Much Ado about Hamlet’s – SRQist :: Article from SRQ Magazine by Phil Lederer


Two kitchens, both worthy, In beautiful Sar’sota, where we set our stage, From old grudge to new mutiny, Where diners find Hamlet’s Eatery.

THE STORY

When Kim Livengood founded Hamlet’s Eatery a year ago, she envisioned it not only as a haven for the ever-hungry merchants and millers of the bustling Apricot & Lime Indie Market bazaar, but as an olive branch for these factions of gourmets still in rivalry. vegans and carnivores. With a menu split down the middle, Hamlet’s seeks to bring both sides to the table by offering curated dining options for anyone wondering, “Meat or Not Meat?” So for every “Hamlet’s” on the menu – beef sliders topped with crushed pecans, caramelized onions and gorgonzola cheese – diners will also find a “Beyond Shakespeare”, a vegan slider with avocado, eggplant bacon, spinach and balsamic glaze. And between vegan burritos, tofu scrambles, jack fruit tacos and black bean patties with guacamole and ancho chili barbecue sauce, Livengood imagines that Hamlet’s is as much an opportunity for non-vegans to explore new flavors as it’s a place for vegans to get their fix.

ADJUSTMENT

The courtyard of the bazaar at Apricot & Lime. Hamlet’s large blue food truck commands a length of the square, sandwiched between the bazaar proper and a large canopy for shaded outdoor seating, connected to a newly renovated indoor dining area for those craving air conditioning. An artificial grass lawn supports a handful of picnic tables and a rainbow-colored mural on the wall reminds everyone to ‘be amazing’.

THE CASTING

Kim Livengood: Founder / owner of Hamlet’s Eatery. A local PR specialist whose mother founded The Bazaar at Apricot & Lime, she wants her new “Limelight District” of Sarasota to continue to grow.

Chef Bob: Chef at Hamlet’s. Signature dish: Bob’s Famous Crab Cakes, Chesapeake style.

Michelle and Susy: Hamlet’s extra hands, helping Chef Bob, taking orders and managing the food.

LOCAL SUPPORT CHARACTERS

Lelu’s Coffee Cold Brew, Boombacha Kombucha, Southern Sweet Tea Company and Suncoast Cookies

821 Apricot Ave., Sarasota, hamletseatery.com, @hamletseatery


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