Not a day goes by where I do not give thanks for the many blessings I have had as a local blogger. I am truly blessed to be a part of so many wonderful events and this past Tuesday was one of the best nights of my life as a blogger. I was invited to the grand opening of the new Lee Roy Selmon’s in Carrollwood to raise money for the University of South Florida’s Mentoring U Selmon Style program which assists University of South Florida student-athletes in recognizing and reaching their potential by seeking mentorship and support from professional experts and leaders. It was a magical night of delicious food, yummy drinks and the opportunity to meet a famous NFL player. I brought my favorite dinner date and let’s just say it was a night to remember. ♥
This night was also the unveiling of the “Legends Wall” which includes Lee Roy Selmon, Ronde Barber, Eddie DeBartolo, Freddie Solomon, Wanda Guyton, Lou Piniella, Vinny Testaverde and Billy Turner.
Located at 14457 N. Dale Mabry in the heart of Carrollwood, the new Lee Roy Selmon’s is visually stunning and a sports lover’s dream restaurant. With more than 40 high-definition television screens located throughout the restaurant, an open air bar and gorgeous decor, this location is a wonderful addition to the Carrollwood area. I wish I lived closer, as I would love to spend Sundays watching NFL games at this location.
Micah and I were seated at the bar and from the moment we sat down until we left, we received some of the best service from bartender Lucas and the rest of the staff. We both were blown away at how friendly and detail oriented everyone was. Two days later and I am still thinking about the impeccable service!
We started off with a cocktail and our current fave is the Jack Daniels Honey. I am not normally a whiskey drinker but this stuff is delish! I had mine with Diet Coke but it is just as fabulous on the rocks.
As we sipped on our cocktails, we began a tasty tour of their signature menu items. I told Micah to get ready for the big game because Lee Roy Selmon’s does everything big. Our first item was their Soft Pretzel served with a savory beer cheese dipping sauce. Served warm and just lightly salted, these little numbers were the perfect way to kick off our evening.
Next up were WINGS! They served both the Selmon Brothers’ and Buffalo Wings. Since I have been featuring wings on my blog every Wednesday for the last 6 months and I knew we were going to sample tons of items, I just ate two of the Selmon Brothers’ Wings which are slow smoked and grilled with their Spicy Oklahoma Sauce. These wings have already scored a touch down with me and are in my top ten list of best wings in Tampa Bay.
Smoked Chicken Flatbread was next and it was exceptional. Topped with Kansas City BBQ sauce, smoked chicken, red onion wedges, smoked Gouda cheese and cilantro, their flatbread is a crowd pleaser. Pair this with a nice glass of wine or a cold beer and you will feel like a champion.
I can’t go to Lee Roy Selmon’s without having some of their famous Fried Green Tomatoes. Fried golden and crispy, with garlic horseradish aioli, they are outstanding. Since moving to Florida, I have grown quite fond of fried green tomatoes and Lee Roy Selmon’s does an incredible job on this classic, Southern dish.
Our next dish was a beautiful platter of sauteed and seasoned shrimp. Fresh and light, they were seasoned to perfection. I could easily have eaten a whole platter myself, but I was saving up for the rest of the MVP dishes.
One of my favorite comfort foods is meatloaf and when I saw that we were being served Mama’s Meatloaf, my face lit up like a Tiffany diamond. This was my first time trying their meatloaf and I was impressed. Ground beef and pork with green peppers and onions smothered in Kansas City sauce, it was so darn delicious that I wound up eating two servings. I could not contain myself, it is spectacular!
As I enjoyed my meatloaf I began craving some homemade mac n’ cheese. Low and behold my wish came true and we were served their amazing Mac N Cheese. Bubbly hot with Smoked Gouda and Cheddar, their Mac N Cheese is truly addictive. I love Gouda cheese and it really takes this dish to the next level.
I was starting to get full but it was only half-time and we had lots more to sample, including their heavenly Baby Back Ribs. Slow smoked, grilled and basted in Selmon’s House sauce, their baby back ribs are finger licking good. There is just something about their house sauce that I can’t resist.
Next up was one of my favorites, Firecracker Shrimp. Lightly breaded and drizzled with their unique firecracker dipping sauce, these shrimp rock. These are a great appetizer to share with friends while watching a big game.
I was hoping for one of my favorite dishes to be served and sure enough we were presented with their Sweet Heat Fried Chicken. When it comes to fried chicken, Selmon’s has it down and it is beyond delicious. Fried crispy and dipped in Selmon’s Sweet Heat seasoning, these babies will leave you drooling for more. I especially love the Sweet Heat seasoning.
I was so full at this point, I actually passed on their Soul Good Pulled Pork because I needed a rest. Micah said it was fantastic so I am sure I will try it on my next visit.
As full as I was, I could not resist a bite of their Gridiron Steak served “Selmon Style” and topped with Parmesan garlic butter. This dish is a steak lovers dream and one of my favorite items on the menu. Had I not been so full, I would have had more.
Our final dish was their Cedar Plank Salmon. I had only enough room for a small bite but Micah really enjoyed it. The seasonings were just right and I would definitely order this on a future visit.
We ended the big game with a sweet finish and shared their Crunch Time Sundae which consists of a scoop of vanilla ice cream rolled in Captain Crunch, topped with hard shell chocolate, whipped cream and Reese’s peanut butter chips. Delish!
As we chatted over another cocktail and let our food digest, I walked over to look at the Legends Wall honoring these amazing people:
Lee Roy Selmon
As the night was coming to a close, I looked up and saw one of the legends standing just a few feet away from me. It was none other than Tampa Bay Buccaneer, Ronde Barber. Like a little girl on Christmas, I ran up to Micah and told him to look to his left. He went up and had Ronde sign a football and got a photo with him. It was the best ending to our evening.
Ronde was very kind and signed autographs for several people. Looks like Micah got an early Christmas gift!
I want to thank everyone at Lee Roy Selmon’s, USF and the legends for such a wonderful evening. As a part of my #31DaysOfLove, I have a gift certificate to Lee Roy Selmon’s to give to a lucky reader. To enter, simply comment on this post and tell me what athlete inspires you the most. I will pick a winner on Monday, December 10th. Cheers!