Not one to rest on its laurels — or its Zagat and Wine Spectator ratings — Libby’s Café & Bar in Sarasota continues to reinvent itself, introducing new menu items biannually, most recently a $15 three-course dinner for early diners. The 2012-13 winter menu includes expanded vegetarian selections, new flavor profiles for small and large plates, and classic cocktails with a contemporary spin.
But don’t fret: Favorites like the bacon-and-cheddar grits, deviled eggs sprinkled with Mote Marine caviar and the meatloaf (now envisioned as sliders), popular since the Southside Village restaurant opened in October 2008, are still available. So is the sustainable salmon, tinged with the light flavors of its cedar wrapped preparation and maple Dijon glaze. The crispy red lentil quinoa cakes (garnished with coconut curry aioli and candied cashews) have grown up, now offered as an entrée portion.
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