I love lox, lots and lots of lox.
Luckily my one of my top 5 favorite breakfast joints Daily Eats has the perfect remedy for my lox addiction.
Every time I have eaten at this delectable dive, I have always waited at least 10 minutes or so but it’s always worth it. This place makes eating breakfast so exciting. Daily Eats puts a unique spin on traditional breakfast favorites such as eggs benedict breakfast bowls (The Benny), and if you’re looking for a savory, sweet dish definietly try the French toast and eggs (pretty self explanatory).
Some frekin’fun facts:
- Don’t be surprised if ya some Yanks, the Tampa spring training team loves this place!
- They don’t take reservations
- Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner- all equally exceptional
- For all you breakfast lovers- they offer breakfast for dinner…. there is a god
- Sometimes I think I might love the deserts, baked goods and milkshakes more than my boyfriend
- The pancakes and french toast are coated in oreos or coconuts… I’m so serious
- There are diet friendly dishes including egg whites, turkey sausage (Get the Monday Morning)
My boyfriend and I arrived around 12:30 and obviously it was packed but, we only waited for about 10 minutes. However, the hostess seemed slow and confused when I asked her to put my name down for a table. There was not a wait to sit outside either. Inside, there are booths and a long bar that looks into the kitchen. Inside on top of the bars there is a showcase of their delicious, deserts. As soon as we sat down a familiar waitress I have had before asked us what we wanted to drink. She came back about two minutes later with our hot coffees and icy cold water.
I knew I wanted the Lox bowl but, every time I look at the menu I always have to second guess myself because, seriously everything is so damn good. I also have a tremendous soft spot for eggs benedict, I have had it there before and it is a winner. If you love lox and eggs benedict they have the perfect dish. The New Yorker puts a real twist on the brunch classic; on top of a crunchy english muffin is scallion cream cheese, lox AND 2 poached eggs WITH Hollandaise sauce. It’s pretty much out of this world.
I usually disect my food so I figured the lox bowl would be a better choice. The bowl has a layer of crispy hash browns, scramebeld eggs (upgrade to egg whites for a buck, for less fat), lox and the best scallion cream cheese. I typically hate cream cheese but the scallion addition would be delicious if you dipped a shoe into it. There was a point I was scraping my hash browns into the scallion cream cheese but, then realized there was no more green, gooey goodness left. The scrambeled eggs even had capers mixed in, the acidity adds a great undertone that meshes with the lox beyond expectations
The great thing about the Daily Eats breakfast menu is that if someone wants just one pancake, they offer one as well as a single benedict if you want to get the best of both worlds. YOU CANNOT GO TO DAILY EATS AND NOT ORDER THE PANCAKES. It would be sinful. They are fluffier than clouds yet crispy on the edges. The cinnamin inside has such an intense sweet, spicy flavor. My boyfriend got the eggs benedict, which has consistenly been up to my standards. I still prefer the New Yorker Benedict. They have many other varieties of benedicts too. In addition to benedicts and bowls, there are giant omlettes, parfaits, oatmeal and french toast.
Unfortunately Daily Eats does not have a full bar but they do offer mimosas. I ordered my favorite blueberry mimosa that is fruitfully refreshing (especially for $4.50) They offer apple and of course orange flavor as well. The bloody marys are made with a wine based mixer, which I am hesitant to try. I am more of a Zing Zang kinda’ gal. They do have a new larger beer menu as well full of local Florida beers. If you are craving desert for a drink, the milkshake menu is incredible. They have milkshakes for every desert possible, such as brownie batter, peanut lover, apple pie and there is even captain crunch in one.
Some other dishes worth trying:
- The Dan: 2 scrambled eggs, bacon, fried jalapenos, tomatoes, and swiss cheese served on ciabatta bread=best hungover remedy
- Lunchtime: I am obsessed with their shredder bowl salads, buffalo chicken and thai are my favorite
- Chocolate pocket cookie: PMS cure
- Tater Hater: My friends are obsessed with this castle of cheese, bacon and jalepenos
Throughout our breakfast our server was very accommodating and extremely consistent as she checked in with us at a timely manner. One thing I do appreciate about the restaurant is that every worker really helps out each other. The manager is even running around trying to pick up plates and sit people down. All the breakfast items are reasonably priced too. It’s no wonder Derek Jeter, Gary Sheffield and A-Rod eat here.
