Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Columbia Restaurant--St. Petersburg

I have wanted to dine in The Columbia Restaurant for years and this trip I got my wish.   Now I regret that we haven't been here before.   What a treat and there is a reason this glorious restaurant is celebrating their One Hundred Year Anniversary.   Everything was wonderful, fresh and attention to detail is their speciality.  

The Colombia Restaurant is located at the Pier in St. Petersburg in addition to their 
seven additional locations about the State of Florida.     

We arrived about seven and had a short wait for our table.   We didn't call for reservations but they probably would have been required on the weekend.  Our Server, quickly appeared along with his serving staff to help with our dining.  Immediately, cocktails were served and the "signature" bread plate appeared.   Beautiful, freshly made Cuban crisp on the outside and tender interior.

While our cocktails were being delivered our appetizer quickly appeared.   A nice combination of crab and artichoke dip with what appeared to be hand crafted crackers.   Light and crispy...just perfect with the bubbly dip.  

On to our entree choices....the Chef's Special was a Shrimp/Scallop creation in a Tomato Creme sauce accompanied with yellow rice and vegetables.   We also enjoyed Shrimp Supreme, Columbia Restaurant creation of jumbo shrimp is wrapped in wafer thin bacon, marinated and fried. Served with fresh vegetables and yellow rice or potatoes.  My choice for the evening was Shrimp Criollo,  large white shrimp sautéed in a hot skillet with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, green peppers, tomatoes, platanos, potatoes, spicy Spanish paprika and splashed with Martini & Rossi Dry Vermouth. Served with white rice. 

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Shrimp & Scallops in Tomato Cream Sauce

Shrimp Criollo
No desserts tonight...but the Dessert Cart looked tempting.  That will have to wait until next visit...since there were six additional entrees I would love to try, including their Cuban Pork!!  I know my table will be waiting!  

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