4205 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, FL 33611
Cost range: 20.01-100.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
More in this neighborhood: South Tampa
Suzanne and Roger Perry (Datz, Dough) announced in early 2014 they were turning the defunct Wimauma space on MacDill Avenue into the Creole/Cajun-inspired Roux. They brought in gleaming pressed-tin ceilings and loads of wrought iron, but more importantly they consulted with folks in Louisiana and did some major dine-arounds, brought on ex-Rococo chef Richard Potts as the launch chef, and enlisted the help of Dazzle chef Laura Schmalhorst in getting the doors open at Roux. It's a tight, one-page menu that splits between straight-up New Orleans standards and some more whimsical interpolations of the glories of the Big Easy. In that latter category, dishes like quail and waffles charm: Two moist, crisp-skinned birds recline against fluffy sweet-but-not-too-sweet sweet potato waffles, spicy praline pecans and a puddle of Barq's root beer reduction, and in the former there are two textbook gumbos that should silence any authenticity grumblers.
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