4106 Henderson Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33629
Cuisine: Tapas/small plates
Cost range: 10.01-20.0
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
More in this neighborhood: South Tampa
Sharon Stewart had a wine bar of the same name back in the 1980s in Sarasota, before its time, evidently. The new place in Palma Ceia has hit its stride with low-slung couches and tables that seem like someone's homey kitchen, classic movies that play softly against one wall and a soundtrack that women can, and do, sing along with.
Stewart's specialty: fondue. Look around the room and you'll see small groups peering into steaming vats of traditional Gruyere or tangier Stilton fondue, accoutrements like baguette cubes, apple slices and broccoli occasionally being cast adrift and swiftly reeled back in. Both are tasty, the quantity generously serving two or three. Pair these with an order of Danish blue-stuffed figs or a gorgeous beet salad with endive, walnuts and fluffs of goat cheese and you've got a satisfying meal to share among friends. Then add a tureen of chocolate fondue with fruit and all the fixings, and dinner becomes a party. The wine list globe-trots between New and Old World wines, largely familiar bottlings at fair markups.