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“Long wait, average burger. But a great Basa Ruben.”

JR's Old Packinghouse Cafe
Ranked #161 of 1,180 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Waited for 35 minutes for a burger and a fish sandwich.(this was a Wednesday night at around 7 PM nor big crowd, plenty of empty tables). The burger was OK, cold bun, cold fries. My wife's sandwich was wonderful, but her fries were also cold.Nice to see the place open again, but I guess it's not up to par yet.

Date of visit: May 2017
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1  Thank chardotfla
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Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

Jr serves traditional menu with all the favorites, we had a great burger, nice Cuban, and great Basa . Friendly service with good choice of beer and wine. Just happened to be live music with a unique duo on electric guitar and steel guitar, playing rock and C&W. a good night.

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank Andysunkey
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Reviewed 9 May 2017

shopping with wife and couldn't decide where to go for lunch. spotted the old packing house and decided to give it a try. waitress was super friendly and offered specials in addition to regular menu. both of us ordered the pulled pork special and were not disappointed. good sized sandwich...came w/fries etc. , absolutely delicious!!! wash down w/ a cold beer and life is good.

Date of visit: May 2017
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Thank steven25528
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Reviewed 25 April 2017

My Sister who lives on Siesta Key took me here for lunch ...she called it "a hole in the wall with great food" She was right. There were 3 of us Sisters and we all loved it. L was our pleasant server and she was very helpful. L recommended the Cheeseburger and the OPC Cuban Sandwich. 2 of us had Burgers and they were cooked perfectly, large and tasty. We also had the Taco Salad and it was wonderful. We started with the Potato Skins and I highly recommend them as they deep fry the Potato and then bake it giving the skin a very crispy taste. JR the Owner came to the table to make sure we were pleased with our food. He is a passionate owner and by the way he and his lovely Wife run the restaurant it is evident. JR gave me a list of Daily specials and these are great.. Monday is $5 Burger Day, Tuesday is $8 Tacos, Wednesday is $8 Chicken and Rice and Thursday is $8 Chicken Pot Pie. You really must go! I want to go back for the Pot Pie...Thanks JR for a fun spot.

Date of visit: April 2017
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2  Thank PeggyChism
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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

A local institution, a fire knocked it out commission last year.
Know for good burgers and other casual meals it is a great place in The center of Sarasota off the beaten path. Sit on the porch, look at the beautiful sky and listen to the weekend jazz/blues, life is good. With a full belly, somehow your problems don't seem so bad

Date of visit: April 2017
Thank JordanS8
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