- Located on the bumping popular street S. Howard next to their partner restaurant The Lime
- Daily Eats, The Lodge, The Lime, and Water are all owned by Ciccio Restaurant Group
- Open at 7:30am, 8am weekends
- Weekend brunch ends at 4pm, dinner is done by 9:30pm
- Call (813) 868-3335 for more info. or takeout!
While staying in Miami my friends and I attended The Great Taste of the Grove in Miami this year.
Food and Wine Festival=great excuse to eat and drink
I looked up some information on the event beforehand and learned that:
- it’s conveniently located in Peacock Park right across from Peacock Garden Cafe (where I used to waitress).
- It’s only $5-Eat that Food Network food and wine festival
- 2 days long; 11-7PM
- There would be lots of tents full of alcohol
- Dishes ranged from $2-$8
- Music is provided! …could be a bad thing (please refer to previous bullet)
french George’s. There were also food vendors ranging from pad thai to arepas. I was really looking forward to trying a dish from Panorama (located next to Peacock Garden Cafe in Sunesta). Since my friend recommended the shrimp from Panorama I took his word on it and my stomach was glad I did. It was a giant shrimp that had been fried in a sweet tempora batter over a fresh avocado salad.
For my friend’s birthday we decided to road trip to Miami where we stayed in the ever so laid back yet happening area – Coconut Grove.
On her birthday I thought it would be fun to have dinner at one of my favorite places in “The Grove” called Jaguar, which is conveniently located by oh so many bars!! Oh my!!
I have probably been to Jaguar at least 3 times for dinner and at least 10 times for their marvelous margaritas. My boyfriend and I never get sick of it. The menu has a latin twist and the fish tastes as if they had their own private ocean out back!! But first….some awesome Alex advice (say that 10 times)!!
- if you are old, bring reading glasses, its dark
- there is no brail if you are really old and blinding
- ask for the muerte sauce if you wanna spice up ya’ life
- order a mango mojito- if you’re a girl…or that kinda girl…
- try not to fill up on the delicious chips and salsa
Inside Jaguar there are gorgeous flowers and paintings mounted on the dark yellow walls. The Amazon decor gives it a trendy, noisy atmosphere with a hint of seduction. A long bar is on the left side with one end as a ceviche bar where chefs create edible pieces of art right before your eyes!! Every time I go to Jaguar it is always packed, so on the weekends calling ahead is smart since they do not take reservations. Of course the bar area is great for hanging out if you are with a big group or even a date for snacking and sipping while waiting for a table.
There is plenty of outdoor seating as well….a little tight though during rush hours but doable. As we walked in, it was a little loud (in a good way) and I could not help but drool at the sight of all the different dishes sitting on the tables as we passed by….yes I was hungry!! This has probably been my fourth time dining at Jaguar so I automatically knew the Ceviche Spoon sampler was a “no brainer”.
The sampler has 6 different spoons with fish selections such as swordfish, tuna, calamari, and of course shrimp. If you order the individual “Amazon”spoons definitely try the ceviche oriental with tuna in “freaking deliciousness”. The shrimp or calamari “Neuvo” seems to be the favorite with many and featured on the spoon sampler. Simply look for the spoon with the yellow sauce comprised of aji amarillo, ginger, soy, lime & grape seed oil. All ceviche spoons and dishes come with Peruvian corn nuts that almost taste like popcorn… who would have thought… and it adds a great crunch to your bite. The Tiradito Nikei is a great spin on tuna tartare and big enough for 2 people to share.
Now for the tough part – the entrée. I’ll give you my lucrative low down on my frekin’ favorite food:
- Grilled Churrasco – so flavorful and tender that you will thank me later (I personally love the grilled veggies with this dish….nice and lite….allows room for dessert!!)
- Salmon or Scallops Norma- the sweet potato and peruvian corn combo allows me to rate this salmon a 20 out of 10….is that possible??
- Grilled Organic Chicken Breast - stuffed with goat cheese, it’s no mystery as to to why it’s my boyfriend’s favorite dish and my competition
My girlfriends each ordered one of the three entrees above. I ordered the grilled mahi mahi with a side caesar with all of us planning to share with one another. The mahi mahi was fresh but not that flavorful with the exception of the cilantro paste it came with. I normally would not order a caesar salad at a latin restaurant but Jaguar has one that is pretty good and worth a try. They will even bring you a side of fresh anchovies if that’s how you roll.
