Tampa Tribune: Dale 1891 "Gastronomically Advanced" ! 

By MARY PATRICK | The Tampa Tribune 

When you replace one of North Tampa's best known pubs, it's best to try to come up with a memorable concept.

In that respect, Dale 1891 Gastro Pub hits the mark. Fortunately, so does the food.

Opened late last year, Dale 1891 sits in the back corner of the Main Street Shopping Center in the building that for years was home to O'Brien's Irish Pub (O'Brien's is now just up the road in the Dibbs Center, near Sushi Alive and Grille 116). The new pub is named for Dale Mabry, who, of course, is the namesake of one of Tampa's most traveled thoroughfares.

Executive chef Jason Dame is experienced in the gastro pub genre, having done stints at Mad Dogs and Englishmen and at Datz. The menu is "fancified" bar food. Wings, for example, are available in Thai, Bourbon BBQ or Buffalo style. You'll also find shrimp cocktail served with shaved fennel and crispy artichoke hearts served with basil leaves and a lemon garlic aioli.

We tried the House Chips, thin slices of potatoes deep fried until crisp and sturdy enough to hold a bevy of toppings, including beer cheese, pico de gallo, stout chili and pickled jalapeños. Sure, it was a bit messy to eat, but worth the trade-off in style points for the first-rate flavors. This paired well with the Cigar City Brewing's Florida Cracker draft.

We also enjoyed the Korean Beef Tacos, which featured marinated rib-eye, jicama slaw, pico de gallo and guacamole served with a stack of fresh, crisp bib lettuce for wrapping. The bib lettuce also appears in the 1891 Waldorf salad, along with apples, dried cranberries, walnuts and blue cheese with a honey yogurt dressing. Almost too pretty to eat, and with a nice combination of textures and tangy and sweet flavors, the salad satisfied like a meal.

For heartier fare, the 1891 Angus Burger is an 8-ounce, hand-formed patty, pan seared to order and served on a sourdough roll with your choice of house chips or fries. The burger was savory and juicy, and the fries were crispy on the outside with a soft center.

For a few dollars more, you can get the mahi dinner, pan seared and served over Asian vegetables. Other entreés include pork chops served with spicy Asian cabbage and sweet fries, and an 8-ounce skirt steak finished with chimichurri and served over roasted potatoes and brocollini. Best of these was the steak, which we found fork tender and cooked to order, and it paired well with the chimichurri and pico de gallo.

Overall, Dale 1891 is an impressive addition to the area and gastronomically far more advanced than the usual pub offerings. Hopefully, North Tampa residents will give it the chance it deserves.


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Jan032012 : Boneless Thai Wings + Karaoke a "must" do night at Dale 1891. 

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Tampa Bay Nightlife Examiner

Build it and they will come.  Dale 1891 Gastro Pub (named for THE Dale Mabry, who the highway is named after) attractions include weekend live music and K-Bob (aka Karaoke Bob) as the karaoke artist.  K-Bob’s 20 years has amassed quite a talented following.  Don’t be surprised to see local retired rockers crone the microphone.  The surprises are well worth the show. 

This location once housed O’Brien’s Irish Pub and Dale 1891 has beautifully remodeled the establishment, however preserving the beloved outdoor Tiki Bar.  That old nostalgia is preserved and the menu isn’t the typical bar food. Menu suggestions include the spicy sesame seed guacamole, beer cheese fondue and the boneless Thai wings are a ‘must’ order.


Creative Loafing: Guide to Carrollwood, Tampa 

" Dale 1891 embodies one of the most popular restaurant trends of recent years: the gastropub, featuring seasonal American fare in a setting that recalls Prohibition-era drink parlors. Chef Jason Dame creates gourmet variations on pub standards, including edamame hummus; three kinds of tacos (Korean Beef, Thai Chicken and Baja Fish); interesting salads and sammies; and entrees like fish and chips, chicken and biscuits, and pork chops with apple butter, spicy Asian cabbage and sweet fries."


813AREA.COM : "Forward thinking affordable dishes." at Dale 1891

The gastropub concept has been flourishing in the Tampa Bay area for a while.  From U.K.-inspired grills and bars to down home American pub with a variety of contemporary, hearty entrees, the idea of an establishment with equal emphasis on drinks and food has never been more well-received in the 813.

The newest, and likely most intriguing, to spring up in the area might just be Dale 1891 in North Tampa.  Opened in late October, Dale 1891 takes the gastropub concept and adds an old-school, prohibition style feel rife with live music, 3D TVs, an inventive menu filled with seasonal American fare, and a full bar featuring expertly crafted cocktails, wine, and draft beers.

Head Chef, Jason Dame comes from a solid personal history of professional training and culinary work in the Tampa Bay area.  After graduating from Johnson and Whales, he moved to Tampa and cooked at the legendary Mad Dogs and Englishmen Pub.  Soon after, he went on to assist in Datz‘s transformation from deli to gastropub before hopping around and eventually taking the culinary helm at Dale 1891.

The menu he’s crafted comes filled with a variety of forward thinking, affordable dishes including appetizers, salads, tacos, sandwiches (sammies), and a collection of house favorites....

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