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Pearl in the Grove, Florida

by Bangsar Babe

Pearl in the Grove is located in the middle of the kumquat groves in Dade City – a quaint and cosy spot I visited with my dear Uncle Lanney, who lived not too far away. It never crossed my mind that the in the middle of a farm county lies such a gem and possibly one of the nicer dining options in Tampa.


Cosy interior


The wine list is quite good, albeit smallish

The menu is unique and creative – featuring local produce and dishes, made from scratch and with plenty of love. Pearl in the Grove is family owned and operated, and service is both personal and attentive, without the unnerving discomfort of being watched. Décor is simple; unpretentious and the food, honest.


Amuse Bouche

I liked their personal touches where you get fresh homemade cheese for an amuse bouche, assorted butter to go with freshly baked breads and a simple yet interesting wine list. Porkbelly Roulade ($24) was beautiful, where the free range porkbelly is rolled with Granny Smith apples, smoked over pecan wood and served with chilli potato mash.


Freshly baked breads with three types of butter

Porkbelly Roulade

Porkbelly Roulade

Uncle Lanney had the Catfish Meuniere ($24) which was also very good. The Alabama farmed fish is lightly seasoned and pan-fried till crisp around the edges, and then served with a meuniere sauce of pecans, butter, wine and shallots to accentuated the freshness of the fish.

Catfish Meuniere

Catfish Meuniere


Chocolate cake with homemade ice cream

The chocolate cake with homemade ice cream is also worth checking out and if you’re more adventurous (and greedy!), ask for their dessert platter. That looked really good when the table next to mine had it.


Happy diner :)


If you’re ever visiting Dade City, this would be a place I recommend checking out. rif and I are already planning to dine here when we visit Uncle Lanney soon.

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Pearl in the Grove
31936 St Joe Rd,
Dade City, FL 33525,
United States.
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