15491 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618
Features: Outdoor seating
Cost range: 10.01-20.0
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
In what was once a T.G.I. Friday's, Joey Redner has launched his first Cigar City Brewpub, the work of a brilliant team in fine fettle. Superbly designed, it's whimsical and lively with a short, affordable menu that feels like a breath of fresh air. It's gastropub fare with a spin, bringing some Cuban razzle-dazzle to the menu. There's a slow-cooked boliche shot through with housemade chorizo, ropa vieja and Tampa's own historic oddity, crunchy-crusted devil crab. And then there's the very best dessert: the Hunahpu's Imperial flourless chocolate cake, a homey, dense confection in which the beer's pasilla chilis and cinnamon can be detected. Launched at $5 and quickly bumped to $8, it's still loss leader when you consider beer nuts buy bottles of Cigar City's prized Hunahpu online for more than $100 — a bottle.
Hours: 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. Sun.-Wed., until midnight Thur.-Sat.
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