Peter and I are careful before adding restaurants to our “short list”.  We don’t add a restaurant until we’ve received numerous positive comments and we’ve had the opportunity to try out the establishment ourselves. Over the last 6 months, we’ve received a lot of positive feedback about Joy Noodles and Flanigan’s Seafood Bar & Grill.

Joy Noodles, located on South Dixie a few blocks south of the Norton Museum of Art, is owned and operated by Joy and Jeff Sumonthee.  We have sent roughly 50 guests to Joy over the last 6 months and the feedback has been continuously positive.  One comment that we hear repeatedly is that the dishes are not overcooked and the meals taste fresh and healthy with a variety of vegetables and delicious spices.  The bulk of the menu is divided between noodle and rice dishes, mostly with Thai influences, but also Vietnamese and Chinese characteristics. Vegetarians will also find a nice selection here.  The atmosphere is friendly and clean with an Asian flair.  Overall, Joy Noodles offers a good meal in pleasant surroundings on a low budget.

Our other new addition to our “short list” is Flanigan’s Seafood Bar & Grill.  At first, we resisted to add a chain restaurant on to our list of favorites, but the Flanigan’s on Southern Blvd east of Dixie has a truly local flair.  Above all, Flanigan’s has delicious baby back ribs (the best we’ve had in this area). In fact, everything on the rather simple menu is yummy.  The seafood, steaks and especially the cole slaw deserve a special mention. The menu prices are very moderate. In addition, if you’re looking for a place to watch a ball game, there is HD TV all over the restaurant and in the bar where you can also order food.  In short, Flanigan’s is one of the best sports bar & grill in the area and is reasonably priced with great happy hours and nightly specials.