|A view of the patio dining room at Columbia Sarasota|
For much of the very warm summer, I had been craving a mojito... and no one makes them like Columbia does! They are also known for their incredible Sangria, (both their red and white are fabulous), but I had mojitos on my mind. There is something incredibly refreshing about the taste of mixing cool mint leaves, tart lime juice, a touch of sweetness, a little fizz and, of course, the rum... We ordered a pitcher which, prepared table side by our waiter, made it even more fun to enjoy.
There is, of course, more to a restaurant than the drinks they serve and Columbia's menu offers plenty of delicious dishes to choose from... all served with generous portions of warm, freshly baked, crusty, cuban bread and butter.
They are very well known for their "1905 Salad", a mix of crisp iceberg lettuce, julienned swiss cheese and baked ham, beefsteak tomato wedges, spanish olives, freshly grated Romano cheese and their incredible garlic dressing. The meal-sized salad is assembled and tossed table side, but we opted to order the smaller versions to accompany our tapas lunch.
|Black Bean Cakes|
The food, along with the friendly and attentive staff, the beautifully decorated dining rooms and fresh open-air environment right on St. Armands circle made for a wonderful afternoon. On our next visit, I'm hoping to be able to experience the original Columbia restaurant in Tampa and learn more about the restaurant's rich history... perhaps while enjoying a glass of their Sangria!
You can learn more about Columbia Restaurant on their website.
Photo of patio dining room was taken from the Columbia website.