If you’re looking for brunch in the Palma Ceia area of South Tampa, there are many options. There is Pinky’s Diner and Datz, but up the road from Datz, there is a wine bar called Cru Cellars. Cru Cellars offers a variety of wines in their small store and more than 25 wines by the glass in their restaurant. Dinner is Tuesday through Saturday from 4:30 to 10:00 pm, serving various tapas style plates as well as cheese and meat platters. Cru Cellars is a great place to meet up with friends, go on a date, or hang out with co-workers and enjoy a relaxing glass of wine. However, on Sundays, Cru Cellars serves up an amazing brunch that can’t be missed.
I ordered their blueberry waffles and Very French Toast. The waffles were made with blueberries and lemon zest and topped with a sweetened ricotta cream. The ricotta cream is so much tastier than butter, which is typically placed on top of waffles. The maple syrup that was served with the waffles contained condensed milk, which added a nice twist. Some of the best waffles I’ve had in a while. The Very French Toast was more like Elvis’ fabled peanut butter and banana sandwiches. The French toast was crispier than most and was turned into a sandwich with peanut butter and bananas inside. Delicious.
My wife ordered the “Croque Madame” which had shaved ham, fig jam, fried egg, and gruyere cheese on a grilled croissant, drizzled with their house made béchamel. This was accompanied by seasonal greens dressed with a citrus-dijon vinaigrette. The saltiness of the ham, the sweetness of the fig jam, and the fried egg made this dish a perfect recommendation from the waiter.
The final dish ordered was the Glazed Donut Tres Leches Bread Pudding. This is on the dessert menu during the week, but Cru Cellars brings it back for brunch. Served with vanilla ice cream, this dessert was amazing. Who would have thought to make bread pudding out of donuts? Cru Cellars makes an excellant brunch. Reservations are a good idea to make just to be on the safe side.