Sarasota Magazine recently compiled a list of where to eat in Downtown Sarasota and Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar made the list! The staff writes, “An intimate urban-sophisticated restaurant that is refined both in ambiance and menu, Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar is a favorite with local gourmands and visiting culinary adventure-seekers. Chef/owners Ryan Boeve and Arthur Lopes (see also Lila) strike a balance between global and local dishes and include all the niceties, like a lavish charcuterie board, cheese course and glamorous desserts. Good wine list. Dine in a relaxed bistro setting or choose the formal dining room or the private enclosed patio.”
We’ve Been Named OpenTable’s 2017 Diner’s Choice. We are so appreciative to our many customers that have made winning this award possible and to our amazing staff who are so dedicated to providing the best possible service each night.
According to OpenTable, “winners are selected according to real feedback from diners who booked through us and dined with you. These awards were designed to celebrate top-rated restaurants, giving them greater visibility on OpenTable. Diners love these lists and frequently use them to discover new places to book a table. ”
We’ve Won In the Following Categories:
We are so honored to share the news that we’ve been awarded a Golden Spoon Award for New American Cuisine in Sarasota. This award is the oldest and most coveted dining award in the state and has been around for 40 years. The awards were originally created to help traveling executives find great local restaurants for dining. Not just anyone with hype or good food can be awarded a Golden Spoon, only those restaurants that utilize top ingredients sourced carefully and prepared with imagination and authenticity from entrees to vegetables and breads are chosen.
Usually the award is given to fine dining restaurants that have been in business for at least three years. We won the Golden Spoon for Best New Restaurant in 2011, and were honored to be awarded last year, but we never imagined we’d win another award! This is such a huge honor and we are so grateful! Thanks so much to our hard-working staff who always put our customers first and thank you to Chris Sherman!
Pomona Featured in The Scout Guide Sarasota! We are so excited to be featured in The Scout Guide Sarasota’s 3rd Volume.
In their directory, they highlight Pomona Bistro as a “Downtown Sarasota fine dining restaurant.” In the Scout Blog they write, “Prepared with the freshest ingredients available, dinner at Pomona Bistro is the perfect way to enjoy a summer evening! #pomonabistroandwinebar #organic #sustainable #winewithdinner #TheScoutGuide #dinelocal (at Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar)”
We’ve Been Named in the Top Restaurants of 2017! We are so pleased and honored to be listed in Sarasota Magazine’s Top Restaurants of 2017 amongst amazing restaurants including our sister restaurant Lila. Read what they had to say below.
“An intimate urban-sophisticated restaurant that is refined both in ambiance and menu, Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar is a favorite with local gourmands and visiting culinary adventure-seekers. Chef/owners Ryan Boeve and Arthur Lopes (see also Lila) strike a balance between global and local dishes and include all the niceties, like a lavish charcuterie board, cheese course and glamorous desserts. Good wine list. Dine in a relaxed bistro setting or choose the formal dining room or the private enclosed patio. Dinner. Reservations suggested. 481 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, (941) 706-1677 ”
Did you know that National Gluten Free Baking week always falls the week before Christmas? The week aims to bring awareness to gluten sensitivity, intolerance, and celiac disease which can make the holidays especially painful for some who cannot tolerate wheat products, which are generally found in Christmas cookies, breads, and other favorite holiday dishes. Our master baker and co-owner, Arthur Lopes, was inspired by this exact dilemma saying, “Children are one of my greatest passions, which is why I’ve become so involved with Visible Man Academy. Seeing children with this allergy who couldn’t enjoy a birthday cake really broke my heart and led me to begin experimenting with alternative flour sources like spelt and almond flour in my baking.”
Other popular flours that bakers may be interested in trying include: sweet potato flour, chick pea flour, peanut flour, and coconut flour. If you are hoping to start experimenting with Gluten-Free Baking, Arthur advises, “start with making small adjustments to favorite recipes that you are already familiar with. Try finding flour that complements the flavor of the other ingredients. For example, almond flour works really well for cookies.”
Its the experimenting that makes the best creations, “I love the creative challenge of trying different flours and seeing how the texture or flavor affects the dish. The various flours can cook differently and discovering the best combinations is all a part of the fun.”
We have delicious Gluten-Free desserts available regularly.
Raw Chocolate Tart… $9
Vanilla Creme Brulee… $9
Recently, Sarasota Magazine writer, Andrew Theophilopoulous, shared an article titled, “5 “Food Fighters” Who are Making a Difference in Our Community.” Amongst other amazing people working in our community, including our friend and supplier Christa Leonard from Geraldson Community Farms, he named owners of Lila Ryan Boeve and Arthur Lopes.
He writes, “Creativity is the hallmark of the longtime business partners, whose Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar in the Rosemary District has won a foodie following since it opened in 2011. At Lila, the menu will change as much as every other day, depending on what regional organic farmers like Aloe Organics and Geraldson Community Farm and meat purveyors like Grove Ladder Farm and Sarasota Beef Company deliver to the back door. The two prioritize organic above local, turning to outside organic purveyors when nearby farms can’t supply organic produce.”
Ryan and Arthur also recently were named as honorable mentions in SRQ Magazine’s Culinary Newsmakers of the Year for their successful opening of Lila and continued success with Pomona Bistro.
We are so pleased to be featured in the Spring Edition of Edible Sarasota. Megan Greenberg even mentioned our new restaurant, Lila, which we are expecting to open this summer! She writes for Edible Sarasota, “A table in this elegant eatery guarantees that every bite, from the sinfully spectacular charcuterie board to the famed fresh raspberry souffle, is made in the style that made being a chef so special in the first place. It means your meal was created with passion: passion for plating, passion for flavors, passion for creating something exquisite from ingredients which were grown and raised by farmers who give a damn about their produce and livestock.”
Jamie G Jameson recently wrote a fantastic blog post about his “utterly engaging” experience at our restaurant. According to the author, we succeed at “bringing together delicious, satisfying food; provocative, nuanced wine; and subtle, seamless service.” Check it out!