Time on Samson St. is anything but lowkey. They have their floor-to-ceiling windows that are always open on a sunny day and you can practically hear the sax riffs and banging cymbals from the sidewalk. Every spot at the long wraparound bar has a decent view of the stage, and for a place that’s all about the music, the food holds its own. Everything, from shrimp and grits, to fried calamari with a Calabrian chili garlic aioli, to gigantic braised short ribs, are all perfectly acceptable, and taste great watching whatever jazz band or singer is performing that night. 

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