Lunch with Chef Judi: Soma Creekside

Chef Dave Shiplett and I go back 18 years now, from working on Taste of the Nation events to private cooking demos and just sitting down to talk food. No one makes better peanut calamari.  And oh, that Bento box amazing Crispy Cracklin' Calamari Salad -- dare I say, boom!

Soma Creekside is located at 1401 Manatee Avenue West in downtown Bradenton.


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