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The real story behind one of Sarasota’s best-loved breakfast spots begins with two friends on a power walk over a bridge.
Kim and Sandi had been waiting tables for years, to accommodate the hectic schedules that come along with raising young children while still trying to earn a living.
They realized along the way they truly loved the art of service – an art that has, in many ways, been lost. And one they’re determined to bring back at The Toasted Mango Cafe.
The girls decided on the name because the mango fruit is tropical and prolific on their menu – from the homemade mango salsa to the pancakes.
As for ‘toasted’? Hey, they just needed to incorporate a breakfast word.
(This was a profitable power walk.)
The Toasted Mango is just one block from Hotel Indigo Sarasota, and perfect for the whole family. Serving breakfast and lunch from open to close, they are proud to offer gluten-free options.
Dee was our server. She says everything on the menu is delicious, and customers usually go with what she suggests.
Dee is funny.
“The French Toast is made with Texas toast and is the mother of all French toasts. There was a month when I couldn’t put down my fork because it was so good,” she says. “Also, our homemade muffins are baked in-house, and those things also helped put a little meat on my bones.”
Everyone at the Toasted Mango has been here for years, and they love their jobs as well as the restaurant. Dee’s worked here five years and eats here every shift – she never gets tired of it.
There are always four specials each day, that run for two days at a time. Two are breakfast, and two are lunch.
If you’re looking to start your day on island time, you can order a spicy Bloody Mary or mimosa to pair with your farm fresh eggs, delivered daily.
Because everyone listens to Dee, we tried a Sarasota Omelet with a homemade potato cake served with homemade Granny Smith applesauce and a homemade biscuit with homemade mango butter. (Sensing a trend?)
Don’t miss the freshly baked muffins.
For those hot summer days, you might try the Frosted Mango, just next door. When customers of the original cafe kept asking for a mango smoothie, the owners decided to open a cold treats shop.
Sue makes smoothies, gelato and frozen yogurt right here. The ice cream comes from St. Pete.
Whether for breakfast, lunch or a frozen dessert, you’re in for a treat at the Toasted (or Frosted) Mango.