Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Tap Room and much more at the Hollander Hotel in St. Petersburg

It's times like these, when I find a fabulous establishment, that I wish I could just pack up and move closer to that place! Recently, Downtown St. Petersburg became one of the places that I want to live just because of the Hollander Hotel!

I had an appointment for a facial and a pedicure at the Rande James Spa.  The Spa is a member of and I wanted to see the facility and check out their services. First, let me say that the Far East Pedicure is the most fabulous thing I have ever done for my feet! Your legs are immersed in a steam bath, not dirty water! If you have not experienced this, you must call and schedule an appointment. (727-498-8811)

I arrived at my appointment a few minutes early, so I decided to walk around the Hollander.  I was greeted at the entrance to BrewD'Licious, by Brigitte. It was wonderful to see such a pleasant face as the aroma of fresh coffee wafter through the air. I had to try a cup. BrewD'Licious is also a Localshops1 member and they offer $1 off anything, which means a small coffee is free and a large is just 50 cents.  (727 741-2249)

After my pedicure and facial (which is also discounted 10% to Localshops1 cardholders), I perused the Spa to see what other services are available. Rande James organic makeup line is fabulous. The Rande James lip glosses are all infused with vitamins A, C, E and keratin. The natural soaps are available in scents like Pink Martini, Jasmine and Waves. The Soy Brite candles are made locally and have a scent specially designed for Rande James. Rande James also does makeovers with naturally formulated organic mineral makeup. 

 I decided to stay at the Tap Room and have some lunch.  It was Tuesday, so craft beers were only $3 (all day). I made a couple calls and had some friends join me for lunch.  Everything looked delicious and our server was very friendly.(727-202-6886)

I was having a hard time deciding, because I really wanted to try the stuffed meaty ball. This is a one pound mozzarella cheese stuffed meatball served on house baked focaccia bread ($8.50); but I was making meatballs for dinner so I figured I would try this on my next visit. 

We decided to just try several different menu items. This is the Cuban quesadilla. ham. mojo, roasted pork, swiss cheese and pickles drizzled with a creamy mustard sauce. ($7.50)

We also ordered the grilled chicken sandwich ($7.50),margherita pizza {gluten free crust} ($7.50), soup of the day ($5.00), tomato and fresh mozzarella ($7.50), a hummus wrap ($7.50) andgarlic and herb parmesan chicken wings ($8.50).

The list of appetizers also includes jalapeno wontons ($7.50), bacon wrapped mac and cheese ($7.50) and 4 different types of sliders ($8.50).

If you are in the mood for pulled pork, the gentleman at the next table ordered the mojo pulled pork sandwich ($8.50) and said it was quite tasty! Other sandwich items include a grouper sandwich ($10) and a turkey club ($7.50) as well as numerous pizzas and salads.

I was extremely happy when I ordered my beer to see a LOCAL glass!
The Tap Room at the Hollander also offers a 10% discount on food purchase with your Localshops1 card. (Enter code TBAD for free shipping on your card!)

The Hollander Hotel was built in 1933 and fully renocated in 2012.  The Hollander Hotel, BrewD'Licious and the Rande James Spa are located at 421 - 4th Avenue North. 

Stop by and tell them you saw it here on Tampa Bay Afternoon Delight!

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