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Posted by Jeff Stolbom in Craft Beer, Dining, Downtown District, Family, Florida, Food, Tarpon Springs, Things To Do, Wine | 0 comments
This article is part of a series of pieces written by Visit St. Pete Clearwater called “Detours” designed to send you just a little off the beaten path from the beaches and attractions of St. Pete/Clearwater, to discover other, lesser-known local favorites like family-run stores, unique galleries, and tantalizing restaurants. Read on and take a Detour into authentic St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida!
Tarpon Tavern, Tarpon Springs. A local favorite.
Dan Jenkin figured the last thing his adopted hometown of Tarpon Springs needed was another place serving gyros, souvlaki and moussaka. The county’s popular Greek community, with its rustic sponge docks and kitschy shops, has more than its share of Greek eateries.
Dan chose a different path with the Tarpon Tavern in the downtown district, a few blocks south of the Hellenic-focused waterfront. It’s an American place—with food he describes as “traditional American that’s been brought up a few notches.”
When he opened Tarpon Tavern four years ago, the big question was: Would the locals come? It didn’t take long to get an answer: absolutely. The restaurant/bar (emphasis on restaurant) has become a go-to place where locals mix easily with visitors.
In Tarpon Tavern’s first year, Urban Spoon named it one of the Top 50 Bar/Restaurants in the U.S.
The 1920s-era building is painted an eye-catching ruddy pink. It features a homey interior and a breezy covered deck, each of which seats 50.
Dan, a first-time restaurateur, came up with most of the menu items. The staples are burgers and sandwiches, along with salads, flatbreads, seafood and pasta. Behold the ultra-tasty Big Buffalo, a gargantuan stack of breaded, fried chicken bathed in buffalo sauce, topped with bacon and bleu cheese crumbles on a brioche bun.
Dan proudly represents St. Pete/Clearwater’s booming craft brewery scene by serving a rotating array of locally produced beers.
Posted by Jeff Stolbom in art, Downtown District, Family, Historical, Museum, photography, Tarpon Springs, Things To Do, tours | 0 comments
The Heritage Museum is situated in Craig Park on beautiful Spring Bayou. This beautifully renovated facility, formerly a library, has two separate wings. The History Wing traces the development of Tarpon Springs from prehistoric times to the Second World War. It features a vintage photography exhibit of the city, a native American presentation and a sponge diving film and display. The film is shown on demand and is 16 minutes in length.
The Greek Community of Tarpon Springs
A permanent interactive exhibit, “The Greek Community of Tarpon Springs” explores the history and culture of the Greek community, including domestic traditions, food, ways, religion, and celebrations. It also includes a special focus on the sponge industry and other maritime traditions, as well as music and dance. A Greek Arts Kiosk features examples of music, video and photos of local and Greek traditions and festivals. Tour groups will enjoy exploring the exhibit and talks by local experts can be arranged in advance.
The ecology wing features the large-scale murals of Tarpon Springs artist Christopher Still. The murals are fine giclee reproductions of the series that hangs in the chambers of Florida House of Representatives, and tell the story of the state’s vivid history. Each of the murals contains many symbolic elements that introduce the people and events that shaped Florida’s history from 16th century European discovery to modern times.
The Heritage Museum is located at the heart of Tarpon Springs, in shady Craig Park overlooking Spring Bayou. The serene waters of the Bayou attracted the town’s very first settlers, and many wealthy northerners of the late 19th century later built their winter homes on this “Golden Crescent.” Still very much a town landmark, the bayou is the site of the annual Greek Orthodox Epiphany Celebration and cross-diving ceremony, and the winter home of numerous manatees.
Chamber music concerts and lectures are held at the Heritage Museum, and it is also available for rental for weddings and special functions.
HOURS AND ADMISSION
Wednesday and Friday 11 am-4 pm. Admission is $3.00 for adults, children are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. TarponArts members are always admitted free.
Schools and other groups are entitled to group rates (school children $1, other groups of 10 or more $2). Chaperones are admitted free with 10 paying guests.
Directions to Heritage Museum
From U.S. 19, go west on Tarpon Avenue to the end of the street at Spring Boulevard. Make a left and an immediate right around Craig Park. The Museum is the first building on the right.
Parking at Heritage Museum
Parking is free at the Heritage Museum. There is both street parking and a parking lot behind the building. The main entrance is ADA accessible.
Visit TarponArts.org for more information.
Photos and text courtesy of Tarpon Arts.
Posted by Jeff Stolbom in Amusement, Craft Beer, Dining, Downtown District, Events, Florida, Food, Shopping, Tarpon Springs, Things To Do, Wine | 0 comments
Join the Tarpon Springs Merchants Association on the first Friday of every month for our First Friday Event!
The event is held in the Downtown District of Tarpon Springs on E. Tarpon Avenue, Hibiscus Street and Safford from 6pm-10pm on the first Friday of every month (excluding January and December). There will be live music, vendors, food concessions, beer, wine and a different theme each month.
May 6th, 2016 is Latin Night!
Love handmade? We have 100 vendors selling everything from soaps...
kettle corn, wood work...you name it! All handmade by our community's talented artisans and artists.
The Tarpon Springs Merchants Association supports the "Shop Local" initiative.
There are many people who supplement their income by vending at festivals and markets like ours. For some, it is a hobby that they hope will one day be a full-time venture. Your support and encouragement can help launch the business of their dreams. Before you click the 'Buy It Now" button online, why not see what our local community has to offer? All of our downtown businesses support and carry local art, jewelry, accessories, and many other items. If we don't make a concerted effort to support local, it won't be long before all we have is big box discount stores. How boring would that be?
