Monday, August 15, 2011

The Pub at International Plaza - Tampa, FL

I don't often stop at restaurant groups, but once and a while circumstances dictate. Longing for a bit of a pick me up after shopping, my family and I stopped in at the Pub. It was a while since my last trip to International Plaza, and the Pub was not at the mall the last time we went shopping there. The restaurant is done up to look up like a British pub, only it is a lot larger than a traditional pub and you won't have that same cozy feeling you have with your neighborhood pub. We chose one of the bar tables, so that we could see the bar and part of the restaurant. The male servers wear kilts, which may be a bit cheesy, but a fun concept.

For beer drinkers, they have some of your typical draught beers from England, Scotland, and Ireland, among others. If you don't find what your looking for in draught beers, you can take a look at the bottled beer selection. We heartily enjoyed a couple of dips from the shareables menu. The spinach a artichoke dip along with the goat cheese dip served with warm pita wedges hit just the right spot. After that, we were in dessert heaven. First, there was the warm cookie sundae with gooey chocolate chips served with vanilla ice cream and topped with caramel sauce. My personal favorite was the whiskey bread pudding. The whiskey sauce, combined with the plump raisins in the warm bread pudding and ice cream melting all over it made for pure dessert bliss. Lest I forget, in the upstairs portion of the restaurant you can pour your own beer, if you so desire. So, yes this is a chain, but fun to try if you find yourself at International Plaza.

2223 North Westshore Blvd
Tampa, FL 33607

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