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“Great place!”

The Grasshopper Mexican Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #199 of 1,027 Restaurants in Sarasota
Price range: US$4 - US$14
Cuisines: Mexican, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great place!”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

Visitedwhile car was being serviced at Wilde Honda (2 doors south... E side of US41/Tamiami Trail).
About 3pm so not busy; had lunch people... staff was great... food was great... (got the pequeno plate with sautéed pork... comes with beans/rice/flour tortillas... YUMMY!)
Will be back. Apparently they have Margarita Monday and Happy Hour (dubbed "Fiesta Hour," of course!) everyday 4-7pm.
iOle!

  • Visited July 2014
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Eighty Four, Pennsylvania
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“Grasshopper service, food and beer selection are great!”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

I have visited the Grasshopper-El Chapulin several times and each visit has been a great one. The Tex-Mex food is great and reasonably priced. The beer selection is very good and the service at the bar from Bianca is fantastic!

  • Visited July 2014
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Brookville, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Best Mexican in Sarasota”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

Everything was great besides the free salsa and chips they brought upon first arriving. The salsa was too watery and the mild was very bland. However, every other item couldn't have been better. We happened to go on a Monday and the 3$ margaritas on Mondays were great. I only tried the original I can't comment on the 4 other flavors (maui, strawberry, peach, and raspberry). I had three enchiladas all ground beef topped with their meat sauce and they were done perfectly. The meat sauce was top notch and full of flavor, I normally don't like corn tortillas at all, but our server recommended them saying they were different than typical corn tortillas here and he was right! Very good. The rice and beans were also great. They were the best refried beans I've ever eaten. My fiance had the combination platter with pork and loved it. I'll definitely go back.

  • Visited July 2014
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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Stay away from canned beans & (not mexican food)”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

We were in Sarasota for a few days, looked for Mexican Food (we're Mexican) and came across this place by looking up local restaurants. Worst mistake ever! the beans were from a can! the beef very similar to Taco Bells and the cheese had nothing Mexican. Please save your money and find another Mexican Restaurant. We were fooled by all the good reviews and the TripAdvisor sticker on the window. Service was okay but not the best. Regretted eating here so much! A lot of times I see restaurants like this, they claim to be Mexican/ tex-mex but they are not authentic, they are just in business thanks to all the tourist in the area, not from regulars.

  • Visited July 2014
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Parrish, Florida
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“FANTASTIC AS ALWAYS”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

My wife and I ate here for about the sixth time this afternoon. Both of us had the pork chile rellano, beans, rice, chips and salsa. It continues to be the absolute BEST authentic Mexican food in Sarasota. If you have not tried this and you love Mexican, I truly believe that you will be very well pleased with doing so. Also has a bar and many beers on tap as well as in the bottle. In case they forget to tell you, they bring two salsas. One is milder and one is quite hot. Make sure you know which is which before you put a lot of the very hot on a chip or your food.

  • Visited June 2014
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