Pollo Tropical is joining forces with World Central Kitchen for Bahamas relief. Pollo Tropical is pledging “a dollar donation for every Pollo Tropical Original Family Meal purchased” at any of the 140 company-owned locations from September 15th through October 6th to the Bahamas recovery effort.
“Florida was spared from the devastation of Hurricane Dorian, but our friends in the Bahamas were not. Our Pollo Tropical family is committed to helping those affected by providing Chef José Andres with funds needed to help feed the families affected by the storm.” said Richard Stockinger, Chief Executive Officer and President of Fiesta Restaurant Group, parent company of Pollo Tropical.
World Central Kitchen (WCK) is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. Founded in 2010 by Chef José Andrés, the organization’s method of operations is to be a first responder and then to collaborate and galvanize solutions with local chefs to solve the problem of hunger, immediately following a disaster. Find out more at wck.org.
September 19, 2019 |
Local vegan spot and mobile kitchen Zentu Cafe announced it’s permanent closure today on Instagram in a loss for local vegans. It was located inside Blue Torch Cigars and Winery at 5908 N. Armenia Ave. in Tampa. The cafe opened in February 2019 and their mission was “to switch up what Tampa is used to where vegan food is bland, overly healthy, or super bad for you.”
The statement reads, “It is with infinite sadness that we must announce the closure of Zentu Cafe. It’s been a good run, educational and we loved being part of this amazing community here in Tampa. We especially thank Blue Torch Cigar for hosting us and letting us try to grow. Enjoy this amazing upswing in vegan opportunities and we look forward to trying other restaurants soon”!
The project was a partnership between Benny Blanchard of The Human’s Mechanic in Seminole Heights and Tim Fedorko of Farmacy Vegan Kitchen & Bakery.
June 20, 2019 |
Sometimes good things happen on Twitter. Twitter user and future restaurateur Simileoluwa Adebajo shared her plans to make a Nigerian restaurant in San Francisco this past Friday on the social media platform and went viral across the internet.
Nigeria is home to hundreds of ethnic groups and nearly 200 million people, but restaurants are far and few between and she hopes to change that.
The name of the restaurant will be Eko Kitchen and it is currently having pop-ups around the city and offering delivery service with plans for an opening on Friday, May 3rd, 2019 at Joint Venture Kitchen -167 11th Street, San Francisco, California.
The restaurant will offer service Friday evening through Sundays and handle catering on weekdays from Monday to Wednesday.
Joint Venture Kitchen is a fully-equipped restaurant space in SoMA that also serves as home to bay area pop-ups in San Francisco. It is the hub of Eko Kitchen.
Simileoluwa Adebajo shares, “Nigerian food is soulful, spicy, and full of life, much like Nigerian people. I started Eko Kitchen because I missed home and wanted to share Nigerian culture with the world through our food.”
Adebajo does not have a formal background in kitchens or restaurants, but has been offering delivery on UberEATs and Postmates since July of 2018 and only recently added pop-ups, cooking classes, and catering to her business. She credits her mother and 2 grandmothers for the things she has learned about cooking as well as the internet.
Delivery is currently being offered on UberEATs and Postmates with items such as Moin Moin, Ofada Stew, Nigerian Style Fried Rice, Honey Glazed Jolloff Wings, and more.
For more information, visit Eko Kitchen and Catering online at http://ekokitchensf.wixsite.com/nomnom/menu.
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April 8, 2019 |
After a few visits to Prost, I am happy to say that Prost Kitchen + Bar is Tampa’s best new restaurant.
The owners of Prost have shown a true dedication to quality food and drinks. Out of all the restaurants in Tampa, Prost is showing strong promise and dedication to providing a great experience for customers.
The story behind Prost is an interesting one that starts with a college bar called The Study. The owner there and his roommates decided that they would open a restaurant with some of the money he made on that venture. After heading to Germany for research, they found a great cook and made plans to open Prost Kitchen on Bearss Avenue.
