In one of the restaurant reviews I wrote several weeks ago, a reader asked why I was only reviewing “national chains.” He suggested that I review local restaurants. With that in mind, a friend and I went to lunch at “South Beach Bar and Grill” on Newport.
We arrived at 12:30pm, and the place was packed. There was only one table available on the ground floor and nothing available on the 2nd floor. That was ok. We only needed one table anyway! When we left the restaurant at 1:45pm, there was still only one table available – ours!
After looking at the menu, our great waitress, Jenna, asked if we were ready to order. We were, except what we wanted “Grilled Mahi Taco” was not being served that day. She suggested another kind of Taco – similar to the Mahi. We decided to try it.
Additionally, we both ordered Carne Asada Taco’s and she suggested that we split an order. She said that even though there were two of them to an order, and small, they were quite filling and we didn’t need the extra order of rice and beans. We did just as she suggested and she was right; we did not need anything else with our order.
Well…not quite. I decided to order an Octopus Cocktail because one does not usually see Octopus on menu’s, and the price was right – $3.95. We also ordered raspberry ice tea, and without question, it was one of the best tea’s we have ever had. And…we were asked several times, not just by Jenna, but by other wait staff if we wanted refills. A very nice touch!
The Octopus Cocktail was wonderful, except that they put a dollop of horseradish on the top and I dug right into it. It only took a few minutes before I could breathe again, and after I mixed the remaining horseradish with the cocktail it was still very strong. But I enjoyed the entire thing, and, luckily my friend had asked for more napkins that I used as a “crying towel” throughout the appetizer.
When we were brought our taco’s they were every bit as good as I had heard they would be. I preferred the Carne Asada taco, primarily because it was on a corn tortilla whereas the fish taco was on a flour tortilla. Everything was hot – literally as well as figuratively – tasted good, and we both enjoyed the meal.
While waiting for our bill, a couple at a near-by table ordered the “Peel & Eat Shrimp” – half pound for $8.95 and/or full pound for $12.95. The serving was enormous and I envied them as they dipped the shrimp into the sauce. I think I might order that next time.
If you haven’t been to South Beach, I suggest you try it. There is much more on the menu besides taco’s; there are steamers, salads, sandwiches, tostadas, quesadillas, special plates, etc.
The bar is well stocked, and besides an early “Happy Hour”, there is also a “Late Happy Hour.” I am very happy to know this.
Don’t forget their Tuesday Taco specials which is a real bargain.
See you there!