Her name is Sophie. She is a spotted puffer fish that hangs out in a tank designed by the stars of Animal Planet's reality show Tanked. Since the Sweet Spot began serving up its Caribbean-American dishes in May 2012, she has become something of a town attraction.
"She has a lot of personality," said Karen Tancrede, head chef and co-owner of Sweet Spot with her husband, Serge. "People come in just to take a look at her."
Sophie is just one of the personal touches Karen and Serge Tancrede have added to give visitors to The Sweet Spot a unique experience in Doylestown. Serge's background growing up in Haiti became the inspiration to offer Caribbean fare such as jerk chicken, griot and coconut curry.
"We want to reflect the island experience and transport people," said Karen. "I provide the food, and Serge brings his smile and personality."
Not everybody may be willing to branch out to the unfamiliar, so the Tancredes made sure to add some old-fashioned favorites like mac and cheese to the menu. Considering the popularity of the conch fritters, though, it sounds like the clientele is pretty adventurous.
"They have become very popular," said Karen. "We get them shipped at the beginning of the week, spend hours boiling them down and tenderizing them, and they are completely gone by the end of the week."
Now is the perfect time to try the Caribbean dishes with the Sweet Spot's special Restaurant Week menu, with a prix fixe menu offering up samples of their favorite recipes.