It isn’t the most sophisticated neighborhood in town, being located smack dab between New Tampa and USF’s University Area. Don’t let that stop you though, there is plenty of parking in their parking lot and ample seats both inside and outside Prost.
Image Credit: @prosttampa
The menu is obviously inspired by Germany, but also features modern American cuisine and the burgers are a MUST. I had the Maple-Bourbon Burger on my first visit and was blown away by the quality and attention to detail that Prost uses. It features bourbon bacon jam, cheddar cheese, a fried egg, and hash-brown served on a pretzel bun.
Let me start by saying the burger was cooked exactly as requested. The fried egg was cooked to perfection – no burnt edges. All the toppings enhanced the burger instead of distracting from it.
The meat quality in the burger was above your typical burger joint. Eggs on burgers are always messy, but this was a good messy and the incredible pretzel bun did not suffer at all from the ingredients moving around inside of it.
Oh and the tavern chips and beer cheese served with it? Completely delicious. The cost? Only $ 12. Oh so worth it.
It was during this visit that I met the bar manager who comes up with their cocktails and drink menu. He has put lots of thought and emphasis into their bar selection. It is far above your typical college bar list and they offer a cocktail flight every month that is centered around a certain country. During this visit they were doing Britain so there was a butter beer cocktail on the list made with vodka.
Their craft beer list is quite solid as well and they made sure to source some German beer. It isn’t quite the caliber of Mr. Dunderbak’s, but maybe there is an opportunity there for a collaboration?
One thing I’ll say is Prost still has lots of room to grow with the growing beer and bartender community we have in Tampa.
My next visit was for Taco Tuesday where Prost offers deals on tacos and 2-4-1 Margaritas. The tacos were far from traditional, but were still delicious, savory, and packed with ingredients.
Prost offers deals most days of the week obviously understanding their college student base. This is a good thing for everyone though – Tampa isn’t the highest paying city in the world and a good deal is always a great way to try something.
$ 8 bottomless mimosas on the weekends and a brunch menu also are not a bad thing. I still need to make a visit for that.
On my most recent visit I tried the Jager Schnitzel. You can’t really review a German business without trying their actual German food. The schnitzel was excellent. There was no dryness to it and the mushrooms and gravy topping were great.
The price was still fair compared to other German spots in town.
The attention to quality has been clear on ever one of my visits to Prost. I am happy to say that it is the best new restaurant in Tampa. If you haven’t been to visit yet, you should be making plans soon.
Restaurant name: Prost Kitchen + Bar
Neighborhood: USF, New Tampa
Address: 2802 E. Bearss Ave., Tampa, FL 33613
Phone Number: (813) 466-5249
June 1, 2018 |
Filipino food is one of my all-time favorite cuisines. The mixture of Asian and Spanish cuisine speaks to me. Unfortunately, Filipino food is not too popular in Florida and has experienced much difficulty catching on in Tampa Bay. I saw Inay’s Kitchen opened in Orlando and bookmarked it a few weeks ago.
I finally made it over today. The restaurant is a mom-and-pop dive that clearly is family-run. They have a small cafeteria-like setup in the back. You can order 2 meats and a side for $ 10.99, but I opted for 1 meat and a side for $ 6.99 (Filipino food is filling). An order of Shanghai Lumpia was added on for $ 2. I can’t pass that up. My friend also ordered the pancit noodles.
The server brought out our food fresh and warm and we dug in. The lechon kawali (crispy fried pork belly) was perfectly crispy on the skin and was incredibly juicy. It beat out any other business I have eaten at in Tampa Bay or Orlando so far. We enjoyed it with some Mang Tomas sauce which is similar to a gravy sauce and available upon request.
The shanghai lumpia was perfectly rolled and delicious. The pancit was flavorful and not dry at all. This restaurant was a really simple setup and nothing complex was going on inside, but everything was done well and the price was right. I would return in the future for more food and recommend it to people who love Filipino food.
There was ample seating inside and from talking to the owners it seems the weekends are their busiest time. They add more menu items on the weekend such as Dinuguan and Kare-Kare.
