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U-le-le Restaurant, Brewery, and Winery, Tampa Bay

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Louis Yamonico

The brightest spot of our trip to Tampa today was finding this gem of a restaurant alongside the Tampa River Walk. They serve Native American inspired cuisine and use all fresh and natural ingredients. They specialize in seafood but have plenty of other things on the menu as well.

The place is named after a Native American Indian girl who jumped on top of a European traveler to save him from being burned alive from a local Indian tribe. This story inspired the tale of Pocahontas. The restaurant is surrounded by some incredible statues of Indians and also pirates. There are also many statues of characters from children’s stories set in some beautiful natural gardens. If the weather permits it, eating outside here would be very enjoyable. On to the food.

For an appetizer we started with a the gator tail which was breaded and deep fried and beautifully seasoned. It came with a spicy remoulade dipping sauce which was good but not needed because of the wonderful flavors of the tender gator. The sauce was a little overpowering and you could not really taste the gator when dipping it. For entrees I had the seafood risotto which I highly recommend. It was loaded with delicious and fresh seafood like shrimp, crab, scallops and a nice lobster claw. The flavors here were out of this world. One of the best meals I have eaten. My wife ordered the Blackened Redfish that came over a delicious rice blend and green beans. This was also delicious. The Redfish was nice and moist and cooked to perfection and the sides were also very well done. Although you will spend more than your average local restaurant, the food and atmosphere here is worth the price. We recommend you try them out the next time you are in Tampa.


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Good wifi
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