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Tampa Bay restaurants start serving Florida strawberry dishes

Their monthlong partnership with the Florida Strawberry Growers Association kicked off over the weekend.
Johnson Barbeque's brisket berry tacos, served as part of Florida Strawberry Restaurant Month this year. [Courtesy of Rick Tauceda]

What do the smoked pork loin at Plant City restaurant Johnson Barbeque and the gelato sundae from Tampa’s Oggi Pizzeria & Market have in common?

Both are among the dishes showcasing fresh Florida strawberries for a limited time as part of Florida Strawberry Restaurant Month. And they’re not alone.

Four other Tampa Bay eateries — Bulla Gastrobar, Oggi Italian and Noble Crust in Tampa and the St. Petersburg Noble Crust — have partnered with the Florida Strawberry Growers Association to serve strawberry-inflected menu items like arugula salad, chicken cordon bleu and rose sangria through March 15.

Bulla Gastrobar's rose strawberry sangria and mel y mato, served as part of Florida Strawberry Restaurant Month this year. [Courtesy of Rick Tauceda]

Here’s a breakdown of their offerings:

  • Bulla Gastrobar: mel y mato (fresh burrata, strawberries, honey, walnuts and orange confit); rose strawberry sangria
  • Johnson Barbeque: brisket berry tacos; smoked pork loin with strawberry jalapeno basalmic drizzle; strawberry cobbler; strawberry sweet tea; strawberry lemonade
  • Noble Crust: buttermilk creme brulee (“boozy” glazed strawberries, fresh whipped cream and shortbread cookies); strawberry arugula salad (strawberries, goat cheese, candied pecans, red onion, tarragon vinaigrette)
Noble Crust's buttermilk creme brulee, served as part of Florida Strawberry Restaurant Month this year. [Photo by Rick Tauceda] [Courtesy of Rick Tauceda]
  • Oggi Italian: strawberry chicken cordon bleu; strawberry cannoli parfait
  • Oggi Pizzeria & Market: strawberry gelato sundae
Oggi Italian's strawberry chicken cordon bleu, served as part of Florida Strawberry Restaurant Month this year. [Courtesy of Rick Tauceda]

If you stop by to eat, take a selfie with your dish and post the photo to Instagram, tagging @FlaStrawberries and #2020FlaStrawberry to be entered to win prizes. They include a weekend stay for two at St. Pete Beach’s TradeWinds Island Resort and $300 in gift cards from the participating restaurants.

Visit events.floridastrawberry.org for the full list of rules.

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