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Full disclosure: I was invited to Council Oak Steaks & Seafood for a media dinner where food was served complimentary. These opinions are my own and do not reflect Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Tampa is a happy hour town. You can wander to most bars and find a decent happy hour menu with cheeses, small bites, and discounted cocktails on any given day of the week. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa is doing things are little differently at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood.
Instead of offering heavily discounted appetizers with tiny bites, Council Oak has opted instead to provide diners with shareable entries that offer complexity in flavors that you might not find anywhere else in Tampa. The price points will run anywhere from $ 10 to $ 40 depending on the item.
The most noticeable item on the menu, which occurs daily from 3PM-6PM for a limited time, is the Japanese Wagyu Carpaccio ($ 15). I am a fan of beef carpaccio in general, but the bold flavors of the wagyu on top of a crostini is not to be missed. The heavy flavors of the meats on the menu almost ensures you are going to want beer or a cocktail to wash down your food and luckily they have provided some great choices.
During my visit I had the Vina Cobos Felino Malbec ($ 12) which was a great red to pair with the meat dishes, especially the Council Oak Prime Burger ($ 22), rich with flavor and an egg with yolk that will run all over your tongue. The portion is generous, but the price certainly makes this something you want to share. The added truffle fries are just another layer in a meal that will most certainly be a pleasant trip for diners.
The Council Oak Bacon ($ 14), aged in-house, is for true believers only. Four thick slabs of bacon will arrive on your table with a tiny side salad. The balsamic reduction will perfectly complement the fatty pork in your mouth. It reminds me of a millionaire’s bacon, but more refined.
For those looking for something on the lighter side, there is the Council Oak House Salad ($ 11). This salad features salami, prosciutto, bacon, tomatoes, egg, mozzarella, and house dressing. It is an excellent salad and perfect with some wine. The tomatoes and dried egg yolk on top is my favorite part. The salami is also excellent and noticeably not too salty.
There are several other options on the social hour menu such as Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Tuna Tartare, Caesar Salad, a N.Y. Strip Steak Sandwich, and a Beef Tenderloin, but personally I wanted to experience things I can’t find anywhere else. I would still be interested in trying them in the future though after seeing how masterfully everything was served at Council Oak for social hour.
Social Hour at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood offers excellent options that can be shared by diners before a night on the town. The elegant environment of the bar complements the menu that seems to have been carefully planned. I recommend stopping by soon to try it.
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EDGE Social Drinkery located in Epicurean Hotel at 1207 South Howard Avenue will have a casual New Year’s Eve 2019 celebration for visitors and guests running from 8PM to 2AM on December 31st.
The rooftop bar will offer $ 10 glasses and $ 50 bottles of Veuve Clicquot all-night long as well as complimentary favors. No cover charge. Watch the ball drop on Plasma TV screens and enjoy a bar-wide countdown to 2019.
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Full disclosure: I was invited to Council Oak Steaks & Seafood for a media preview of their new Social Hour menu. I was offered a complimentary meal in exchange for my opinion about their menu. Opinions are my own and do not reflect Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino or any affiliates.
There are few restaurants in Tampa that offer Happy Hour deals on the weekends, but Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has a few offerings for those of us looking both on weekdays and weekends.
Council Oak Steaks & Seafood has joined the list of places to put on your happy hour radar with their new Social Hour that is now offered daily from 4PM-6PM. I recently tried a wide-range of menu items with other local bloggers and Instagram users and many of the dishes were great.
The Social Hour dishes are not available during regular dining hours are thought of as a unique draw for the juggernaut of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.
My favorite is the Skuna Bay Salmon Tartare($ 15). This dish has some excellent salmon paired with Citrus Crème Fraîche and has a really amazing flavor profile.
A close runner-up is the Fried Green Tomato Caprese Stack ($ 13) – which is a must-share dish. Truly excellent flavor profiles are found throughout and there is an obvious effort by the chef to make this menu different from your average happy hour re-hash menu.
If you’re craving some meat, I recommend the Grilled Beef Tenderloin Skewers ($ 17) which really show you the attention and care to detail the Council Oak Steaks & Seafood has to their meat. The blended herb chimichurri is breathtakingly unique.
