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wine exchange hyde park village tampa florida Reviewed by Mark

 

Back  a few years ago it just seemed like everything got worse and worse for the merchants in Hyde Park Village. First Jacobson's went out of business, then the movie theaters closed, out went Polo and several restaurants, then the Gap closed. We could go on about the troubles for another paragraph, but things have turned around nicely. For the retailers and restaurants that stuck it out, it looks like Hyde Park Village is back on the map and ready for a second life.

 

wine exchange restaurantFor several years a wine shop and restaurant, the Wine Exchange was located on Swann Avenue near the movie theaters, obviously the location was great back in the day, but the restaurant and wine merchant developed a loyal following and was able to hold on and has now moved into swankier digs right in the thick of things. What an impressive Renaissance!

 

We tried the Wine Exchange in Hyde Park Village on a crowded Saturday night and found it to be fabulous. There is a tasty twist one of my favorite sandwiches, they've turned it into a salad! The Cuban Salad is made like this, Cuban vinaigrette dressing tossed in iceberg lettuce with ham, tomato, green olives & Swiss cheese and served with Cuban garlic bread. Delicious! A friend of mine tried the Classic Carbonera pasta made with prosciutto and peas in a creamy parmesan sauce over fettuccini. A third person went for Blackened Chicken from the dinner entree menu and was quite pleased, although he thought it could have been a little spicier.

 

On previous visits we've enjoyed the Black Bean Hummus as an appetizer and the Crab Stacker is a must try; it's a sautéed blue crab cake served  on top of seared tuna, seaweed salad & avocado with tomato salsa & sriracha (made from sun ripened chilies which are ground into a smooth paste). 

 

The restaurant also serves six kinds of Pizza including the Athenian made with grilled chicken, spinach and artichoke hearts with an olive oil garlic base and topped with feta & mozzarella. Sounds good and that is definitely the next thing we'll try!

 

So check it out and tell them the gang at Mark's List sent you!

 

 

 

The Wine Exchange

(In Hyde Park Village)

 

1609 Snow Avenue

Tampa, FL 33606

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