As the curtain is drawn closed on the fate of "Saucy Spoon", a bright new star shines through to reveal a new 'Phoenix Rising' from the waste of the City renovation of North Alexander Street in downtown Mt.Dora.....the Grand Opening of the Pine Island Grille & Lounge. I 'tried' (2x) to file a new business review with TripAdvisor but, recvd. 'no response' so, I will file it here, under the old business address.
By now, most of you have eaten at 'Frog & Monkey Pub', a restaurant I reviewed first, or near first, after many great meals there. Now, owners: Suzy and Eddie, have not only produced a beautiful baby at home but, a new restaurant just around the corner at 'Saucy Spoons' old location. Totally Renovated: It features a gorgeous new Bar and huge Dining Room and, something "Frog & Monkey" never had, a much needed: Wall of Wine. The decor is chic' and clean filled with bright colors and warm woods. We found our favorite Server:"Jacquelin" borrowed from Frog & Monkey to greet us.
You have to be mouse to read the tiny print on the new "Pre-Grand Opening Menu" but, after squinting in the candlelight, I was happy to see a Key West Cajun combination of wonderful entree's to include Shrimp & Grits, Gumbo & Rice, Etouffee of Shrimp, Red Beans & Rice, 3 different Appetizers and five different SANDWICHES from Good Ole Boy Burgers to a Pine Island Grilled Chicken to Pulled Pork and a Grilled Salmon sandwich. Gone are the sky-high prices and lack of wine list at 'Saucy Spoon', replaced with multiple choices like signature salads - five of which parlay the best at Frog & Monkey.
Besides having a baby and opening a restaurant at the very same time, what else could one possibly do to make any harder? Why, how about a MAJOR construction project right at your front door! Eddie and Suzy give 'multi-tasking' new definition! They'll have to suffer for a while till its completed but, you won't - if you have a heart, and a little compassion use the Dora Drawy Alley to access this restaurant, it will be worth the effort. Don't forget to ask for the coke-bottle Mouse Glasses!
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