As far as cocktails are concerned my favorite drink on the menu is their Cucumber Gimlet ($ 10) made with Effen Cucumber Vodka, Elderflower, Pear Nectar, Lemon Juice, and Sparkling Wine.
The drink prices are fairly affordable for a casino and the food is made to be shared, but if you’re really hungry you might need to order a few appetizers to be truly satisfied or maybe just head on over for a true steak dinner.
Social Hour is held in the Council Oak Steaks & Seafood Lounge which is open Sunday to Thursday from 4PM to 11PM and Friday & Saturday from 4PM to 1AM. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is located at 5223 Orient Road, Tampa, FL, 33610.
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Looking for some plans for Cinco de Mayo in Tampa? The Ritz Ybor is hosting a Tacos and Tequila Party + Social on Saturday, May 5th, 2018. Tickets range from $ 10 to $ 45 per person.
Taste your way through ten street taco stations & Tequila Cazadores stations. Sip on signature margaritas and cerverzas. Enjoy a 93.3 FLZ Live Broadcast w/ Rose from The KANE Show.
General Admission includes one tasting at any taco & tequila station. Foodie Admission includes three tastings at any taco & tequila station. Super Foodie Admission includes tastings at all ten taco & tequila stations.
Additional taco & tequila tasting tickets will be available for purchase at the event.
This event is for ages 21+ only. Please drink and drive responsibly.
Parking: The Centro Ybor parking garage is conveniently located directly behind The RITZ Ybor, while a 717 Parking Lot is conveniently located across the 15th Street from the venue. The Broadway parking lot is located diagonally from The RITZ Ybor with its entrance on 8th Avenue between 14th & 15th.
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Join 81Bay Brewing Co. and American Social Tampa for a special craft beer dinner this Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 7:30PM for Tampa Bay Beer Week 2018.
Tickets cost $ 50 and includes 4 courses of food and 5 craft beers as well as hors d’oeuvres paired by American Social Chef Jay Jones and 81Bay Head Brewer Hayley Brown. Enjoy dining on the waterfront of Tampa Bay at this event.
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Cask Social Kitchen From Herb Crusted Hanger Steak to Chicken ‘N Waffles, Lobster Mac ‘N Cheese, creative flatbreads, and unique salads, Cask Social Kitchen is serving up new American fare with a Southern twist on a seasonally changing menu. […] Tampa Bay Metro Magazine & Blog
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay hosted its 13th Annual Tuxes & Tails event at the Tampa Convention Center. Co-chairs, Kelly Feldman and Brooke Palmer Kuhl, put on a fantastic show, with a Moulin Rouge theme, complete with Can Can girls, red curtains and chandeliers. Mistress and Master of Ceremonies, Cynthia Smoot and Russell Rhodes from Fox 13 News, presented the special entertainment and adoptables parade.
Executive Director, Sherry Silk, was proud to announce the night raised $ 220,000 and 42 of the 58 animals left with their new owners and forever homes. More than 950 animal lovers showed up for the sold out event, and enjoyed a lovely sit down dinner, cocktails, and live and silent auctions.
An after party with complimentary cigars, drinks and live music took place at the Sail Pavilion.
Sponsors for the event included, BlueGrace Logistics, Lakeland Automall, Kimberly & Mark Moore, The Yerrid Foundation, Merrill Lynch, Suzie & Gerald Archibald, Dorene Collier’s Event Show Productions, Landon Outreach Foundation, Mastro Subaru of Tampa, The Mosiac Company, and Verizon.
Naughty or Nice was the theme for Pavilion XXX, chaired by Penny and Jeff Vinik with presenting sponsor PNC Bank. The museum interior was decked out with silver draping from floor to ceiling, with décor created by Botanica International Design & Décor Studio and Anna Lucia Events. Fun and interesting entertainment included a Peep Show and LA Follies dancers. It was a return to a sit down dinner out on the covered portico of the museum. Mise en Place and Chef Marty Blitz prepared a delicious Mixed Endive Salad, followed by Mise Surf & Turf, with beef tenderloin and lobster medallion, and French Apple Cake with Signature XXX Chocolates completing the dinner. Proceeds from the event and live auction raised over $ 300,000 for Tampa Museum of Art’s educational programs and exhibitions.