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“Will give it time”
Review of Food Is Love - CLOSED

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Food Is Love
Price range: US$5 - US$11
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Sarasota, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Will give it time”
Reviewed 28 March 2014 via mobile

This was always our go to place in Englewood and showed up for dinner twice the last couple of months. Just recently found out that there were new owners, and it explains a bit. It's very difficult to take over and try to offer the same menu from someone else who had perfected it for so many years.

We ordered the BBQ and the tenderness wasn't quite what it was before, and the cuts of chicken they use are also a little different. Slow cooked method Needs some work. Otherwise, the cornbread was as good as always, the fries were good, the Mac and cheese was good, and all of it was perfectly warm. (Something always came out could before, knew or old owners!).

The others at the table enjoyed their meals - burger, chicken tenders - so that seemed to be up to par as well.

I'd say they need to work on the slow-cooked all-you-can eat items, but all else was good. I will give it a few weeks and try again.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank KingOrleans
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Placida
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“So disappointed”
Reviewed 19 March 2014 via mobile

We have eaten breakfast here regularly over the last few years, every time we visit from the UK. We loved Gary's cooking and the portions were huge. The lovely Deedee, Vicki and Melissa always made us welcome and provided superb service. The place was usually packed. New owners arrived during our stay in January this year. Today in March we came for breakfast. We could hardly recognise the place. No atmosphere, all the usual staff gone and very few customers. No regulars at the counter at all. Food indifferent - The bacon was rubbery and the famous Love Spuds had been replaced by tasteless sautéed potatoes. Service was poor - we had to ask for coffee refills (unheard of before). We miss you all, girls. Our favourite spot in Englewood had been lost and so quickly ! We will be going to Spinnaker from now on.

Visited March 2014
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5 Thank Jill L
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Venice, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Has gone downhill due to new owners.”
Reviewed 15 March 2014 via mobile

Food is Love was one of my favorite restaurants. Went there this morning and found new owners had taken over. Ordered my favorite breakfast. It had gone from being wonderful to being below average. The portion size had also decreased which wasn't a problem because I left half of my meal uneaten. To be fair my wife said her meal was good but then told me the ladies room was dirty. We will not be going back.

  • Visited March 2014
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2 Thank rkclassic1
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Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best Kept Secret ”
Reviewed 13 March 2014 via mobile

We just decided to try this place for breakfast one day because we were going to the supermarket a few doors down. We were so impressed with the food and the menu, we decided to go there for lunch the following week. Awesome! Great sandwiches, salads, and soups. Nothing fancy but great food. It's definitely worth trying.

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Thank jtee616
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Englewood, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Terrible!”
Reviewed 8 March 2014

Upon recommendation of neighbors, we and our friends went here for breakfast today. Unknowingly, an unmitigated disaster awaited us. After being seated, we waited 20 minutes before anyone came to even offer a cup of coffee. We waited another 10 minutes before the coffee came, and we noticed 3 other tables where people just got up and left without ordering. After placing our orders, it was another 20 minutes to be served. My toast was untoasted, the corned beef hash portion was miniscule, and the food was lukewarm. The bacon my wife and her sister ordered crisp, was rubbery and underdone. We asked for separate checks, but only one check was presented. I have no idea why this place was recommended to us, stay away!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank douggherlone
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