121 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33707
Cost range: 1.0-10.0
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
The "Tav," a fixture on the University South Florida St. Petersburg campus since 1981, put in a more substantial kitchen a while back and owner Tom Herzhauser decided the time was ripe for menu changes. With friends at Fish Busters in Madeira Beach and Nachman's Native Seafood in Redington Shores, Herzhauser has good access to Gulf of Mexico grouper. He buys them whole, brings them back to the Tavern and fillets them himself, then serves fresh grouper sandwiches for $9: A soft, buttered and toasted housemade bun is the perfect cradle for two rounds of ripe Florida tomato, crisp romaine and then the six-ounce piece of fish. The fish can be treated to a range of preparations, from blackened to crusted with cornflakes and sliced almonds and deep fried.