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Yummy House Sarasota

Had many great chicken dishes at Yummy House but occasionally the food is not as good as the previous visit.
The takeout is never as good as eating at the restaurant. They serve $10 meals so expect that every visit or takeout will not be their best.
They do a great job for being very busy, very low prices, and very fast, which makes them successful.

Apr 13, 2014
irwin in Florida

Good restaurants St Armonds Circle

Cafe L'Europe is the best by far……..

Mar 14, 2014
irwin in Florida

Would like recent feedback on Beach Bistro (Holmes Beach)

The best restaurant in the Sarasota area. Prices are steep, but quality, presentation, & service is tops, and great for special occasions. A truly great experience.

Mar 05, 2014
irwin in Florida

Traveling in June to Freeport, ME

Sorry but we do not have Costco in Maine.
We do have a BJ's and Sam's Club in the Portland area.
Bow Street Market has been a favorite in Freeport, as well as Whole Foods and Trader Joes in the Portland area within walking distance of each other. I really enjoy the Broad Arrow Tavern for their lunch/brunch as well as the excellent Trattoria Athena Restaurant, although a little hard to get into sometimes. Reservations are highly recommended. Wild Oats Bakery in Brunswick has a fantastic selection of lunches and bakery goods, and very busy which means it very good.

Feb 05, 2014
irwin in Northern New England

You can now get Utz potato chips in the central florida area!!

They are also at the Racetracs in the Sarasota / Bradenton areas

Nov 09, 2013
irwin in Florida

Bern's Booked - Where to go?

Went to Charlie's a few weeks back, and had a fabulous meal with excellent service. Great selection, large parking lot, and near the mall. Looking forward to go back again.

Nov 09, 2013
irwin in Florida

Bern's Booked - Where to go?

Try Mitchell's. Its near the International Mall and airport. Its the fish division of Ruth Chris.... Truly excellent. We love it there, Valet parking is available and meat is on the menu

Nov 08, 2013
irwin in Florida

Antoine's Restaurant -- Sarasota rated "10"

I must say this restaurant is exceptional. The food, selection, presentation, and service was top shelf. Kind of small with only about 12-14 tables, but the chef really knows how to do it. Its french/italian with mostly seafood choices but a chicken and meat dish available. The goat-cheese salad was to die for, as well as all our main dishes, and the tiramisu was like nothing I ever tasted. We cannot wait to go back, and the owner said he is almost ready to open up his outdoor patio. Decent selection of wines was also available. This is a no-brainer / must try !!!!!!!

Nov 01, 2013
irwin in Florida

Destination-worthy in Tampa?

Had dinner Saturday night at Ocean Prime-Tampa and must say it beats almost everything in Sarasota except Beach Bistro. The food, service, ambiance, selection, drinks were phenomenal, but the server named Tricia made it a high "10".
Can't wait to go back.

Oct 21, 2013
irwin in Florida

Dry Dock, Longboat Key

I believe they are closed for remodeling and will reopen soon.
They are enlarging. They run a great operation, and are very busy in season.

Oct 15, 2013
irwin in Florida

Destination-worthy in Tampa?

Went to CHARLEY'S STEAK HOUSE last night for the first time and I feel its better then Berns by far. Service, quality, taste, selection, and price was great. Large free parking lot or free valet was available together with a bread basket that knocked my socks off. I cancelled my resv at Berns because they said no T-Shirts, no shorts, no jeans. Charley's does not have a
dress code. I will be returning to Charley's very soon for the 60 mile trip from Sarasota.....

Oct 07, 2013
irwin in Florida

Dinner, than breakfast in Freeport, ME

Great recommendations

Oct 05, 2013
irwin in Northern New England

Recent visit to Maine - Jameson Tavern Rave

Great write-up.... Thank you
My experience was a little different at Jameson a month ago.
Service was great but the haddock dinner had way way too much batter on the fish to enjoy. This reminded me that they were trying to hide something. I loved Tom's cookin at Fishermans Grill so we tried Jameson's and it was not the same. Servings were huge and very reasonably priced. My only complaint was the heavy batter...

Sep 30, 2013
irwin in Northern New England

Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar in Sarasota

Your welcome
Enjoy !!!!!

