Just ate here last night. I really love the location. You have to drive down a narrow road surrounded by woods on either side. When you arrive, it feels very tropical, kind of Key West-ish. The restaurant is located in a summer camp/cabin type of building, on the banks of the Myakka River. There is a dirt parking lot next to the building. On the front of the building, there is counter-service where you can buy your food and eat it at the outside tables located there. Inside the building, there is a decent sized dining room, followed by another small dining room, and beyond that, outside seating overlooking the river. We arrived probably around 5:40 pm on a Tuesday night and the place was packed. It is seat yourself style and we could only find 2 available tables in the main dining room, and there were no tables anywhere else. They had live old-style country music, like Johnny Cash, etc. It's really not my style of music, but I can appreciate talent and the duo was quite good. However, the music was very loud, and the tables are crammed very close to each other. I don't mind loud music at a club, etc., but it's distracting to me when trying to eat. If it had just been a little softer it would have been great. It seemed like it took forever to get a waitress' attention. I honestly can't say how long, maybe 15-20 minutes or more? We finally signaled to a waitress (after trying more than once) and she brought us our menus. We ordered drinks and they took a surprisingly long time to arrive. Once the food was finally ordered, it came pretty quick. I had a combo plate of pulled pork, smoked chicken, corn on the cob, and baked beans. It was very good. There are 4 different styles of barbecue sauces left on the tables to choose from. My two companions ordered chicken, sausage, and pork ribs, along with homemade potato chips. I got to try some chips and they were excellent. Overall my dinner companions really liked their meals, although one of them did not care for the sausage and felt that the portion for it was small. The rest of the portions were very large. The prices were reasonable. I think the total bill was around $60, including tip for the 3 of us. Also, be aware that they go around from table to table with a bowl to collect money for the musicians. It was a different type of restaurant and I would definitely go again.
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