Ever since J. and I saw the “out of business” sign at B.D.’s Mongolian Grill, we couldn’t wait to see what was going up in its place. And then once we saw the name – Craft Street – we knew this was going to be our kind of place. After having it on our list of places to go for months, last weekend we finally made our way over to Craft Street Kitchen in Oldsmar.
Craft Street Kitchen is all about serving up “seriously” fun food in a good atmosphere. It was busy when we got there, so we opted to sit on their covered outdoor patio. Inside the restaurant was a large wooden bar (that you can access from the outdoor patio as well). The walls have exposed brick and chalkboard signs with different food and drink specials, creating an industrial farmhouse gastro pub feel.
For both food and drinks, they try to keep the ingredients local. That can add some random variation to the menu depending on what may or may not be fresh, but I love that they focus on working with local, and sustainable farms, wherever possible. These fresh ingredients are made into a fun and playful menu for guests to enjoy.
We started out our meal with the fried green tomatoes. These were served with tomato bacon jam, wheat beer pimiento cheese and fresh arugula. The tomatoes were very fresh and juicy and the acid of them paired nicely with the creamy pimiento cheese and sweet tomato bacon jam. However, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the breading. It was a little heavy, wasn’t cooked all the way through in some pieces, and didn’t stick well to the tomato itself. It made it hard to get one cohesive bite. These might have just been a little rushed due to how busy it was.
For dinner, I got the craft burger, and inspired by the fried green tomatoes, added the tomato bacon jam and pimiento cheese to it. It was enormous! The burger was cooked and seasoned well. The juiciness of the burger mixed with the cheese and jam, made the bun kind of wet and it fell apart a bit, but that didn’t stop me from going at it with a knife and fork. The flavors all together mixed perfectly, nothing overpowering the other, or adding too much salt in any one bite. With so many toppings to choose from for their sandwiches, I consider that an amazing feat! It was a really good burger that I would definitely order again.
Oh and those sweet potato tots. The best I have ever had. Crunchy on the outside, soft of the inside. They were slightly sweet and came with a maple syrup dipping sauce. If you don’t like the saltiness of some sweet potato fries – then I highly recommend these.
J. got The Melvin – house brined corned beef, with swiss cheese, Guinness cabbage, sweet potato tots, fried pickles, and relish aioli on jalapeno cheddar bread. Seriously a whole meal right on the sandwich! The best thing about this sandwich was all of the different textures. The crunch of the bread, fried pickles and cabbage, paired well with the rest of the ingredients. The cheese, tots, and aioli gave the sweetness and creaminess to match the briny flavors of the rest of the sandwich. And woah – that bread had a kick!! A unique twist on that Irish favorite.
Our waitress was attentive and super friendly. She gave great recommendations on the menu and for our craft beers. After dinner, we switched to the inside bar for another drink and received great service there as well. All in all a fun and unique dining experience, and the perfect weekend hangout spot.
Until next time!