Not-So-Ordinary Classic American
A friend and I ventured to Stillwaters Tavern. I was a little nervous about the eclectic menu. You’ll find your classic American dishes like wings, shrimp & grits, ribs, burgers, and mac n cheese featured but they’re anything but ordinary.
Stillwaters adds amazing flare, flavor and creativity to every dish. These aren’t your standard wings; they’re Korean-style with house-made gochujang, crushed peanuts, lemongrass yogurt, and kimchi. The shrimp & grits are made with Key West pink shrimp, Bradley’s country store cheddar grits, creole wine butter, okra, andouille, and scallions. And it doesn’t stop there! The tavern ribs are house rubbed, slow roasted and smoke, with baked black eyed peas, and Brussels sprout slaw. The short rib burger features Tillamook cheddar (yum!), pickled mayo, chopped onions, lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun. And the mac n cheese is creole style. See what I mean?
With my office in downtown St. Pete, it’s easy for me to be drawn into Stillwaters’ inviting outdoor atmosphere. They have ample seating outdoors along with a retractable canopy that provides good shade. I especially enjoy the outside patio as I tend to have a dog in tow.
For lunch, I ordered three dishes, all of which were mouthwatering and crave worthy. I tend to eat a little lighter for lunch, but selecting three different items gives me the opportunity to satisfy many different cravings.
I started with the Caesar salad, which is not your typical Caesar. I tend to make minor adjustments to my orders (I admit, I am picky). The Caesar comes with chopped romaine & kale, parmesan, harrisa caesar dressing, and sourdough croutons. I substituted the dressing for their cilantro avocado vinaigrette and house dressing. Both were great!
The roasted local vegetables were AMAZING! One of the things I love best about this restaurant is that they work hard to collaborate with local artisans and farmers to serve the best seasonal and locally produced dairy, vegetables, grains, seafood and shellfish (it says so right on their website). This farm-to-table mentality brought me here in the first place. As soon as you take a bite you’ll definitely appreciate the freshness that comes with them being in season and local. Pictured here are roasted beets, squash, and kaletttes.
I finished up with the poke (off the appetizer menu), which featured Hawaiian tuna, ogo seaweed, green and sweet onions, roasted sesame oil, Hawaiian salt, pepper flake and was served with rice crackers.
I highly recommend the dining experience at Stillwaters Tavern. If you want to explore the menu for yourself, you can view it here. See you on the patio!