501 N Franklin St., Tampa, FL 33602
Features: Live music
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, 100 by the glass, with many unusual finds (and a number of 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 four nights a week reinforces that blue-note mood, and female staffers sport blue pageboys. At one corner of downtown's burgeoning restaurant row on Franklin, it also offers Sunday jazz brunch, a really smart move as the downtown Sunday market grows in ambition.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Wed., until 11 p.m. Thur., and late night Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun.