Local Bites: FlameStone American Grill

A couple of weeks ago, I got the chance to host a food bloggers' brunch at FlameStone American Grill in Oldsmar, about a 30-minute drive from my home sweet home in South Tampa. Although I'd heard a lot of great reviews about this spot, I hadn't been able to try it for myself, and was excited to discover if it truly lives up to the hype. I invited some fellow bloggers who are actively involved in highlighting their local community and the foodie treasures it holds - keep on scrolling for a brief peek and a full recap of our eats!

(From L to R): Casey, Caitlyn (Live Sweat Sleep), Me (This Jenn Girl), Alex (Sunkissed in December), Annie (Discovering Your Happy), Tia (Pennies in my Pocket) and Nichole (Casa de Crews)

We began the tasting with a champagne toast, followed by appetizers, which were paired with one of FlameStone Grill's most popular cocktails, the Bubbles and Berries.

Bubbles and Berries: Fresh berries, Van Gogh Citrus, casis, prosecco

Shrimp and Polenta with Lobster Citrus Reduction

Tableside Guacamole

Ahi Tuna Salad: Blackened yellowfin tuna, Asian slaw, pecans, asparagus tips, crispy wontons and ponzu-peanut vinaigrette

Everything was delicious, but if I had to choose must-order picks for you to try during your visit, I would recommend the Shrimp and Polenta and the Tableside Guacamole. The Shrimp and Polenta dish is a seasonal item that is not regularly on the menu, but, if they have polenta in-house, they will be able to make it for you - just ask! It's a delicious, light dish that fully satisfies my love for shrimp and lobster.

The guacamole is prepared tableside, and you can watch as your server whips up avocado, tomatoes, garlic, onions, salt, jalapenos and lime juice into a delicious dip that you can order mild, medium or hot.

After the appetizer tasting, we moved on to our main entrees, which were paired with the Smoked Flamestone 21, a smooth bourbon-based sipper, which pH (the bourbon/whiskey snob) says is a must-order.

Smoked FlameStone 21: Buffalo Trace, Carpano Antica, Luxardo (bourbon barrel-aged in house, 21 days)

Smoked FlameStone 21: Buffalo Trace, Carpano Antica, Luxardo (bourbon barrel-aged in house, 21 days)

Pan-Seared Chilean Sea Bass: Parmesan risotto, roasted tomato fondue and basil-infused oil

Fire-Grilled Filet Mignon Oscar: Jumbo lump crab, asparagus, meyer lemon hollandaise

Both of these entrees were phenomenal. The fish entree perfectly embodied the mild, melt-in-your-mouth texture that I oh-so-love about Chilean sea bass, and the tomato fondue and basil oil were the perfect flavor pairing. The filet was extremely tender (nearly cut-with-your-fork tender!) and seasoned to perfection. I've never had a steak cut Oscar-style before, so it was wonderful to get that surf and turf flavor in a perfectly-portioned dish.

As full as we were by this time, of course we saved room for dessert! We were spoiled with two of them:

S'mores Milkshake

Fried Oreos: Served with salted caramel ice cream

I'll never ever forget the taste of the S'mores Milkshake, and what an incredible presentation, with fudge and graham cracker crumbs outlining the outside of the glass!

I was blown away by each of FlameStone Grill's dishes, both in regards to presentation and taste - there was not one thing that I didn't like, and Chef Nicole and her team have made quite the impression on me! Although Oldsmar is a bit of a drive away for most, I definitely recommend that you make a visit to FlameStone Grill - you won't be disappointed.

FlameStone American Grill is located at 4009 Tampa Road in Oldsmar. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday for brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday for dinner from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. You can view the menus here. To stay updated on the latest happenings at FlameStone Grill, follow along on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

*Disclosure: The meal featured in this post was provided by FlameStone American Grill for editorial consideration. This post was written on my own accord, and opinions expressed here are my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of FlameStone American Grill.