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Salt Rock Tavern in Oldsmar
| By Ronda M. Parag

Opened in May 2013, as part of Frank Chivas' Baystar Restaurant Group, Salt Rock Tavern has become a local favorite in Oldsmar.With a menu that offers a variety of upscale pub-type food, the Salt Rock Tavern will satisfy everyone in the family.

"Business has been great and with Rumba next door, we've created great synergy," said Andre Farfan, general manager. "Within two miles, were a good dining destination. Competition is good and that is a compliment to everyone in the area."

Whether it is a quick appetizer and happy hour or a hearty dinner, Salt Rock Tavern has tempting dishes to meet whatever dining experience you are seeking. For avid sports fans, a nice touch in the booths are the small flat screen TVs that allow you to watch your favorite team while grabbing a bite to eat. Additional TVs are mounted on the wall for those at the bar or table seating. Great starters include several seafood dishes - rock 'n shrimp, jumbo crusted shrimp, seared ahi tuna napoleon and crab stuffed portabella.

Farfan says that three of the most popular menu items are the just caught fish, a beer brine soaked rotisserie chicken and shrimp & grits. "We catch our own fish and cut them right here in the kitchen," says Farfan. The menu changes periodically to feature the freshest, locally sourced foods available. "We support local business and make all of our dishes from scratch," Farfan said. "The buns for the burgers are made locally and the dough for our flatbreads comes from Pane' Rustica." Salt Rock Tavern as part of Baystar Restaurant Group, chooses quality ingredients for their dishes, including nueske bacon, anson mills grits and white anchovies in the chilled caesar salad. Organic is also on the menu whenever possible.

There is a nice selection of wines on the menu, but for beer lovers, there are 37 taps, of which, 19 are local craft brews, including Cigar City, Tampa Bay Brewing and Dunedin Brewery. All the cocktails are hand crafted using only fresh ingredients, including the blackberry bourbon lemonade — a delicious blend of buffalo trace bourbon, blackberries, cardamon infused lemonade and ginger ale.   M

Salt Rock Tavern
3689 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, FL 34677
813.336.4977 | www.saltrocktavern.com

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