Learn why the Brick’s Smoked Meats family looks forward to Savor Sarasota every year.

It’s not only because we get to meet new friends who come to try our brand of Texas-meets-Florida ‘cue… many for the first time… but also because it’s a great opportunity to sample dishes from our own restaurant neighbors!  

Dozens of locally owned and operated restaurants like ours open their doors to Sarasota locals and visitors alike while offering prix-fixe menus at a very accessible price point, only $16 for a two-course lunch and $32 for a three-course dinner.

Savor Sarasota is a fabulous opportunity to try something new – or perhaps save a buck or two on something tried & true.  We can bet that you’ll run into friends and neighbors you may not have seen lately, while out on the town enjoying your very own culinary adventure.  

Here’s what the team behind Savor Sarasota has to say about what’ll be smokin’ on State Street during this summer’s Savor:  

Brick’s Smoked Meats is Sarasota’s premier BBQ destination. The Texas style BBQ spot slow smokes its offerings all day long for tender, melt-in-your-mouth meats. Their super flavorful and inventive sides equally share the spotlight at this down-home downtown destination. Deviled eggs and slow smoked brisket are our favorite options for this year’s Savor Sarasota menu.”

Brick’s menu for Savor Sarasota follows below, but before you check that out, we’d like to take this opportunity to officially introduce you to the culinary face of Brick’s Smoked Meats, our Concept Chef Fernando Sanchez. Many people refer to the launch of their career as a “calling,” which was certainly the case for Chef Fernando.

Born in Puerto Rico, Chef Fernando Sánchez as a young child moved to Sebring, Florida.

From experience gained while working at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa, FL,  Chef Fernando entered the culinary world with interest, enthusiasm, and under a great management team that cultivated his appreciation for the artistry and quickly noticed Fernando’s talent and worth ethic.  He was soon offered the opportunity to open and operate the VIP Plum Lounge as a Showroom Chef, which he notes was the experience solidifying his “calling.” Every day he worked harder, experimenting with diverse cuisines, creating daily menus and feature dishes, while working side-by-side with Chef Christopher Wang, who would become his mentor and a great friend.

After 6 years at the Hard Rock, an exciting opportunity arrived as Chef Fernando was offered the Executive Sous Chef position at Emerald Greens Country Club in Tampa, FL, where he continued to learn and expand his culinary and management knowledge.  After a move to New York to take over as Executive Sous Chef at Albany Golf and Country Club, four years later, Fernando’s career scope evolved when he became Executive Chef at Café le Perche, fine dining with a classic French influence in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Fate would have it he and his wife would later return home to Tampa Bay, which eventually led Chef Fernando to Brick’s Smoked Meats. Now Brick’s Concept Chef, Chef Fernando has helmed the culinary and the pit teams since December 2018. His mission at Brick’s remains consistent with our founder’s original vision:  to reinterpret time-honored Texas barbecue traditions and other favorites from the Ranch and from the Coast, with added chophouse flair for Sarasota diners.

A local fan favorite voted Best New Restaurant and Best Barbecue, Brick’s has become well-known regionally for its inspired approach to barbecue:  pairing ‘cue with cocktails, flavor with fun, and SRQ style with Texas tradition.

Live music on weekends. Hand-cut steaks and chops complementing our signature smoked meat. A great happy hour menu.  Vegetarian-friendly selections. Convenient access to feeding one’s primal needs through full-service catering, online ordering, and delivery… all of the above means there’s something to satisfy everyone’s Texas-loving heart.

SAVOR SARASOTA DINNER MENU – $32/person

Humble Beginnings – select one
– Deviled Eggs: bacon burnt ends, pickled onion
– Brisket Chili: candied jalapeno, hatch chili ranch, tomato
– Chophouse Side Salad: iceberg, bleu cheese, bacon, tomato, house-made croutons

Mainselect one entree, each served with choice of two sides
– Cedar Plank Wild Salmon: honey citrus ponzu
– Rotisserie Half Chicken: seasoned with our signature sweet heat rub
– USDA Prime Brisket: our house baby, an 18-hour labor of love
– Wood-grilled Flat Iron Steak: marinated in rosemary-garlic oil, herb compound butter

Sweets – just the right sized bite for a kiss goodnight.   select one
– S’mores
– Brulee Banana Pudding
– Strawberry Shortcake

Beverage – choice of any soft drink or iced tea

SAVOR SARASOTA LUNCH MENU – $16/person

Humble Beginnings – select one
– Deviled Eggs: bacon burnt ends, pickled onion
– Brisket Chili: candied jalapeno, hatch chili ranch, tomato
– Smoked Poblano Queso: blanco cheese, tomato, jalapeno

Main – select one entree
– Pulled Pork Bun: poblano slaw, pickled veg, choice of 1 side
– Brisket Horseradish Tacos: slaw, crema, crispy onions, cotija, choice of 1 side
– Kale Apple Salad with Pulled Chicken: pickled apples, mandarin oranges, orange chimichurri, smoked pecans, apple sour cream dressing, cotija

Beverage – choice of any soft drink or iced tea