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“Best Mexican food in the area”

The Grasshopper Mexican Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #186 of 1,055 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$14
Cuisines: Mexican
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Description: The Grasshopper Lounge opened it's doors in 1971 by owners Jesse and Cleo Rosales in Downtown Adrian, Michigan. There, my family acquired the other half of the structure and "El Chapulin the Tex Mex Restaurant" was launched. Still in business and operated by our entire family, we have since opened a second location in Wauseon, Ohio and our third in Sarasota, Florida. Grandma's secret: prepare everything in small batches, so we never jeopardize the art form of our food.
Reviewed 3 June 2014

I enjoyed the freshly made and tasty Mexican dishes served by friendly staff. Many other restaurants have pre-made, frozen dishes, but The Grasshopper is made-to-order and delicious. The pork dishes are especially delightful.

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

They are open late, chips and salsa did not taste like restaurant supply. Good food just enough for the after sunset crowd. Was not "Tex-Mex"!!! Will return!!!!

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Hands down the best Mexican food we've eaten in Sarasota. There's nothing expensive or pretentious about it, but it isn't in any way generic. In fact it seems the cooks have put their individual stamp on all menu items, which range from mexican staples (tacos, burritos, enchildadas) to more 'exotic' tex mex fare (tamales, flautas, barbacoa). Side items tend to be forgotten in reviews, but are worth mentioning here: the guacamole, rice and refried beans all had great flavor and are worth trying. The staff (and ownership) were incredibly friendly also; despite being busy, they remembered us both the second and third time we came back. We'll definitely be returning during our next trip to Sarasota.

1  Thank Nctarheel80
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

Stopped in randomly on Cinco De Mayo while running errands in the Sarasota area, very cute little spot. The staff was extremely polite and attentive. We ordered off of their "special menu" for the day, we had their special green cheese sauce along with guacamole and salsa. Was very good. We aren't usually fans of the green salsas at Mexican restaurants but it was a nice change. We also just ordered the simple three beef and three chicken tacos, they were good. Was a perfect little find,exactly what we were looking for.

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

I have worked, cooked and eaten Mexican food in Texas and this just was not very good. And the portions were too small for my husband, the tamale was so dry it was as if it had been left out for a day, it's cozy and has a nice bar and salsa and guacamole was good, but unfortunately that was really all.

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