Many of the local boutiques and galleries have extended hours on the evening of the event. This is a great way to discover the eclectic art galleries, antique stores, boutiques, home decor, furniture & gift stores that Downtown Tarpon Springs has to offer.
Prefer to dine in?
The downtown district has award-winning burgers and craft beer at our taverns, breweries and sports bars...
Fine dining, from Modern American to Greek...
with mouth-watering pie...
and strong coffee : )
Bring the kids and enjoy Replay Amusement Museum which houses the largest collection of classic arcade and pinball machines in the Southeast!
Concerned about parking?
Park in the Splash Park parking lot at 508 Live Oak Street and we will bus you to the event.
The bus will run from 5pm-10:30pm.
If you are interested in being a vendor
please email firstname.lastname@example.org and an application will be emailed to you.
A 10’x10′ booth space is only $20, (additional fee of $15 for electric).
This is a great way to promote your business or product and direct people to your Etsy or online store.
We hope to see you at this fun monthly event!
Posted by Jeff Stolbom in Craft Beer, Dining, Downtown District, Florida, Food, News, Tarpon Springs, Wine | 0 comments
We have some very exciting news!
Olive The World Bistro has opened at 24 Hibiscus Street, Tarpon Springs, in the Historic Art & Antique District.
The bistro will feature Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOO) and Aged Balsamic Vinegars along with artesian foods from local producers...Jams, Pasta's, Pickled Products, Mother Kombucha Fermented Teas and more.
Olive The World Bistro will allow you to have a light snack, lunch or dinner and taste the EVOO's and flavored Balsamic's paired with food. They will be offering salads, fun filled raviolis and paninis in addition to specials. Think of a Tapas like eatery where you can sit down with friends and order several items that you share together.
The beer menu will feature craft brews from the USA and Europe, and wine offerings are now in development.
The Bistro now has the Weihenstephaner "1516 Kellerbier" in honor of the 500 year Beer Purity Law that went into effect in the year 1516. It is a Limited Edition, unfiltered beer brewed and bottled by the State Brewery in Bavaria, in the town of Freising, Germany. Weihenstephaner Brewery is the oldest, still operating brewery in the world, founded in 1040.
The Bistro also offers "Professor Pops and the Ice Crystals"!
These are handmade frozen treats made with only locally sourced fresh ingredients. We have these flavors available now: Pineapple Mango, Strawberry Orange, Raspberry Limeade, Mixed Berry and Orange Ginger. The heat is coming, stop in the Bistro and cool off with a Professor Pops Treat!
These are just a few of the menu offerings:
Calabrian Chef Salad
Prosciutto, Soppressata, Mortadella, Provolone on Organic Spring mix with Carrots, Cucumbers, Tomatoes.
Shrimp Pesto Linguini
Shrimp, Genoa Original Pesto, Arugula and Parmesan Shavings.
A variety of alternating flavors.
Olive The World Bistro will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am-8pm.
Stop in and say hello!
Posted by Jeff Stolbom in Amusement, Boat Cruises, Boating, Dining, Downtown District, Events, Florida, News, Shopping, Sponge Docks, Tarpon Springs, Things To Do | 0 comments
Posted by Jeff Stolbom in Amusement, Boat Cruises, Dining, Downtown District, Events, Florida, Food, Shopping, Sponge Docks, Tarpon Springs, Things To Do, Wine | 0 comments
Expect The Unexpected In Tarpon Springs!
A visit to the World Famous Sponge Docks will transport you to a charming Grecian fishing village and working waterfront, with many eclectic, independent shops, restaurants and bakeries that sprinkle the streets. One can't help but fall in love with the small town where both Greek and Floridian histories blend together to create an intoxicating cornucopia for the senses.
While at the Sponge Docks, why not BOOK A TOUR with a Tarpon Springs native...
Since the first Greek settlers arrived in Tarpon Springs in the early 1900s, the district has thrived as a cultural haven where generations have planted roots that sprouted into what has now become a prime Florida destination.
The historic community of Downtown Tarpon Springs and SURROUNDING AREA is on the National Register of Historic Places and is also an All American City Finalist.
The Pinellas Trail runs right through the Downtown District and links to the Splash Park, Dog Park and Sponge Docks area.
For locals living in the surrounding cities, Downtown Tarpon Springs serves as a quintessential and convenient escape from the norm. The myriad of mom-and-pop retail stores, boutiques, restaurants, brewery, winery and taverns in this district help create an ideal setting to enjoy a stroll in the beautiful climate, sample culinary treasures or enjoy a savory meal, shop for a new outfit or stylish home décor, take in the picturesque scenery and much more. The district has so much to see and do that every visit is a fresh, invigorating experience.
Visitors with a knack for marine life can take a short walk from the Downtown District and head to Spring Bayou and Craig Park to see Alma, a famous six-foot-four-inch striking bronze mermaid sculpture. During the winter months, manatees become the local favorite as they grace Spring Bayou in search of warmer waters.
In addition to its beautiful beaches, shops, restaurants and working waterfront, what else can you expect in Tarpon Springs? A good celebration! It's no wonder the eclectic seaside community attracts thousands of visitors: in addition to its vibrant "Shop Local" initiative, the district hosts monthly festivals and events that include the Fine Art Festival, Seafood Festival, Night In The Islands, Snow Place Like Tarpon Avenue and an Antique Car Show.
For more information about the unique shops, restaurants, bakeries, taverns, breweries, tours, cruises, events, and more, visit TarponSpringsFloridaUSA.com.
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Expect The Unexpected In Tarpon Springs!
Posted by Jeff Stolbom in Craft Beer, Dining, Downtown District, Florida, News, Tarpon Springs, Wine | 0 comments
Delicious food, great prices with excellent draft craft beer selection. (Root beer on draft too) !