tropical reaches of Longboat Key. The atmosphere is intimate and there is an atmosphere of fun and the happy love of the special fare the Blue Dolphin serves. Offering breakfast and lunch daily, their menus are tremendous that appeals to everyone, not just the snow birds. Even the kids menu has something for everyone, and a New York Deli influence

During the winter season, December through April, they are open for Friday evening dinners. Their menu consists of freshly prepared breakfast and lunch fare with daily specials prepared by Culinary Institute graduates. With a schedule that spans from 7 am to 2 pm daily at their St. Armand’s location, you can also find the same cuisine and friendly atmosphere at Longboat Key from 8 am to 2 pm. Prices range from $3 to
$9 at both locations. A lot of food and personality for those prices!

Everyone who is concerned about providing a green environment, the Blue Dolphin locations are ECO friendly using earth friendly food disposables. The importance and advantage of doing this is that these products take less energy to make, and are responsible for less CO2 in the atmosphere. They are created from recycled and renewable matter, and help divert waste from landfills while creating a demand for recycled products. Much fewer petroleum based products are used.

Sarasota Dining CafeThe prestigious Best of Friday Harbor Award had been presented in 2011 by the U.S. Commerce Association, which was a beautiful award plaque which honors the achievement of the Blue Dolphin in the Café category, and was presented in New York by the Commerce Association. Certainly an honor and a reason to keep on keeping on the quality service and restaurant practices for the coming years. Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2011 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity.

You and your family can enjoy two locations when you are getting that “Blue Dolphin craving.”   Log onto their website and take a gander at the extensive menus they have for breakfast and lunch. The kid’s menu is perfect even for the most persnickety child. Kid-friendly dishes like Mickey Mouse pancakes, Pancakes with eggs and home fries, half a Belgian Waffle, half French toast, and for lunch, Grilled cheese, chicken fingers and hot dogs. How can you beat that when you have a hungry kid? All the bases are covered on their kids menu.

Breakfast and lunch menus for grown-ups have a huge amount of choices including everything from Corned beef hash, Chicken fried steak and eggs, Eggs Benedict, Nova smoked salmon, and for you health conscious beautiful people, ask for the yogurt and fresh fruit platter Granola and milk, or real homemade oatmeal, available with raisins and fresh fruit. All your bread and toast favorites are available with cream cheese, butter and more.

Best Cafe Sarasota Bradenton, FloridaI feel pressed to whet your appetite by telling you that the lunch menu is just as fabulous, featuring soups and salads, including the soup of the day and gazpacho. Caesar and garden salads, chili, many varieties of burgers, the good old hot dog ( 100% beef) is loaded with onions, sauerkraut, chili and cheese is a welcome favorite.

The Blue Dolphin has two locations: 470 John Ringling BLVD, Sarasota FL 34236, Phone:941-388-3566, and 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 101 in Longboat Key, where you can call 941-383-3787. Come today and have the best breakfast and lunch you’ve had in a long time!

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