...Unfortunately this restaurant closed its doors in 2012, enjoy the review nevertheless
There’s a great little Bistro in Tampa. A no-frills French Bistro no less. It’s called the Toasted Pheasant. It’s nestled in between the Tilted Kilt and the Red Elephant on North Dale Mabry . Easy going yet full of great food that is smartly prepared by Chef Peter. With a simple wine list and some great foods like Escargot, Foie Gras, Quail, Pheasant, Duck Confit, Sea Bass, Beef Burgundy, Short Ribs and Rack of Lamb. How can you go wrong?!?
There is a cork fee of $15 if you bring your own wine bottle. It is very worth it. Bring a nice French Chardonnay from Beaune and Grand Cru Classe Bordeaux. If you can’t bring those, a value Bordeaux , Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon and Unoaked Value Chardonnay will work(or just stick to their wine offerings for a good match). Why do you ask? because you will be able to match up the foods. They offer up small plate dishes that allow you to eat several items.
Furthermore, it is one of the only places in Tampa that you can take in a French inspired meal with a bottle of smashing wine in a setting where you can be totally comfortable and kids are welcome too! The staff is very friendly and eager to please. Let’s hope that place like this can thrive and improve and not get complaisant.
You can join them for Sunday brunches and cooking classes on the First and Third Monday of Every Month that includes a live demonstration in their dining room by Chef Peter. On some Saturday afternoons there are hands on classes in the kitchen. This week on Thursday, July 22nd, there is a 4 course wine dinner and on August 13th and 14th is a ‘Gone Wild’ weekend.
Toasted Pheasant is located in the heart of Carrollwood, immediately south of Ehrlich Road. 14445 N. Dale Mabry Highway. Tampa, Florida 33618 Telephone: 813-265-6700 www.toastedpheasant.com