Dining and Drinks
BY RICHARD MULLINSTribune staff
In the pantheon of holiday cooking feats, perhaps no single item stands out as simultaneously so ambitious and so oddly gluttonous as the “Turducken.”
Simply put, the Turducken is a single, roasted or grilled meat behemoth made from a duck, put inside a chicken, put inside a turkey and all roasted together. It’s a culinary colossus typically only attempted by the ultra-advanced chef, or the Devil-may-care backyard barbecue artist.
Now, mere mortals can catch a taste of this triple-poultry project – in burger form no less – as the Burger 21 chain this holiday season is offering a version of the Turducken, made into one meat patty, with layers inside each other, Russian-nesting-doll style.
JANINE DORSEYTBO.com staff
Through Wednesday, Nov. 26, guests can take non-perishable food items to Ciccio’s/Water in SoHo and receive a voucher for a free drink for every donation.
Suggested donation items include canned fruit, peanut butter, rice, instant potatoes, pasta, dessert mixes, canned tuna, cereal, gelatin or pudding mixes, canned vegetables and grocery gift cards.
Cigar City Cider and Mead recently debuted in Ybor City. The facility, located in the old Tampa Bay Brewing Co. brewpub space, features a tasting room with a diverse selection of ciders and meads brewed with Florida grown ingredients. Beer enthusiasts will also be able to purchase growlers and cans of cider to go.
Partner and operations manager Todd Strauss says the brewers plan to offer traditional ciders, along with more creative selections in line with Cigar City’s unique brewing style.
The tasting room hours have yet to be determined.
The list of new dining options across Tampa Bay continues to grow. One of the latest additions will be a pub-style restaurant in St. Pete.
Last week BellaBrava restaurant partners announced details on their newest dining concept, Stillwaters Tavern. The downtown St. Pete eatery is scheduled to open in spring 2015.
According to a news release, the 4,600-square foot restaurant will be housed at 224 Beach Drive and accommodate 260 people with inside and outdoor seating.
A new nightspot could be opening in St. Petersburg if Jim Robiconti has his way.
If you don’t recognize the name, don’t worry. Robiconti was once “the king of local nightlife,” according to TBO.com, but that was before most millennials were even born.
Robiconti owned his own popular nightclub on Fowler Avenue back in the 1970s. He’s spent the last two decades consulting on the opening of more than a dozen clubs in South America. Now, he wants to create a tamer place around these parts.
BY JEFF HOUCKTribune staff
A crowd gathers on the rooftop at the Hotel Zamora on St. Pete Beach as the sun begins to set over the Gulf of Mexico.
It starts as a trickle. A couple holding hands. A group on a girls night out. A foursome dressed casually in shorts and maxi dresses stroll toward the glass-front railing that overlooks Gulf Boulevard. A few blocks to the south, the Loews Don CeSar Resort sits like a pink sand castle on the shoreline.
Then a wave of humanity emerges from the elevator and stairwell as the sun drops toward the horizon and diners from the Castile restaurant a few floors below come up top for the sunset. It’s a cloudy evening, so there’s no promise of a grand payoff. But right before dropping out of sight, a tangerine beam of light peeks through the clouds and gives visitors what they came for.
Ava, the upcoming South Tampa restaurant founded by former Rays manager Joe Maddon and restaurateur Michael Stewart, is offering an early preview of its “inspired Italian” menu and rustic decor.
The restaurant announced Monday on its Facebook page that it will open its doors for seven nights of “test kitchen” beginning Nov. 20.
The test kitchen dinner service will run 6-10 p.m. on those nights, and will feature a limited menu that will change every couple days. Entrees on that menu range from $14 to $28.
After two years in the making, there is a new place for craft beer enthusiasts in Tampa Bay. Angry Chair Brewing officially opened their doors Thursday afternoon.
The brewery, located at 6401 N. Florida Avenue in Seminole Heights, aims to concoct advanced artisanal ales. According to a recent TBO.com article varieties include an “Accession IPA,” a “Three Little Birds” with guava, passion fruit and sour sop, “a hoppy Red Ale” and a German Chocolate Cupcake stout.
“We’re going to brew beers we like to drink,” said co-founder Ryan Dowdle. “We’ll let our customers dictate what we need to make more of and that will develop into our core beers.”
If you like chicken sandwiches and can understand confusing rules, you might want to head to the Westchase Chick-fil-A’s grand re-opening.
The restaurant at 6299 W. Waters Ave. has been rebuilt to accommodate more customers, a two-story play area and more parking. It re-opens on Thursday at 6 a.m.
Because it’s a grand opening, Chick-fil-A is offering its “First 100” giveaway: gift cards for the first 100 customers each loaded with 52 free Chick-fil-A sandwich meals.
Although the Florida governor’s race is too close for speculation, at least one thing about the 2014 midterm election is clear:
Those who vote can get free coffee at Datz Dough on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
According to TBO.com’s Free and Cheap blog, Dough will be offering a free hot drip coffee to anyone who comes in with an “I Voted” sticker or some other proof of voting.