Like Carrie Bradshaw stated in one of my favorite episodes of Sex and the City, “There are very few things this New Yorker loves as much as Sunday brunch. You can sleep until noon and still get eggs anywhere in the city, alcohol is often included with the meal, and Sunday is the one day a week you get the single woman’s sports pages: the New York Times wedding section.” The same holds true in Tampa Bay as many flock to their favorite brunch spots each weekend to enjoy their favorite dishes, catch up on gossip and enjoy a Mimosa or Bloody Mary. I had the pleasure of brunching with some of my favorite gals on Cinco de Mayo (Lauren, Leslie, Jen, Megan and Shannon) and of course, it was an afternoon filled with food and laughter. We gathered at Flamestone American Grill in Oldsmar as the third stop on our monthly Tampa Bay Brunch Tour. I was excited to see everyone, as sometimes as a single mom it is hard to get away for brunch with the girls and I really look forward to our monthly dates.
With a fantastic Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar, the girls all enjoyed a beverage while I sipped on water. I had a long day ahead of me and as much as I wanted a cocktail, I had to stick with water. I was jealous as I watched everyone construct their beautiful cocktails and will be sure to indulge on my next visit.
Leslie created a masterpiece of a Bloody Mary and I decided to drink vicariously through her. I swear, her cocktail was gorgeous! She would make an amazing bartender. Their unlimited Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar is only $10 and is filled with eye-catching garnishes. They use a pepper infused Russian Standard Vodka which really caught my eye. I know what I will be having on my next visit. 😉
Being that it was Cinco de Mayo, we kicked off our brunch with their famous Table Side Guacamole. This was my second time enjoying their heavenly signature item and it was nothing short of incredible. The use Haas avocados, fresh cilantro, vine ripe tomatoes, onion, diced jalapeno, minced garlic and lime and then serve it with fresh tortilla chips. You can have it prepared to your liking and that is one of the things I like most about their Table Side Guacamole. Our guacamole was seasoned just right and we finished it so quickly that we had to place another order. Is their anything better than fresh guacamole? Nope!
Our server began to bring out the first of many dishes, which was Filet N’ Eggs Oscar. Consisting of grilled filet medallions, 2 eggs any style, lump crab, hollandaise, caramelized asparagus and chorizo risotto, it was a great way to get my day started. With rich flavors and a beautiful presentation, this is a great way to enjoy an innovative version of steak and eggs. My favorite part of this dish was the chorizo risotto which I could not stop eating. I recently enjoyed a Chorizo Rice Ball from the popular food truck, Mobile Munchiez, which absolutely knocked my stilettos off with its incredible blend of flavors. This reminded me of the delicious chorizo rice ball I was introduced to a few weeks ago.
I must admit, as someone who tries to eat as healthy as possible, I am always thrilled to splurge when it comes to brunch. As we were presented with Strawberry Shortcake French Toast, my heart skipped a beat when our server told us it was crème brulee french toast with strawberry compote and fresh whipped cream. As I took a bite it was the equivalent of a shoe shopping spree at Jimmy Choo…..decadent and just plain fabulous.
I have been on a flatbread kick lately and was thrilled to try their Morning Flatbread which is stone oven baked and topped with scrambled eggs, applewood bacon, maple cured sausage, home fries, sun-dried tomatoes and cheddar jack. This was perfect for sharing and I loved the flavor.
As the girls all got up to grab another cocktail, I sat and gazed at the beautiful dishes in front of me and fantasized what it would be like to enjoy a cocktail with my brunch. That would have put this meal over the top for me. Well, that WILL happen on my next visit. Next up was their Crab N’ Prosciutto Benedict. I have never met an Eggs Benedict I didn’t like and this was a phenomenal dish of poached eggs, prosciutto, sautéed crab, béarnaise, truffled spinach and bacon n’ cheddar home fries. There are so many reasons why I loved this dish, I do not know where to begin. The prosciutto and the sautéed crab were a delightful combination and the truffled spinach imparted incredible flavor. The bacon n’ cheddar home fries were simply addicting. As they say, bacon makes everything better and the addition of bacon and cheddar to home fries is just genius.
Oh Flamestone, you sure know how to make a girl happy, especially when you create such sinfully delicious items like your Banana Fosters Waffles. Yes, you read that correctly, Banana Foster Waffles! Two savory waffles topped with sautéed bananas, candied pecans and Myer’s Rum caramel sauce, it just does not get better than that folks. Thank goodness we were sharing otherwise I would have devoured this entire dish!
Those amazing bacon n’ cheddar home fries made another appearance as a side to the Rancheros Omelet. Another dish that was perfect for Cinco de Mayo, it consisted of Chorizo, Spanish onions, green chiles, tomato, cheddar jack, zesty salsa, fresh guacamole and of course, a side of bacon n’ cheddar home fries. I have always loved chorizo and eggs and order them often. Fresh salsa is a staple in my diet, so this was one of my favorite dishes of the day. Nothing quite compares to a savory omelet topped with guacamole and salsa. 🙂
I will never forget the first time I had chicken and waffles. I had recently moved to Tampa and was on a weekend trip to Atlanta. After spotting a sign at a local place that was featuring chicken and waffles, I was intrigued and decided to go in and order this interesting combination. Yes, it was love at first bite and to this day, one of my guilty pleasures is a dish of chicken and waffles with a glass of champagne. You can imagine my surprise when we were presented with a gorgeous tower of Chicken N’ Waffles! Flamestone was really knocking it out of the part today and I could not wait to dive into this mouth-watering plate of crispy fried chicken, homemade Belgium waffles, candied bacon, pecan butter and ancho maple syrup. I am going back to have this in the very near future. Truly, there are no words to describe how much I loved this dish. The waffles were nice and fluffy and the sweet pecan butter melted into every nook and cranny. The ancho maple syrup was sweet with a slight amount of spice and gave an intoxicating flavor to the dish. I must say the candied bacon was a delicious bonus and really took this dish to the next level. Hands down, this was my favorite item of the day.
I was pleasantly full and ready to head back home when we were presented with yet another stunning item……Camp Fire S’mores. This was the highlight of the day and was such an interactive way to enjoy a dish amongst friends.
If you are looking for a fantastic brunch in Tampa Bay, look no further than Flamestone American Grill. I was impressed with everything from flavors and presentation to creativity and impeccable service. If I lived closer, I would be there every Sunday. I can’t wait to go back with my kids, as I know they will love the Tableside S’mores.
Thank you Flamestone for hosting us![?]