Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ace's is one of the best places for a freshly prepared meal!

UPDATE *********  NO LONGER ACE'S BAR AND GRILL ****************************

There is a new restaurant in town and I couldn't be happier!  If you are familiar with Indian Rocks Road, there is a strip center on the corner of Indian Rocks Road and Adrian Avenue.  A mini market sits out front with a few stores behind it.  For many, many, years, there has been a bar in this location and for the past several years, it has been closed.  Rejoice, it is once again open and I was delighted when I walked in the  front door to see how clean the new place is!

Ace's Bar & Grill, located at 3534 Adrian Avenue, offers freshly prepared, homemade food. I had the preconceived notion that it would be a bar with frozen and fried food. Imagine my surprise when I was informed that all of the dressings are homemade, the mashed potatoes are made fresh daily and even the desserts are homemade!

Ace is no stranger to the restaurant business as he has owned several in this area.  I think when the owner puts his name on the restaurant, he is going to take pride in his food and Ace proved me right!  From the made from scratch sweet and sour bacon dressing to fresh baked apple pie, Ace does not skimp on quality or goodness.

I was having a hard time figuring out what I wanted (as usual) and Ace suggested the Bistro salad.  I explained that I wanted a burger on my way there, but seeing the salads on the menu, I couldn't decide.  He accommodated my indecision by serving me a burger on the side of my salad.  The Bistro chicken salad is spring mix, fresh sliced strawberries, walnuts, red onions, crumbled goat cheese and tortilla strips served with homemade raspberry vinaigrette. ($8.99).
I love how colorful it was after I added the dressing!

Oh, and let's not forget my burger!  One of the best things about Ace's Bar and Grill is that you can get your burger made with 100% grass-fed meat for only $1.99 extra! (This is the regular burger. Next time I will get grass fed!)

My friend was  undecided about the turkey pepperjack wrap (oven roasted turkey breast with pepperjack cheese, spring mix and a homemade cranberry walnut spread ($6.99) or the mile high meatloaf (ground tenderloin stacked with melted provolone, freshly made garlic smashed potatoes and tortilla strips ($8.45).  The decision was made to have the meatloaf.
There are seven different types of burgers, ranging from cheese, to BBQ, to Spanish, to Greek (made with lamb) and even a turkey burger.  I was astonished at the variety of salads, as well.  Macedonian, Greek, spinach and bacon salad, bistro chicken salad, chicken cobb salad, turkey salad, and gorgonzola steak salad.

Normally at lunch, I do not have coffee, but I inquired about the Macedonian style coffee.  Just hearing the fantastic description made me want to try it.  Freshly made and served table-side!
  Served with a Sahara Gold date (directly from the Middle East), the coffee was delicious.(Dates are traditionally served with Macedonian coffee as they are super sweet and called the "fruit of heaven.")
Ace is also a sommelier, so keep your eye out for future wine and dinner pairings.  Ace's will be also having a Grand Opening event in November.    If you are not a wine drinker, there are plenty of beer options including Shocktop, Stella, and IPA Goose Island on tap.

Ace's has a fairly large dining room to accommodate large parties and is also available for catering.  Having an office party and want a huge Greek Salad and some wraps? Ace can take care of that!

Ace's is open 7 days a week, with happy hour from 4-7pm.  The Bud Select is always $1.50 and anytime there is NFL on TV, there is 50 cent wings!

If you have any questions, call Ace at 727-333-7927.  Otherwise, just stop in, say hi and welcome him to the neighborhood!  Like Ace's Bar and Grill on Facebook to keep informed of specials and happenings.

I look forward to working my way through the entire menu! Perhaps I will see you there.