Restaurants & Bars 31

Sarasota/LBK trip report

kengk | May 20, 201205:32 AM

We are back from our week at Longboat Key and as promised I will give my impressions of the restaurants we ate at. I have notes from nine different places so it may take a few days to get them all posted.


We were seated as soon as we arrived at one of the tables by the window with a really beautiful and peaceful view. It may just be my imagination but making reservations on Open Table seems to get us a better table than calling to make the reservations. Maybe restaurants fear a bad online review there.

We each ordered a small plate to start with. I had the green curry mussels and my wife had calamari. The portions were way larger than we were expecting. I wish we had just ordered the calamari to share, in part because my mussels were not particularly good to me. The broth was delicious but the mussels themselves were a little “off” tasting. I only ate about half the serving. The calamari was very good but neither of us cared for the honey-mustard sauce they came with.

At this point we decided to share a large plate of the “Crispy Bahamian Lobster Tails”. The plate had two large fried tails, a vinegary slaw and fried potatoes. More of the same honey mustard sauce. We both liked this dish a great deal. The lobster was very well prepared and flavorful. Less enthusiastic about the accompaniments but they were certainly satisfactory.

For dessert we shared the banana bread pudding. I’m not sure if they used green bananas or some other type that I’m not familiar with. They had a mealy texture and little taste. Neither us of liked this dish at all.

I think I could really get to like this place but we seemed to have been there on a bad night. Someone was having a birthday party and taking up the whole upper level across from the bar. The live music was way too loud for which the waiter apologized. I heard several folks who appeared to be regulars complaining to management that seemed unable or unwilling to do anything about it. The response I heard was, “we asked them to turn it down.” The loud music is apparently not the norm.

We will definitely give them another try if we go back to LBK next spring.

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