The latest culinary invasion of Tarpon Springs is French. The City of Gyros, Diplos and Sponges already had a full menu of Greek food, an English tea room (The Oxford House) and pub (the Tarpon Turtle on Lake Tarpon), a Mexican restaurant (El Jalapeno) and a Polish deli (Polonaise). Now there's a creperie in one of the town's oldest bars. Newest occupant of the historic 1905 building (200 E Tarpon Ave.) is Brasserie de Bretagne, serving traditional French appetizers and entrees of steak, fish, chicken and veal as well as crepes. Crepes are made in the dining room and can be served as main courses or desserts depending on the filling.
Owners Annick and Gildas Lucazeau and Hacen Hadj had a similar restaurant in the French Alps, but are from La Baule on the coast of Brittany.
Renovations are jazzing up Hyde Park dining. Le Bordeaux and Selena's offer more music as well as lighter dining.
When Le Bordeaux (1502 S Howard Ave) reopened last month, patrons found that the small house overlooking the pool has been redone into a stylish modern club featuring traditional mainstream jazz.
The interior of the restaurant has also been redecorated _ and enlivened with a little music: On weekends a chanteuse strolls the floor singing Edith Piaf and other cabaret classics.
Selena's (1623 Snow Ave., Old Hyde Park Village) new lounge lacks only the finishing touches of new booths and etched glass on the dividers to make the place right for jazz-listening, socializing and grazing. The Italian-Creole spot has doubled its lounge to seat 100 or more, installed two big TV sets and an 8-foot screen and adopted a new bar menu.
In addition to wings, cheese fingers and other bar munchies, the lounge will serve mini-pizzas, sandwiches, gumbo and tortellini, from $4.95 to $6.95.
Words to live by
The Nibbler endorses the following dietary guidelines from the new cookbook by Mike Kalina, public television's waggish "Travelin' Gourmet":
The bigger the pepper mill the lousier the food.
Never order a drink that comes with an umbrella or you get to keep the glass.
If a waiter asked to recommend something says "Everything's good!," the opposite may be true.
Sunset Cafe, a Nibbler-pleaser that set a casually classy table of gourmet fare on the beach, has folded its linens and new owners plan to change its stripes a bit.
Now named Sunset Beach Cafe (9701 First St. E, Treasure Island; 367-3359), the restaurant will cater to family trade, offering any-time breakfasts and shooting for an average $5 check.