Cask Social Kitchen is one of the newest restaurants in Tampa’ South Howard (SoHo) District. The building is quite impressive with a large wood patio catching everyone’s attention driving down Howard Ave.
We arrived for lunch on a Saturday and while the patio is very inviting, decided to head in to enjoy the air conditioning.
Once we stepped inside, we found a sharp, trendy really cool vibe and were actually glad we decided to head in. The earth tones are very relaxing and we liked the concrete floors and wood and tile accents which softened the accents of metal.
The menu is comfort food/gastropub fare with categories and selections to please most. We found out from the cool glassware that ‘cask’ is short for “craft a’fare social kitchen”. The space along with the large ‘sharable’ section of the menu definitely hit the ‘social kitchen’ aspect on the head.
Our server informed us that most items are made ‘in-house’ including all sauces and dressings. We loved to hear that and hope this is a new trend that keeps growing. We ordered some appetizers to share and our food was out in maybe 20 minutes.
Special Popcorn of the Day (FREE) – Today’s flavor was ‘Gin & Juice’. We love when a restaurant has free items and we also liked that the flavors are always rotating. While we finished the small bucket off fairly quickly, we found that the seasoning was a bit too light and you really couldn’t taste it all that much. I’m sure it depends on who is making the batch, but when you have cool flavors like this, we expect it in every bite.
Cheese ‘n Charcuterie – chef selection ($15) – WOW, quite an impressive assortment of cheese, cured meats and fresh berries. Our attention went to the tasty looking item that appeared to have cranberries mixed in. We tried a little square and it was quickly our favorite on the board. Creamy and sweet, we both agreed we would save it until the end. We later found out from the server that this was their ‘house made’ butter. Well, it was still good on its own as well as on a cracker, so don’t judge us. The cheese was fresh and the meats were a nice salty break. The berries were all very fresh as well and overall this was a great choice. The portion was huge, so it’s a perfect ‘sharable’ for the table.
Deviled Eggs ($6) – maple bourbon candied bacon, chives, jalapeno salt. At first glance, Jeff wondered why his home made deviled eggs never look this good. Me being the nice person I am, said “of course yours look this good!”. The actual yolks were tasty, but nothing really different here, but when you add the candied bacon, it moves up the flavor chart. The thick bacon was a perfect addition, but we found the jalapeno salt got lost in the overall flavor. Another great ‘sharable’ item.
Duck Wings ($10) – orange Sriracha glaze, scallions, toasted sesame (we had them hold the sesame). We’ve ordered duck wings at another restaurant in the past and they looked like legs.
The version here also looked like legs, so we are still wondering if these were just the ‘drumette’ piece of the wing, or a leg. Any mystery aside, these were really good! The sweet/spicy sauce cut through the richness of the duck meat, which really balanced it all out. The wings were pretty big and had lots of meat on them so it’s actually a great value.
We really LOVED Cask Social Kitchen and think they are off to a great start. It’s a great place to go and relax and get some tasty comfort food and kick back with a drink or two. Bring your friends, because there are plenty of large booths and the patio can hold lots of people.
Cask Social Kitchen is located at 208 South Howard Ave. Tampa, FL 33606