Thursday, April 15, 2010
Cassis American Brasserie - St Petersburg, FL
Cassis is an excellent and welcome addition to the restaurant scene on Beach Drive in downtown St Pete. My family and I decided to try it for the first time during the lunch hour. Upon approaching Cassis our first impression is of the outdoor seating which is a beautiful spot to enjoy the nice weather that St Pete is enjoying right now. I especially enjoyed how the small tables next to the restaurant have their chairs facing out towards the sidewalk. When we have traveled to Europe, all the restaurants have their chairs facing this way, so that the diner can enjoy people watching and the scenery. However, as this was our first time there, we opted to dine indoors. Entering the restaurant, we enjoyed the light, bright view offered by the windows and the yellow walls further cheered the overall feel of the restaurant. An eye-catching spot is the bar with yellow back-lit mirrors. There are attractive leather backed booths to enjoy the dining experience.
Now for the dining experience. We were promptly seated at a table and our server took our drink order of 1664 Kronenbourg Pilsner. She also gave us the specials of the day which include the omelette of the day and the pasta of the day. We started with an order of onion rings which includes a garlic aioli dipping sauce. These were the best onion rings we have had in a long time. The onions were fully cooked inside so that when one bit into it it broke off without having the whole onion come with it and the garlic aioli was a perfect complement to the onion rings. For our entrees we went with the basics. My husband ordered the omelette - minus the meat, which includes a salad on the side. This was a plain tomato and onion omelette and was delicious and it was nice to have the mixed baby greens on the side. My son and I both ordered the Cassis burger, which comes with caramelized onions and swiss cheese on top. However, my son opted to order his without the caramelized onions. For our sides, we ordered the french fries which are cut like real fries with bits of the potato peel and everything and were majorly delicious. One thing I need to mention that we loved was that the french fries and onion rings came in small paper brown bags to soak up the oil and we felt that was a nice touch.
Overall, we loved Cassis and can't wait to go back. Next time, we will go and try the outdoor dining and perhaps we will try some of the entrees from the dinner menu. The service was excellent here and combined with the beautiful dining setting it made for a nice experience.
Cassis American Brasserie
170 Beach Drive Northeast
St Petersburg, FL 33701