Sep 15, 2013
irwin in Florida

Kennebunkport/Portland/Bar Harbor Suggestions - May 27-June1

I got bummed out too.
Hope he does well, but its not the same as before.....
You are right, no more one-man show...........

Sep 14, 2013
irwin in Northern New England

Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar in Sarasota

Ate there a few months back and thought it was excellent. Actually I said to the waitress--do you have a new owner or chef...
She said not for a few years, but we want to go back. The view is breathtaking and am sure you will enjoy the evening.
I also noticed that the restaurant is spotless....
Very important in my book !!

Sep 14, 2013
irwin in Florida

Kennebunkport/Portland/Bar Harbor Suggestions - May 27-June1

Ate at Jameson Tavern a few days ago and am not impressed. Seems like Tom turned the cookin over to a chef and its not the same as when he was in Portland. He now has huge overhead so things have changed. I thought the haddock had way too much batter attached, and when this happens it reminds me that they are hiding something. I remember the haddock in Portland being outstanding. Its not the same now.
Hope he does well, but I am afraid that the little chef who served outstanding food in Portland moved to Freeport and now is looking at the bottom line more then satisfying all his previous customers with outstanding food. Yes, I should of taken a picture....

Sep 13, 2013
irwin in Northern New England

Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar in Sarasota

WE love Louie"s Modern as well as the new restaurant at the Ritz....Both are exceptional happening new places in Sarasota.

Sep 13, 2013
irwin in Florida

Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar in Sarasota

Still very good.
Very expensive
small portions

Sep 07, 2013
irwin in Florida

Columbia Restaurant, Sarasota

I agree 100%...
They only have one great asset!!!
location-location-location
salad is good the rest is terrible.
Also not sure how clean the kitchen is !!

Aug 22, 2013
irwin in Florida

Maine - Bath, Brunswick, Boothbay area recommendation?

Guess you haven't been to many good Italian restaurants in Boston !!!!!!!

Jul 27, 2013
irwin in Northern New England

Outside downtown Portland

Not sure Fisherman's Grill is still open. Drove by a few times this week and it was closed. Its been sold, as the previous owner has opened a restaurant in Freeport.

Jul 27, 2013
irwin in Northern New England

One afternoon in Portland

Another few places I think you would enjoy as you said "cheapish"...
Becky's Diner
Miss Portland Diner (both of these are easy to get to)
Fisherman's Grill--extremely good and very reasonable

Jul 11, 2013
irwin in Northern New England

Ogunquit lobster and clam chowder advice

I fully agree. They can handle your party, and they do have the best lobsters in the city, but the price is a little high.
We love it there....

Jul 09, 2013
irwin in Northern New England

Looking for quickish (but good) eats off 95/295 in Maine

Fisherman's Grill is still excellent with the new ownership.
Susan's has gone downhill.
Local 188 is great..
Miss Portland Diner is another place and just off Exit 7..
Holy Donut is worth a stop.
Dogfish Cafe is another great lunch spot just off the highway.

Jul 03, 2013
irwin in Northern New England

Quick Midcoast Maine Report - Boothbay, Portland, Damariscotta

Great report--Thank you

Jul 03, 2013
irwin in Northern New England

Sad breakup @ Micucci's

He already had a shop in Portland but couldn't make it because he only knows how to bake. Does not know how to run a business, or shop, or handle people. So the arrangement he had with Miccucci's was perfect, but I guess he did not concentrate what he does best and that is bake, but needed to get involved with assistants wages. No question, he is a great baker, but also very difficult to work with. I am sure Micucci had some agreement with him bringing his recipes to their work place, which both benefited. Hope they can work it out.

Jun 29, 2013
irwin in Northern New England

The Holy Donut in Portland, ME - Good gluten-free donuts!

Thank you for the great advice... Will definitely

Jun 16, 2013
irwin in Northern New England
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Fisherman's Grill -- Portland Maine

I thought Susan's is terrible. No parking, ugly uncomfortable hard benches to sit on, creepy bathrooms, and definately not clean. Food issn't bad, and portions are large, but rated a 3 as compared to a 8 or 9 at FG.....

Jun 03, 2013
irwin in Northern New England

Kennebunkport/Portland/Bar Harbor Suggestions - May 27-June1

ON the marsh I understand has closed.........

Apr 28, 2013
irwin in Northern New England