So worth the trip: The Old Salty Dog on City Island in Sarasota

Feature image courtesy of The Old Salty Dog’s Facebook page

Sarasota is around an hour drive from Tampa and this slept-on city offers some classic eats with views to go with it.


So, if you are in Sarasota to take in the Ringling Museum or any one of the white sand beaches, you may want to grub up at The Old Salty Dog.

As seen on TV

The restaurant does unique versions of pub food thanks to their British transplant founders. The most famous of which is the “Salty Dog” itself, a battered and fried footlong hot dog. This dish and the fully loaded version  – with  sauerkraut, bacon, grilled onion & mushrooms, American, cheddar, pepperjack & Swiss cheese – appeared in an episode of the Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food. The rest of the menu is filled with fresh fish blackened or battered and fried along with a raw bar with peel-and-eat shrimp, mussels and oysters.

Great Ambiance and Ski-A-Rees

If you don’t come to try your hand at some professional eating, come to Old Salty Dog for the views at City Island. The sliver of land is really the soul of Sarasota offering intimate beach views – and if you are there around 2pm you can catch the Sarasota Ski-A-Rees and their weekly water ski show.

Besides the City Island location, The Old Salty Dog has other scenic locations at Venice Island and Siesta Key, which is another fantastic place to visit in Sarasota.

Visit The Old Salty Dog at any of their three locations – more information with hours and menus can be found here.

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