Now this is the easy part, order the Chocolate Lava g-spot, I mean cake… it comes with a scoop of ice cream and the combo melts in your mouth. It’s the perfect ending to a fabulous dinner. The service was flawless the entire evening and everyone who works there is extremely helpful and happy to help. If you are looking for a fun, memorable meal definitely visit this one! There is brunch on the weekends too!! Try their super spicy Bloody Mary’s!!
- Jaguar located on 3067 Grand Ave, Coconut Grove
- Valet Parking next door
Screw easter brunch and why not each lunch.
Yesterday my friends and I started our easter festivities on the later side deciding to beach it. My friend’s (I know, it’s shocking I have those) have been to this place called Frenchy’s before and said it was delicious and economical. The menu was definitely economical but, now I know why.
It was a little funny going to Frenchy’s on easter with our pastel, easter egg shaded dresses while tattooed, spring breakers sat close in skimpy bikinis. I do love the beach so I did love the idea of eating by the water in the sun, downing drinks. Even though I was not on spring break I certainly can drink like I am on one. That is just one of my many talents.
Unfortunately, it took us way too long to get to Frenchy’s since the average age
of a Florida driver is 70 years old whom are mostly blind, or just stoned. We all arrived to the vibrant, colorful beach shack at around 3:00 and were not so nicely greeted… clearly someone could not handle the heat. It was pretty busy inside, and definitely had the beach vibe. There was a crowded bar, and almost all the tables outside were occupied. When my friends and I said we wanted to sit outside, she looked around, and we noticed there were two tables next to each other so we suggested that she move them together to sit the 4 of us. When we sat down there were no utensils or napkins, however the restaurants’ own hot sauce was placed in the middle of the table which my hot mouth was melting to try.
Within 2 minutes of sitting, our eyes spotted the special $7 rum runner. We were in between the extremely reasonable $14 pitcher of sangria, but a frozen drink sounded delicious in the heat. Our waiter greeted us with enthusiasm, and seemed very cool. The menu featured florida favorites such as key lime pie, mahi mahi sandwiches and platters. They even featured a lobster special for only $22 that came with coleslaw, potatoes corn and butter! Yum! The restaurant had some Bahamian inspired foods, including a section dedicated to their many different types of grouper sandwiches. My friend ordered the appetizing fried buffalo grouper sandwich. Naturally when I saw conch fritters on the menu- it was a must as my apetizer.
Since, I am in the Bahamas (Harbour) every summer I tend to set a pretty high bar for conch fritters. When these overcooked, black crispy balls came out I realized my choice was not the best. The spicy aioli dipping sauce was delicious but then again it is hard to screw up an aioli. My friend ordered the scallop platter (under $20) that came with a small house salad and 2 sides. Her salad came before we received utensils so I stood up and asked the hostess for them. My friend loved her potato salad, however for the scallops– if you are used to eating giant diver scallops you might be confused by the little goldfish on your plate. When my Cajun grilled grouper on top of a caesar salad arrived, it did not look like Harbour Island grouper nor tasted like it. Then again my Bahamian taste buds are definitely spoiled by the fresh grouper my tongue has only been exposed to. I’m broke in college so I naturally ate most of it, the caesar dressing was fine and I appreciated the spicy crutons. The fish was grilled nicely but, just did not taste that fresh. Another comment is that the lettuce seemed sort of slabbed on the plate because, while I was cutting my fish and lettuce it was going all off my plate.
At last, we were finishing our landshark pitcher and I tried my friend’s sensational sangria which I highly recommend (did I mention there was brandy in it?). Our waiter came over before we finished our pitcher and (he mentioned it was his birthday earlier) did not ask if we wanted desert or anything else but, did ask if he could give us the check. I could tell he did a feel a bit bad, but I knew he wanted his party his face off. We obviously know how important it is to party on birthdays so we immediately gave in.
- Frenchys is a good restaurant if you are a tourist or like a fun beach atmosphere with fantastic fruit drinks.
- Frenchys is NOT a good restaurant if you care about table/food presentation and like your fresh freaky fresh.
- All in all Frenchys is a cool place but, I rather drink pitchers of sangria and rum runners than eat there.
