Local Eats Lately

In the past few weeks, I’ve been lucky enough to sample some delicious eats at some Tampa area restaurants that were new to me (and a few that are solid regular locations. Can’t beat that!). I thought I’d share them in one droolworthy review.

Timpano Chophouse

Timpano BLT salad

I’d never dined at Timpano before, and was excited to sit down to lunch there. I enjoyed the BLT salad…which is probably the greatest BLT salad ever. It was like a BLT and a caprese salad got together and made a very delicious baby. I don’t know which part was my favorite: the house made mozzarella, the MAPLE CAJUN BACON slices, the fresh tomatoes, the arugula…it was a glorious combination. I officially want to make a return visit and try more of their menu.

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Boca Heirloom Swine and Nor Cal flatbreads

This restaurant has been on my “must try” list for quite some time, and I finally was able to try it out with my mom for lunch last week. Deciding on what to order was an arduous task: every single item on the menu seems special and delicious. We settled on two different flatbreads: they were calling our name! First: the Heirloom and Swine flatbread. The delicious, thin and crispy flatbread was topped with Boca bacon, white BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, heirloom tomatoes, and aged manchego cheese. There is SO much flavor, and a bit of a kick in the spice department. So tasty! The other flatbread was the Nor-Cal, containing grilled chicken, artichokes, goat cheese, fresh spinach leaves, and a pomegranate syrup drizzled on top. I loved the difference in textures, as well as the savory and spicy combination on this item. I would certainly order it again on a return visit!

Boca Kitchen Bar Market on Urbanspoon


Positanos prosciutto fig flatbread

Positano’s is one of our local favorites. It’s a nice little Italian restaurant in Palm Harbor, serving a variety of pasta, pizza, chicken, veal, and seafood dishes. Plus, their 2 for 1 happy hour on house wine is a great perk. I always have a hard time deciding what to order. On our last visit, we enjoyed one of their seasonal specials: a prosciutto and arugula flatbread with pomegranate drizzle. I’m such a sucker for anything involving arugula, so we couldn’t pass it up!

Positanos chicken dishes

For dinner, I selected my go-to favorite: the Chicken Arrabiata: chicken with garlic, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, crushed red pepper, white wine, and a splash of red wine vinegar. The flavors are great every single time. Justin enjoyed the Chicken Saltimboca Alla Romano: chicken sauteed in a Marsala demi glaze, with fresh spinach, mozzarella, and crispy prosciutto. Love this combo!

Positano Ristorante Italiano on Urbanspoon

Red Robin

Red Robin

Ok, for a chain it isn’t bad. A new location opened up near to us, so the allure of unlimited french fries with your entree were too good to pass up. I mean: bottomless french fries? It doesn’t get better for when you want to indulge a bit. For sandwiches and salads, it’s not a bad option. Justin always orders the Whiskey River BBQ chicken sandwich, topped with cheddar, barbeque sauce, and crispy onions.  I tend to order the Southwest Grilled Chicken salad: it has chicken, avocado, red and green bell pepper, black beans, corn, cheese, and fried jalapeno coins. A few fried jalapeno coins make this girl very happy. I could probably eat an entire basket of those bad boys.

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers on Urbanspoon

Lucky Dill Deli

Lucky Dill Deli

Last but not least, the crazy enormous servings at The Lucky Dill Deli. Justin and I like to visit here for lunch on occasion…and then we never manage to be hungry at dinner time. The portions at The Lucky Dill are incredibly generous, and I almost always have leftovers. Their sandwiches are really the star (I usually order a turkey sandwich on marble rye…it’s simply turkey, lettuce, tomato, and bread (and I add spicy mustard). But on the last visit, we tried out their reuben sliders, aka “reubenettes” (seriously cute, right? And still incredibly packed) and the pesto chicken flatbread. It was generously topped with cheese, chicken, onions, and sundried tomato pesto. Not bad, but I might go back to my old reliable piled high turkey sandwich next time! Still yummy though!

Lucky Dill Deli on Urbanspoon


Do you tend to order the same items on the menu at your favorite restaurants, or do you sometimes switch it up to try out new things?



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