Check out Inay’s Kitchen – you won’t be disappointed with their food.
Restaurant Name: Inay’s Kitchen
Neighborhood: West Orlando
Address: 1097 S. Clarke Rd., Ocoee, FL 34761
Phone Number: (407) 601-2126
May 23, 2018 |
Full disclosure: I was invited to Coppertail Brewing for a complimentary menu tasting in exchange for my opinion of their menu. Opinions are my own and do not reflect Coppertail Brewing.
Coppertail Brewing located in Ybor City has been serving food from the Stein & Vine Kitchen (known as S & V Kitchen for some time now). I visited recently to give the menu a taste. What I found was plenty of great food that paired well with their beer. How about that?
The meal started off with the potstickers. Potstickers are one of the things that you’ll find on plenty of menus but are often ruined. Sometimes they are soggy or fried too much. These were perfect – and it went perfect with an assortment of beers ranging from sours to lighter beers. The dish is seasonal and rotates on and off the menu, but to me it was good enough to be a regular item.
Then came the Drunken Shrimp made with Coppertail Unholy Trippel. I was a little skeptical of this dish when I first saw it, but oh my god this was the best sauce ever. I wanted to put it on everything. This is simply the best menu item they have and I will definitely be ordering this one in the future. They could sell this sauce…it’s that good. Yum.
From this beer flight there was some German inspiration and some sours mixed in. The BOMP! was by far the winner and I just had to have a glass of that with my food. Coppertail always has an interesting mixture of beers on the menu, but that BOMP is something special.
Back to the food.
Stein and Vine has always had an arrangement of spicy burgers. This one packs the heat and I’d recommend tuning down the sauce if you’re heat sensitive. However those who love the heat will love this Sriracha Bomb. Burgers and beer makes perfect sense especially with summer coming – I’m hoping to see some more burger ideas on the menu for that!
Then there was the Schnitzel Sandwich. My favorite of the two entrees I tried. Schnitzel and German beer is just perfect. The price was fair and the portion was great. I was dipping my tator tots in that drunken shrimp sauce because ITS DELICIOUS. I am a fan of this sandwich and I hope it eventually would make its way to the standard menu. German food and beer just makes me happy.
Overall, the options at S & V Kitchen are excellent for Coppertail Brewing. There is definitely some culinary genius going on here and I think the more they incorporate the beer in the process the better! I’m a fan and can’t wait to go back soon for more.
Restaurant Name: S & V Kitchen at Coppertail Brewing
Neighborhood: Ybor City
Address: 2601 East 2nd Ave, Tampa, FL 33605
Phone Number: (813) 247-1500
March 4, 2018 |
Coppertail Brewing had the Grand Opening for Stein and Vine Kitchen (S &V Kitchen) last week at the brewery in Ybor City. The pub fare from S & V Kitchen will be available to guests daily from 11AM to 11PM when they visit the brewery.
Coppertail Brewing is located at 2601 East 2nd Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605 just outside Ybor City near IKEA.
Menu items are identical to what you’ll find at the Stein & Vine location in Brandon and includes the “Juicy Lacey” Cheeseburger, Pig Wings, and Tator Tots…to name a few. Food is also available for take-out with a special Monday special that includes a growler on the Coppertail Facebook page.
You can find the full menu for S & V Kitchen on Coppertail’s website at: http://coppertailbrewing.com/the-food-1/
Coppertail Brewing was founded in 2014 by Kent Bailey and Casey Hughes. The idea was to bring more hop-forward and Belgian influenced beer to the market. All their beer is brewed and bottled in Tampa for Florida distribution. Coppertail beer is available at tap rooms and restaurants, Total Wine, Target, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Publix, and at the brewery.
Stein and Vine was founded in 2012 by Ty and Lacey Mathis. The owners live within walking distance of their restaurant and pub and are friends with the owners of Coppertail Brewing.
