Two Blondes and a Shrimp in Sanford
Two Blondes and a Shrimp was one of the restaurants I had lined up to review for the Sentinel when my tenure there ended. But I don't see any reason not to tell you about it now.
First, let's get past that name. The two owners -- this really shouldn't come as a big surprise -- are towheads. The shrimp refers to the small child of one of the owner, a kid who undoubtedly will be in therapy because of an inferiority complex by the time he's 18.
TBaaS is in the space that most recently held Blue Dahlia (and, not so recently, Sanford's first newspaper). It's a long, narrow space with lots of old brick, an old-timey tiled floor, and a really cool bar that runs the length of the room. There's a lot of good moodiness in the decor, but if you don't like it inside, there's a covered courtyard for outdoor dining.
The menu leans a bit to the South with an occasional dip in the Caribbean. You'll find such things as she-crab soup, Caribbean meatloaf and Cuban pulled pork.
For my appetizer I had the tomato pie ($5.50)which had slices of tomatoes and cheddar cheese in a flaky cream cheese pastry. It was pretty tasty and would have been perfect if the tomatoes had been a bit firmer.
For the entree I figured I should order something with shrimp (there weren't any small children on the menu), so I chose the barbecue shrimp and grits ($16), which featured good-sized shellfish sauteed with chorizo sausage on a bed of creamy, cheesy grits. I liked both dishes just fine.
Service, at least when I visited, was a bit lacadaisical, but that may just be some of the Caribbean flavor coming through.
Beer and wine are available, and the wine list features some nice by-the-glass selections.
Sanford has been doing pretty good with its downtown dining scene over the last few years. Hollerbach's Willow Tree German restaurant is just around the corner, and there are a couple of good Italian restaurants nearby as well.
If the Two Blondes can keep improving on service and putting out good food, they'll still be around when the kid no longer fits the diminuitive moniker.
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