Sarasota Sally grew up in the New Jersey/New York area of the country and one of my favorite memories are the Great Diners that were abundant in that area so when I moved to Sarasota I looked for a diner and I found a fantastic place called Dutch Valley.
A lot of people hear the name and think “Amish” but you couldn’t be more wrong. This is a real diner that carries a wide variety of meals with a diner flare. They serve breakfast all day long and specialize in American and Greek foods and a variety of desserts (you have to try the Rice Pudding, best I’ve ever had!). They also have a gluten free menu and a lite fare menu.
Dutch Valley Restaurant has been in business since 1979 and you don’t stay in business that long if you’re not doing the food right. Home of the Belgium Waffle, Dutch Valley serves affordable down-home cooking and the staff goes out of their way to make you feel right at home and give you friendly, quick service and the generous portions will keep you coming back. They have great specials every day and beer and wine are also available.
A few things that I personally think are outstanding are the home-made biscuits (make sure you go early before they run out, you won’t be sorry), the Broasted Chicken, the Liver and Onions, the Baked Lamb Shank, the Rice Pudding and the home-made pies.
Not only is Dutch Valley Restaurant a staple in the Sarasota community but they also participate in fundraisers for various charities and hold quarterly blood drives.
Dutch Valley has a motto which is “It is our commitment to provide every customer top quality food with good and friendly service for very reasonable prices”! Sally thinks they more than live up to that motto.
Dutch Valley, 6721 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231 (941) 924-1770
Check out Dutch Valley’s web site at: www.dutchvalleyrestaurant.net
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