501 N Franklin St., Tampa, FL 33602
Cost range: 10.01-20.0
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
The menu is dominated by artisanal cheeses and charcuterie sourced from some of the world's greats and the wine list serves up about 150 bottlings, 35 by the glass, with many unusual finds (and some glasses as low as $5). A collaboration of Joshua Pillock and Joseph Saine (Joseph is more the "crumb," or food guy; Joshua's expertise is more "cork"), the wine list is about as ambitious as anything in Tampa. The space itself, most recently a bank and originally a menswear and "gentlemen's notions" shop, reads more like a nightclub than a restaurant. It's glamorous, with a long bar and low couches in a midnight blue and deep purple motif. Live jazz three nights a week reinforces that blue-note mood, and female staffers sport blue pageboys.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Wed., until 11 p.m. Thur., and late night Fri. and Sat.