Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas’ WTR Pool & Grill Tampa-based Chef’s Florida Gator Tail Will Take You to Nawlins

Tampa Bay, FLA (February 19, 2019) – WTR Pool & Grill at The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa has rolled out a new menu featuring a Florida-fresh vibe. Executive Chef Joe Garcia’s love for Creole cuisine is most celebrated in the “Florida Bayou Popcorn, Florida gator tail battered in buttermilk and served with a tangy creole remoulade.

A new pierside prix-fixe menu ($36) consists of three courses. Courses include (but are not limited to) Apple Panzanella Salad, Kale Caesar Salad, Crispy Brussels Sprouts made with bourbon-infused maple glaze and bacon lardons, Caribbean Shrimp Lettuce Wrap with grilled pear slaw and island chili sauce, Pepper Crusted NY Strip Steak with truffle shallot demi, and Seafood Pasta made with fresh diver scallops, Gulf shrimp, and calamari.

Matthew McCahill, the Food & Beverage Director at Oxford Hotels and Resorts, has worked diligently with WTR Pool & Grill’s Executive Chef Joe Garcia to create a more casual, yet lively and fun menu – perfect for bayside and sunset dining.

Q: Describe the new menu in five words.
A: Fun, fresh, Florida, bayside, and sunsets.

Q: What inspired the new menu?
A: We wanted to appeal to a larger audience and more locals within the Tampa region.

Q: What dishes are some new features on the menu?
A: There a couple new key players on the menu including: Maple Chicken and Waffle Cone, Florida Bayou Popcorn, Strawberry Shortcake French Toast, Titan Power Bowl, Beignet Doughnut Burger, and Toasted Spinach and Artichoke Dip. We’ve also created an amazing 3-course prix fixe menu, best served during sunset, for a more elevated dining experience.

Q: When does the new menu launch?
A: The menu soft launched on January 1st and is now available every day, with exception to the prix fixe menu which is available limited days during the week.

Q: What would you say are the hero dishes in this new menu?
A: A few popular dishes would be the Maple Chicken and Waffles, hand-breaded chicken bites, crispy bacon, brussels sprouts hash, and smoked Vermont maple syrup; the Strawberry Shortcake French Toast, made with thick cut brioche, macerated strawberries, and whipped mascarpone; and the WTR Tacos, which includes a choice of two tacos, blackened fish or grilled Gulf shrimp, with avocado aioli, cabbage, roasted poblano peppers, pico de gallo, and cotija cheese. However, our Florida Bayou Popcorn dish has been attracting the most attention; buttermilk battered gator tail with creole remoulade inspired by Executive Chef Joe Garcia’s culinary experience in New Orleans.

Q: Are there any exotic, interesting, or unique ingredients used in the menu?
A: Alligator! We’ve also incorporated the Walkerswood Jamaican rub in our Walkerswood Shrimp & Grits – tastes truly phenomenal! Another premium ingredient included in the new menu is Nueske’s bacon, the #1 bacon in the world and three-time award winning.

Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas’ WTR Pool & Grill



GODFREY HOTEL & CABANAS: The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa’s resort-style property is nestled among the lush tropical grounds at the edge of Tampa Bay and is conveniently located in close proximity to Tampa International Airport, the Westshore office market and downtown Tampa. The expansive property boasts a heated outdoor pool, 3200 sq. ft. pier with stunning sunset views and private event space, fitness center, and 7,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space. The 276-room hotel features complimentary Wi-Fi, 42’’ flat screen TVs, coffeemakers, mini-refrigerators and expansive space to relax. Every guest room also comes with a private balcony offering sweeping views of Tampa’s skyline and breathtaking sunset views. http://www.godfreyhoteltampa.com/

WTR POOL & GRILL: Offering Tampa Bay’s utmost majestic waterfront views, WTR Pool & Grill is a 20,000 square foot indoor & outdoor bayside/poolside multi-use venue; a new, contemporary and casual setting serving the freshest local seafood and classic American dishes. The restaurant, WTR Grill, serves breakfast, lunch, sunset dinners and late night bites.

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