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Ella's (Tampa)

CFishman | | Sep 9, 2009 06:20 AM

It seems that changes are finally afoot in Seminole Heights. Last night on our way to Taconazzo, my wife and I trolled once more by Ella's at 5119 N. Nebraska. To our surprise, it was open and we quickly ditched the bus. They have done a beautiful job with the place, which happened to be quite crowded. We decided to sit outside on the patio. They have made sitting on Nebraska as about as pleasant as possible. Nebraska was quieter than you might imagine and the tables are all under an enormous tree which gives a funny effect since you are sitting ten feet from the urban corridor. The scene was really laid-back and comfortable. A contributing factor was the great blues music that was coming through the sound system. For an appetizer we split the unfortunately named "Fat Japs," which are fried jalapenos stuffed with roast pork, cheddar and cream cheese. These were good but I have to admit that, try as I might, I am just not a stuffed jalapeno person. For entrees my wife had a salad with Gorgonzola, green apples, dried cranberries, and walnuts and I had a burger called "The Ugly." The burger consisted of two enormous patties with cheese, bacon, onions, green peppers and mushrooms. It was cooked medium-rare, exactly as I had ordered it, and was quite good. It came with sweet potato fries, which were good although I would prefer regular fries. The salad was also nicely prepared and generously proportioned. For dessert we had the peach fritters. These came out hot and drizzled with just the right amount of sauce. The sauce had grand marnier in it which I would have liked to know upfront but it was not a big deal. All in all, this is a wonderful new addition to Seminole Heights dining. If this is what the Seminole Heights renaissance is going to look like, I think we have a lot to look forward to.

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