Pigfish, the new Sarasota restaurant from original chef Steve Phelps, is now open


A two-time James Beard Awards semifinalist, the brand new restaurant contains a deal with sustainable seafood and fish sandwiches.

It opened its doorways with the newest culinary idea from considered one of Sarasota-Manatee’s most celebrated cooks, and the brand new taproom of the favored brewery that homes the restaurant.

PigFish is now open in Calusa Brewing Firm’s new house at 5377 McIntosh Highway, Sarasota, the previous website of music venue, nightclub and restaurant/bar White Buffalo Saloon. The co-founders of PigFish are Steve Phelps, proprietor/chef of the favored Indigenous restaurant in Sarasota’s Towles Court docket neighborhood and a two-time James Beard Award semifinalist for Finest Chef: South, and Anand Palegar. In the meantime, Calusa Brewing Firm is understood for its flagship Zote IPA and different beers that have been brewed from its authentic location off Clark Highway earlier than transferring to the brand new taproom.

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“We will not wait to share this thrilling journey with you,” learn a social media submit shared by Calusa Brewing and PigFish forward of their Nov. 3 opening. “Mark your calendar and prepare to discover our new house, pattern superb drinks and meals, and create extra memorable moments.”

Together with Indigenous individuals, Phelps is understood for his curiosity in sustainable seafood together with aquaculture, discussing the subject throughout an interview section on “CBS This Morning: Saturday” 2021 PigFish “contains a deal with sustainable seafood and a nostalgic nod to the sandwich “Traditional fish.” In a earlier interview with the Herald-Tribune, Phelps stated he and Baligar had recognized one another for a while, with the latter eating at Indigenous Restaurant, and discussing Phelps’ fish sandwich restaurant idea. In addition they mentioned different areas earlier than Calusa Brewing, which was Phelps has a long-standing relationship with it, too, as Indigenous was among the many first eating places to serve its beer.

The preliminary menu will embody the namesake pork fish sandwich and the cobia “sizzling canine” in addition to non-seafood sandwiches such because the pork stomach “canine,” rooster katsu, and mushroom grilled cheese. Different dishes embody peel-and-eat shrimp, shrimp fritters, fish muffins, and hush puppies. Sides like slaw, “roasters” (English-style roasted potatoes), and bacon-braised inexperienced beans; And quite a lot of tartare together with bacon and tartar. Beer is integrated into a number of dishes, together with cheese and beer fondues and muffins made utilizing spent grains.

Beer and wine will likely be obtainable to order from the Calusa Bar, together with Bait Store Kölsch-style beer brewed in collaboration with PigFish. Whereas Phelps stated PigFish will take seafood severely, the type of the restaurant will likely be “very informal,” with no desk service or reservations and meals served on trays.

PigFish plans to initially be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday via Saturday. For extra details about PigFish, name 941-777-5220 or go to pig.fish.

Electronic mail leisure reporter Jimmy Geurts at jimmy.geurts@heraldtribune.com. Help native journalism by subscribing.

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