By Carla Dubis Tedeschi
Conveniently located at the Tarpon Woods Golf Club, and open to the general public, there is an innovative restaurant, where delicious and affordable dishes, unbeatable entertainment, and top quality service await for you.
The Crooked Wood offers all your favorites, including their own signature cocktails at their full liquor bar. Their kitchen has a team of professional and experienced Chefs to provide you with home-cooked, fresh food with high-quality ingredients.
“This is a very nice neighborhood bar-restaurant. Relaxed and comfortable. Great service and food,” says recent customer and local food guide Tony M. “I had an awesome weekend brunch with bottomless mimosas. They also have $.60 wings and $1.50 well drink specials on Mondays. Our server was very accommodating. We will definitely be back.”
The Crooked Wood Bar & Grill opened its doors back in August 2018 and has quickly become one of East Lake’s hidden gems by offering a refined spin on bar food at an unmatched location.
“The main concept was to develop a sports bar that was able to stand out by serving fresh food made from scratch with high-quality ingredients,” says the owner, who has extensive experience in the restaurant industry. “Nobody should have to settle for fried onion rings and greasy, previously frozen processed foods, and we’re here to offer the community a healthier and tastier alternative. In sum, we are a high-quality spin on the traditional sports bar.”
The Crooked Wood is open to the public seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and for breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to12:00 pm, with Bloody Mary’s and bottomless mimosas available.
This East Lake gem offers an extensive selection of dishes, including scrumptious appetizers, fresh salads, homemade soups, sandwiches (including an amazing lobster roll), juicy hot dogs, mouth-watering Kobe burgers, flatbreads, and seasonal signature dishes. They also offer incredible daily specials and fantastic sports packages for those big game days.
“The food at Crooked Wood is just fantastic, period!” says frequent customer Jeffrey R. “Start with the pub nachos, and top their creamy mac and cheese topped with your favorite protein, you will not regret it. It is the best Mac and Cheese ever! I enjoy the fact that the owner stopped by our table and talked about how they make everything fresh and specifically recommended several dishes for our party. He stopped by after our selections were made to make sure everything was looking and tasting great. The grilled wings with honey BBQ were amazing; the meat was falling off the bones. I want to come back every day so that I can try everything on the menu. It is my new favorite place in town, hands down.”
Start your meal with one of their “Shareables,” like the Pub Nachos (chips or fries); topped with IPA beer cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, jalapeño and your choice of protein or Kobe chili, the Paleo Platter; green apples, smoked gouda, mixed nuts, sliced turkey & sliced top-round, or their famous and mouth-watering Grilled Wings (traditional or boneless); with your choice of sauce (mild, hot, Florida fire, bbq, honey bbq, kc bbq, Thai bbq, teriyaki or Caribbean Jerk) or dry rubs (garlic parmesan, chipotle ranch, sweet & smokey bbq, or everything bagel) served with celery, carrots and your choice of ranch, orange cheese or blue cheese.
Enjoy a creamy She Crab Soup with big chunks of jumbo lump crab, take a big bite of a juicy Kobe burger, transport your taste buds to Nashville with their Momma’s Mac and Cheese topped with Deep-friend chicken tenders smothered in Buffalo sauce, or experience a Maine retreat with their fantastic Lobster Roll. Finish your meal with one of their magnificent desserts, like Chef Dave’s famous Walnut Whiskey Bundt Cake topped with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream or their delicious new dessert “The Waffle Bomb.”
Into adult beverages? Enjoy a delicious Watermelon Margarita, a Blueberry Mojito or a refreshing Coconut Rum Runner. The Crooked Wood also offers an excellent variety of craft and bottled beers, as well as red, white and sparkling wines. Their drink prices can’t be beat, starting at only $5.00 for top-shelf liquor and $20.00 for whole bottles of wine every day!
The Crooked Wood has something for everyone to enjoy, and the Tampa Bay community is taking notice. With an outstanding score of 4.7 out of 5 stars in online reviews, people are raving about The Crooked Wood all over the internet.
“What a hidden gem! Food is amazing—very fresh and innovative menu,” says recent customer Lexa S. “Our server was top-notch, so friendly and accommodating. We had the seafood nachos, which had chunks of fresh crab, lobster, and shrimp—delicious! My husband’s Kobe burger was juicy and cooked perfectly. My buffalo mac and cheese was so flavorful, and the pasta was done al dente. Dessert, a chocolate mousse pyramid, was a beautiful presentation and tasted as good as it looked. My compliments to the chef and staff! The prices were great too. All five of us raved about our meal and can’t wait to come back.”
The Crooked Wood is the perfect place for a quick lunch, a romantic date night or a fun night out with friends. “We have TV’s on every wall to watch your favorite game from NFL, NCAA, MLB, and more! Come hang out with friends and play pool, darts, golden tee golf, or golden strike bowling. You can also enjoy fantastic live music every Friday night. We’re like a playground for grownups,” says the owner. “Our beautifully renovated patio is the perfect place to relax, eat some amazing food, and enjoy all the elements of nature that the golf course and our fountain garden have to offer. We have also added lights to the patio that create a wonderfully romantic atmosphere at night and a comfortable, private sectional sofa seating by a firepit. Aside from the beach, no other place in town has a better outdoor patio than we do!”
Starting January 4th, The Crooked Wood will start offering their fabulous homemade creations “To Go.” Most dishes will be available to be picked up and ready for you and your family to enjoy at the convenience of your own home.
The Crooked Wood is located at 1100 Tarpon Woods Blvd. Palm Harbor, FL 34685. Make sure to like them on Facebook so you can stay up to date with their daily specials and live music schedule.
The Crooked Wood is available to host your special event, private party or even your dream wedding. They also cater. For more information, please call (727) 240-4866 or visit them online at www.thecrookedwood.net