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The Toasted Pheasant (Tampa)

Perhaps I am being picky but I really get my feathers into a fluff when reading the menus of so called French restaurants and find French language spelling mistakes---at the moment “The Toasted Pheasant on Dale Mabry”. It claims to be “a French bistro-style place”.
Examples: “Emmentale” on the menu should be “Emmental” ---“Steak Frite” should be “Steak-Frites” --- In one instance they use “sautéed” and in another instance “sauteed

Dec 10, 2008
patken in Florida

Wild Strawberrries

You may be surprised but they come from California this time of year. Look at the label.

May 04, 2008
patken in Florida

Collecting cookbooks

As a novice cookbook collector with over 200 cookbooks, I would like to find out what chowhounds think are the most (prized) valuable 20th century cookbooks to collect. From the first part of the century to the present.

Jul 21, 2007
patken in Food Media & News

St. Pete Beach / Tampa recs . Thanks & a follow up report

You ask: "Is this no hotel restaurants a FL thing?"
Please don't equate hotel restaurants on St. Pete Beach with the rest of Florida. Every area of Florida has its good and bad hotel restaurants. Good is Maritana Grill in the Don CeSar on St. Pete Beach the rest are mediocre because they cater to the average tourist. Crabby Bills as I said previously is definitly for the tourists and we do not eat there unless I have a request from visiting friends.

Mar 28, 2007
patken in Florida

St. Pete Beach / Tampa recs . Thanks & a follow up report

I am not at all surprised by your assessment of dining on St. Pete Beach. As a long time resident of the area I can point out several things that were not in your favor.

1. St. Pete Beach makes its money off tourists
2. This is the busiest tourist time of the year
3. Most tourists usually come here for the beach environment and generally not for the quality of the food (Loads of spring breakers and families with kids looking for burgers on the beach)
4. Hotel food on the beach is generally mediocre
5. Because of the increase numbers of tourists the service is generally slow in most restaurants
5. Sunday brunches are way over priced (quantity over quality of the offering) including the Don Cesar
6. Every tourist on St. Pete Beach spends time at Crabby Bill’s. We like to go to the roof top bar from time to time and make new friends from the north :)

Mar 27, 2007
patken in Florida

st pete area cheap eats

The Lanna Thai on Bay Pines Blvd has several lunch items for $5.99 that include egg roll, soup, main course and rice. We have eaten there several times and have been happy with the food and service. See the following link for further information and directions.
http://www.lanna-thairestaurant.com/

Feb 10, 2007
patken in Florida

BEST HAPPY HOURS IN TAMPA BAY?????

Yikes! Please no! If the senior winter visitors find out where we have happy hour with 2 for 1 drinks and free hors d’oeuvres the place will be so inundated with early birds looking for cheap drinks and a free meal that the Buffalo chicken wings will be gone by the time we get through the line. :)

Jan 25, 2007
patken in Florida

St. Pete Beach and Tampa Recommendations

Actually, Leverock's bought the old Ponderosa Steak House. Further east of Ted Peters. Pasadena Steak House remains the same.

Jan 11, 2007
patken in Florida

St. Pete Beach and Tampa Recommendations

Johnny Leverock's on MADEIRA Bch and The Harp and Thistle have been closed for some time. The former Leverock's on SPB is moving to a place on Pasadena Blvd. but has not yet opened.

Jan 10, 2007
patken in Florida

Authentic Cuban Sandwich

You say "a discussion of the Columbia is active over on the LTH board in Chicago." Can you explain what the LTH board is and how to access it?

Sorry, I did not notice the link below your message.

Jan 04, 2007
patken in Florida

St. Pete Beach and Tampa Recommendations

Ferg's Beach Shack is closed with the possibility of the property being turned into condos.

For a good Grouper sandwich, Dockside Dave's is now located on Gulf Blvd. on St. Pete Beach in the old Alfredino's.

Jan 04, 2007
patken in Florida

Authentic Cuban Sandwich

Without reading the whole article, here is Andy's criteria for an authentic Cuban sandwich:

"authentic Cubans, that is, sandwiches performed on elongated Cuban bread dressed with mustard, sour pickles, Swiss cheese, mojo pork, sweet ham and Genoa salami, and then mashed in an electric press that melted the salami fat over other ingredients."

Dec 05, 2006
patken in Florida

Authentic Cuban Sandwich

I read the article in the St. Pete Times on the best Cuban sandwich by Andy Huse. http://www.sptimes.com/2006/12/05/Flo...
Using his criteria, do you think an authentic Cuban sandwich can be found in St. Pete or Tampa and if so where?

Dec 05, 2006
patken in Florida

Best butcher shop in St. Pete

Sadly, but from the response so far, I gather St. Pete has next to nothing when it comes to a good meat market. Can anyone dispute this claim? If not,where can I buy really good quality meat in the area?

Oct 19, 2006
patken in Florida

Best butcher shop in St. Pete

I picked up this thread on the New York board and am looking for what people consider the best butcher shop (department) in St. Pete for overall quality, including price.

Oct 14, 2006
patken in Florida

Island Flavors 'n Tings - Gulfport

The restaurant also got a good review by Chris Sherman in the St. Pete Times this morning.

Aug 31, 2006
patken in Florida

Tampa Bay food bloggers

Are there any real Tampa Bay food bloggers out there? The only ones I have found so far are the following two restaurant critic? bloggers. They are young New Orleans transplants who haven’t written anything since August 9 and August 7. Any good food blogger worthy of the title writes every two or three days to keep us chowhounds coming back to their sites.

Taste Tampa Bay – Tampa bay restaurant reviews and ruminations by a New Orleans native

TampaBayEats.com “A New Orleans foodie and a product of hurricane Katrina”

Aug 18, 2006
patken in Food Media & News

Looking for really special breakfast joints in greater Tampa Bay

We ate at Skyway Jack's a couple years ago and the place was Dirty! Dirty! The wait for our food was long and it did not come out with all we ordered. When delivered, after seeing what was on our plates, we canceled the missing selections. Every time I drive by I can't understand why anyone would actually eat there or recommend this place. If anyone has been there recently and can vouch for its cleanliness and quality of food, please reply.

Aug 06, 2006
patken in Florida

In for one night for a cruise

And at what of the many cruise ports in Florida might the Sheraton Yankee Clipper be located?

Jul 19, 2006
patken in Florida

Vegetarian/health food restaurants in the greater Tampa area

In Pinellas County for light lunch-fare dining such as sandwiches, salads etc. go to Nature's Finest Foods (another grocery store that also has seating)
6651 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL
33710

Jul 19, 2006
patken in Florida

What are your personal faves in the Tampa/St Pete/Clearwater area?

We have dined several times at The Pearl, Redwoods, and just today again at Habana cafe. All are restaurants we enjoy. As new residents you will be able to experience Redwoods and Habana Cafe 2 for 1 if you buy the local Entertainment Book sold at the Beaches Chamber of Commerce and other venues.

Jul 14, 2006
patken in Florida

Bastille Day St Pete

Help,
I just got a call from a friend who wants to celebrate Bastille Day tomorrow. We would like a casual bistrot type place (ie: not your usually overly priced French restaurant). Any suggestions?

Jul 14, 2006
patken in Florida

Paris--French-Caribbean/Antilles & French-African

If you can read French, here is information on La Table de Babette. If not there are some nice pictures of the restaurant.

http://www.linternaute.com/sortir/sor...

Jul 11, 2006
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