CopperFish Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar
By Ronda M. Parag
The newest restaurant on South Howard, formerly the Samba Room, is now CopperFish, serving up fresh and delicious seafood. As part of the SoHo Hospitality Group, with owners Gordon Davis, Kevin Enderle and Michael Bleser, the entire interior was redone in a chic, modern coastal decor. The interior with weathered, brick walls and planked wood flooring appear aged, yet fresh with the classic and comfortable design pairing perfectly with the casual, seafood vibe. The large, glass windows overlooking Howard Avenue are lined with modern gray, hi-back booths.
Already a favorite starter is grilled oysters topped with garlic, butter, parmesan and romano cheese. A combo skillet of mussels, shrimp and clams provides a seafood trio sample served with charred leek, mushrooms and tomatoes prepared on the open grill. Oyster purists will have a selection of several types to select from the raw bar. There are several salad choices including a Caesar salad, the gem house salad with baby carrots, french green beans, radish and topped with white balsamic vinaigrette, or try the spinach salad with red onion drizzled with gorgonzola bacon vinaigrette and browned bacon candied walnuts.
Main entrees include a selection of sandwiches of lobster roll, soft shell crab BLT, burgers, gulf shrimp & oyster Po Boy, as well as a fried grouper sandwich with Abita "Purple Haze" beer batter, served on wheat berry toast. Other delicious entrees include crispy fish tacos, fish and chips and three steak choices of ribeye, filet or NY Strip along with Alaskan crab legs and lobster. The Black Grouper is cooked to perfection and served atop white truffle grits and braised swiss chard. The shrimp and diver scallops are also a delight served on a bed of white beech mushrooms, leek and crimson lentil ragout. Sides are extra and include a selection of baby vegetables, garlicky spinach, house fries, farro risotto, grilled asparagus and a few others. Finish dinner with either the butterscotch crème brûlée, or a shortcake of seasonal berries topped with sweet cream and vanilla ice cream.
CopperFish's menu changes by preparing and serving only the freshest and locally sourced food, taking the farm-to-table approach that has become popular with diners. A chalk board lists daily catches along with tides and water temperatures. The menu states, "we proudly support our local fishermen, farmers and ranchers." SoHo's newest restaurant, CopperFish, just might be the coolest new place to try for the latest seafood this summer. M
1502 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33606
813.251.6789 | www.CopperfishTampa.com
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