Who is excited? I know that I am... I hope that I am able to make it to at least one of these fabulous dinning establishments in the next few weeks to take advantage of the great deals and to try out a new restaurant.
Celebrate Dining Out In Tampa Bay
Sunday, August 7
There is no "recipe" I just go with how much of each item i want/ have for each particular meal. You like less zucchini? put less- just go with how you feel.
- Chopped Lettuce
- Heart of Palm (1 can, salad cut)
- Chopped tomatoes
- Handful of Green olives
- Julienne Zucchini
- Cooked Lemon Pepper Chicken, sliced
- Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette
Lemon Pepper Chicken
Get out your chicken breast, pat with a paper towel to get off all moisture, sprinkle some Lemon Pepper seasoning on both sides. (Don't have Lemon-Pepper Seasoning? Instead zest one whole lemon and about half teaspoon of black pepper- make sure the mixture is 2:1 Lemon to Pepper or it might turn out too peppery.) Spray your cooking spray and set your pan on a medium heat. Once heated, saute each side of the chicken for about 4-5 minutes until cooked through- juices should run clear. Set aside for a few minutes while you are finishing the rest of the salad, then cut at the bias into strips or bite-size chucks.
- Aprx. 1 lb. Boneless Skinless Thin Chicken Breast (I get the thin so it cooks faster)
- Lemon-Pepper Seasoning
- Lemon Zest of one Lemon
- Freshly Grated Pepper
Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette
This is a basic vinaigrette, but I added my own little twist becuase I LOVE the flavor of sun dried tomatoes. Please remember the ratio of oil to acid (vinegar or lemon juice) should be about 3:1.
- 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp. Lemon juice
- 5 sun dried tomatoes, minced
- 1/4 c. red wine vinegar
- salt and pepper
- 1/4 c. Sun dried Tomato oil (this is the oil from your jar of sun dried tomatoes)
- 1/2 c. Olive Oil (maybe more according to your taste)
Its one tasty salad!
Saturday, August 6
Stacked Burgers is one of the newest restaurants in town; opened just last week. It took the place of a Tijuana Flats which is a great establishment but in my opinion: chains just don’t do well in South Tampa.
I have been watching this place for a few months now getting excited for a new restaurant to add the lineup. Being so enthralled with the idea of what kind of burgers they would have, how high they could be stacked and so forth that I didn’t realize the double entendre that lied ahead. Walking in the atmosphere was to be expected, the walls were colorful and playful, large bar, and big screens. The place was a little bit empty being a weekend night around 8 BUT the staff was all friendly and inviting. This is when it hit me- STACKED Burgers doesn’t just reference the multiple layers of beef and toppings but playfully suggests the other things that might be stacked including our waitress and most of her co-workers. Clever little phrases like “udderly delicious” and “more than a mouthful” illustrated on the wall really brought home the point. After getting over the fact that I missed this play on words, I took in the menu which was pretty simple. Burgers, Wings, Sides, Beer. I ended up getting the “2 Hot 4 You Burger” two patties with pepper jack cheese, jarred jalapenos, and wing sauce. Food items at restaurants are not usually too hot for me and this was no exception. I did however regret my decision to get a burger with so many toppings on it because frankly my mouth is not able to (comfortably) open that wide- so I guess they lived up to their name! I also tried my husband’s plain ole Stacked Burger without any toppings; it wasn’t any better. For $1 extra I was able to trade in my side of regular fries for Zucchini Fries with Horseradish Sauce- this was a good choice for sure. The Zucchini Fries are thin strips of (duh) zucchini with a light batter and then deep fried- this a great alternative for people like me who love french fries but would like to indulge without eating the dreaded simple carb white potatoes! Don’t be fooled: I know this is no better health-wise but I like it anyways. Although they were not set up for draft beer (it’s their first week so let’s give them a break) the price was right for both draft and bottled beer, $3-$4 glass. The one thing that really did bother me was the distinct look that this place used to be a T.J. Flats from the tables/booths, to the napkin holders, television placement and even the crushed ice- if the owners of Stacked can somehow shake that “ I bought out a Tijuana Flats restaurant and turned it into this” look I’d like it much better.
Overall I think it has a chance of being something good, still some kinks to work out but if it’s done right they can really have another good burger place in SoHo.
Parking: Sparse and hard to find, also a bit dark after the meal.
Price: Not too expensive, meals range from $6-$10 and come with a side + beer is cheap.
Food: Decent, quality of ingredients are average but would go back for location, price and atmosphere. Creativity of menu is worth checking out.
Service: Stacked and Friendly.