I love love love Mediterranean food- LOVE! I am a sucker for all things Tzatziki and hummus. Heading out of Clearwater back to Orlando I found this Row Boat Mediterranean online and it was so conveniently situated just off I-4. Super easy off the interstate and super easy back on. Located in the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa, this place doesn’t look like much on the outside but inside this place is a Mediterranean treasure.
We opted for a table outside on the side of the building- cute little two tops (tables that seat two people only)- not really a designated outdoor dining area but it did the trick. The weather was so perfect it was worth sitting out on the street- but there are tables inside too.
First of all- I ordered an iced tea. Most places it is just simply iced tea- no frills, no bells, no whistles. But when my iced tea arrived- there were fresh mint leaves in it. The best. No other sweetener needed.
I ordered the lamb and beef quesadillas. The quesadillas are served with fries which I upgraded to the Greek fries which were served with feta cheese and a special sauce (I was told it was simply ketchup and horseradish mixed together.) The fries were ok- the special sauce really made a big difference. The quesadilla was about the most yummy dish I have had in a long while. It was stuffed with meat, tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta cheese and chives.
Chad ordered the falafel platter. Even though my plate was unbelievably delicious I kinda wished I had ordered that. He had falafel, grilled pita bread, Greek fries and a small Greek salad. See that cup of green stuff? It was a spicy sauce. I dipped a fry into it and picked up what I thought was a huge serving of guacamole- but it was a spicy green sauce. And I mean spicy- but in a really good way. See that white sauce? It was a hummus based dressing. Was PERFECT with the falafel. I used it to dip my fries (thank you Chad for sharing.)
A cool thing sitting outside, we watched a trolley run up and down the street. As the trolley passed I noticed the people on the trolley peering at us as we ate. They were admiring the food. And they should have. It was so delicious.
As a food blogger I like to always be trying new places- especially in a city that I don’t live in and would like to explore further. I am sure that Tampa has a bunch of other restaurants I would love but I know that I would return to Row Boat and probably order the same thing again. Yummy- 4 1/2 out of 5 sprouts for this sprout – wish they weren’t so cramped and had a little better outdoor space.