When searching for the perfect place to open up their new eatery, Fish Tales Seafood & Steak House owners Dan and Peggy Wesner got all the way to the edge of the ocean, threw up their arms, and said, "good enough." Today, their endeavor has paid off, and diners from near and far come to feast on the restaurant's flaky fish sandwiches. Each day, the kitchen releases its bounty of freshly caught whitefish and tuna onto plates, serving it in steak, fillet, or sandwich form. Chefs also assemble steak, chicken, and salmon into skillets, which arrive to tables chock-full of potatoes, tomatoes, onions, and green beans.
Fish Tale’s marina-side location attracts visitors from water and land, with room to dock your sailboat or warmongering naval flotilla. Wooden benches and tiki accoutrements adorn the dining room, and bartenders at the eatery’s two waterfront bars dispense a bevy of frosty brews.
Midtown Sundries quenches guests’ thirsts with refreshing drinks served in an upscale, sports-centric atmosphere. Parched patrons can imbibe goblets filled with 1 of 16 American or European craft beers on tap ($3.50–$8) as they watch professional athletes hit baseballs, catch footballs, and whisper sweet-nothings into soccer balls’ ears on the bar’s 35 televisions. Well drinks ($4.75) require a full-fisted grip, and glasses of wine ($5.25–$8.50) permit guests to elegantly sip with two fingers and a prehensile tail. Located down the street from Tropicana Field, Midtown Sundries also provides visitors with free garage parking and complimentary trolley service to and from Tampa Bay Rays baseball games.
Chef Scott Vogel calls upon fresh, seasonal ingredients to inspire his dynamic dinner menu of European-spun sustenance. Practice your dish-passing skills before Thanksgiving by sharing some tasty tapas with your table, such as lump blue crab cakes, which come paired with spicy aioli and Asian slaw ($12), or pulled-duck quesadillas, which will pull at your stomach's heart strings with a symphony of meat, asiago cheese, and roasted peppers ($10). The bistro specializes in fresh fish dishes; opt for the wild-Norwegian-salmon entree ($16) if you have the appetite of a Viking or if your body's omega-1 and omega-2 fatty acids need a mediator. Diners that prefer a finless feast can savor a citrus-soy- marinated sirloin with chipotle balsamic glaze ($18), and vegetarians can indulge in the creamy wild-mushroom and grilled-vegetable risotto ($17). Complement your meal with something from the bar's ample selection of craft beers, specialty martinis, and wines by the bottle or glass.
The cylinder sculptors at the relaxing Central Cigars hand roll cigars on-site with 100% Cuban seed and 100% long-leaf filler. Connecticut shade wrappers enclose the smooth, mild flavors of the Connecticut Robusto ($7.95) and the Connecticut Toro ($8.95). Sumatra wrappers such as the Sumatra Toro ($8.95) or the Sumatra Torpedo Giant ($11.95) emit meandering smoke trails that pirouette through the air like a jazzercising ghost. Hoarding ashtrays also collect the flecks from a variety of name brands, including Arturo Fuente, Padron, Ashton, and Rocky Patel ($3.95+).
At Crowley's Downtown, traditional Irish meals commence with an authentic plate of Irish bangers ($6.50), paired with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy. Go entreeing with the slammin' cod sandwich ($9), with Guinness-battered fried cod gently hugged by bread. After 4 p.m., the traditional Irish stew ($13.50) quiets grumbling tummies with a brimming mix of lamb, potatoes, and carrots. For dessert, liquor and cheesecake combine superpowers like Captain Planet receiving an eye transplant from Cyclops to form the unstoppable Bailey's Irish cheesecake ($5). Barley buffs can comb the pub's page-turning beer list, which includes Irish specialties like Magners Irish Cider and Murphy's Irish Stout, as well as a few American variations, such as Rogue Shakespeare Stout, a creamy, mellow beer.