Happy Friday, friends! I’m be-yond ready for the weekend, as I am sure you all are too, yes?
If you follow me on Instagram or my Facebook page, you probably saw several drool-worthy photos of a media event I attended this week. If you’re in Tampa, I strongly recommend you check out EATS American Grill.
I have been to the South Dale Mabry location several times, but this week I dined at their newest location in Riverview at the Winthrop Town Centre (formerly The Green Iguana). The Riverview location is not close to me at all, but I knew I’d get to see a few friends (Jennifer, and Crystal. Special thanks to Tracy for inviting me!), if I attended this special event.
The icing on this pie (a glorious piece of peanut butter pie was served post food coma; more on that later) was that our dinner featuring new menu items at Eats were to be paired with brews from Two Henry’s Brewing Company I had just been to Keel and Curley for the first time last month, and have been itching to try a few local craft beers from this new brewery!
Friends, food, and brews? I mean really driving all the way to Riverview was a no brainer to break up the week.
Jennifer and I arrived early, and so to kill time we did what we do best together, tried a new drink at the bar. The High West Palmer screams Fall even if it doesn’t quite feel like it here in Florida. This drink was festive, crisp, and so delish! Peach Vodka, muddled peach, mint, and I am sure something else I am missing, I am hoping to try and recreate it at home. Or maybe that’s just the excuse I’ll need to make another trip to this locale.
While we sipped our cocktails, we made sure to ask for a basket of chips to share. Had we known the amount of food we’d be trying later, I think we both would have opted to wait on those chips. Also, we ordered a basket of fried pickle chips. That was all Jennifer, I swear it, but I totally helped her eat them. #whoops.
Keep up with me, ya’ll. You’re about to go into a food coma with me.
To start [intro], we had a basket of their famous homemade chips (fact: I don’t know if they’re actually famous, but really they should be.) with house made ranch dip.
And because chips and dip weren’t enough, we also had a basket of pretzel chips with unique dips to start our feast. These chips were paired with a Two Henry’s Gilded Aged Lager (shown above).
In all honesty, I didn’t care about the pretzel crisps, as I feel like the house-made chips are that good, that I don’t even want to think about wasting room on pretzel crisps! If you’re just there for a beer
or three, than maybe that basket is for you.
Part I: I only have one photo. I was too busy eating and/or attempting to find room in an already full tummy and lost track of all the eats. But I can tell you I at least tried a bite of e’rything; Mini pizzas consisting of cheeseburger, chicken and feta, and BBQ pulled pork [scratch that, I never made it to the pulled pork], and two quesadillas [Philly Cheesesteak, and Cajun Chicken. If you have to choose, order the Philly!]. These were paired with Two Henry’s Fletcher’s Drool American Wheat, which happened to be my favorite of the night!
Part II: THREE (that is not a typo) types of sliders to try. My favorite was the Vjack [inspired by Tampa Bay Buccaneer, Vincent Jackson, this monster burger consists of pulled pork sandwiched between an Angus burger and topped with Pepper Jack, peppered bacon and BBQ sauce], and a Two Henry’s 7 Mile IPA. Sadly, I’m not a huge IPA fan. I did have a few sips and found it more tolerable than most IPAs, so I guess that’s a plus, right?
…are you still with me? Chips, quesadillas, pizza, and sliders.
Part III: A Two Henry’s Big Boy Brown Ale served with not one, but two salads [Caesar, and a Sonoma], a side of pasta, and a choice of entree. I opted for a medium sirloin, and mashed ‘taters. I had a bite of each salad, a bite of pasta, and a bite of dinner. I couldn’t handle more, but I can tell you I ate that steak for dinner the following night, and I will absolutely order it again when I dine at EATS!
The last course [Sweet Ending]: So full, ready for some sweatpants ala the Friends Thanksgiving episode, to make room, out comes a giant slice of Peanut Butter Pie.
It was glorious, ya’ll. This was paired with a glass of Bourbon Barrel Chocolate Stout. Crystal suggested a sip of stout, a bite of pie, a sip, a bite…that was a genius idea.
With full hearts, and very full bellies, it was time to throw in the towel, and call it a night. The service was wonderful, and I cannot wait to go back!
**This was technically a sponsored post, since I received a free meal, but was not required to review said dinner. I chose to because really I want you to experience EATS, and Two Henry’s Brewing. All opinions are very much my own.**