apparently tampabay can't compare to the rest of the world's so-called 'gourmet' food
but we already knew that....
i've been lucky to go to europe a couple times with plans to go a couple more times but always look forward to coming home to our...
drive in movie theatres
various soho dives
No outdoor seating in Tampa?
this is tampabay!!
the 99.9% of people who can afford world travel don't read this paper!!
Obviously someone is out to hate for other reasons than what they are typi. Ella's is a breath of fresh air. Nothing but awesome from start to finish! Loved it, can't wait to go back. Might be my new favorite spot of all time!
everyone raise your hand if you thought there was a chance in hell this was taking place in tampbay
I agree.....although beautifully written, it got my hopes up that finally there was a decent place in which to dine in Tampa.
So.. this restaurant is in Spain? Why would we need this reviewed in a Tampa paper? Not that it doesn't sound great. Now I want to go to Spain but still cannot. Or am I missing something?
i have never desired pie so much in my entire life as I do right now.
what i've been saying for years
mediocre tampa food
Great list! Thanks for posting. LR Bergeron
If you truly want a great high tea, I recommend the Royal Tea Room, on MacDill Ave in South Tampa. Denise, the owner/chef, has been consistently offering a gourmet tea experience inside her boutique for over 7 years now. The Royal Tea Room has outlasted a number of competitors for good reasons. You will need reservations...
"Royal Palace is a go-to spot, not only for its terrific authentic cuisine and sophisticated atmosphere.."
Its all relative I suppose, certainly this is all true in comparison to Dennys.
The closest thing to authentic Thai food in Tampa Bay --and its not very good, is at the Thai Temple on Sundays worth going to for the beautiful setting.
Best Indian food I have had in Tampa Bay has been at the 5th Element in Oldsmar. The Dosa Masala is excellent. In Tampa proper I recommend Bombay Masala on Waters. Im still working my way through the menu, but so far like the Lamb Saag and
when you go to ABC Seafood ask for the fried quail. Yum!
Foodie Alert: Everything you need to know about "edison: food+drink lab" and the cluelessness of its chef can summarized in one piece of info about her choices. When you walk into the restaurant you will see that the space is dominated by two large behind the bar flatscreen TVs.
If you are still tempted to give it a shot here is what you need to know about the food. You know how suburban restaurants with pretentions invariably think its still 1985 and confuse overly complex, often architectual, piles of ingredients that dont really do anything for each other; invariably with a triangle of something stuck in the mess or lots of swirls and dots of sauce, as being the same thing as good food?
Maybe thats the Lab part and you are the rat.
BTW i dont know these folks, have no personal bone to pick with them, im simply tired of bad food in Tampa.
Thanks for this well written restaurant review. I really appreciate the level of detail you went into critiquing these guys. You did them and us a real service calling them out on their food both good and bad. To many other restaurant critics in TBay dig to deeply for a silver lining when reviewing our pitiful but improving food scene. Restaurants here should be held to national standards not some kind of local mediocrity curve.
How about some places east of the bay?
What a quaint story. I've really got to grill fish more often....
Nice review, but I was dismayed when the shepherd's pie mentioned was actually cottage pie. Shepherd's is made with minced lamb, cottage with beef. Mr Claridge may be forgiven, as the MOW menu lists the dish as Beef Shepherd's Pie.
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