Kat here for today’s “Foodie Friday” features The Palm Restaurant , centrally located in the Westshore Plaza Mall. This Dine Tampa Bay three-course prix fixe menu is $45 and a heck of a deal with giant proportions, so make sure you bring your appetite and save room for the decadent dessert!
A little history about what I mistook for a “chain restaurant.” I was pleasantly surprised to learn that each restaurant is entirely unique. Just by looking on the cartoon and caricature walls you can tell that The Palm Restaurant treats all its guests as family. The walls covered with classic cartoons and caricatures of celebrities, politicians and Tampa socialites make up the 837 Club. The story is back in 1926 when Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi opened the Palm Restaurant in New York, they had no money to decorate, so they left it to their customers. In exchange for meals, artists would often draw their own creations on the walls of The Palm. Now, don’t go dining at The Palm and start drawing your face on the wall. Since the 1920s they have advanced and adapted, and if you want to make it to the wall, you’re going to have to join the 837 Club.
Now, let’s talk about the good stuff. What’s for dinner?
Choices for the First Course are a Chopped Tomato & Onion Salad covered with Danish blue cheese crumbles and garlic vinaigrette. The Classic Caesar Salad, a table favorite, has crunchy, garlic focaccia croutons and fresh parmigiana reggiano. The Heirloom Tomato & Strawberry Salad was my personal favorite. Baby frisse, mache greens and candied walnuts tossed with raspberry vinaigrette, and aged balsamic amplify the sweetness in the strawberries. Lastly, if you’re not in the mood to “go green” you can opt for the Chef’s Soup of the Day which is prepared fresh every day. We had the Lobster Bisque and it was creamy, smooth and delicious!
Second Course you get your choice from four prime entrées. Each is served with your choice of The Palm’s signature vegetable or potato sides. Our table favorite was the Asparagus Fritti, the most delicious and fresh asparagus fried to perfection! First up was the Chicken Parmigiana, a “Palm Classic” dish with linguine marina. Next we feasted on the 9oz Filet Mignon with oven roasted garlic and bone marrow aioli, wild mushroom demi and crispy fried leeks. Third up to bat, the Double Cut Bone-In Pork Rib Chops served with a Fiji apple slaw and housemaid cinnamon applesauce. Lastly, the table favorite was the Macadamia Nut Crusted Wild Alaskan Halibut Filet finished over baby spinach, shaved fennel and cherry tomatoes tossed in a smoked red onion-vinaigrette and a delicious mystery crust. The portions are large so make sure you plan to take some home so you can save room for dessert.
Third course is dessert. Obviously, first up is the New York Cheesecake with a drizzle of raspberry sauce. Just what you would expect from New York. The Cheesecake had a rich, dense, smooth and creamy consistency. Next up, the Key Lime Pie. The Key Lime Pie has a blueberry compote and is tart as it is sweet. The perfect consistency! Lastly, the Tiramisu. This may have been the largest Tiramisu I have ever seen in my whole life. Rum soaked ladyfingers and mascarpone crème finish the cinnamon dusted dessert. Pair it with The Palm’s Cuban Coffee for an extra treat. Yumo! Hungry for more? Check out our Dine Tampa Bay facebook album, The Palm "sneak peak".
The Palm Restaurant
205 Westshore Plaza Dr.
Tampa, FL 33606
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