Lunch Date: Carmel Kitchen

Eating the Seafood Bucatini at Carmel Kitchen & Wine Bar

I had the pleasure of visiting Carmel Kitchen & Wine Bar a few weeks ago and thought I’d share my outing. Hope you enjoy this quick post! Spoiler alert: I order pasta.

Carmel Kitchen South Tampa

Outside of Carmel Kitchen South TampaDress: Love Culture, Blazer: Miss Guided, Wedges: Lucky Brand, Wristlet: Coach

We dined at Carmel Kitchen’s South Tampa location off Swann Avenue. We chose to eat a later lunch to avoid the crowds. I notice when I eat during peak hours, at any restaurant, the meal is often less appetizing. I try to always dine at off times when I try new restaurants so that I get the best first impression possible.

Our Menu Picks

Seafood Bucatini and Steak Frites at Carmel KitchenMedium Rare Steak Frites at Carmel KitchenSeafood Bucatini at Carmel KitchenAs usual, I couldn’t resist indulging in creamy pasta. The Seafood Bucatini did not disappoint! It was described to be  bucatini pasta with shrimp, scallops, and mussels tossed in a creamy saffron sauce. It was the best sauce I have tasted to date! I want to say they use alpine cheddar to give it that sharper flavor but I haven’t narrowed down their recipe yet. Next time I will most likely forgo the mussels, although they look pretty on the plate.

Brandon ordered the Steak Frites which he forced me to try. I’m not a big beef fan so I nibbled on a corner of the medium rare Angus and was surprised at how flavorful it was and so easy to chew. It was great, but my pasta was still the winner. Definitely stole a few of his fries though haha.

Mirror Selfie at Carmel Kitchen TampaHere’s a bathroom selfie to share my odd appreciation for pretty public restrooms.

Eating the Seafood Bucatini at Carmel Kitchen TampaEating like a pig at Carmel Kitchen TampaMe trying to eat pretty versus me stuffing my face.

Brandon and me at Carmel Kitchen TampaWe loved the lunch and atmosphere at Carmel Kitchen. I’ll be back for the addictive saffron sauce!

Pasta is my Achilles’s heel, what type of dish do you usually order when dining out?

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