J.R's Old Packinghouse Cafe'

Acoustic Folk, Blues, Bluegrass

This unassuming haunt is a real hoot!

Known for good food, cold beer and live entertainment; it was used for packing locally cultivated celery beginning in the 1920's.

South of the Border offerings complement sumptuous southern dinners. A large variety of sandwiches are available, some prepared with "jerk", a semi-mild Jamaican spice. And don't forget to try the home made desserts, especially the bread pudding and key lime pie.

Celery can still be found here in the "Celery Plate with Dip" as can a bevy of other tasty menu items prepared fresh daily. Locals like the down-to-earth atmosphere of antiques and old photos, but it's mainly the food they come for. Some favorites include: Black Beans and Rice, Cuban Sandwiches and Grouper Filet.

Owner J.R., has been in the restaurant business for 25 years. He invites you to come out, enjoy a good meal at a fair price and have some fun. Six nights a week there is live music.

sarasota restaurant • cuban sandwiches • cold beer • sarasota pub • cuban cooking • cajun cooking • bluegrass music • live music • open mic night • black beans and rice