Restaurant Spotlight

Ulele

A couple weeks ago, I had the honor of going to Ulele for dinner. This was my second visit and I was just as excited to go as I was the first time. With a menu full of Native American inspired dishes made with local Florida twists and ingredients, this is hands down the most unique restaurant I have ever been to.

The atmosphere is upscale but not at all snotty. They have outdoor seating (which is dog friendly!) as well as a very open and airy floor plan inside. Large windows let you look out over the Hillsborough River while you dine (which is beautiful at sunset).

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Their menu is not overly large or complicated, but it doesn’t make the decision of what I want to order any easier because I want to try everything! This time, I went for the “Chief Red Eagle” Duck, as recommended by our waiter. This was a Charbroiled roasted Maple Leaf duck breast with a port wine orange marmalade. The skin on the outside of the duck was crisp and crunchy. The duck itself was lucious and could be cut through like butter. Duck is like a gamier tasting version of dark meat chicken. Very flavorful, and paired well with the sweet orange marmalade. I ordered mine with creamy mashed potatoes (topped with homemade cheddar cheese popcorn!).

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J. ordered the flank steak. Ulele prepares this dish with a Florida twist of a chimicurri made with avocado – which they call “Jimmychurri.” J. graciously let me have a bite. The steak was flavorful, with the perfect amount of seasoning. The avocado jimmychurri was fresh and paired nicely with the steak.

J. and I also shared a side of the mac and cheese, made with a four cheese, light beer sauce and a Parmesan Romano
crust. This dish is creamy and decadent. If you like mac and cheese, you can’t go wrong with this dish. Their appetizers also include a version of the mac and cheese and comes with crab. Yum.

Did I mention that Ulele also has an extensive wine selection and also brews six of their own beers? This place is just phenomenal and I promise once you go, you’ll want to go back again and again and again and again and again.

Until next time!

–BrunchBabe

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