Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tampa Bay Brewing Company

Every once in a while, I do a post.  I have not been doing too much or feeling inspired enough to write, but am finally scheduled for arthroscopic surgery on my knee on the 16th.  Seems like I have a torn meniscus and my knee can't handle too much walking or standing.  The fact that this has been going on since March does not help.  So slowly, I am seeing the end of the tunnel and it is encouraging.  We have been eating, but nothing worth writing about.  Other than a quick trip to the grocery store, not much else has been going on.

But yesterday, we did go out for lunch.  The Trout saw Guy Fieri  from "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" visit The Tampa Bay Brewing Company in Ybor City, a suburb of Tampa.  He knew we had to try it.  This is a very  nice pub/restaurant and I know we will be back.  They usually have 10 beers that they brew on premises.  Having trouble deciding, we were both offered two samples to choose from.  The menu offers a little of everything.  Nice choices.  We opted to share Pan Crisped Pierogi with caramelized onions and mushrooms, served with sour cream.  Six large pierogis arrived, stuffed with a creamy, cheesy mashed potato mixture.  They were delicious.

I order the Tandoori Chicken Pita with romaine lettuce, tomato, red onion and house made tzatiki sauce with a side of black beans and yellow rice that was fantastic.  Nice choice.

The Trout had a very large Cobb Salad.  For some reason, he has a great love for this salad and it was right on.  Oh and the beer....on the right is my "One Night Stand Pale Ale" and the Trout had "Red Eye Ale".  The beers were very nice.  Overall, this was a delightful place for lunch or dinner and I know we will be back.

In case you are interested, the dish Guy Fieri ordered and raved about was "Brewhouse Barleywine Meatloaf with Wild Mushroom Demi."  Darn, they were out of it.  Next time.


  1. I'm sorry to read that your knee is giving you so much trouble, Susan. I hope your surgery takes care of the problems. Although I'm not much of a beer drinker we have wonderful micro breweries here and an occasional glass for lunch is a treat. Those pierogis sound delicious.

  2. The restaurant sounds like it has a nice eclectic menu. The pierogis would have been my choice but I do like cobb salad.

    Wishing you the best with your knee procedure. I hope you will mend quickly but, in the meantime, feel well enough to enjoy a little pampering.


  3. So sorry about your knee but better to get it done. Guess it is going to restrict what you do over Christmas :( I have a friend who has recently had two knee replacements and she is taking ages to recover!! Think it was all a bit much.
    Will be thinking of you on the 16th.

    Looks like you had an excellent lunch. Take care Diane

  4. I hope you can get some relief with that knee surgery; this will keep you quiet this holiday season; let yourself be pampered.
    I enjoy going for pub food; some are so nice that you want to go back. I just bought some frozen perogies at Costco; caramelized onions and mushrooms sound perfect.
    Take good care.

  5. It's nice to have something to look forward to, Susan! I mean going back for the meatloaf with wild mushroom! But I guess the knee surgery is something to look forward to as well...Because somewhere a bit down the road you can look forward to pain free walking....That's my hope for myself. I'm getting both knees replaced one week from today and the rehab is nine weeks, though really, I think it takes more than that. But by then, things should be in pretty good shape...I'm looking forward to so much that needs good walking ability and you should be too!

  6. I think it'd be so much fun to visit all the places that Guy does! Glad you had a nice meal. I drank my first full bottle of beer this summer! Haha... I've had sips before, but never a whole bottle. I'm more of a wino :)

  7. Hope the knee surgery goes well Susan. Will be thinking of you. David loves all of Guy's haunts too and we've been to a few. Take care.

  8. No beer for me, but I'll take the pierrogi. Mil used to make them for us, I did it a few times, but it is a lot of work!
    Hope all works out with your knee. Terrible to be in pain all the time.

  9. Here's to your speedy recovery and the Trout spoiling you rotten in the mean time.

    My parents live outside of Tampa, so if I can get them in the car on my next visit we are hitting this brewery restaurant. Mom's a great cook but I do believe she's earned many nights out and off.
    Take care, Happy New Year!