This past weekend was my 18th wedding anniversary, which included, among other things, “the mandatory, celebratory feast, at a nice restaurant.” Although my wife and I both dearly love food truck tacos, unless I planned on making the food truck my home for the next year, I’d better do something erring more on the side of romance than comfort.
My wife Amy wanted to eat somewhere with a view…perhaps somewhere on the water. I kind of cringed when she said this because there really aren’t a ton of restaurants on the water here in Sarasota (which is a shame), and most tend to be nothing more than really over-priced beach food. If that’s not bad enough, they are usually accompanied by some guy with a thinning ponytail playing an acoustic guitar to Jimmy Buffet covers. Of course, this scene isn’t complete without a 24 oz. styrofoam cup with “tips” inscribed in black Sharpie Marker.
The pressure was really on me, so I poured over the Internet, and was reminded of The Table Restaurant Creekside. Ok, so it wasn’t exactly on The Gulf of Mexico, but it did sit snuggly on the mighty banks of Phillippi Creek, and it did have a beautiful water view. The night we were there, God put on an awesome light show in the far distance as the pink and amber clouds were illuminated with bursts of lightning.
During the month of September, they are offering a special tasting menu for $29 per person, which we both decided to try. This turned out to be a tremendous value, particularly since the word “Rockefeller” appears at no point in my name.
I know I am going to enjoy a meal, if I look at a menu, and I want to try everything. I finally settled on the following:
Barcelona Octopus Paella ‐ Chorizo, gigante beans, Spanish sweet roasted peppers, seafood saffron broth