- Located at: 351 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater
- Open everyday and mostly all day just not late night (for you night owls I mean they close early at like 11 and 12 weekends)
- Check out their specials & more: http://frenchysonline.com/locations/frenchys-south-beach-cafe/
I have driven past Side Bern’s many times on my way to its creator, Bern’s Steakhouse. Bern’s is like the “Mother Teresa” of Tampa dining establishments, and has the largest wine cellar in the WORLD. Naturally I had high expectations & curiosity for its “Side”. My boyfriend and I one night tried to get into Bern’s without a reservation which is practically impossible unless you’re a famous food blogger (I am getting there) or George Clooney. We decided to sit at the bar (which we have done before….super fun) but were told to expect an hour wait…(sigh). We concluded that our first trip to Side Bern’s was obviously “meant to be” that night. Thankfully and as always, the Bern’s valet service was quite efficient and had us on our way for a 30 second drive over to our destination.
When you first walk into Side Burn’s you notice that part of the establishment is actually dedicated as a wine store. It’s not until you actually walk through the wine store and through another set of doors that you realize you have just been transported to a setting similar to a high end restaurant in Manhattan. It was the most rustic, urban, high-end atmosphere I had ever experienced in Tampa. Inside SideBerns it is dark and has an amazingly large abstract chandelier hanging that just screams NYC. The bar is super long with bartenders who are working hard for “them” tips. They even have outdoor seating as well. The vibe is extremely cool and warm. After a 5 minute wait, we were quickly escorted to our table which was elegantly, clean and inviting. The menu was easy to navigate and full of familiar indulgences such as Quail Egg paired with an Oxtail Dumpling. The happy hour menu is even extraordinarily reasonable. Bar bites are priced at $6.00 and included such items as Oysters and Pork Belly Bruschetta…..pure genius!! The happy hour cocktails also feature refreshing drinks like my favorite – the Paloma (tequila, grapefruit juice, lime and soda).
As soon as I read a few of the entrée’s on the dinner menu such as Seared Foie Gras and Prosciutto de Parma, I felt like I was home. My stomach grew eager and hungrier. We started with the beef tongue, which was a first for me. It reminded me of beef carpaccio but with more of a chew. I did not hate it, but if I had to choose again I would have probably tried something differently like the Chorizo Sausage that the waiter had recommended. However, the next course featuring Mussels with Truffle Fries was practically sinful. I could have eaten that for my app, entrée, and desert. However, my entrée was quite phenomenal. My Striped Sturgeon was quite on par, packed with massive flavors like truffle and chestnuts paired with my favorite veggies, brussel sprouts (my grandmother would be proud). The entire meal and service proved to me that not all Tampa restaurants are like a crab shacks
They have an excellent chef who changes up the menu quite frequently. Alas, coupled with insistence on using only the freshest produce around will always keep customers excited (including me) and coming back for more. Would you believe a place this high in caliber offers a potluck dinner on Wednesday nights? They also had a kosher wine tasting yesterday for free. I would have totally been to that if I had noticed it yesterday.
- The dining room opens at 6pm Mon.-Sat.
- Lounge: 5pm-10pm Mon.-Thurs.
- Fri. & Sat. 5pm-11pm
- Located on 2209 W. Morrison Ave.
Unfortunately, they are not open for lunch. I guess we can allow the chef to have a break once and awhile since he is a genius at what he does. Check out this gem or you will forever regret missing the ultimate dining experience. And as I once heard somewhere in Miami….guys….take your girl to Side Bern’s before someone else does!
$4 dollars tapas, $4 sangrias—I wish I was lying.
Conveniently, Ceviche has reopened right down the block from me. I went to the first Hyde Park location in Tampa my sophomore year in college but, the food was gone much too fast for me to remember how delicious it was. In another life, my idea of perfection would be attending Ceviche’s tapas Tuesday. I have probably been to Ceviche about 4 different times since it re-opened in February. Now, not everything on the regular menu is $4 but everything that is $4 is worth much more than that. Last night, for the second time I indulged into a bowl of chorizo, and mussels. It was the perfect fish accompanied with my red wine sangria. It was smothered in a red tomato sauce that I was constantly dipping my steaming bread into. The dish also features tons of red and yellow peppers sliced with onions. The combination was just what I wanted, it was so satisfying and light but filled me the right way–a.k.a I could keep chugging down sangrias.
