Rib and Mac Sandwich – Eats! American Grill
I have been driving by Eats American Grill in south Tampa for several months en route to my dancing lessons. We never wanted to eat and then attempt a Tango, so we put the idea on the back burner. Then I became aware of the new menu items, and I knew that a trip to Eats was in order. I had set up a specific time and date to go in via the Eats Twitter account; when I arrived, no one had a clue. Womp womp. Not to worry, there are many folks out there who don’t know that I am kind of a big deal….(spoken in my best Ron Burgundy voice). That hiccup aside, we got down to the business of ordering. Before we even had a chance to peruse the extensive menu filled with all-American items, our friendly waiter brought us over some housemade chips with a spicy dip that was absolutely delicious. We killed those with a quickness.
I ordered a Pinot Noir and got down to business. (This would eventually be sent back, as a local fly decided he wanted a drink of my vino. It was replaced with speed and apologies.) I checked in on Foursquare and was happy to discover a check-in special: a free small order of cheese fries. I love me some Foursquare food bonuses. The small was actually huge and smothered with chili, cheese, bacon, and more of that spicy ranch. My Husband devoured these and proclaimed them his second favorite item of the day.
I was also intrigued by the Pineapple Fritters: Pineapple, onion, celery, and batter with a spicy Polynesian sauce. This was a really tasty and interesting flavor combination. They were a bit overdone but still yummy.
For an entree, my Husband opted for the Shrimp Tacos. These were zesty, fresh, and flavorful: cabbage, corn, and that spicy sauce reared its savory head again. The sides we chose were rice and mushrooms.
Let’s just move on to the star of the show. The Rib and Mac is the epitome of comfort food…in the form of a sandwich.
The fine folks at Eats pair their Rib meat with housemade mac and cheese, top it with red onion, and slap it all on Texas Toast. This quickly moved up my list of top sandys in the Tampa Bay area. Do be warned: this is not a “first date sandwich,” as it is a hot mess to eat. The smoky flavor of the meat, the cheesy goodness of the mac, and the sharp crunch of the onion equaled perfect sandwich harmony. American style.