Eating island fare gives one the feeling of being on vacation without the long plane flight or frantic swim home. Stay on dry land with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Caribbean fare and drinks at Ballyhoo Grill in Citrus Park.
Ballyhoo Grill's head chef explores seafood potential in a maritime menu festooned with tender steaks and swirling pastas. Servers mix hass avocadoes and spices into creamy tableside guacamole ($10.90) and ornament plates with pan-seared sesame ahi tuna ($8.90 for half), which, like cryogenically frozen dance battlers, gets served cold. Shrimp scampi ($13.90) captures sautéed tiger shrimp stalking appetites in a jungle of spinach, artichokes, and lemon-butter sauce, and a seasoned 14-ounce rib eye ($19.90) dons smoky aromas while planking on a smoldering oak grill. Fresh off the grill, black grouper stuffs itself with assorted shrimp, scallops, and crabmeat ($21.90) during campaigns for a kangaroo of the sea epithet.
Ballyhoo's newly remodeled Caribbean atmosphere attracts returning local patrons with cozy outdoor seating amid tiki huts and flowing $2 drafts. Live music captivates lobes on select nights as palm trees dangle raw materials for tropical bikinis.
Outside Ballyhoo Grill, a sign made to look like a colorful speedboat beckons to passersby, hinting at the smorgasbord of fresh seafood to be found within. A tropical theme permeates the space, with live music setting a relaxing mood and nautical decor—such as a surfboard, an alligator head, and a stuffed and mounted kraken—adorning the walls. Guests dine on surf 'n' turf plates, fish tacos, pulled pork, and burgers as they share friendly conversation and clink cocktail glasses and mugs of draft beer.
Citrus Park Community
7604 Ehrlich Rd.
Tampa, Florida 33625