DAVIS ISLANDS — Seafood savvy has landed on Davis Islands with last week's opening of the Coastal Grille, filling the restaurant vacancy left by the popular Pink Flamingo cafe.
Owners Gina Genoese and Dan Fazioli will continue to run Taste of Boston, known for its lobster roll, clam chowder and lobster bisque, at the Ballast Point Pier.
Those specialities join a lineup featuring Chesapeake Bay flounder, Cajun mahi, Caribbean red snapper and barbecue-glazed Alaskan wild caught salmon. Entrees start at $15.
"We're excited to bring the best of each coastal region," said Dan.
And for landlubbers?
"Center-cut filet and New York strip," adds Genoese.
Breakfast choices include crab cake Benedict and omelettes stuffed with shrimp and crab, as well as chorizo, spinach, pancetta and more. Vanilla cinnamon French toast and an array of pancakes (blueberry, Oreo, oatmeal) are other options.
The lunch and dinner menu includes shrimp and grits; fried, blackened and grilled seafood baskets; lobster risotto; and lobster mac and cheese.
Salads may be topped with steak, chicken, shrimp, salmon or lobster, Genoese said. For dessert, she recommends a gluten-free chocolate Nutella cake or kumquat cream pie.
Notice the multimedia artwork by Vince Anthony, discovered by Genoese as she drove past his Redington Beach studio one day. His creations are fabricated from found and recycled materials: seashells, crystals, wood, rocks, mirror, metals and more.
The nautical logo anchoring the south wall of the Coastal Grille is the work of Splat artist Jeff Monsein. Coming soon: a deck for outdoor dining.
Vocalist Eddy Dean entertains on weekends. For now, there is no corkage fee for guests bringing their own wine and beer while the restaurant owners work through licensing requirements.
Coastal Grille, 304 E Davis Blvd., is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday; call (813) 251-8811.
Eddie & Sam's Pizza expands
New York-style pizza made with New York water trucked in regularly calls for an authentic dessert.
That's easy as pie since Eddie & Sam's took over the corner space adjoining their restaurant on Twiggs and Tampa streets in downtown Tampa last month.
Choose from 20 flavors of Stefano's gelato and four types of sorbet. One scoop costs $3.25. But why not splurge on three for $4.50. Or take home a pint for $7.95.
"Banana caramel praline is Oprah's favorite, you know," said manager Kevin Reyes. He said the addition doubles the restaurant's space and adds at least 50 seats.
Coffee and tea and an array of desserts round out the menu, including cheesecake, cannoli, peanut butter explosion, lime creme pie and pineapple upside down cake.
"And my favorite," says Reyes, "the Tuxedo Bomb made of chocolate covered mousse."
Eddie & Sam's Pizza, 203 E Twiggs St., is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; till 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The dessert room hours are extended by one hour every night.
Visit eddieandsamspizza.com or call (813) 229-8500 for more information.
"We haven't announced it at all and it's all over town," said Lynn Pham, owner of Bamboozle Cafe, surprised at how fast word has spread of a second outpost of the Vietnamese fast-food restaurant to open in the Place at Channelside.
Pham is working up a menu for the new Bamboozle Tea Lounge, a smaller version of the selection served at the Tampa Street restaurant that favors raw vegetables, fresh fruits and herbs.
"Certainly we will feature our fresh rolls and Banh Mi (sandwiches) with premium teas and Asian-infused coffees."
A mid-September opening is anticipated at 912 Channelside Drive.
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