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JR's Old Packinghouse Cafe


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Certificate of Excellence2016, 2018 Winner

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Cheese Quesadillas w/Shrimp
Cheese Quesadillas w/Chicken
Cheese Quesadillas
Black Beans and Chips
Potato Skins
Bacon, cheddar-jack cheese & sour cream
Cheese Fries w/Bacon
Chips & Salsa
Blackened Shrimp with Garlic Toast
3-Piece Garlic Toast Plate
PicoDillo or Ropa Nachos
Beef Burrito meat w/peppers, onions,garlic, tomatoes on top the Nachos. Awesome
Five Wings $6.95
Ten Wings $10.95
The OPC's Famous Chicken Wings
JR's original Teriyaki, Killer Garlic, BBQ, Thai Spiced, Completely Naked (but golden fried) or Buffalo (mild-way hot)
Our burgers are served up big and fresh with mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, dill spear and chips
OPC 1/2 LB Chuck Burger
OPC 1/2 LB Burger with Cheese
Blackened Ybor Burger
Swiss Cheese, sliced roast pork, grilled onions and 999 Island dressing on toasted cuban bread
BIg Bertha Burger
Two 1/2 LB patties, bacon, ushrooms, onions, three kinds of cheese, 999 Island Dressing, toasted Cuban bread. we dare you!
Colossal Burger with Cheese
Onions, mushrooms, bacon, lettuce, tomato with 999 Island dressing on a Garlic Kaiser with slaw and French Fries
Our sandwiches are served up big and fresh with mayo,lettuce, tomato, onion and dill spear. With chps. "I insist that you like them" JR Garraus
Cuban Sandwich OPC Style
Named One of Sarasot's Best Cuban Sandwiche. Try this hot off the press!
Basa (Fish) Reuben w.Cole Slaw. It Sells!
Catfish Filet
Delicately Grilled, Blackened or Seasoned
Basa (Groupers Cousin) Sandwich
Blackened, Grilled or Jerk
Chicken Sandwich
Blackened, Char-Grilled or Jerk. Mouth watering fresh-cut breast
dressings: Homemade Vinaigrette, Blue Cheese, Ranch, 999 Island, Honey Mustard. Extra Dressing $0.50 each
Side Salad
Fresh Side Salad
House Salad
Lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, celery and cheese
OPC Salad
Taco salad
Soup and Side Salad
Are you looking for the best burger in Sarasota? JR's Old Packinghouse Cafe is a long time casual favorite food and music venue. Our burgers have been named best burger in Sarasota. Nominated for best cuban in Florida by USA Today, we are thrilled to offer a mix of authentic cuban and american food on the menu. We are a local favorite known for casual dining with a personal touch, lively atmosphere offering outside and inside dining. Regularly seen on MySuncoast ABC7 with Culinary Director and Chef Judi Gallagher who states "Located off Cattleman Road, J.R’s Old Packinghouse Café is the quintessential dive with great Cuban and American food. Visit JR's Old Packinghouse Cafe and see for yourself
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
American, Bar, Seafood
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Table Service
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All reviews cuban sandwich garlic wings famous cuban roast pork catfish french fries bread old florida packing house celery fields big bertha fabulous burgers both meals were excellent great local spot beer was cold cooked to perfection great place to eat
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Always good food and always live music! Low key place, but plenty of atmosphere! Do not hesitate to eat here!

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank pclarryd
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very busy, loud, and fun road house. The food was very good, the staff was friendly, and everything moved at a fast pass. If you are looking for linen table cloths and quiet dining this is not your place. If you wnat good eats in...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank fefranklin2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Local hangout with great food! Good service. Chicken wings were great! Rueben tasty, Cuban large and quesadilla great for the little ones!

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Corkyp49
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a wonderful time listening to guitar music. Two guys with guitars without any enhancements using their natural singing voices. The food is delicious and very reasonable. Great service. Our waitress Annie was wonderful.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Sarasotadaze
Reviewed 1 week ago

I haven't had a burger in 2+ years. I had been craving a burger for a couple of weeks and told my husband I needed to go out for a burger, not just any burger, but a great burger. My husband googled best burgers in...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Hilde B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went with friends who have been hear many times. It’s a good place to meet friends and family. Our server Megan was excellent. We were visiting and were glad that we were not in the main room that had a band playing - it...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank kathiev_13
Reviewed February 9, 2019 via mobile

A group of 7 went on a Saturday night. Unique Cajun/Cuban type food. Garlic wings were delicious! We all ordered different things. Several kinds of fish that you could get grilled, blackened, or fried. Desserts were good, too. We sat in the back and were...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Nanajay54
Reviewed February 6, 2019 via mobile

Stopped in for a late lunch. Waitress was delightful. She and cook were very accommodating to my dietary restrictions. Food was delicious and plentiful. Music had just started before we left but sounded like it would make for a fun evening. Would recommend for anyone.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Road93035
Reviewed January 16, 2019 via mobile

On way back from Tampa and found through internet search. Lots of pub atmosphere, tap beers, Weds had a live band and everyone was eating. Had a couple of "shock tops" on tap which were served in canning jars, 2 burgers which were fresh ground...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 2fromWi
Reviewed December 26, 2018

Stopped in for lunch. Service was good and food was delicious. Had the cuban sandwich, blackened shrimp and garlic wings. Not a big place and not a lot of parking so go early.

Date of visit: December 2018
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