Have you ever heard of a Dishcrawl before? In a nutshell, consider it a bar crawl, but with food instead! Attendees meet at a particular restaurant location, are treated to a sampling of dishes, and then move on to 3 more locations throughout the evening. It’s a fun event for friends or couples, and a great way to get introduced to different restaurants in a particular area. On Tuesday, Justin and I attended the first Dishcrawl held in Dunedin.
Our Dischcrawl began at The Dunedin Smokehouse, and it kicked the night off on a great note. Our plate arrived featuring a jumbo smoked chicken wing, a slow-smoked St. Louis rib, and a cup of smoked gouda macaroni and cheese. I have to say, I quite enjoyed the rich and creamy mac and cheese, especially with the crunch of the corn, bell pepper, and onion on top.
Yesterday marked the continuation of our Tampa Bay Brunch Tour. Our quest for the best in brunch fare in the Tampa Bay area resumed at Grille 54 in Westchase. I met up with Megan from I Run For Wine, Rachel from Runner’s Tales, and Lauren from Tampa Uncorked for a memorable and fun afternoon.
And oh, did the amazing food offerings resume! Grille 54 offers brunch on Sundays from 10:30 to 2:30pm, and the spread is impressive! For $25.95 you receive unlimited food…AND bloody marys and mimosas. Plus: they have live music for patrons to enjoy. We definitely enjoyed the acoustic guitars and singing.
We almost did not know where to start on our brunch journey, but a mimosa seemed appropriate. The bartender at Grille 54 was kind enough to create our drinks specifically to our preference: light on the orange juice…a poinsettia (cranberry and sparkling wine instead of orange juice) if the tart OJ wasn’t preferable…bloody marys…you name it.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting up with some fellow Tampa area bloggers for a lovely lunch at Besa Grill in Clearwater. I love being able to take some time to sit down with fellow bloggers and foodies in the area: what a great way to spend an afternoon!
Can we talk about Besa Grill though? Since the restaurant opened, I’ve been impressed with the progression of amazingness that has come out of the kitchen. I was so pleased with the offerings from their new brunch menu, and lunch on this afternoon definitely blew me away in flavor and presentation.
Cocktails were necessary to get things started. Besa Grill’s specialty cocktail menu makes it incredibly difficult to choose just one. Even though my selection was absolutely wonderful, I found myself coveting everyone else’s drinks as well! And that says a lot: I am a victim of habit when it comes to drink orders, and usually don’t look longingly at anyone else’s! That pretty purple/pink cocktail pictured above happens to be the Cactus Pear Margarita, and it was divine. It contained Cuestion blanco, cointreau, fresh lemon, fresh lime juice, and cactus pear puree. The color was gorgeous, and the flavor was both sweet and tart.
This weekend was filled with a lot of amazing food! Prepare yourself: this post might induce hunger.
Yesterday, Besa Grill hosted a Foodspotting meetup. If you aren’t familiar with Foodspotting, it is a site/app all about food. You post pictures of food that you eat at restaurants, and it can be a great resource for finding tasty eats in your area. If I’m looking for a nearby restaurant, I can pull up the pictures people have posted on Foodspotting and get a preview of what others have sampled.
Anyway, Besa Grill recently launched a brunch menu, and we were lucky enough to sample the offerings!
Let’s get started with the drink spread. Besa offers a Bloody Mary and Mimosa/Screwdriver bar on Sundays, and they have more than just the ordinary ingredients to choose from.