Sally had a craving for some chocolate so Sam and I headed to one of our favorite places Kilwin's Chocolate on John Ringling Blvd just west of St Armands Circle but 2 doors before we got there we found a new restaurant called the Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen which had a large open dining area and additional seating on the sidewalk out front.  We were drawn in by their $4.00 house specialty gourmet taco's.  We tried the Bangin' Shrimp Tacos, the Filet Tacos and the Jerk Chicken Tacos all of which were delicious and made us 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.
Sally also discovered that upstairs from the family and dog friendly restaurant was a second restaurant called the Terrace at Surf Shack which has the same menu as downstairs including a daily list of innovative fresh specials.  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 it 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 from 7:00 pm? You know  we had to go back and have dinner!
 
The atmosphere that night was wonderful as we enjoyed the Jazz Styling's of Shari Morningstar accompanied by Regis Moreira on the keyboard.  They were great and really nice people too.
I began with the Seared Ahi Tuna Noodle Salad with organic Udon noodles, Mongolian sauce, cucumber wasabi and pickled ginger.  This was a taste sensation that I highly recommend. Sam enjoyed himself with the Guava Glazed Wings which went very well with a nice cold bottle of beer.
 
For an entree Sam and I both ordered a special that night of Copper River Salmon baked on a cedar plank which came with delicious sides of brussel sprouts and wild citrus rice. Every special came with Catie's Corn Bread which is made in house daily with their secret recipe that includes sour cream, creamed corn, jalapeno and jack cheese along with a few other ingredients that they weren't divulging but the taste was amazing.
 
 
The dessert, like the specials, change every night but the quality doesn't.  I recommend calling ahead and making a reservation if you're going to go to the Terrace during the nightly music upstairs and you can ask them what the specials and desserts are that night.
 
Sally says that whether you want to enjoy the casual beach crowd downstairs or the more sophisticated surroundings upstairs you are going to love the Surf Shack.

Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen

&

The Terrace at Surf Shack

326 John Ringling Blvd

Sarasota, FL 34236

941-960-1122

website: http://www.surfshackkitchen.com/

SPECIALS AND HAPPENINGS

Check out some of our daily happenings at the Shack!

• Specials subject to change. Certain restrictions apply.

 

THE TERRACE SPECIALS

 

 PIANO BAR

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT EVERY NIGHT

STARTING AT 7:00 PM ON SUNDAY - THURSDAY

7:30 PM on FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

 

8-10pm Nightly Specials which feature fresh seafood, steaks and salads that foodies will find unique and delicious.

 

LATE NIGHT AND DINNER MENU AVAILABLE

DAILY SPECIALS

 

Copper River Salmon
Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls
Loaded Nachos
Crab Guacamole
Coronarita

 

GOURMET TACOS

Our Gourmet Tacos Are Our Signature Menu Items.

 

They Are Served Ala Carte With No Sides. All Tacos Are Served On Flour Tortillas Unless Otherwise Noted.

 

Lettuce Wraps, Corn Tortilla And Hard Shells Are Available For An Additional Charge

 

Mix And Match As You Like And Enjoy Some Of Florida’s Best Tacos

$4

 

Grouper Cheeks – Grouper Cheeks, Surf Slaw, Tomato and Citrus Sauce

 

Filet Mignon - Marinated Tenderloin Steak, Garlic Tomato Salsa, Jack Cheese And Haystack Onions

 

Bangin Shrimp - Crispy Shrimp, Chili Aioli, Tomato, Lettuce and Fresh Avocado

 

Yellowfin Tuna - Cajun Sesame Seared Tuna, Wakame Salad with Cucumbers And Mushrooms, Cusabi Sauce, Sriracha Mayo And Pickled Ginger

 

Tiger Shrimp - Crispy Shrimp, Cilantro Lime Aioli, shredded Cabbage And Pico De Gallo

 

Surf N Turf - Marinated Tenderloin Steak And Shrimp Grilled In Chipotle Pesto Then Topped With Crispy Onion Orange-Chili Pork

  

Longboard Fish - Our house made beer battered cod, surf slaw and pico de galio topped with chipotle sour cream

Jerk Chicken - Marinated breat of chicken, fried plantains and avacado and cilantro lime aioli

West Coast Chicken - A traditional taco with house recipe braised chicken, lettuce, tomato, jack cheese and sour cream

 

Pat LaFrieda Guacamole Burger