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The Lily Cafe

by Carrie Cox

Oct 12, 2021

When it comes to Sundays, I try to keep things pretty simple.

Sundays are my day to relax and unwind. I’m not necessarily looking for elaborate moments of high impact; rather, I’m simply looking for peace and ease. Most Sundays you can usually find me at a church service or on the beach (and sometimes both before noon).

Every once in a while, I stumble onto something lovely on a Sunday.The Lily Cafe

Such a stumble happened a few weeks ago when I happened upon The Lily Café. As I walked inside, I apologized to the host for sneaking in so close to closing time. However, as I’ve come to learn, sneaking into a place a little later than originally planned occasionally has its advantages.

This advantage was particularly fortunate because I was allowed to sit at the bar while other tables were being cleaned. While I’m not always keen on “bar talk,” the bar at The Lily Café is easygoing … more like a brunch bar than an alcohol bar. In fact, I was able to speak with four different employees while watching them roll silverware and top off beverages. Each was very friendly — despite the fact I’d walked in 20 minutes before closing.

The Lily Cafe The Lily CafeThe charm of The Lily Café is found not only in the names of the menu items (I greatly enjoyed my Royal Coronation Chicken Salad), but also in the ambiance and décor. Of course, lilies are present, but so are roses, delicate crystal chandeliers, wainscoting and touches of pink in every place your eye lands. My favorite is the large “L” on the wall in the far back of the café made out of soft pink roses. It stands strong as the focal point of the room, along with a variety of glittering silver mirrors surrounded by greenery in strategic locations.

The Lily CafeThe website for The Lily Café describes the location as elegant, stylish and cheerful — all perfect descriptors for the café’s owner, Lark.

Lark and I hit it off and began chatting about Sarasota. I mentioned I’m fairly new here, and she mentioned how it’s not always easy to make friends. We chatted about my son, about her former career as a tennis coach and other restaurants around town I might enjoy. It’s not often I get such a casual encounter with someone like her, and we exchanged business cards as I thanked her for her conversation (and slightly gushed over the curry chicken salad made in-house with organic chicken).The Lily Cafe

So while I may have stumbled into a lovely eatery for a late lunch, it turns out Sundays are for stumbling into kind strangers as well. It’s one of the reasons why I enjoy living here … Sarasota is easy like Sunday morning. And The Lily Café will continue to be one of my simple Sunday stops moving forward.The Lily Cafe

— Carrie Cox, account executive


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