Feeding the Birds

If you're headed to Sarasota to see the O's in their new spring training home, Roch's already sending back good reviews.

The facilities are clearly an improvement from the past, and the general opinion is a high one of Sarasota.

And while the area has hardly been extensively scouted, here are a few recommendations from Roch and fellow O's fans who've been there:

Gus 12th Street Café: According to Roch's quick note at the bottom of his General info on Patton post, it's a "great little diner" that's just a short walk from the stadium with good food and low prices.

Mediterraneo (Main Street): This recommendation came via Twitter from O's fan @ortrader, but also gained Roch's endorsement on Thursday. Roch declared his meal there "one of the best italian meals of your life" and joked that after eating there he was "listed day-to-day after slipping into a food coma." If that's not a strong enough review, there's also the fact that the owner is a life-long O's fan, which speaks to savvy ownership.

Munchies 420 Café (About 10 minutes away on Superior Avenue): This suggestion also came in via Twitter, this time from @BMOREBrian, who heard of the place from an episode of the Travel Channel's Man v. Food. Expect appetizers, wings, hot dogs, angus burgers, Jersey subs, salads, Philly steaks, sandwiches, "fat sandwiches", wraps, quesadillas, and dessert. Think you can find something you like from that list?

It's not much, but it's a start if you'll be spending a few days in Sarasota with the O's. Know of another place visiting fans shouldn't miss? Let us know using the comment box below.

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