Thursday evenings are usually my Sushi night, but this evening a buddy of mine and I decided to check out a new place in Ybor City, The NEST. Thursday evenings starting on May 7th, they host an evening of 1/2 price Tapas and Sangria called "SangriLa", with a DJ spinning tunes as well. We arrived around 7ish, and there were plenty of space available, but quickly by 8pm, the place was place. Nicely updated, loungy corner front cafe/restaurant style with a full bar in the back and front, and small party room in the far back. We started with the Lemon Chicken Skewers - tender all white meat chunks lightly grilled, two small chunks per small skewer with onion and peppers, and a creamy lemon sauce; Calamari, a small bowl of very lightly fried, both tenticales and meat in inch to 2 inch long strands, with a watery fresh tomato sauce; Ahi Tuna, 4 large slices of just seared tuna, the best we had so we ordered more, but the next order only had three slices, with a wasabi/mustardy tasting sauce; Salmon - a small piece of Salmon on a spinach type sauce, very flavorful; Hummus - very garlicky and flavorful Hummus with fresh Tortilla style chips, a few Kalamata olives; and finally Garlic Shrimp - about 3 medium chopped up shrimps drenched in a small bowl of VERY VERY garlicky tomato sauce. Overall the Ahi Tuna was a top choice, although I wasn't overly impressed with the food, it was good, but I cant imagine paying full price for ANY of the Tapas choices. I will note the Sangria was heavy on the Liquor side, very tasty and fruity though, and probably the best priced for this special evening.
A nice walk around Ybor after dinner, and Thursday night was looking to get busier, its nice to see so many newer options for dining, shows, art galleries, and even shops along 7th avenue open.
This weekend looks like another time to get out and enjoy the weather and events...its is slowly get warmer and warmer around here, but NO RAIN :(
Some happenings include:
Kings of Leon, Gavin DeGraw, Janes Addiction, Nine Inch Nails are all in town
Peurto Rican Festival at the Fairgrounds
Blueberry Festival in Plant City
Salvador Dali Look a Like Contest at Gallery Live in Ybor and Dali Museum
VaGogh Artwork Appreciation/Movie/Planetarium at MOSI
Mothers Day brunches - Riverwalk downtown Tampa
Tampa Bay Water Ski Show