Ahi Tuna Sandwich
Extra! Extra! Read all about the “Greatest Fish Sandwich to Ever Enter my Personal Air Space!” here! The Daily Eats restaurant (a proud member of the Ciccio Restaurant Group) in the SoHo area of Tampa is an interesting dichotomy. On one hand, it has an old-school diner vibe, complete with plastic seats, antiquated décor, and lots of commotion. On the other hand, the food is reminiscent of a gastro pub, complete with innovative dishes and cocktails. We were seated with a quickness, so we got down to the business of studying the extensive menu. The first thing that jumped out at me were the several varieties of macaroni and cheese. That is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods, so this order was a no-brainer. I selected the Burger Mac and Cheese. This version comes with cheddar, caramelized onions, ground beef, and a fried pickle. I see the words “fried pickles” and I am in like Flynn. My sweet husband said it tasted like Hamburger Helper. I thought it was delicious. The manager Raymond also recommends the Spicy Buffalo, as they make their own sauce on-site.
Daily Eats offers many types of “Shredder Bowls” for those of you looking for a little healthier option. (My brain could only picture the villain from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles slicing up these bowls in the back of the restaurant. I am maybe ten kinds of wrong.) The bowls come with brown rice (or quinoa) and lettuce or spinach. Spencer ordered the Gyro Bowl: gyro meat, tomatoes, onions, pepperoncini, feta, tzatziki sauce and white balsamic vinaigrette.
Per the suggestion of one of the many sweet and helpful waitresses (ordering/delivery seems to be done here by committee), I was pointed in the direction of the Ahi Tuna Sandwich. I ordered the tuna medium rare on whole wheat bread. It really didn’t look like much when it arrived at the table, but please trust in the sheer numbers of sandwiches that have passed these lips when I say: It was spectacular. The real key here is the sandwich glue that came on the side – a Cilantro tartar dipping sauce that was straight from the heavens. I threw on a few onions and a pickle, and I devoured that sandwich. I maybe also ate some of that delectable condiment with a spoon, surely for research for this review.
I have been hitting the gym too hard lately, so I felt the need to negate that with a shake. Our first choice was the Stay Puff’d (this was unavailable due to the marshmallow outage) so we went with the back-up plan – Cap’n Crunch.
This place is bumping. The crowd was an interesting mix of worker-types, families, lunch daters, and a small sprinkling of the requisite hipster-characters that seem to overrun this region of Tampa.
I cannot wait to come back and try out their breakfast/brunch, and I cannot wait for you to tell me “Thank You, Sandwich Gal” when you decide to order the Ahi Tuna. You are welcome.