Flexing Mussels

Hunting & Gathering

Antoine’s Restaurant, 1100 North Tuttle Avenue, 941-331-1400.

Antoine’s Restaurant has opened in a new location on 12th and Tuttle and I couldn’t be more excited as they are now walking distance from my house. You have not truly experienced comfort food if you have not yet tried Mussels and Fries from Antoine’s. Chef Angela Georges presents a pot of juicy mussels simmered in various broths. The basic broth is Marinière with celery, onions and butter but there are several different options to choose from including my personal favorite, the Provençal Mussels, which add tomato, basil and Pastis to the traditional broth. The aromatic basil and fresh tomatoes give the dish a rustic appeal while the anise-flavored Pastis lends a sweet dark note that keeps me coming back for more. Mussel Mondays (all you can eat mussels for $22) are likely to find me and my fellow woman-about-town, Kirsten Sponseller, chatting with the charming owner, Olivier Georges, and sipping a nice Cotes du Rhone. Kirsten is likely to enjoy one of the delicious vegetarian dishes available such as the Carrot Ginger Bisque or the Mushroom Delight whilst I challenge the boundaries of “all you can eat mussels.” The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 5pm to 9pm but the always accommodating owners are willing to open early and stay late for their devoted customers. 

Antoine’s Restaurant, 1100 North Tuttle Avenue, 941-331-1400.

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