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“Wonderful Tex-Mex, chef/owner and the staff are great” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Grasshopper Lounge

The Grasshopper Lounge
7253 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231
+1 941-923-3688
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Ranked #233 of 794 Restaurants in Sarasota
Price range: $4 - $13
Cuisines: Mexican
Description: The Grasshopper Lounge opened it's doors in 1971 by owners Jesse and Cleo Rosales in Downtown Adrian, Michigan. There my family acquired the other half of the structure and "El Chapulin the Tex Mex Restaurant" was launched. Still in business and operated by our entire family, we have since opened a second location in Wauseon, Ohio and our third in Sarasota, Florida. Grandma's secret: prepare everything in small batches, so we never jeopardize the art form of our food.
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Description: The Grasshopper Lounge opened it's doors in 1971 by owners Jesse and Cleo Rosales in Downtown Adrian, Michigan. There my family acquired the other half of the structure and "El Chapulin the Tex Mex Restaurant" was launched. Still in business and operated by our entire family, we have since opened a second location in Wauseon, Ohio and our third in Sarasota, Florida. Grandma's secret: prepare everything in small batches, so we never jeopardize the art form of our food.
Sarasota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Wonderful Tex-Mex, chef/owner and the staff are great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

The place does not look all that impressive from the outside but once you enter you realize you are in a comfortable, clean place. The chef/owner greets you if and when he can, the young staff very good, and then the food comes. We can't say enough about it. Fresh ingredients, always cooked right (ok, once the server got the order wrong, no biggie as it was our chance to try something different). btw, the server was willing to exchange the dishes, but we stuck with what she brought and were not disappointed.

Highly recommend.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Parrish, Florida
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121 reviews 121 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“THE BEST MEXICAN IN SARASOTA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Since I am a native Californian and miss good Mexican food, we have been eating here since it opened. Dino and his crew do a FANTASTIC job of preparing, serving, and making you feel comfortable while there. If you have not given it a try, you are truly missing something in the way of ethnicity. The pork stuffed rellano, beans and rice are to die for, and the Yeungling beer on tap is cold and smooth. Tell Dino you saw it on Trip Advisor which brought you in.

Visited January 2014
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Linden, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Simply the best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Best Mexican restaurant I've ever been to. In most Mex restaurants the meat dish is the main event and the rice and beans are just "there." At The Grasshopper, not only is the entree delicious, the rice and beans are also INCREDIBLY flavorful. Have had tacos, flautas, chimichangas and burritos - all fantastic. Servers are friendly and efficient; decor is colorful and fun; owner often walks around to say hello and check up on the customers. This is a great casual dining experience. I would highly, highly recommend it!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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North Bay Ontario, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Very Good!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

My sister and I were visiting my parents in Sarasota and decided to try this restaurant! My parents can be a little particular and were apprehensive to try it as they like the 'tried and true'. We had four great meals and a couple relish cocktails! The service was great, the manager came over which was nice as well. The food was very reasonable and very plentiful. We will definitely be back!!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Nokomis, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Best mexican restaurant in this area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

There is nothing wrong here. Inexpensive, hot food, good vegetarian selection, ultra clean, easy to get into the parking lot. The bill was $36 without tip and hat was with 2 beers and 2 cocktails. How can you go wrong? He rice was the best side dish. Absolutely NON greasy!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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