Original Post in SRQ Magazine : http://www.srqmagazine.com/srq-daily/2017-02-09/5674_Talkin-Tacos
"Madfish Grill knows how to talk tacos. In a city specializing in perfecting the art of the beloved fish taco, some feel the pressure is just too much. Madfish Grill surpasses expectations with its spin on this Mexican favorite while staying true as masters of seafood. The soft flour tortillas (or corn tortillas upon request) overflow with fresh, spicy blackened mahi, cilantro slaw and get filled to capacity with lettuce, cheddar jack cheese and pico de gallo, all served along house-made salsa. It’s no wonder people have been talking about the Mahi Mahi tacos at Madfish Grill for over a decade."
Join us and our friend and spirits specialist Gerry Flanagan from Breakthru Beverage for a sampling of High West Whiskey's highly rated Bourbons, Ryes and Blends. Gerry will be on site from 6PM until 7:30PM on Saturday June 25th. You will sample their Double Rye, American Prarie blended Bourbon, Rendezvous Rye and Campfire Scotch-Rye-Bourbon blend. The tasting is just $12. You can enjoy it in the bar or in the dining room and reservations are not required. These whiskeys are unique so we hope you will give them a try!
Summer greetings from all of us at The Madfish Grill! Here is a sample of our Summer Tasting Menu Which will start June 17th 2016 and run for a limited time! The format has changed a bit from years past, but we think you will find it delicious! Whether you live right around the corner or are coming from Palmer Ranch, Lakewood Ranch or out east, we hope you will find it worth the drive!
I’m writing this blog in advance of an up-coming menu change that will affect our customers who dine with us to eat whole belly clams. Due to the rising cost of whole bellies and our desire to only offer the finest quality clams, we will only be ordering them once a week. They will be available Thursday until we run out. For the first few weeks after this menu adjustment, we will continue to have them available all week, until we get everyone in the loop!
With a quick Google search, I came up with a vendor who will ship them to you in case we do not have them available, or you would like to cook them at home... www.madfishgrill.com
Some of the challenges that face the fishermen who harvest the clams are temperature and weather where they may simply not be available.
What other restaurants in Sarasota offer whole belly clams? Honestly, searching the internet we found only ourselves. Funny that such a desirable item for all out North East transplants isn't more readily available.
What is the difference between a Ipswich whole belly and a regular old clam? Ipswich clams are soft shell clams are eaten steamed in the shell, deep fried or occasionally sautéed. Hard shell clams are from a different scientific classification order and are just completely different in taste and texture. Hard clams are eaten many ways – raw, sautéed, steamed, fried or in soups. Hard shell clams are found in New England Clam Chowder and large hard shell clams are processed for clam strips.
As for the size of the whole belly clams we sell, we do not have any control over that unfortunately. In the current market conditions, we are lucky to get them at all! As an average, they are 1 ½ - 2 inches in length but sometimes they are small and sometimes they are jumbo. Different folks like them different sizes and we try to alert guests ordering them when they are jumbo because there is a lot of belly going on there!
If you’re really interested, there’s an interesting article from the NY Times here with some good recipes:
At different times of the year, we offer featured menus. In the spring, we off a tapas tasting style menu. At the end of summer we feature a lobster-centric menu, this year we expanded it to include more seafood . We always have a gluten free menu available and we try and highlight our featured menus to alert our gluten intolerant guests to those features. We are a quick drive from Lakewood Ranch or Palmer Ranch and are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner with a great Sunday Brunch served a la carte from 10AM til 2 PM Sundays with $1.99 Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas. If you have not yet tried us, please come join us!
When: Sunday, November 8, 2015, 11 am – 2 pm
Where: Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231
We have been working with the dedicated team at All Faiths Food Bank for many years. You can buy tickets in advance by visiting their website here :
Over the last few years we have served up our Butternut Squash Bisque. Again this year, Miles himself will be ladling soup for a cause. Head on out to Phillippi Estate on Sunday November 8th and get a taste, or follow the recipe and make it for yourself! (Secret ingredient revealed)
Back for a limited time only, Madfish Grill's Seasonal Menu is here now through November 30th! We'll be offering all things fall as well as new items such as Pork Belly with cauliflower puree and Crispy Chicken with Bacon Jam! Come on in and see what the fuss is about!