Wow. I still cannot believe the meal and coffee we had at this brand spankin' new Tampa joint today. It's a mixed retail/dining space all under the same roof,and the closest thing I can compare it to (style/aesthetic-wise more than product offerings) is Eataly in NYC. Only open for breakfast and lunch now with a separate coffee bar and tea bar. We had three sandwiches, all superb. What catapulted me heavenward, though, were the sides: one of roasted vegetables and the other, "slaw". Flavors and preparations were both very rare for the Tampa area: amazingly fresh, different vegetables, nothing overly dressed or oily/greasy. Fennel bulb! Napa cabbage! Jicama! Imagine that! In Tampa! And not as a "This is a Dish on Our Menu for You Strange Vegetarians Out There" that tastes like . . . .well, you know. Yes: As standard sides with their sandwiches! Espresso (from Buddy Brew) is a revelation -- hands down best espresso I've had in Tampa. The tea selection is astounding -- we had two different ones, and both were sublime. And cheap prices!
Whoever is responsible for this entire establishment acutally gives a damn. No detail is overlooked; the interior design is the most remarkable I have seen in my years in Tampa. You could teach a design class on all of the aspects of the experience there.
Congratulations, ladies and gentlemen. You have created an experience that will be the envy of any foodservice establishment in the area.
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