The bartenders and servers at Cork N Brew Bistro bar and lounge pour an array of beverages that pair with small, Tapas-style plates. Diners can cook dishes themselves on a lava rock, a stone slab heated to 824 degrees Fahrenheit by an oven imported from England. The food itself arrives raw, allowing guests to prepare it to their desired level of doneness. Each cut of protein?such as sea scallops, filet mignon, or lamb tenderloin?is served with a side of house-made dipping sauce.
Inspired by a love of travel and the art of pairing food and drink, Cork N Brew Bistro has crafted a menu of flavors that blends seamlessly with a selection of old and new world wines and 22 craft beers. In addition to signature lava rock dishes, diners enjoy small plates of bar fare ranging from a hot baked pretzel nugget to a cured meat and cheese plate and a variety of flatbreads. On the weekends, live music adds to the lounge's atmosphere.
Green Organix Restaurant, an extension of Peter Gillham’s Nutrition Center, culls from organic ingredients to make up dishes that reflect many cultures and styles, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. The restaurant stocks house-baked breads along with 100% organic, free-range, and grass-fed burgers. A recent addition to the menu, the organic salad bar shows off 20 different fixings and local ingredients, along with made-from-scratch salad dressings and freshly plucked salad bowls.
A brick oven blazes, transforming soft dough and raw vegetables into savory thin-crust pizza pies crowned with fresh mozzarella and 27 combinations of toppings. The methods used at Cafe Milano go back for centuries, and each dish honors the Italian tradition. Imported spaghetti noodles, gnocchi, and penne pasta support rich sauces, and house-made soups exercise atrophied slurping muscles. Freshly baked breads hold Italian meats such as mortadella and prosciutto together in handheld panini sandwiches. For dessert, in addition to pastries imported from Italy, servers scoop artisanal gelato in flavors such as tiramisu or biscotti, and thirsty diners can sip wine, beer, or frothy cappuccinos.
Outside the door of The Reef at Redington Shores, fishermen dock their boats after morning voyages in the sparkling Gulf waters and deliver their fresh catches to waiting employees. The staff members display fresh-caught local finds in their glass cases alongside non-local species such as Maine lobster and schools that are flown in daily. Gourmet spices and seasonings fill the store's racks in a rainbow of colors and aromas—standing ready to flavor filets. Ready-to-eat items, however, come pre-seasoned, such as the almond-crusted flounder filets and the crab bisque. In addition to seafood, the store carries 50 different wines and hosts wine tastings weekly, which is as often as a yo-yo dog needs to be walked.
Using high-quality, non-Muscadine crushed grapes imported from all over the world, the team at Aspirations Winery has been churning out low-sulfite wines since 2003. They ferment grapes into smooth, premium flavors that are comparable to those of commercially produced wines that come at twice the price and with twice as much luggage. Fruit-infused wines accompany traditional reds and whites on the shop's shelves, and if customers can't find what they're looking for, Aspirations readily stretches its arm around the globe to tap the shoulder of an appropriate supplier.
In addition to its arsenal of potables, the winery also runs a labeling service, printing custom designs that are scratch resistant and safe to dunk into tubs of water during games of bobbing for bottles.
The Pint and Brew corrals pale ales, stouts, pilsners, and wheat beers from area breweries, providing visitors with a one-stop shop for Tampa Bay's brews. Here, customers can belly up to the 42-foot wooden bar inside the 1,400-square-foot facility, sipping on beers from local craft breweries, including Barley Mow Brewery, Cigar City Brewing, 7venth Sun Brewery, and Saint Somewhere Brewing Company. No matter the brew, The Pint and Brew's staff members love talking beer and are happy to strike up a conversation. However, they also encourage patrons to participate in games of shuffleboard, ring toss, or Duck, Duck, Gose.