There is nothing I enjoy more than an impromptu visit to a local bar that serves delicious wings. Today while I was out running errands, I found myself on Bayshore near Davis Island and felt a gravitational pull towards Yeoman’s Road Pub. I have been trying to make it over there for several weeks, yet every time I made plans to go, something came up. Today was the day and I finally got a taste of their scrumptious pub grub and stellar service.
Located in the heart of Davis Island at 236 E. Davis Blvd., Yeoman’s is the ultimate in neighborhood bars that not only attracts locals, it has a huge following of pub-loving customers all over the greater Tampa Bay. I can name at least 15 people who have raved about Yeoman’s over the last few years and I am kicking myself for not making it there sooner than today. After a particularly stressful day that seemed to have just spiraled out of control, I was tired, grumpy and hungry since I had not eaten since dinner the night before. I was ready to dig into their scrumptious wings and anything else that was fried and delicious.
Walking in, I felt an incredible sense of warmth as the soft sounds of laughter and chatter surrounded the bar. Not to sound corny, but the famed TV show Cheers immediately came to mind as everyone seemed to know each other. Not soon after I was I greeted by the bartender (who I later found out was the owner), I spotted the familiar face of none other than “Boston Steve.” BS (Boston Steve) is a guy I met a few years back while bartending and seems to know everyone in town. It had been a few years since I had seen him and we spent a few minutes catching up and chatting. He was in shock that this was my first visit to Yeoman’s and promptly introduced me to Connie (bartender/owner) who won me over with her warmth and sincerity. Nothing means more to me than an owner that truly makes you feel welcome in their home.
After browsing their menu, I was torn. With so many tempting selections such as Fish and Chips, Shepard’s Pie and their Macho Melt (Housemade Chicken Salad with Bacon and Melted Cheddar Cheese on Marble Rye Bread), I went with two types of wings, Grouper Bites and Yeoman’s Crisps. Now, before you wonder how I could eat all of that, rest assured that I had a partner in crime who came along for the ride and was ready to dig into some delicious pub grub.
It is hard not to love grouper living in Tampa and I am quite fond of this white, mild fish. Yeoman’s Grouper Bites are fried to perfection and seasoned with Old Bay. Served with your choice of cocktail sauce or homemade tarter, they exceeded my expectations and paired well with my Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale.
Next I tried Yeoman’s Own Crisps which are potato chips loaded with onion, cherry peppers, tomato, and then drizzled with blue cheese dressing. The perfect blend of flavors, I really loved the addition of the cherry peppers which gave a nice bit of spice that paired beautifully with the blue cheese. These are a must have at Yeoman’s and I am actually nibbling on my leftovers as I write this.
And now for the main event….drum roll please. May I present Yeoman’s Cambridge Wings. Available in Mild, Medium, Hot, Spicy BBQ, BBQ and Butter Garlic sauces or dry rubs in Blackened or Old Bay, their wings are fantastic. In the mood for something different, I tried both their Butter Garlic and Old Bay. After a rough day, their wings were just what the doctor ordered. The scent of the butter and garlic made my mouth water and the taste instantly made me feel better. Piping hot and fried nice and crispy, I enjoyed each blissful bite as my troubles seemed to melt away into all of the garlic and buttery goodness.
Next I tried their Old Bay wings and really enjoyed the mild spice and big flavor. As someone who always eats hot Buffalo wings, it was nice to enjoy wings without all the mess. While I found both the be incredibly delicious, if I had to choose between the two I think I liked the Butter Garlic better. Next time I am in, I will be sure to try their Hot mixed with the Butter Garlic.
With an outstanding beer selection and superior service, it is easy to see why Yeoman’s is such a popular spot on Davis Island. I can’t wait to return and explore more of their fantastic menu. My short visit today was made even more spectacular with the incredible service by Connie. I felt like a guest in home rather than a bar patron. She is one fabulous woman and runs a stellar operation. I do have to mention that my all-time favorite bartender in Tampa works there two days a week, so be sure to stop by and see the one and only Justin Gray. I promise you, both him and Connie will make you feel right at home.