We spent this afternoon in Sarasota checking out the new Mall at University Town Center – which has been open just over two weeks. It had a lot of the same shops and restaurant as International Plaza, but it was still fun to wander the brand new stores. The design is beautiful with huge skylights that let in plenty of natural light.
While in the Sarasota area, we stopped for lunch at KaCey’s Seafood & More. It had great reviews on both Yelp & TripAdvisor. The location is nothing exciting – it’s in a strip mall with a yoga studio, hair salon, and dry cleaner. So if I hadn’t read about it, I would have never thought to eat there.
We were promptly seated and started off with a few beers before ordering food. Lance was happy to get their last bottle of Goose Island IPA and I had a Stella.
For my meal I ordered the Shrimp KaCey’s – with cumin lime shrimp, crispy black bean cake, salsa, guacamole, and rice medley. It was technically part of the dinner menu, but they do serve shrimp and the black bean cakes separately on the lunch menu, so our waiter was nice enough to let me order it a bit early. It was fantastic – the black bean cake was nice and crispy, and the shrimp was paired with a slightly spicy sauce. The rice wasn’t too special, but the rest of the plate made up for it.
Lance had the Cod-Zilla Fish Sandwich – fish with guacamole, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, and Cajun remoulade on a toasted ciabatta roll served with fries and cole slaw. It was incredibly messy – definitely not a good idea for first date food. But it tasted very good. There was so much fish on the sandwich it kept falling out – they were very generous with the portions. Our waiter tells us it used to be an even messier sandwich because the cole slaw used to be served on top rather than on the side.
If you’re in the area and in the mood for a casual place to enjoy seafood, it is definitely worth checking out.
On our way home, we stopped by ABC to restock our fridge with beers. They actually had a sale on miscellaneous 24 packs of beer for only $15. And most of them were actually pretty good brands like Lagunitas and New Belgium that would typically cost much more. It’s nice that we can try a bunch of new kinds – I’m looking forward to testing out the Dogfish Head Festina Peche ale brewed with peach juice.
KaCey’s Seafood & More is located at 4904 Fruitville Rd, Fruitville, FL 34232 and is open 11am – 9pm every day.