Javier’s Restaurant and Wine Bar – Sarasota, Florida

Javier’s, located on Siesta Key, features Peruvian cuisine and local, fresh and organic food. The outside of the restaurant is fairly nondescript, but once you enter the front door you are in another place. There are bright colors, plants everywhere, a small bar in the corner and a dessert station where the owner makes bananas foster. It’s cozy, although maybe a little too crowded for some. The owner also made a personal visit to our table, which I thought was a nice touch.

The menu boasts an organic vegetarian section. The rice is brown and the linguine whole grain. A couple of the vegetarian items can be veganized. I opted for the Veggie Saltado, a stir fry of onions, garlic, mushrooms, spinach, peppers and tomatoes seasoned in cumin, soy sauce and red wine served with Peruvian seasoned rice. I requested the chef go light on the oil and I very much enjoyed the dish – I ate every bite. The entrees come with a house salad which is a bit different from your typical house salad. This one has carrots, peas, sunflower seeds, red cabbage and pickled beets (I asked for no beets). This combination worked really well together and I particularly enjoyed the sunflower seeds. I got it with the Asian ginger dressing which had a mild spice.

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Overall, I recommend Javier’s for something unique to try. Read the menu carefully and if you have any questions about how something is prepared or want to customize an order just ask the waitress – ours was very knowledgeable regarding the menu.

Ratings from a plant-based eating perspective (1-5 scale, 1=Terrible  5=Excellent)

Ambiance: 4        Service: 5             Choices: 3           Taste: 5                Overall: 4

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