I am so glad I decided to give Tasters another shot. I went when it had first opened a few years ago, and they were a little unorganized and the food I had was average. I hadn't gone back because of my original impression until recently, but I'm glad I did. What a difference! My boyfriend and I ate outside on their back patio, they had live music playing (just one guy with a guitar, who took suggestions). We ordered their octopus appetizer and a couple of their specialty beers. WOW. It was the best octopus I've ever had in my life. So tender it melted in your mouth, and the sauce it was served with was divine. I recommended it to all the surrounding tables, I was so impressed. Seriously, even if you're freaked out by things like octopus or calamari, give it a try. You won't be disappointed. It's not slimy or anything, it's fried. Yum.
For our main course I got a flatbread with chicken and basil (I think), which was good. Simple, but delicious. My boyfriend got some sort of asian Duck Lo Mein and I was secretly a little jealous. It was awesome. Definitely getting that again next time. We skipped dessert because we were in a rush for a movie, but I really would like to go back and take my time there and try some dessert.
You can definitely tell the difference down here between restaurants where the owners are actively engaged in the business, and places where they've left it up to the employees to run (into the ground). The owner was present and came to our table to check up on everything (I think they're chefs who designed the menu, which is even more impressive and personal). He seemed genuinely appreciative of every guest dining at his restaurant.
The place is a bit small though, so make a reservation on busy nights, if possible, or go on an off-day. I'd recommend sitting outside in the back, or at the bar. They have a nice selection of wines and beers (more than your usual Keys Bud Light crap).
If you've got time and you want the Tasters experience but less of a "romantic evening out" and more of a "I want great food and awesome beer" with no frills, visit their other restaurant, M.E.A.T. in Islamorada. It's incredible, too! I like to think of it as "manly gourmet".
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