Saturday, July 20, 2013

Today's Food Porn: Ciro's Speakeasy South Tampa, Florida

Happy Saturday, LilyOnTheLam.Com Readers!

Awhile back there was a skit on NBC's Saturday Night Live that said The Food Network cable channel was pornography for fat people.  While funny, I think there is an underbelly (BELLY!) of truth in the statement.  Many of my friends are foodies and we fill up Facebook bandwidth with pictures of cocktails and yummy delights we are eating.  Some would say this is just another sad display that America's priorities are misaligned and we live in a state of gluttonous debauchery.  Others may say that we wouldn't post pictures of crack pipes if we were crack addicts, but yet it is socially acceptable to post pictures of food which also to some may be an addiction.  All good points and if you feel strongly that pictures of food are "food porn" and a sad, sad statement on a person - then perhaps you may want to skip the rest of this blog post.

Seriously.

Still with me?  OK check this out ...

Today's LilyOnTheLam.com Food Porn picture is from South Tampa's very own prohibition style bar and restaurant - Ciro's Speakeasy.  You have to use a secret password that changes daily to enter the Speakeasy (you receive the password when they confirm your reservation).  It feels a bit cheesy at times but if saying "Mai Tai" at the door last night gets me treats like this, I will gladly say it.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you ...  

THANKSGIVING ON A BUN!

Ciro's Speakeasy has dropped their three burger slider trio from the menu and replaced it with a weekly slider special.  Which I appreciate, but that also means that this lovely treat I am about to show you is not on their regular menu.  Get yourself to Ciro's Speakeasy NOW so you can enjoy this creation.


Is it November? Because that's Thanksgiving on a Bun!

The "Thanksgiving on a Bun" slider is smoked turkey, peppery gravy, stuffing, fig compote and extremely thin very crispy sweet potato fries on a brioche-like bun.

This slider was amazing.  I have had sliders at Ciro's before (see my previous Ciro's blog post here), but this was the absolute freshest slider bun I have ever eaten there.  It was like biting into a savory cloud.  The turkey had a great smoky taste which went well with the pepper.  

The stuffing got a little lost in the mix - I would have liked maybe a sausage and apple stuffing or stuffing with celery and water chestnuts for a bit of a crunch.  The fig compote was extra smooth and lent a little pop of sweetness.  However since it was dubbed "Thanksgiving in a bun" I would have liked some cranberry to go with the theme.  

The thread-thin sweet potato fries added crunch but were so thin you could barely get the sweet potato flavor.  I would have liked more fried threads or thicker pieces.  I also would have enjoyed a rich turkey broth to dip the slider in - even though it had gravy on it, it would have been a nice touch.     

Thanksgiving on a Bun Sliders and remnants of our cheese fondue with mushroom garnish

We also had Ciro's classic cheese fondue with mushroom garnish that never disappoints.  And for dessert, their Valrhona chocolate fondue with blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, bananas, kiwi and mini cinnamon sugar dusted churros.  If you've never tried a chocolate dipped blackberry, you need to do so immediately.

Valrhona Chocolate Fondue with Fruit and Mini Churros Dippers
For cocktails, I had the (off the menu, have to ask for it specifically and insistently) Rooter Rebellion and the French 75.  Both were fabulous as always.

I was disappointed to learn that Ciro's stopped doing their chicken and waffle sliders, but instead went back to their chicken and waffle entree- except this time with fried eggs and a different sauce other than their maple chipotle gravy.

I was also disappointed to see that the lobster deviled eggs are no longer on the menu.

Next time, I would like to try the chocolate and ancho chili pepper dusted popcorn.  My favorite truffle popcorn and duck fat cooked french fries are luckily still on the menu.

We had a great time at Ciro's Speakeasy.  Have you been lately?  What are you favorite menu items?  Please leave a comment below!

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