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Redfish Courtbouillon (Cajun)

Wow, a roux and 2 cans of tomato paste?

May 11, 2014
lowtone9 in Home Cooking

Best Deviled Crabs in Tampa

I don't get the Brocato's thing. Yes, they are huge, but they don't taste anything like devil crabs. Soupy and tasteless. If you can't eat it out of hand, it isn't a devil crab. Maybe i just went on a bad day? Now, Cacciatore Bros are right.

May 02, 2014
lowtone9 in Florida

Tampa Cuban Bread Recipe

I have not tried this, but maybe it's close. Good luck!


May 02, 2014
lowtone9 in Florida

Who still drinks soda?

I must have my diet Dr. Pepper every day, at least one, usually two. Diet Pepsi will do in a pinch.

Mar 17, 2014
lowtone9 in General Topics

Smoking question

A lot of people who smoke will let something as big as a butt cook exposed to smoke for half the cooking time, then cover it with foil for the remainder.

Sep 20, 2013
lowtone9 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Forgotten Fast Foods

Biff Burger??

Jun 25, 2013
lowtone9 in Chains

Favorite Way To Use English Peas?

Use in Paella, or Arroz Amarillo Con Pollo.

Jun 11, 2013
lowtone9 in Home Cooking

The Single Most Overrated Dish

Well, it's essential for boliche, and we must have boliche.

May 21, 2013
lowtone9 in General Topics

Is Florida the next Foodie Hotspot? - Wall Street Journal

Come on, you could pretty much surmise the "l' in italian. Anybody who grew up in Tampa would have a problem with the "no meatball in Fla" statement. Ridiculous!

And a better factual take in a work of fiction on the Fla beef industry, i recommend the Peter Mathieson books: Killing Mr. Watson, Bone by Bone, Shadow Country, etc...

May 14, 2013
lowtone9 in Florida

Is Florida the next Foodie Hotspot? - Wall Street Journal

This guy thinks that beef and itakian food are new to Florida?

May 13, 2013
lowtone9 in Florida

Falls Church -- New Orleans Cajun Seafood -- just opened April 8

You would think that people with this much invested, opening a restaraunt, would at least know something about the food they're serving. New Orleans Cajun?

May 03, 2013
lowtone9 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Greek Food in Tampa??

There was a place in Tarpon springs, years ago, right on the river next to some of the drydocks, a little joint. They served a Greek Burger that was beef and lamb, covered with potato salad and a thick slice of salty feta.
I always wonderd what you would get if you asked for a Greek Burger in Athens.

Mar 31, 2013
lowtone9 in Florida


There's some really good NY style pizza in NY, or so i hear. Can't stand the stuff myself.

Mar 31, 2013
lowtone9 in Florida

Good Burger in Key West?

Island Fries.

Nov 19, 2012
lowtone9 in Florida

Panama Beach area

Try Dee's Hangout, right on front beach. New Orleansish/Southern style seafood.

Aug 18, 2012
lowtone9 in Florida

Pizza Squared (Tampa)

Sounds like my kinda joint. Thanks!

Aug 14, 2012
lowtone9 in Florida

Orlando Craft Cocktail Culture

Craft cocktail culture is when the bartenders know exactly how much
diet Pepsi to pour into the Jim Beam, and do so veeeerrry carefully.


Jun 22, 2012
lowtone9 in Florida

Tallahassee: Good, Not-Yellow Fried Rice?

There"s really great new york style fried rice available in,,,new york.

Jun 08, 2012
lowtone9 in Florida

Best Deviled Crabs in Tampa

It's been a few years now since I've been back to Tampa, but last trip the crabs at Cacciatore's were at least as good as any I remember from the old days. My first DC, and I'll never forget it, my mother bought for me from a cart vendor when we were grocery shopping at the Kash and Karry. It was ten cents. She quit buying them when the vendors started asking for fifteen cents, too expensive!

I thought it was time for new post to this old thread.

Mar 31, 2011
lowtone9 in Florida

Cornbread: Sweet or Savory?

You meant cane syrup, right?

