Bistros are remarkable in that they somehow manage to be both fancy and casual at the same time, much like a necktie with Taz on it. Feel gussied up without too much fuss with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of traditional bistro cuisine and drinks at the Toasted Pheasant, located on Dale Mabry Highway.
The Toasted Pheasant boasts lunch, dinner, and brunch menus brimming with classic bistro dishes. Start dinner off with a warm brie salad, baby brie baked in a crispy phyllo crust and served on a french bistro salad ($7.99). Or indulge in the lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, which, like a VIP pass at Disney World, keeps it classy within the comforting crevasses of cheese-laden macaroni ($8.99). The duck confit salad places crispy, warm duck leg atop an arugula salad tossed with balsamic oil and dusted with parmesan ($14.99), while the toasted pheasant breast roasts and slices boneless breast with red wine sauce, a potato of the day, and a vegetable medley ($19.99). Midday munchers will want to cosset the seafood medley crepe ($8.49), featuring fresh fish from St. Pete’s beach docks, lightly pan-seared and tossed in a lobster bisque cream sauce. Brunch menu items include a banana- and pecan-stuffed french toast ($7.99) and a morning Monte Cristo ($7.99), ham, egg, and swiss on lightly battered, pan-fried Texas toast, served with home fries and fruit.
Chef Peter Leonavicius incorporated his passion for European bistro cuisine into the Toasted Pheasant, ensuring a truly romantic feel with affordable prices and a comprehensive wine menu. Named one of the area’s best romantic restaurants in 2009, the Toasted Pheasant has a warm ambience ideal for dates with lovers or lovers who don't know they are going to be lovers yet. Call ahead for a reservation.
TampaBay.com named the Toasted Pheasant one of Tampa Bay's best romantic restaurants, and Creative Loafing recommended the eatery, naming the restaurant a runner-up in their Best of the Bay awards in the "Best New Restaurant" and "Best Chef" categories. Yelpers give the Toasted Pheasant an average of 4.5 stars:
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14445 N Dale Mabry Hwy.
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