International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 875-4400 Reserve now
Cuisine: New American
Features: Children's menu
Cost range: 10.01-20.0
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
More in this neighborhood: International Plaza District
In early 2013, as part of a major renovation, Nordstrom revealed its new cafe, Bazille. Replacing the more generic Cafe Bistro, Bazille is lovely, all curvy ceiling lines and warm chocolate browns. Although its interior is decidedly contemporary, there is something that makes one nostalgic for the era of the department store cafe: gentility. It's about crab Louis and crisp-baconed club sandwiches and solicitous servers graciously refilling tall glasses of iced tea. If it's busy, they will text you when your table is ready.
It's a salady, ladies-lunch kind of place, but it also seems to draw well from the West Shore business district, dark suits dotting the smart dining room. Look around and you'll see green salads with fresh berries, figs and fluffs of goat cheese, a vanilla vinaigrette and candied almonds adding unusual notes, or, every bit as tasty, cilantro lime shrimp salads dotted with corn, tortilla strips and roasted sweet peppers. Bazille offers more substantial, dinner-appropriate entrees as well, from a lusciously juicy flat iron steak with fries to a pan-seared salmon with a kicky gazpacho salsa.