As mentioned previously, the BYOB nature of the place is a plus! We'd stopped for a round or two at Lavery's brewpub and brought a couple of growlers with us to the restaurant. Our waitress just smiled and rushed to bring us some glasses, which was a good thing because the only negative I have about the entire evening was that the timing was a bit slow.
There was a very long wait, maybe 15-20 minutes, between those first glasses and when she returned to tell us about today's specials and gently but good naturedly guide us with excellent advice and un-pushy recommendations, all of which we ignored, but only because there were so many intriguing menu items. We all regret that none of us ordered the Oxtails, so we'll save them for next time.
My shrimp with grits was delicious and the large grits were a welcome textural and flavoral departure from boring old rice. The plentiful grilled (I think) shrimp and andouille in a thin tasty sauce, with just the right trace of spice to warm your tongue, when stirred into the grits, made every mouthfull an adventure. My friends all enjoyed the fried chicken and, lest I spoil the surprise... whole fish red snapper dinners. Yes, it was a whole fish, gutted but head and skin on, bones and all, and it was delicious and a pleasure to pick through to get the best nuggets.
The room reminded me of a college cafeteria, plain carpet, walls adorned with new age versions of 60's vintage feel good mantras, and an easy laid back pseudo tropical vibe. There were 2 walls of windows which, unfortunately we couldn't see out of through the downpouring rain, so I can't comment on the view. On this Saturday night the vibe was warm and friendly, not too noisy, but with plenty of laughter., which mostly came from us as our friendly waitress, Shay, did her best to find us amusing and to her credit, fed fire with more fire, to our increasing delight.
All told, a very pleasant evening with delicious, Carribean inspired food and atmosphere, an easy vibe sure to please most everyone. A rare treasure in Erie.
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