Sarasota Sally has a fantastic member restaurant at 328 John Ringling Blvd just west of St. Armands Circle restaurant called the Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen. You can walk right off the street into a large open dining area and additional dog-friendly seating on the sidewalk out front. We were drawn in by their house specialty $4 gourmet tacos. We tried the Bangin’ Shrimp taco, the Bacon Cheeseburger taco, the Vegetarian taco and the Jerk Chicken tacos all of which were delicious and I made a promise to come back and try some of the many other Taco choices at another time.
It was fun eating here with the family atmosphere, and “people watching” all the beach goers and shoppers. We found out that this is the second location of the Surf Shack having been started in Tampa by Ron Fuller and Steve Bishop, they decided to open one at the circle and is Sally ever glad they did.
We also discovered that upstairs from the family restaurant was a second restaurant called the Terrace at Surf Shack which has the same menu as downstairs plus a daily list of innovative fresh specials, for example on the night I was there one of the specials was the Copper River Salmon with rice and Brussel Sprouts, delicious. In addition to a large restaurant and beautiful bar is an open air terrace where you can eat and look at the scenery.
I found the open-air deck was an ideal spot to watch the sunset and have a house specialty cocktail. Did I mention they also have a piano bar with live entertainment every night? You know I will be going back, often! Great food, service, drinks & music. This is an excellent value for a tourist area.
Sarasota Sally is a dining club for foodies, people who love good food! And it’s FREE to join. If you have a friend who likes good food tell them about SarasotaSally.com and invite them to join.
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