December 8, 2017 |
It hasn’t been too long since Farmacy Vegan Kitchen + Bakery opened doors at Duckweed in Downtown and this weekend the concept expanded into Duckweed in the Channelside District.
The partnership between the two defined this expansion and the location is conveniently located to plenty of parking, residential living, and an upcoming neighborhood that will soon be packed with many who have a stake in the future of Tampa.
I, myself, was unaware that there is plenty of parking in this area and noticed when I visited that quite a few restaurants and cafes have been setting up shop in the Channelside District.
The neighborhood is quiet and mostly filled with residents walking their dogs.
Farmacy features a variety of ready-to-eat food and smoothies that are all 100% vegan.
Much of the talk about Farmacy goes to the baked goods that they offer as vegan and gluten-free – not as common as you would think. There seems to also be an emphasis on wraps and acai bowls as well.
Check out the menu here: http://farmacyvegankitchen.com/menu/
The prices were not particularly overpriced (sometimes that is common with healthier food choices), but aren’t cheap either and clearly cater to the audience living in the Channelside District.
I ordered the Exotic Colada smoothie ($ 6.50) which is made with Pineapple, Banana, and Mango along with Coconut. It was refreshing, especially considering this inferno we’ve been living in lately for Summer 2017.
I wouldn’t say the smoothie was a game-changer compared to other smoothie bars, but was satisfactory for the price and I enjoyed it overall and wouldn’t mind ordering it again.
The employee I met at the Channelside location was also super friendly and easy to talk to and I thought that was an important part of my experience that I think will lead me back there.
I still haven’t tried any of the food and will have to return one day for that to see how the wraps and baked goods hold up.
I recommend giving it a look if you find yourself in Downtown or near Ybor City.
Restaurant Name: Farmacy Vegan Kitchen + Bakery
Cuisine: Vegan, Bakery
Address: 111 N. 12th Street Tampa, FL 33602
August 21, 2017 |
This past weekend I dined at Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen in Brandon across the street from Portillo’s.
The restaurant is fairly new and opened back in 2016 and is part of a small chain of restaurants that are also found in Winter Park and Altamonte Springs. My family is hooked on their food and I found out why during my visit.
Prices are fair and the quality is excellent. My Aunt has been to New Orleans a little over half-a-dozen times and praised the food – I’m sure this would vary from person to person.
What I can say is that I enjoyed my food – the Rita’s Chicken which is panko-crusted chicken with lemon sauce over dirty rice ($ 15.25).
The portions here are huge and easily shareable between two people – not a problem. The server and bartenders encountered were all friendly and even during their slow times the restaurant was nearly at capacity.
For dessert we enjoyed beignets covered in powdered sugar. I don’t think there are too many places in Tampa where you can grab these and I usually stop for some at the Poor Porker in Lakeland on trips to Orlando. It wasn’t quite the Poor Porker – but still delicious and a shorter drive (If the Poor Porker is reading this – please come to Tampa).
Overall – I enjoyed my food and experience and will return soon. There’s a lunch menu and daily happy hour plus plenty of drink specials. Interesting menu items for future visits include the Jambalaya, Po’Boy selections, Chicken & Waffles, Fried Catfish, Cajun Shrimp Pasta, and Gumbo selections.
Restaurant name: Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen
Address: 1721 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL 33511
Phone Number: (813) 315-8443
Happy Hour: 4PM-6PM Daily
May 2, 2017 |
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April 30, 2017 |
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Seeking Fresh Comfort Food In A Modern Social Setting?
Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen to the Rescue.
A chic and contemporary interior invites guests inside at the new Doc B’s located on Bay Street in International Plaza. The menu delights diners in the Tampa Bay area with a focus on fresh salads and veggies, along with comfort food favorites of burgers, and sandwiches served with french fries, sweet potato fries, coleslaw or quinoa salad. The restaurant was created by Craig Bernstein, who opened the first Doc B’s in 2013, naming the restaurants after his late father, Dr. Bernstein. The concept hails from Chicago with two locations, and Tampa being the first in Florida, with a Fort Lauderdale location opening later this year.
