Stucco walls and Spanish tiles line the former hotel that houses Ciro's Speakeasy & Supper Club, swathing guests in the exotic aesthetic of the early 1920s. Inside, festivities unfold in private suites enveloped in beaded curtains and candlelight. Groups gather around nesting tables to nibble on savory snacks such as cheese fondue, lobster bisque, and black-truffle popcorn, all while drinking in the sultry jazz of Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong. For the entree course, chef de cuisine Mary Paff sears diver scallops in succulent juices and crusts racks of lamb with crunchy cashews. Layered between belgian waffles and topped with bacon, orange zest, and Valrhona chocolate, her hand-spun Newcastle-ale ice cream sates cravings for sweet, tart, and salty.
The newly opened wine bar offers a rotating selection of wines by the glass, along with wine flights, and cheeses, charcuterie, and desserts. Absorb the warm and inviting atmosphere while enjoying a glass of crisp pinot grigio ($6) or fruity and spicy syrah ($8) paired with a combination of cheese and charcuterie selections—varieties of cow, goat, sheep, or blue cheese, served with triple-berry jam, caramelized nuts, and a baguette ($4/one selection, $11/three selections). Or placate a nagging sweet tooth with the decadent Viktoria Richards' Chocolates such as chocolate coconut ($7). The wine bar's welcoming and experienced staff will help patrons select a pairing that suits each diner's patented taste preferences. Post-wine bar, head to the wine shop to peruse a selection of hard-to-find small production wines, featuring more than 50 varieties playing limbo beneath the $13 mark.
At Datz Delicatessen, a deli, wine bar, bakery, and food market are combined to create an exciting establishment of culinary specialties. Today's deal is for a three-course interactive lunch experience ($20) known as The Lunch Box, held from Monday through Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and hosted by a Datz chef. Lunch themes change every day, so budding hash slingers and gourmands can choose the most appealing menu option and relax in a fun culinary setting as an experienced chef demonstrates the proper spicing and dough-romancing techniques, all before eating something much tastier than another microwave astronaut meal. Past Lunch Box themes have included classes such as Secrets of Stir-Fry—which paired pork with leeks, eggs with tomato, mushrooms with bok choy, and stirrers with fries—and Bacon-Mania, an admittedly odd name for a class that taught alimentary artists how to make bacon coffee, candied pistachio bacon, and bacon cupcakes.
They say that flattery is the food of fools, while regional Mediterranean fare is the food of well-adjusted, attractive urbanites. With this Groupon, $35 gets you $75 worth of Mediterranean cuisine and drink at SideBern's, a Tampa eatery serving locally sourced fare that’s been widely praised by national and local media. This deal the perfect opportunity to see what all the buzz is about.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Rich, indulgent French cuisine?occasionally kicked up with hints of Latin spice?is the calling card of Hyde Park eatery Piquant. Puerto Rican-born chefs Rosana Rivera and Ricardo Castro arrange shareable small plates with croquettes and artisanal charcuterie, and crown galette flatbreads with seasonal ingredients such as cilantro microgreens and b?chamel sauce. Other favorites include rich short-rib beef bourguignon, tender scallops that are smoked during a tableside presentation, and thin pommes frites that one Tampa Bay Times writer called "the ultimate Francophile indulgence."
Tips for Visiting
In a monthly, newsletter-style magazine, Insight Tampa keeps Bay-area residents updated on the people, places, and happenings within their community. Articles serve a broad readership, appealing to culture connoisseurs with art listings, athletes with features on marathons, and night owls with reviews of the most fruitful vole-hunting grounds. Besides reporting on local events, Insight Tampa also gets in on the fun by throwing parties that range from culinary celebrations to pirate pub crawls.