Wicked Oak BBQ: Another Stellar Restaurant in Seminole Heights

  O nce you figure out how to get there, that is. There May or May Not Have Been a Line, 2020 S o, this is one place that I have been wanting to check out for months. With Covid going on, it's been incredibly difficult to leave the house and Stormy just took on a new schedule herself. Alas, Small Business Saturday comes and we now have a chance to check out a new restaurant. Let the games begin! Now, if you're familiar with King of the Coop, you know exactly where Wicked Oak is... Because King of the Coop moved next door. I did not get that memo, so it took a little longer than it should have to find this place. But once you get in, you'll see instantly that this side of the building got a new makeover. It's a much more pleasant experience now. We did have a chance to talk to Bubba, the owner, after we were finished eating, as he seems to make a habit of asking everyone how their meal was. He gave us a little bit of background. He has been competing in the world of comp

Blind Tiger Cafe: A Zoo of Flavor

It's time to start trying some businesses that I wouldn't normally go to. A coffee shop is the perfect way to start!

Blind Tiger, 2018

While Seminole Heights may be known for their awesome restaurants and craft beer scene, the new emerging scene is the coffee shop. With The Independent's cafe, Spaddy's Coffee Co, and now, The Blind Tiger Cafe in the mix, Seminole Heights continues to become a destination for independent. Of course, there's also the Starbucks, but we'll ignore them for now. Bling Tiger didn't start in Seminole Heights, though. The original location is in Ybor City. And, while I do want to stop in there, I have yet to get the chance. The term "Bling Tiger" is another name for a speakeasy, and Bling Tiger Cafe, being huge fans of history, use this as their concept. The spaces are meant to feel like you stepped into an illegal drinking joint. But you didn't come here for that.

Worker, 2018

So, Stormy and I are driving through Seminole Heights on New Year's Day, looking for something that's open. Anything. When Stormy utters one of her usual phrases, "I want coffee." We just so happened to be passing by the Seminole Heights Bling Tiger location, so why not? Pull into their small (this is Seminole Heights) parking lot and walked into a (also) small, intimate space. The mix matched furniture adds an interesting, homey feel to the space. They offer us cold brew, Kombucha, teas, and your typical hot coffees.

Blueberry Pomegranate Herbal Tea, 2018

I have to be the one person on earth who absolutely hates hot drinks. This dates all the way back to childhood. I never liked hot chocolate, never liked coffee, and can only do hot tea when really, really sick. Luckily, Blind Tiger serves up a whole bunch of different teas. I decided to try a blueberry pomegranate herbal tea with a small pinch of sugar (to keep the doctor happy). There are many fruit flavors that go really well together: Lemon and lime, lime and cherry, apple and banana... And blueberry and pomegranate quickly became a new favorite. Alas, the tea isn't all we got, as Stormy was still chugging away at her drink.

Caramel Iced Latte, 2018

When one thinks cafe, they tend to think coffee. I'm not a coffee drinker at all, but Stormy loves it. She ordered a caramel iced latte and the gentleman working started pressing the coffee grounds to run through the machine. About five minutes later, this majestic cup of iced joe was sitting on the counter, ready for a pickup. Stormy has had a few problems recently with some of the coffee places in Ybor, and she says that it was refreshing to finally have a cup that tastes good and that didn't resemble dirty dish water. I didn't taste it, but I can state that the smell was wonderful.

Is it the same picture? I wont tell., 2018

Things to know before you go:
- The parking lot is small and the inside seating area is also pretty small.
- While the drinks are amazing, they take a few minutes. If this place were to get busy, I imagine it'd take quite a while to get your drink.
- The inside is definitely cozy. It was cold and rainy when we went and the inside was exactly what we needed to get out of that weather.

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