The Avenue Eat + Drink
Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11am-12am; Friday and Saturday 11am-3am
Atmosphere: What I love most about The Avenue is that they do a fabulous job of inviting the outside in. Open spaces with a front and back patio really help create a casual yet fun vibe. TV's line the top of the walls making it a great place to watch the game or kick back at while you're hanging out downtown. What's even better is that they are pet friendly. Don't be afraid to get up and walk around. I had been to The Avenue several times before taking the pictures above and it wasn't until I got up to take them that I learned that a back patio existed. I was missing out on such a great space!
Eat: The Avenue not only serves the thickest burger patty I've come across in Tampa Bay, but their menu also includes bison, turkey, and portobello burger options. You don't come across that variety very often. They also serve their burgers on brioche buns which takes them to the next level. I have a weakness for carbs so I appreciate the array of potatoes available - fries and tots each served as regular, sweet, or Cajun. For those afraid to try the Cajun - don't be. I consider myself pretty sensitive to spicy food (like I can't eat the steak at Chipotle kind of sensitive) and I found the Cajun seasoning flavorful rather than spicy. Personally I'd go with sweet potato or Cajun style every time.
It's equally as difficult to pick a favorite burger as it is to pick which one to order. With toppings like bourbon bacon onion jam, house made pineapple and mango chutney, and Cabernet glazed mushrooms and onions, your taste buds will thank you no matter what you choose. Keep an eye out for their Burger of the Month too. They're known for being even more fantastical then what's usually on the menu. Just check out the one for February, made with deep-fried mac and cheese buns.
The burgers are obviously my go-to but The Avenue also serves salads, sandwiches, and fun desserts like fried Oreo's and waffle sundaes. Their Sunday brunch menu is also different than their usual, offering things like Millennial Toast and Red, White, and Blue Waffles. The "Booze" section of the brunch menu is what really gets me excited. $20 Bottomless Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar. Uhm so worth it. The "Life of Pablo" cocktail made with cold brew coffee, rum, and coconut cream looks like it would actually give me life the morning after. Not only that but they also have Frosé all day and chambongs! Don't know what a chambong is? I didn't either and had to google it. Totally Instagram worthy.
Drink: My favorite item on their drink menu is the cocktails, particularly the $30 pitchers because it's such a good deal ($20 on Tuesdays!). They also have wine and local beer on tap to have a little something for everyone. This go around we ordered the Tri-Freshness and Jam On It, both fabulous choices. I only ordered one Tri-Freshness but after trying it I wished I had gotten a pitcher instead because it's so refreshing and delicious. Having grown up in the south I'm also a big fan of the Front Porch Tea and luckily that can come in a pitcher too!
(located on wall in back bar area)
Monday: 50 cent Wings 7pm-9pm and Beer Specials
Tuesday: $3 Tacos, $20 Liquor Pitchers and Bowls
Wednesday: $5 Burger Menu 7pm-9pm, $5 Mules and Drafts 7pm-close
Thursday: 1/2 off AVE Bites and $7 Cocktails 7pm-close
Saturday: $3 Bloody Mary Shots, Mimosas, Champagne and Rosé 11am-3pm
Sunday: $20 Bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys 11am-3pm
Written by: Erin