Brunch at The Hyde Out | Tampa | SoHo

It’s no secret that brunch is one of our favorite things to do, even if it makes us “basic.” The Hyde Out’s brunch is the perfect way to kick off your Sunday Funday. Its funky atmosphere and up beat music, this place will get you going any Sunday morning or keep you moving from the night before.

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With a slogan like, “Make Drinks, Not War,” this venue delivers a strong menu with an energetic environment and drinks to please. Our latest brunch adventure to The Hyde Out was after a fun night out in Ybor, so we called our boys and headed over around noon. The atmosphere is one of our favorites in Tampa, we arrived to a taped session from the DJ set the night prior. This sets the tone for the entire experience.

Check out some of the Hyde Out mixes on SoundCloud now!

The limited menu is stacked with some everyday classics like, “Wakey, Wakey, Eggs and Bakey,” and “Steak and Eggs,” but also deliver with their “Signature French Toast,” which is more like bread pudding, in our opinion. We stuck to the egg dishes for our meals but had to order some french toast for the table. We even asked them to cut it up so we could share as an appetizer.

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They also offer a some speciality brunch cocktails that looked awesome, but we opted for a few bottles of Champagne. You can never go wrong with a classic mimosa!! We also order some pineapple juice because it pairs great with the Champagne and tastes great.

Before we knew it we had a few mimosa, tasted half the menu and were well on our way to a fun afternoon.

Have a great Sunday Funday,


Blood Sweat and Beers

Despite the weather hampering the final couple games, the inaugural Great Beer Challenge, sponsored by the Atlanta based Sweet Water Brewery, was a complete success! The aim of the event was to promote community, meeting your neighbors and local businesses while enjoying another Saturday in St. Petersburg. The day started at 12:30 at the registration table, my team composing of three friends was named “Blood, