catering to your bottom line
Another savvy local restaurateur is giving the public a bargain-minded offering. Walt's Seasonal Cuisine in Dunedin is doing a summer three-course dinner deal for $21.95, which includes a glass of wine. Walt's is at 1140 Main St. For more information, go to www.waltscuisine.com or call (727) 733-1909.
Summertime openings and tweakings
Near Westchase, Mr. Biggs Speakeasy Grille has opened at 12950 Racetrack Road. No, not a Sex and the City theme, more a gangster motif (in place of traditional Hollywood framed photos it has Hollywood police blotter photos). Food runs to traditional steaks, fish and pasta. But get this: Tuesdays it's $3.99 pasta night. For more information, call (813) 855-1462.
Two weeks ago, Brophy's Bistro (1353 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg; (727) 824-0700) appended its sign: Your Neighborhood Sports Restaurant. Owner Mary Brophy-Lee bought Cafe Vienna, a formal continental joint, almost two years ago and retooled the space. It slowly dawned on her that the neighborhood wasn't looking for fancy; now she's trafficking in Philly cheesesteaks, Cubans and casual eats. With pinball, pool tables and a new big-screen TV, it's a family sports restaurant (not sports bar, Brophy is quick to point out). Kids eat for $2.99 on Monday and Tuesday nights.
About the same time, Tanglin's (to go, eat-in or delivery) opened at 6931 Fourth St. N in St. Petersburg. For now it's dinner only (we sadly pressed our noses up against the window recently at lunchtime), what they're calling a Bombaly and curry house. Bombaly, evidently, are Indian-style pizzas: naan/pita with chicken tandoori, tikka and lots of other interesting toppers, for $6 to $9. Thai crab curry soup ($4), Asian salad ($5), and curry and rice ($6 to $10) make it a menu that is hard to categorize but sounds delicious. Call (727) 526-7300 for more information.
Sad news at Lincoln Heights
Lincoln Heights Bistro in Safety Harbor closes Sunday. Owner Dawn Algieri was in a car accident earlier in the month and will need time to recuperate. The property at 603 Elm St. is for sale, but Algieri will continue to host private parties in the interim.
To show her your support, head over to the restaurant from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 7; it reopens for one night for a fundraiser that partly benefits the Safety Harbor Museum. For more information, call (727) 726-4210.
Brisket Basket is no more
Opened less than a year ago, Brisket Basket has closed its doors at 2500 Fifth Ave. N in St. Petersburg. At the site of the old Triplett's drive-in, Brisket Basket sold delicious ground brisket burgers, carved brisket and a barbecue-sauced "sloppy" chopped brisket. Although plans were in the works to franchise the concept and open half a dozen more locations, owner Linda Bernard's death earlier this year curtailed those efforts.
For the love of Sweet Tomatoes
Sharpen your pencils. In honor of its 30th anniversary, Sweet Tomatoes is holding an essay contest to find and reward its most remarkable patrons. Write up your wild and crazy, sentimental or inspiring stories that tie in with the restaurant, and you may win free meals and the honor of being named one of 30 Remarkable Guests. Go to souplantation.com for details.
Bull's-Eye Barbecue Sauce has reformulated its sauces by removing the high fructose corn syrup, implicated in Americans' growing girth, from the list of ingredients. Now, that's taking the bull by the horns. At the other end of the spectrum, starting July 1, two great forces (for good or evil, you be the judge) are in league together: Dairy Queen and Girl Scouts Thin Mints; together they form the diabolical Blizzard of the Month.
Laura Reiley, Times staff writer