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Besa Grill

Categories: Restaurant

Cuisine: Mexican, New American, Tapas/small plates

Features: Happy hour, Outdoor seating, Takeout

Cost range: 10.01-20.00

Payment options: Credit cards accepted

Alcohol: Full bar

In the spot that used to be Tuscano Grill, adjacent to the slick-Med Carmel Café and around the corner from the popular Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, Besa Grill opened at the end of 2011. Sister restaurant to FlameStone in Oldsmar, it's Latin-inspired, not Mexican exactly, with stylish, nightclubby decor that telegraphs nothing about the food. It's a place suitable for a little black dress, but equally jeans-friendly. The vibe is warm, with friendly young servers and bartenders who seem eager to share their mad mixology. The booze focus is tequila, with some really sophisticated margaritas, from cucumber-cilantro to blackberry mint. These aren't goofy slushy versions. Sweetness is reined in and excellent tequilas employed.

New "Pup Menu'' provides a special menu for pets dining with their owners alfresco on the patio, from Bowser 'Beer' to Backyard Hash, K-9 Meatballs and Chicken Muttloaf. Menu items made with chicken, vegetables, even filet mignon, with specially baked doggie cupcake for dessert.

Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thur., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

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