The large communal table in the bar area or the tucked away booths, offer options to be social or secluded. The bar is surrounded by TVs to catch the scores of the latest games and enjoy a speciality cocktail or a craft beer. The outside patio, shielded with a brick fire pit wall, offers great people watching, while sipping a glass of wine and savoring a salad or sandwich.
A great starter is the Housemade Guacamole. It is fresh and flavorful served with chips. The menu has a balance of healthier choices including a Quinoa Kitchen Salad made with Quinoa, Marcona almonds, mint, radish & feta topped with crispy leeks or the Brussel Sprout Salad, along with more comfort, Very Special Entrees. A personal favorite is the Wok Out Bowl® where you choose a Protein – shrimp, tofu or salmon, chicken or beef; Base – sticky brown rice, lo mein noodles or quinoa; Sauce – sesame teriyaki or spicy thai; all served in a bowl with veggies and cashews. The Pan Roasted Chicken is moist and flavorful, while filling up the entire plate and served with mashed potatoes. Be sure to save room for Rob’s Double Decker Chocolate Cake that is completely decadent and served with a cold glass of milk.
Wok Out Bowl
Served with market veggies, chopped cashews and choice of salmon, chicken, Black Tiger shrimp, tuna, tofu or steak
Tennessee Hot Chicken
Boneless, fried & habanero-honey glazed served with coleslaw & a slice of cornbread
Served over Crushed Ice
CH gin, all organic beet juice, mint, lemon
The menu changes quarterly to make the most of seasonal ingredients. While every effort is made to source locally, Doc B’s does seek out the highest quality ingredients including fresh tuna from Hawaii, lo mein noodles from San Fransisco and salmon from the Faroe Islands. Chicken and beef entrees are always made with hormone and antibiotic free meats. Everything is made in-house, every day including the salad dressings and desserts. M
Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen
Open for lunch and dinner daily
Accessible from Bay Street at International Plaza
2223 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, Florida
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February 20, 2016 |
Casual Meets Gourmet
Located on the second floor of St. Petersburg’s Sundial, and above Chef Michael Mina’s LOCALE Market, FarmTable Kitchen is a new American restaurant featuring farm-to-table cuisine that focuses on fresh, seasonal, regionally sourced and house-made products. FarmTable Kitchen, known to many locally as a casual wine bar concept, has grown to feature table service dining, and is now open for lunch and dinner daily.
“The success of LOCALE Market and our guests’ demand for a full-service dining experience, lead us to create FarmTable Kitchen,” notes James Beard Award-Winning Chef Michael Mina. “Because we’re connected to LOCALE Market, we have the ability to utilize them to source many of our ingredients and products.”
The seasonally shifting menu highlights new American dishes made from scratch, as well as products made on-site daily, including prime steaks, dry aged in house, hand made pastas and stone hearth pizzas. The menu selection is versatile, unique and exciting. From the Cheese and Charcuterie starters with cheeses from Italy — sottocenere and taleggio — France, Spain and the US; you’ll also want to sink your teeth into great dishes like their salmon and bison, the duck fat french fries, as well as organic chicken, lamb and hand crafted pasta selections.
The bar serves a wide variety of wines by the glass and locally brewed beers, as well as vermouth and wine cocktails. Desserts are made fresh daily as well, with choices such as german chocolate cake, devil’s food cake and their Elvis cupcakes.
With 100 indoor dining seats and 145 total seats (including the bar and patio), FarmTable Kitchen provides comfortable intimate seating for couples, small groups or larger parties. The Chef’s Table, an interactive, chef-driven, 8 course Tasting Menu, is offered as a communal dining experience in the ten seat private dining room on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.
Make your reservations now for the best in culinary offerings of LOCALE Market in a restaurant setting at FarmTable Kitchen. M
Sundial Lifestyle Plaza, 179 2nd Ave. North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
727-523-6300 | www.localegourmetmarket.com
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