Went to the old Tampa Armature Works for a sales dinner. It really was an enormous manufacturing facility (I called on the company years ago). The faded brick walls and gantry tracks were left as is, so it has a great vintage air.
Oak & Ola features a seasonal menu prepared by James Beard winner Anne Kearney. A good mix of proteins is available, at a range of sizes and price points.
We split the flash-fried seafood platter and a cheese platter that had a good variety of cow, sheep’s and goat cheese…and a big enough platter for 5 people.
Entrees were generous and creative (I had a.meltingly tender grilled octopus over a cannellini and kale mixture with a hazelnut vinaigrette…and it was delicious for just $20)
And they hit my kryptonite…friendly, attentive servers who knew every single thing on the menu and how it is prepared.
Really nice evening, and a nice new venue for a great meal out.