Situated on a quiet corner of Sarasota, Florida’s historic district, Indigenous feels like an intimate alfresco meal at a dear friend’s house. Wander & Scout caught up with Chef Stephen Phelps, Chef and Owner of this coveted Sarasota restaurant, and talked guilty pleasures, go-to appetizers and a perfect day in Sarasota. Hover or click on the flip cards below for Chef Stephen’s Q&A.


You’ve been invited to a last-minute party and have 30 minutes to prepare an appetizer. What do you make?

Fritters - seafood, veggie, pork. You name it, I have a batter for it!

-Chef Stephen Phelps

What is your favorite guilty pleasure food?

I love ice cream, thats why we make crazy flavors here at Indigenous.

-Chef Stephen Phelps

What’s your perfect day-off in Sarasota?

Great walk with my wife and dog in the morning followed by an afternoon of fishing and a wonderful dinner grilled out at home.

-Chef Stephen Phelps