Dec 27, 2010
lowtone9 in General Topics

Cuban Sandwich in Tampa

In the time frame i mentioned, all the restaurants used a toaster as far as i know. Mine were most often bought from the Silver Ring. There were also a few joints on 22nd and 21st down towards Hooker's Point that served excellent cubans. All of the restauarants, Cafe Pepe, Valencia, Spanish Park, etc... served similar, but I'm not sure about the Columbia or Las Novadadis.

I believe that pressing started gaining favor in the eighties, and was imported from Cuba via Miami, where the bread is of course, mediocre.

I certainlt agree that the trend toward using real, good quality, jamon and roast pork in place of processed "flat meat" is more important than whether or not the bread is pressed or toasted.

these things are important to me...

Dec 02, 2009
lowtone9 in Florida

Cuban Sandwich in Tampa

Plese forgive me, but I'm on a crusade against pressed Cubans. Partly, it's because the sandwiches i grew up with in the 50's, 60's, and 70's were never pressed, but heated and lightly toasted. They were never dressed with mayonnaise, or lettuce and tomato, either. Now, i understand, eat what you like, but for me personally, there is no other way.

Another part is that a primary ingredient, the one with the highest individual worth, is the bread. The texture and flavor of Fresh Tampa Cuban Bread, baked on the same day it is eaten, is unique, and if you press it, you might as well be eating Winn Dixie cuban-shaped french bread, or even the miami version.

I don't blame miamians for pressing their bread, I would too, but there is no reason to be ashamed of Tampa bread!

Nov 29, 2009
lowtone9 in Florida

Cuban Sandwich in Tampa

Mayonaisse? Lettuce and tomato? Pressed!?!

Nov 28, 2009
lowtone9 in Florida


I don't get back as much as I'd like these days. Give this a try, and if you don't like it I'll buy lunch. Sometime.


Oct 26, 2009
lowtone9 in Florida


Best pizza? Scaciatta from Alessi Bakery, of course.

Oct 24, 2009
lowtone9 in Florida

Real Chicago pizza

Chicago pizza is great! While in FL, why not sample a FL tradition, or a Tampa tradition anyway? Scachatta!


Oct 23, 2009
lowtone9 in Florida

What to serve with lobster?

In a nice Enchilado, or with bread and a simple salad of avocado and tomato. Oh wait, you're talking about that boring new england creature.

Sep 02, 2009
lowtone9 in Home Cooking

Birmingham AL & S. TN...cheap & good meat&3 or BBQ for motorcycle trip

Try this. http://www.jimnnicks.com/

It's corporate, but pretty good.

May 01, 2009
lowtone9 in General South Archive

Just moved to Tampa-- recommend some restaurants

I`m an expatriate, but lived there many years and get back fairly often, so have a few ideas for you. I advise you to search for posts from Andy Huse-he`s the Tampa food writer guy and up to date on all of it.

Meanwhile, if you`re talking local trads, foodwise, you must have Cuban Sandwich and Devilled Crab. A nice convenient lunch place for both is Havana at Kennedy and Dale Mabry. They`ve been there forever, and do a decent job. Another Tampa institution, restaurant wise, is the Columbia in Ybor. Oldest restaurant probably in the state, but they aren`t nearly as good as the once were. Great for lunch though. Have the 190 something Salad and Spanish Bean soup. You won`t be disappointed. Not exactly south Tampa, but not too far.
You`ll have to cruise Boliche Blvd for cuban also. All these places are inexpensive, and mostly very good for lunch or dinner, and are the absolute essence of old-time Tampa.
Info here: You must read!http://www.associatedcontent.com/arti...

And, as I said, search Andy Huse...

Oct 23, 2008
lowtone9 in Florida

Florida's Signature dish

You may not believe this, but...i worked through most of the 70`s on the boats that were the first to work exclusively on rock shrimp. We were out of Port Canaveral and helped set up the processor who later built Dixie Crossroads. Anyway, you`re on to something here, it`s hard to beat rock shrimp. Excellent eating, and Dixie Crossroads is pretty nice too.

Oct 21, 2008
lowtone9 in Florida