The iconic Notorious Ybor City Pirate Bar has a wonderful new addition. The Galley @ Gaspar's Grotto is a golden buried treasure.
How many times have I heard friends say, "I didn't know they had food."? Well I?ll tell you. Quite a few. Friends, they have magnificent food and nothing on the menu is over $20, most of it far below that.
Chef Craig Smith has put his own spin on his friend and mentor's, the notorious and (in)famous Jeannie Pierola, recipes. The new Galley menu is replete with Cuban, Caribbean, and New Orleans flavors.
Smith doesn?t stop there though; he lends a lifetime of world travels to a unique cuisinography that truly tantalizes the palate. One of my personal favorites is his Fish & Chips. A healthy fillet of fresh Halibut is battered and fried to perfection by the expatriated Brit. My experience with fish & chips is legendary. I?ve sampled this dish from Aberdeen to Anchorage, taking the Eastern route. Smith?s is the best yet.
His cr?me de la cr?me has to be the Snapper Mojito. Fresh from Florida?s Gulf waters and served in a mint, mango and crab sauce infused with Coconut flavored Rum (Pirates love their Rum) this dish will have you running back for more.
The patio at Gaspar?s Grotto has evolved too. Now it?s delightfully covered with three huge, European styled, umbrellas and handsomely landscaped with a variety of tropical plants. The ample outside bar and stage are both scenes of great performances. Live music is a staple on any given evening and for pleasant Sunday Brunch.
Brunch merits a review of its? own. It is outstanding. Service has improved markedly and now is comparable with any fine dining establishment. The server?s ?Pirate Costumes? are pleasantly appealing.
Given it?s evolution from a bar to a full service bar & restaurant The Galley at Gaspar?s Grotto serves the expertly mixed drinks you?d expect. From a hammer time $2 shot & beer, to the best premium Margarita (Mixed with Partida Tequila and Partida Pure Agave) I?ve ever had.
And best of all, I can bring my dog with me. Gaspar?s Grotto is pet friendly all the time.
The first Saturday of every month, it?s a great time with Pets On The Patio. An off leash event that will absolutely bring a smile to your face.
Be sure to visit their website for a complete menu and some great pictures of fun and food at Gaspar?s Grotto.