It isn’t every day you see a dolphin swirling around in a cocktail but those are the surprises you can expect in Tampa’s Table: A Culinary Journey through Tampa Bay.
Well written and beautifully photographed, Tampa’s Table ($22.95 USD) features articles and recipes from the most iconic chefs and distinguished restaurants in the city. Armani’s (Clam Linguini), Cru Cellars (Spicy & Sweet Crab Claws), Oyster Catchers (Smoked Maple Manhattan), Donatello Italian Restaurant (Scampi Alla Veneziana) and The Dessert Spot at Toffee to Go (Gooey Toffee Bars) are just a few outstanding restaurants in the book.
Jeff Houck says Tampa’s Table does an excellent job of showcasing not only the exceptional food of Tampa Bay, but also the history.
“A book celebrating the new, exciting restaurants Tampa birthed mostly in the past decade makes for a great read, but it wouldn’t have the impact without tracing the path to how we got here.“Tampa’s Table” not only showcases the new stars of Tampa’s dining, brewing, cocktail and baking galaxy, it provides context with historical information that shows you how far the city has come in such a short time,” says Houck. “Tampa’s current culinary greatness, one that is still rising day by day, is built on the bedrock established by Ybor City’s restaurant culture in the early 1900s and the melting pot of flavors of its diverse founders.”
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I love how Tampa’s Table showcases new restaurants and upcoming trends while recognizing their rich history. One way the book does this is by highlighting classics like the famous Cuban Sandwich. During my visit I had the privilege of enjoying a Cuban at Columbia Restaurant with owner Andrea Gonzmart Williams, a fifth generation restaurateur. Feeling adventurous? Tampa’s Table even shows readers how to build one the traditional way.
Santiago C. Corrada, President & CEO of Visit Tampa Bay is thrilled with the book and wasn’t shy to point out the restaurant he thinks visitors should check out first.
“My favorite stop on this particular culinary journey has to be the chorizo octopus from Rooster & the Till,” says Santiago C. Corrada, President & CEO of Visit Tampa Bay. “Chef Farrell Alvarez is a rising star on Tampa Bay’s booming food scene, and the recipe reaches the right level of challenge for a home cook who wants to step up their game. The way the flavors blend on your tongue makes the work worth every minute.”
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Fried Avocado Wedges from Oxford Exchange
Charbroiled Oysters from Ulele Restaurant
Featured Photograph: Daiquiri from Edge Rooftop Cocktail Lounge (1207 S Howard Ave), part of the Epicurean Hotel. Epicurean’s rooftop bar is an edgy, social drinkery where guests can enjoy unique handcrafted cocktails while sharing small, savory plates and cheese boards. (Photo Courtesy Amy Pezzicara)
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