You don’t have to travel to Europe to enjoy full-bodied Italian coffee and delectable French pastries. Burns Court Café brings a splash of Europe to the heart of Sarasota’s Historic Burns Court District. Set in an area of historic charm and character, the lively café serves a mouth-watering selection of pastries, quiche, omelets, crepes, and drinks. Dine indoors or al fresco beneath shady umbrellas and trees in a European sidewalk cafe setting, which adds a European ambiance to the delectable fare.
French Café Favorites
Anyone who has visited Paris will recall the array of pastries, croissants, and savory treats that are the mainstay of any French café. Sarasota residents will find the same sensory experience at the Burns Court Café, which serves daily quiches alongside French croque-monsieur – delicious hot toasties filled with ham and melted cheese.
The S. Pineapple Avenue café is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon refreshments, and evening meals, serving a range of popular favorites all made with quality Boars Head meat and deli items. Breakfast items include a range of Parisian-style omelets and egg-based dishes featuring goat’s cheese, feta, prosciutto, salami, brie, Swiss cheese, and other continental delicacies.
The lunch menu has a range of hot pressed paninis including traditional Hot Reuben and BLT or more cosmopolitan fillings such as the Hot Caprese (ciabatta filled with mozzarella, tomato, basil, olive tapenade, and pesto). Roast Beef London Port features marble rye bread oozing with melted provolone, mixed greens, tomato, roast beef, and Dijon mustard, or try the Hot Genoa Salami for a delicious blend of texture and flavor. Salads, soups, and quiches make up the remainder of the appetizing lunch menu.
In the evening, the full menu is available, including sandwiches, quiches, soups, salads, healthy hummus platters, fish dishes, crepes, and a selection of tarts and homemade desserts. Indoor and outdoor tables are available, and the outdoor tables are pet-friendly.
On the beverages side of the menu, real Italian coffee is served with pride to those who appreciate the rich flavor and aroma of authentic Italian roasted coffee. Sip an espresso, cappuccino, or latte and treat yourself to one of the delicious pastries, muffins, or crepes on offer.
Cold beverages may be better suited to the Floridian heat with blended frappes and juices to choose from. The café specialties include healthy yogurt shakes and juices made to order from fresh fruits and vegetables. Sorbets and gelatos provide a refreshing treat and come in a variety of flavors.
Live Jazz at Burns Court Café
Since opening, Burns Court Café has expanded into the adjacent space and is now a popular French Quarter-style Wine Bar/Café with an evening menu of appetizers and entrees after 5 p.m. To add to the ambiance, Burns Court Café has an ever-changing gallery of local artworks, paintings, photographs, and sculptures. They provide interest as you relax and enjoy your chosen refreshments.
The café regularly hosts live jazz nights when seats fill up fast. A modest cover charge makes this evening of entertainment, food, and drinks a real bargain. The café has a full wine and beer list featuring an excellent selection of Californian, French, Spanish, and Italian wines to suit all palates and pocketbooks. Offering international cuisine and world-class charm, this café offers the best of Europe – no passport necessary!