Oak & Ola, Tampa FL

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.

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Thanks for this, I am sending it on to my Sarasota sister. She is in Tampa often.

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