Tampa Bay Brewing Company
Anonymous says We visited Tampa Bay Brewing Company on April 17, 2011, because we saw it on the Flavortown USA website and were planning on visiting the Tampa area. (Noted it is not yet listed on the Food Network website.) Restaurant/bar located in old historical Ybor City (Tampa) which is subject to street closures due to local festivals (as it was when we went), but we did manage to find parallel street parking about a block away (for lunch). This is a clean, upscale pub-style restaurant, with microbrewery on site. Various home brews available, from pale to very dark, with varying alcohol content, and new brews are routinely available. They will bring tasting shots before you buy which is good because the beers are so unique. Hubby had the Moosekiller, which was quite stout with 16% alcohol content. Menu was standard pub food, nice variety, but somewhat pricy. Most sandwiches, burgers and pizzas started at $9. Entrees ranged in cost from $10-$20. We were there for lunch, and hubby had the cuban sandwich, which was "what Guy had." It was good, no surprises, pretty much what you'd expect from a cuban sandwich. What was really fantastic, however, were the "Firecracker Shrimp" on the appetizer menu. Cost $10 and you got about 10 shrimp -- it was the best spiced shrimp dish I have ever eaten, in any style restaurant. The wait staff were very nice and personable. Service was wonderful. Manager came to speak with us and was very excited about the DDD special, date of airing still as yet unknown. Advice: If you live in Tampa, go here. If you're a DDD fan, plan to come here. This is a fantastic restaurant, especially for beer connoisseurs. We have friends in Tampa and will definitely go back.