It’s again time for the annual Let’s Eat! - Englewood Restaurant Week! From Sept. 22 – Oct. 6, more than 20 local restaurants and eateries will participate in a culinary celebration that promotes awareness of the area’s restaurants and their desire to offer affordably delicious meals and service to the community. On September 5, I got a little taste of what three of these restaurants have to offer, and I was by no means disappointed. 

The first stop of the night was Leverock’s Restaurant in Cape Haze. Leverock’s is an American Seafood restaurant that began in 1948 by Johnny Leverock, a veteran and an oyster cultivator. Leverock’s is now a franchise and has eight locations. The Cape Haze location is beautiful – an open dining room with a gorgeous waterfront view. I tried their signature clam chowder and a seafood sampling, which was incredible. Most importantly, the service was phenomenal!

Next stop – Ephesus Mediterranean Grill. Named after an ancient city in Turkey, Burak and his wife Michelle have truly transformed their little restaurant into a Mediterranean oasis. Eating here was like getting a real taste of Turkey. I tried authentic Turkish classics such as stuffed grape leaves, falafel, and piyaz. Burak and Michelle exceeded my expectations with both the food and the service. Eating here was a unique experience.

The last stop was the Sandbar Tiki & Grille. I arrived just in time to walk across the street to see the sunset, but due to rain clouds, there wasn’t much to see. I was, however, lucky enough to get a tour from the owner who was very excited. The Sandbar Tiki & Grille (formerly known as Flounders) was recently purchased by the same owner of Englewood’s beloved Lock ‘N Key

The restaurant offers a traditional menu that features seafood, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and tacos, but also has a brand new “special” menu with smoked barbeque items. First, I was served an appetizer of a chicken wing and a “pork wing.” The chicken wing had just the right kick to it, and the pork wing had a nice sweetness. The main entrée consisted of a St. Louis style rib, smoked salmon, and smoked pulled pork. The meat was cooked perfectly and had just the right amount of flavor. Finally, dessert was a deep fried Oreo and deep fried coconut cheesecake with a pina colada sauce that was to die for.  I was already full at this point, but I could not resist! 

The Englewood restaurant industry is a great community to be a part of. The owners are involved and put in as much work as anyone else. They care about their customers. The food is phenomenal. And the service is great. If you are in the Englewood area, be sure to check out the great restaurants in the area for Let’s Eat! Englewood.