Where to Eat & Drink
Tummy rumbling? Good news: there are tons of great dining options here in Oldsmar. If ramen and pho are what you and your crew crave, head to The Wooden Ladle for hearty helpings of the stuff, loaded with fresh ingredients you can customize to your liking. Or grab a roll at Aki Sushi, an unassuming spot in a Tampa Road strip mall that has a dedicated local following. In the mood for Thai? Pacific Thai has an extensive menu of favorites such as Panang curry (washed down with a cold Singha, of course) as well as a sushi menu. If you really want to spice it up, opt for channa masala served with warm naan bread at Desi Tadka Indian Cuisine, which specializes in dishes from the Punjab region of India.
If tacos are calling, Shaker & Peel’s menu reimagines tacos with items like hibiscus-infused tortillas and volcano shrimp tacos as well as great shareables such as Kung Pao cauliflower. As the name suggests, craft cocktails infused with fresh botanicals dominate the beverage menu here.
For fresh catches in a hip setting, head to Salt Rock Tavern, the sportier sister property of beloved Salt Rock Grill in Indian Shores. On the menu, you’ll find fresh-caught grouper, burgers, flatbreads and a host of small plates. With more than 35 craft brews on tap, this sports bar is a great spot to catch a game.
You’ll find fresh, Caribbean-inspired fare (think jerk chicken sandwiches and coconut shrimp), a fun island vibe and a great tiki drink menu at Rumba Island Bar & Grille. And speaking of all things tiki, the thatched roof over Jack Willie’s Tiki Bar will keep you shaded for hours of fun along with great food and drink. Expect lots of locally inspired bar fare (from grouper bites to ‘gator sausage) as well as some stellar cocktails, including the Big Bamboo, their signature drink.