No, I don't need to say more but I will anyway. And you'll be glad I did.
After a lovely evening enjoying Brews & Bites at The Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk my libation loving friends, Crystal and John T. Fox, and I were looking for liquid delight.
Sidebar: Keep'n It Reel food truck is freaking awesome. I had grouper sliders and hand cut fries. The grouper was fresh, delicate with a nicely seasoned crispy crust and the fries were addictive. The sliders were offered with three sauce options but I went au naturale and squeezed a dash of Sriracha on top. I'm in love with this truck.
But back to my purpose for writing this post. Due to Crystal's brilliant researching skills and some very positive online comments we decided to check out Domani Bistro Lounge in Seminole Heights. Only open for about six months this place had a really nice vibe to it. Spacious, tasteful decor, warm and inviting, this joint is going to blow up.
We grabbed seats and began drooling over the menu options. Sadly, we arrived too late to dine but I am extremely excited and anxious to make a return visit. We were greeted by a very friendly and enthusiastic bartender (who come to find out after some Facebook stalking this morning is actually Owner / Proprieter Brian Bosco). It was his 30th birthday and our timing was lucky enough that we got to sing Happy Birthday to him. Passionate and funny, you can tell this guy loves what he does.
The drink menu is diverse and playful and the same could be said of the food menu. We ordered up and I couldn't help but ask about the infusions and magical elixirs noted at the bottom of the cocktail menu. Brian started rattling off an impressive list, much longer than we were expecting. He brought me a sample of the pineapple vodka, which is crazy dangerous being that it's so smooth, tastes exactly like pineapple juice and is still 80 proof. I also got to try the mango jalapeno vodka which only has three jalapenos per quart (I saw the proof) but has a hell of a kick. Spicy without being obnoxious, it had the fresh jalapeno flavor I crave. I would love to cook with it. Something light and shrimpy.
I'm going to wrap this up because I plan to revisit ASAP and post a full recap but in the meantime check out their website and Facebook page. You'll note why I titled this post Bacon Wednesday Happy Hour... because Domani has a BACON WEDNESDAY HAPPY HOUR. Most recently featuring a Spicy Caramel Bacon. You now know where to find me on Wednesday afternoons...
Below are shots of our drinks. I had a Moscow Mule served in a copper mug which made me deliriously happy. My pal, Crys, had a steaming mug of awesome made with salted caramel whiskey and had a cinnamon stick resting inside. John, quite the mixologist himself, was in heaven with his favorite gin. Good times, great conversation and excellent company.
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