Places like Platt Street Borough don’t usually wow me. Typically there’s something missing, whether it be subpar food with a great atmosphere or vice versa. I’m pleased to say PSB is different. The menu is relatively small meaning the kitchen can give each plate the attention it needs to be exceptional, which they do. Chef-owners Kiel and Adam, two forward-thinking restaurant veterans had a dream of opening up a chef-driven concept, where the menu can change with the seasons. Chef Kiel stopped by our table and immediately I realized how much heart and soul went into this passion project, also evident in their cooking and generous hospitality.
Not only is the food delicious, but they’ve also nailed the decor (no pun intended) and ambiance. A mix of modern-contemporary pieces that add some elegance to the South Tampa restaurant that also has a game room (formerly The Rack then The Hyde Out). So you can’t take yourself too seriously while you’re there. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a fun night out with friends bonding over delicious food and libations.
Speaking of libations, a variety of craft cocktails are offered. I kicked things off with the White Lady ($9), a refreshing concoction made with Bombay Gin, Solerno, lemon, egg white, and jalapeño. I was a little apprehensive about the jalapeño but it was just the right amount of spice to keep things interesting. If you’re hesitant about the egg white, don’t be. It’s perfectly safe and gives the drink a frothy finish.
The Crispy Arancini ($5) starter was a favorite of mine. These deep fried stuffed rice balls maintained moistness on their own, but the addition of the sun dried tomato dip really made this dish shine. I also loved the Chicken Wings ($9), mostly because they’re grilled not fried, which is hard to come by. They’re also smothered in a delicious, gooey molasses glaze.
Other standout starters were the Truffle Mornay Nachos ($12) made with house fried tortilla chips (and I’m not huge on truffle), short rib gravy Poutine ($10) and the Shrimp and Grains ($12) coated in a pistachio pesto.
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No matter the meal, I always a enjoy a crisp fresh salad before the main dish. The Romaine Salad ($10), topped with crispy prosciutto and parmesan, was a tad too salty for my liking, but the creamy basil dressing balanced it out a bit. Roasted tomatoes added color and a unique flavor to a salad that could have otherwise come off as a little boring.
My absolute favorite dish was the Ricotta Gnudi ($19), a gnocchi-like dumpling made with ricotta instead of potato making it less dense and chewy than gnocchi. The delicate pasta just sort of falls apart in your mouth. It’s paired with mushrooms and butternut squash and cooked in a sage butter sauce that forms a warm broth at the bottom of the dish, which is delightful. A perfect combination of Fall flavors. You can also have fun with the name Gnudi, pronounced “new-dee”, while sharing your food photos on your favorite social platform. I hear people are getting quite creative with their hashtags (#gnudiphoto).
(Note that what is pictured was part of the tasting and isn’t representative of the actual portion size of the main dish.)
Fried chicken sandwiches don’t often impress me, but the Buttermilk Fried Chicken ($12) was surprisingly delicious. Crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, just the way it should be. Plus, it’s hard not to love a sandwich served on a brioche bun.
The Fremont burger ($14) is also worth mentioning, a “secret burger blend” (that may or may not include pancetta), topped with a red onion marmalade (close in flavor and texture to caramelized onions) and aged blue cheese, also served on a brioche bun. Puts the regular ol’ American burger to shame.
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Since we all know there’s a special place in our bellies for dessert, I managed to get in a few nibbles of the apple galette and the warm cookies and milk. Baked fresh in house, the Apple Galette ($7) is a cross between apple pie and a tart. The unique flavors of smoked butterscotch and thyme really stood out. I found myself wanting more and more.
If you prefer a more traditional dessert, go for the freshly baked Warm Cookies ($7) paired with a cold glass of milk. The cookies change daily so don’t get too attached to any one kind.
That’s not all. Platt Street Borough goes beyond being food-focused, adding an element of fun with an outdoor bocce court and a game room that includes skee ball and a dart board. On the weekends, they’re open for brunch with an option for Bottomless Mimosas ($16). Listen to live music or DJ and explore menu items such as The Bird ($12) – fried chicken and hot sauce maple butter on a glazed yeast donut. I’m already planning my next visit to PSB and it’s definitely going to include brunch.
All in all, I’d say the folks behind Platt Street Borough have succeeded in creating a fun and casual space where hospitality is of the utmost importance. A place where food-lovers can gather together for a great meal and be silly at the same time. Platt Street Borough is one of Tampa’s newest hot spots that will keep you coming back for more.
Please note: The meals featured in this post were compliments of Platt Street Borough in exchange for writing this blog post and featuring photos on my social media accounts. All opinions expressed here are my own.
Brunch, Dinner + Happy Hour Menus
Location: 1809 W Platt St, Tampa, FL 33606 Map
Hours: Tues – Wed 4pm -10pm; Thurs 4pm – 11pm; Fri 4pm – 12am; Sat 10am – 12am; Sun 10am – 10pm (brunch served Saturday + Sunday);
Happy Hour specials 4pm-6pm ($6 select cocktails and house wines, $3.50 beers and $4 select starters)