The great thing about Ceviche is not only its super close location, but the atmosphere is so lively and comforting. There are 4 different rooms one can dine in, including the outdoor deck. It is dark and romantic inside, but there are seating arrangements and people sitting anywhere and everywhere. The outside deck is subdued yet cool equipped with warming lights for you polar bears out there. Anyone is also welcome to hang out on the deck and bring drinks his/her drinks from the bar. There is also live music,including salsa (my favorite)! If you are there on a bumping night, you can even spot some drunken latino/a’s getting it on, which automatically arouses me to shake what my momma gave me.
My recommendations for food are (not only the steaming, crunchy bread that comes with amazing pesto sauce) but for the menu outside the tapas tuesday menu:
- oaxtail braised in goodness (I never tried the thing until I came there, and it literally falls off the bone)
- Ceviche de La Casa featured with scallops, shrimp and you don’t even care what is in it because it is so fresh that I can taste the saltness of the ocean
- Ceviche de Salmon has frekin’ caviar in it. I’ll take 5 please.
- Atun Estilo Tarturo (aka tuna tartare for us illiterate Americans) is an adorable date snack and supremely fresh (screw T.G.I.F $20 for 2).It even comes with cute cones you can put the tuna into for a texture crunch
- Croquetas de Pollo, if you’re a fan of everything fried you might want to wrap your lips around this delicious fried chicken folded into bechamel sauce (Perfect for 2!)
- Almejos el Faro (described earlier) are unbelievably $4 dollars….served with generous chunks of chorizo and little neck clams, bread dips are welcomed
- Mejilones Catalan are probably the most delicious thing on this menu in my opinion. Why? It makes your stomach want to hug you it is so happy for the touch of cream and anise flavor. And did I say you can dip that hot bread in it=flavor explosion and comfort all at once.
- If you want to clean your palette and go for a healthier snack, order the ensalada de casa
- I think the great thing about all the meals on the tapas menu is that the dishes are relatively small so you do not feel overly obese while you’re eating it and can therefore save room for sangria which is AGAIN extremely important.
Now if we are going to talk drinks, the motjitos are average but there are no sugar canes for you Latin natives and they are not as strong as I would hope. The margaritas are ok, nothing extraordinary. As for sangria, my friends love the champagne sangria but, I am just not a fan I think it tastes awkward so I always stick with the Red sangria. It is a little sweet but, after a couple who can tell the difference?
So if you are with a large group of friends=make reservation ahead of time if going on weekend or Tuesday and buy a pitcher
If you are with a date, sit at the bar have a drink and order a bite before you sit down (the bartenders are extremely nice).
Ceviche in Hyde Park is also opened until 3am Tues.-Sat., and has brunch on weekends. The brunch menu is just teasing.
- 2500 Azeele St.
- Lunch Mon.-Fri.
- (813) 250-0203 for more info.
–If you order takeout definitely ask for bread and pesto–
Food is so much more than people think it is. My frekin’ life revolves around it.
We rely on it for life, pleasure,satisfaction, and especially in my case of procrastination and late night munchies. I am from a family of foodies. My aunt is a chef, my uncle Rob just opened a kitchen in Miami and my other uncle Ricky now owns a brick oven pizzeria in Chapel Hill, N.C. where my cousins make the pizza themselves. Unlike other infants raised on baby food, I was raised on buffalo mozzarella imported from Italians hands (which I cannot complain about). Rather than being strolled to restaurants like Applebees my parents strutted through Manhattan while I sat on the dining table in my baby seat, at Il Mulino. Luckily, my father also worked in the produce industry which helped establish my palate for freshness. I’ve been eating everything and anything since I had a mouth. Uni was my favorite food at about age 9, while others my age were fascinated my frozen fish sticks.
I have always loved food –there is no doubt about that– but one day during my late highschool years I flickered through the food channel and literally became a TV foodnetwork junkie for who knows how long…. well I still am. I started to experiment recipes in my own kitchen loving all the unique different combinations food could create. It seemed endless. I think the food network is what really sparked my appreciation for a delicious meal. Watching a professionally trained chef on tv create a foaming, colorful plate of art made me realize chefs are aliens from outa’ this world.
Unfortunately, I wish I could afford to buy truffles, sweet shrimp, and foi gras but I am frekin’ broke in college. Luckily, though I have had the pleasure of wining and dining or others have had the pleasure of “wining” and dining me. Therefore, I am here to share my lovely, inappropriate reviews and thoughts of restaurants that come encouraged with my ridiculous side notes. Bon Apetit!