I have been wanting to find a true Cajun/Creole restaurant in Tampa and had just accepted that one didn’t exist until I found out about Roux. Roux is owned by the geniuses that also own Datz which is one of my all-time favorites. I knew it would be delicious but I am happy to report that Roux exceeded some pretty high expectations.
The menu is a perfect balance of traditional selections like Po Boys and red beans & rice but also offers a variety of variations on traditional Creole items like shrimp n grits, bayou bolognese that has wild boar, alligator and andouille sausage to name a few.
The place is beautiful inside with a bustling bar filled with pretty people enjoying even prettier drinks.
They even have Absinthe with the amazing presentation with the sugar cubes….just watch the video!
My guest was Stand Up Comic and Radio Host Johnny B who is also a pretty damn good cook so he was the perfect guest for this episode!
You can find more about Roux including their full menu on their website http://RouxTampa.com
For more information on Johnny B checkout his website http://johnnybcomedy.com and also hear him daily on http://theboneonline.com
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I have spots I make sure I revisit when I travel, and Key West is a place I find myself several times a year. I have a love hate with Key West. I LOVE the place, for sure. But I HATE the touristy place it has become. Too many fat Americans with cameras hanging from their necks move in herds down Duvalle Street make me crazy. They come to a place with so much to offer yet they eat th etouristy over-priced crap and learn very little about the place and what it REALLY has to offer. Places over-charging for shitty food and drinks are my enemy.
So, if you are headed to Key West, here are some places that you HAVE to checkout when you are there! Guaranteed delicious every time!
One is a dessert restaurant called “Better than Sex” Another is “Flaming Buoy Filet Company” “Conch Shack” has amazing lobster rolls and conch fritters and cracked conch and “B.O’s Fish wagon” has some excellent food as well.
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If you’ve seen most of my videos you’ll see that I have a lot of friends that work at a Tampa radio station 102.5 The Bone and during an appearance I did the owner of a restaurant heard that I did restaurant features and invited me to his place in Pass-A-Grille Beach which is part of St Pete Beach and is AMAZING! The restaurant is Gennaro’s and all I can say is WOW! Even my Sicilian grandma would be impressed!
I invited my girl Heidi or “Bootyfett” as she is known at the station on the Bone Daily Rewind Show (BDRS) and we were absolutely hooked up by Marcello the owner who cooked for us!
The video says more than I could possibly say here in words.
If you are ever in the area do NOT miss a chance for a meal at Gennaro’s!
There are the ABC Islands in the southern Caribbean called the Netherlands Antilles which are part of the Dutch Kingdom. I recently returned to Curacao and to my favorite restaurant there, Fishalicious. Last time I was there I could only take you to the front entrance but this time I took my cameras inside to share this experience with you!
This might be the absolute best seafood experience I have ever had. I have had some amazing fish in Fiji and the Pacific Northwest as well as incredible tuna and red snapper here in Florida, but this was an experience like none I have ever had.
My special guest is my good friend Romy whom I met during my previous trip there in 2012. We enjoyed champagne and oysters and several amazing surprise dishes that they made special for us!
I hope you enjoy and if you find yourself looking for a tropical place to go I highly suggest Curacao and if you go you MUST have at least one meal at Fishalicious!
About a month ago I was driving across town in traffic and turned on the radio and heard this radio show called “The Cat Named Mo Show” on 102.5 the Bone. The host was funny and made me laugh which radio personalities rarely do. So I thought “he’d be great to have as a guest on the show!” So I hit him up on Twitter and the rest is now history! What a great guest and wonderful nice and genuinely funny human being! I laughed so hard my face hurt when we left!
So now to the amazing restaurant….
If you happen to follow me on Twitter @dinnermariah then you know that one of my favorite restaurants is Flamestone Grill in Tampa. I am there at least once a week and have yet to have a disappointing meal. Everything has been excellent from the appetizers to the desserts.
The Sunday Brunch is ridiculous as well. They have a Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar which suits me perfectly!
One of the best parts of going there is the dining experience from the table-side guacamole to the incredible S’Mores that you roast the marshmallows yourself at the table and I cannot leave out one of the best servers ever, Megan. Always perfectly attentive and adorable as hell as you can see. I won’t go unless she’s working and that is rare for me!
So if you find yourself in Tampa or headed there I cannot recommend a place more highly than Flamestone Grill.
Have the scallops for an appetizer, have a drink at the beautiful bar, get a brick oven flatbread pizza and make sure to ask for Megan!
Oh yeah, tell them Mariah sent ya!