Rick, the manager at the gym where we work out, is a musician and encouraged us to come hear one of the bands he plays with at a local restaurant, Cravings. On season, they play two nights a week, out on the patio, to keep people entertained while they wait for tables to eat dinner. He was so enthusiastic about the ability of the musicians, we just had to go and I’m really glad we did.
Cravings is a local’s favorite restaurant that is attached to a gas station – I’ve heard of other really good restaurants also in gas stations so this must be some kind of a trend down here. Anyway, Rick said the food was great and they have a good rating on Trip Advisor so we decided to try them out on a night when we could also listen to some great music. Cravings has also been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
We arrived around 7:00 PM and were able to get one of the last outside tables right away which was wonderful. Rick was acting as MC for the band and welcomed us – I LOVE feeling like a local and ‘in the know’! The band, Ali & The Katz, play a fun mixture of music with songs from Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Jimmy Buffett, Johnny Winter, Buffalo Springfield, and others. Each musician was good in their own right and they really played well together. It was a wide variety of easy listening, good tunes.
The food was also excellent. I had a really nice tossed salad as an appetizer, Michael had a Caesar salad – no appetizer pictures so you could see more musician pictures. For an entrée I had fabulous scallops which were seared and had a yummy lobster sauce – excellent. It was served with a great zucchini and roasted peppers side. Michael had the Mediterranean Shrimp with Jumbo Shrimp, Sausage, Feta, Spinach, Garlic, Tomatoes, Artichokes and Olives with Saffron Potatoes that was also really, really good.
It was a slightly cool evening (we’re just starting to get into lovely fall weather) and it was delightful sitting outside enjoying the music and food. Because there were only about 10 tables outside, it felt like a very intimate venue to experience the music and the band really liked that Michael was taking pictures. I’m guessing we will be back before we leave to hear another great evening of music and great food.