What the heck is wrong with you people not giving this a better review? Sure, its busy and loud - if those are your complaints - but the service and food are excellent and even the music is really good.
Girlfriend and I came here with a groupon, but made the mistake of coming on a night where the groupon couldn't be used (stupid fine print). We stopped in anyway because we saved the groupon for a night with a band that seemed interesting - in this case, the Florida Mountain Boys (don't ask where the Florida mountain is - I have no clue). The place was jammed. No seating, except outside. If I had one complaint it would be the design in that they have outdoor seating, but the outer wall is solid. A lot of places in Florida design the outer wall so it can be lifted, or at least put in large floor to ceiling windows. If you're a live music restaurant, you should design so your outside tables can also enjoy the music. Anyway, I digress...
We hung around until a spot opened at the bar. We each got a drink - they were strong with a capital STRONG - and an appetizer. She got their shrimp and coleslaw app, and I got their fried chicken biscuit slider appetizer. They are apparently known for their fried chicken, but I figured if I got this appetizer, then I could safely try something else when we did come to use the groupon. Anyway, the biscuits were better than any chicken biscuits I've had - made with a maple bourbon sauce I think, and oh so good. Girlfriend loved her shrimp.
Anywho, we came back Sunday for the groupon and watched Ari and the Alibis. Really very good. Couldn't understand her singing much, but the band was fantastic and a lot of fun. Like the night before, people were up and dancing and thoroughly enjoying themselves. We were seated right up front and had a great view of the show.
This night, the service didn't start off strong, but he was really busy (table of 20, plus some others), so it was forgiveable and he was otherwise excellent. I decided to get a flank steak entrée while my girlfriend got shrimp & grits, and we were both thrilled. Everything about the meal was excellent. Granted, it was loud as anything up front, but we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Its a shame. I've lived in Sarasota for 6 years, and this place has only been around a year (and I didn't even know about it until the groupon came up). I'd definitely become a regular if I wasn't moving soon.
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