Parents: we have the answer to the conundrum of where to take the kids for dinner. You’ll both love the food, they’ll like the atmosphere, and you’ll be able to relax without worrying about attracting scowls from the table next to you.

The Green Bean Coffee House specializes in panini: the grilled-to-perfection Italian magic that turns a simple sandwich into a gourmet meal.
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Owner Jason Fisher returned from two tours in Iraq, began remodeling homes and purchased his own home in 2009. One day he received a notice in the mail that the location of his new residence had been rezoned for business. “I filed for a permit the next day,” says Fisher. “I wanted to own my own coffee and sandwich shop.” He began the process of remodeling, working as much as he could during the evenings and weekends, while he kept his day job to pay the bills. Finally, in October 2014, he opened the doors to The Green Been Coffee House.

Fisher grew up snowboarding, and thought with a location so close to Ringling College of Art and Design, a coffee and sandwich shop would attract the students. So he built a half pipe in the back yard, purchased skate boards to sell, built a fire pit and strung eclectic, vintage lights to create a welcoming outdoor area for his potential customers.

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But it’s not the pipe or the boards that bring people back. Turns out, there’s a call for hot-pressed sandwiches, grilled with honey butter and stacked full of GMO-free meats and vegetables grown at the community garden across the street. Savor the Ill- Tempered Turkey, pressed with turkey, Havarti cheese, raspberry jam, wasabi, and sprouts, or crunch into the Lost Guatemalan, loaded with roast beef, provolone, and guacamole, and served with a side of mango salsa.

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With sides, such as the organic 7 Superfoods Cole Slaw, and drinks, such as the Red Reishi Mushroom Tea, Fisher has found favor with the health-conscious culinary crowd in the neighborhood. He’s open 7 days a week from 7:30 am to 8 pm, making his spot an easy go-to destination for morning coffee, lunch with friends, or a quick and casual dinner. You’ll find everything you want here: a relaxing setting, delicious whole foods, and outdoor seating so you can even include your four-legged friend.

FAVE RECIPE: Superfoods Coleslaw

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 3/4 cup chopped kale
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup diced Brussels sprouts
  • 1/s cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup shredded chicory
  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite poppy seed dressing
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon celery salt
  • 1/4 tablespoon mustard powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Combine cabbage, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and chicory into a large mixing bowl. Stir well. Whisk together poppy seed dressing, mayo, sour cream, white vinegar, celery salt, mustard powder, salt, and pepper to a creamy consistency. Pour over vegetables. Mix well and enjoy.

The Green Bean Coffee House, 3521 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota; (941) 223-5903 greenbeansarasota.com