Day Trip to Sarasota Part I: Der Dutchman Restaurant and the Sarasota Garden Club
Bushnell, FL - Events of Monday, March 2 to Thursday, March 5, 2015
Last Monday afternoon, we had a sudden hankerin' for ribs, so we called Pat and Mike to see if they were interested in going with us to OakWood Grill. Since it was Monday, we all had the rib special (you can get a whole rack of baby back ribs for $13.49 Sundays through Wednesdays). They were delish as usual!
With nice weather finally in the forecast for most of last week, we decided to take a day trip to Sarasota on Thursday to have the breakfast buffet at Der Dutchman Restaurant and to do a little sightseeing. The reason we waited until Thursday was because one of the things we wanted to see is only open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. More about that in our next post.
As most of our regular readers know, Der Dutchman in Walnut Creek, Ohio, is one of our favorite restaurants anywhere. The company that owns Der Dutchman owns 5 or 6 restaurants in Ohio plus Das Dutch Essenhaus in Middlebury, Indiana. A few years ago, they bought a restaurant in the Pinecraft area of Sarasota and brought it under the Der Dutchman banner.
Pinecraft is a snowbird community for Amish and Mennonites. While a few Amish and Mennonites reside in Pinecraft year 'round, large numbers of them come from Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana in winter to escape the cold.
The Amish arrive by bus, so there are no horses and buggies. Bicycles and adult tricycles are the preferred means of transportation. There were plenty of bikes parked outside the restaurant, and there was a young couple and their two children who were just leaving as we arrived.
We had the breakfast buffet ($8.99) which includes a couple kinds of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, French toast, pancakes, biscuits and sausage gravy, a couple of kinds of potatoes, fried mush, grits, hot and cold cereal, fresh fruit, frozen fruit slush, pudding, breakfast pastries and more. Everything was yummy, and we ate way too much. We'll be watching our carbs for the rest of the week.
After breakfast, we made a stop at a bulk food store that was located right next door to Der Dutchman and at another one just down the street because Margery needed some cooking herbs and spices. Now that she's spending more time cooking and enjoying all her additional kitchen counter space, she wanted to make sure to have a good stock of potential ingredients.
After visiting the bulk food stores, we drove a few miles south to stop at Hobby Lobby to pick up some craft supplies. From Hobby Lobby, we headed to the offices of the Sarasota Garden Club where we visited their display garden.
They have a nice garden right there at the outskirts of the downtown area of Sarasota.
The garden isn't huge, but they managed to fit a lot into the space available. There was even an Oriental-style garden.
With spring starting here in Florida, there were a good number of perennials in bloom.
We spent over half an hour wandering around, taking photographs and enjoying the views.
We finished up at the Sarasota Garden Club a little before 1:00 and drove a few blocks to our next destination. We'll tell you all about it in our next post.