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“Great fresh food!”
Review of Pearl In The Grove - CLOSED

Pearl In The Grove
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $45
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Lake Iola Rd.
Description: Elegant, hand crafted foods and boutique wines are the focus in this relaxed and intimate 40 seat dining room, just north of Tampa in charming Dade City. A winding bucolic drive through orange groves, hills and cattle ranches, this is an unexpected haven away from congested cookie cutter Florida. The Pearl in the Grove is a European bistro with Panhandle roots and definitely an experience worth the drive out of town. The experience is many things at once: ancestral Southern with hints of Creole, a dash of Western European simplicity, easy Sunday suppers served family style, luxurious, leisurely Brunch. Wine pairing dinners. Craft and local beers. Simple ingredients feel sophisticated but fun and effortless, like the New Orleans heritage jazz that plays in the background. The Pearl eschews trend and tricks in favor of a more refined nod to cooking that’s never pretentious, just honest. An unwavering commitment to local farm produce and regional ingredients like local cheeses, hand picked organic micro greens, kumquats from the grove on the corner and local beef and pork from heritage stock-- Proprietors Curtis and Rebecca Beebe know great food and their passion is evident. Informed by world travel as military kids, they both learned techniques from their mothers. Cook with what’s indigenous to the area in the regional style. Chef Curtis watched his mom forage and cook with local produce from Northern Africa, Germany and Japan. Rebecca’s sharp eye comes from a long line of low country Alabama fishermen, farmers and restaurateurs. This sparked a well balanced culinary marriage. When settling back into the towns that arc the Gulf of Mexico, they started to hone their unique regional style and wanted to bring it to Central Florida. Louisiana to Apalachicola. Rural, not country. Leisurely, not casual. Accomplished, reserved service. Genuine hospitality. Careful cooking with lots of panache. Served in a warm and intimate dining room. Just right.
Reviewed June 23, 2013

We went on a Saturday evening without a reservation. There were four of us. We got a table right away. The service was great. They brought fresh boiled peanuts to the table. They were very good, and I am not normally a boiled peanut eater. We all had the fresh pasta dish, two got chicken and two got shrimp. It was very tasty, with fresh pasta and fresh veggies, okra and squashes. The atmosphere is quaint, being an old house in amongst the surrounding orange groves. They use foods from local farms and overall a great time!

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Reviewed June 8, 2013

The staff, the food, the selection.. AMAZING! The atmosphere is that of freshness and gratitude.. everyone talks to you like you've been going there for years. The use of local fresh stuff in all their meals really shows in the quality of the meal. Its out in the middle of no where, but worth the hike. I was actually given a choice of grass or grain fed local beef. AMAZING!

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Reviewed May 10, 2013

We have found this to be a great place to meet with family as it is 1/2 way between us in Tampa and the others in Ocala. The food is great as is the service. The use of local vegetables & meats makes for an exceptional meal.

The restaurant is in an old house in the middle of a grove. You'll need a GPS to find it but it is worth the trip.

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

From the completely local selections, daily fresh entrees, impeccable service team, friendly and personable owners, this truly is a "pearl." Not much to see from the outside (it was dark) and out in the country, one may be a little concerned with the rustic interior as well. But once you are wooed by the charm and ambiance on the environment, you realize it is all part of the experience. The food is not your "normal" fare. Everything is special and you could certainly return again and again and never find the same things twice. The food is outstanding, everyone ended sharing with each other trying to determine who had the best dish (I won with the pork belly), and the wine was very moderately priced with an outstanding selection. When ever I am near TAmpa / St. Pete or Dade city, I'm stopping at the Pearl.

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

We thought it was worth a try on a drive through the area, and left thinking dinner at the Pearl is alone worth a trip from St Pete. Wonderful unpretentious atmosphere, mouth-watering locavore dishes (the only place we've encountered that offers a choice between grass- and grain-fed steak), a model we truly wish others in the T Bay area would pick up on. Maybe we'll make a weekend visit to the area next time, and dine here twice. If more diners will support this model, which in turn supports the small farmer, maybe we'll see more places like this near Florida's big cities.

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