What Exactly is Jack Dusty?

The Sarasota Ritz-Carlton will debut it's brand new Jack Dusty restaurant at the end of January 2013. We've got a little sneak peak of what to expect.

It’s not easy to create a restaurant that both locals and visitors will love. 

There’s something about new. The new car smell. New, never worn clothes. The feeling of new. It’s knowing that you’ve never experienced this EXACT thing before. That’s what new is all about. Anticipation, surprise (maybe good, maybe less than good) and the promise of something a little different. New.

Restaurants open around this town all the time. That’s nothing new. But, a Sarasota hotel landmark opening a “local” restaurant. That IS new.

Let me be one of the first to introduce you to Jack Dusty.

Vernona is gone. Completely gone. And, in its place, or more accurately in its space, is the brand new, Jack Dusty. This is not a restaurant re-do. This is restaurant reinvention. The folks at the Sarasota Ritz-Carlton, started with a blank canvas and are creating an approachable work of culinary art that the whole community will love.

What is Jack Dusty? Well, I'll tell you what it isn’t. It’s not your run of the mill, standard hotel restaurant. Jack Dusty strives to bring a local, upscale dining experience and feel inside the doors of the Sarasota Ritz-Carlton. Serving an American seafood menu, the restaurant is sure to attract a loyal local following. This place is going to leave its unique stamp on our Sarasota dining scene.

What can you expect when you finally get an opportunity to crack open a menu? Here are some tasty samples. Have a look.



Six Oysters
Northwest: Kumomoto Oyster
Northeast: Wellfleet
Local: Apalachicola

Seafood Platter

For Two or Four
whole lobster, whole crab, peel & eat shrimp, oysters , jacks civiche, drawn butter, cajun remoulade

Mote Marine Caviar
johnny cake, citrus cream, chives, cured egg yolk


Steamed Clams & Mussels
chorizo, leeks, chardonnay, grilled bread

Local Crab Cake
citrus mayonnaise, charred lemon

By Land

Pork Belly
smoked & braised, black eyed peas, braised seasonal greens, grilled garlic bread, pot liquor

Red Brick Chicken
anson mills grits, seasonal mushrooms, market vegetables, pan sauce

By Sea 

Local “Claypot”
bay scallops, gulf shrimp, clams, mussels, rocoto pepper, red curry, kaffir leaves, lemongrass, coconut broth

Sarasota Cioppino
gulf shrimp, bay scallops, clams, mussels, grouper, orange peel, tomato broth, garlic crostini

Seafood Boil
For Two or Four
seasonal crab, gulf shrimp, clams, mussels, corizo, oysters, potatoes, corn

And, of course, a variety of amazing sweets to finish your meal.


With stunning views of the Sarasota waterfront and an elegant, comfortable interior, Jack Dusty’s is sure to be a place to be and be scene (Sarasotans love that!). A place locals will love! Most importantly, diners will be treated to a fantastic meal.

Let’s just come out and say it. The Ritz always does things first class. Period. Jack Dusty’s is just another example of that. From the fresh raw bar to the handcrafted cocktails to the complimentary valet parking. This is really a can’t miss addition to our local dining landscape.

How will you know when they open? Just listen for the buzz. It’s sure to be loud!

Jack Dusty
Ritz – Carlton Sarasota
1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive
Sarasota, Florida 34236

For great Sarasota restaurant and dining information be sure and visit the website at: www.dinesarasota.com

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