We finally got a chance to go eat at Tryst this weekend. Actually, ate here twice this week, due to a variety of factors.
The restaurant is on Beach Drive in St. Petersburg, which is to say that it's a superb location. A plethora of great restaurants all on the same street, with a nice view of the park and Tampa Bay.
There are a number of tables outside, under huge square umbrellas, which is nice if the weather cooperates. It's far smaller, and noisier inside. They really should turn the music down a touch.
Service is attentive, knowledgeable, and totally helpful. Real kudos to two solid waiters, and the host. There is a fairly extensive wine menu, as well as an extremely large beer menu, if you so prefer, as well as a number of specialty cocktails. We chose the wine, which was reasonably priced and excellent, although they could use to make the wine list a little more extensive by the glass for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignons.
Appetizers were generally excellent. Stars were the Duck Confit Spring Rolls, though they were out of this on our second visit, and Crabcake Sliders. The Baja Tacos, which were Mahi-Mahi were also excellent with a large amount of fish in them. The Wild Mushroom and Gouda Risotto Arancini was interesting and tasty, but not sure I would order it again. Way too high calorie. If you don't care about that - go for it. It was quite good. The Fire roasted Veggie Flatbread was pretty forgettable.
The vegan burger was enjoyed by our vegan friend. The gulf grouper was also authentic and quite good.
The clear star of both evenings was the Morning Glory Angus Prime Burger. It was absolutely superb. By FAR the best burger in town. That was unanimous on the four of us who had one. We were just at Minetta Tavern a few weeks ago in NYC, and I would put this up against their Black Label Burger, which is usually ranked as the best in the country. Yes, the one at Tryst is that good.
The Vanilla Creme Brulee was also quite good, and nice sized.
So a real hit for us. We'll be back for sure.
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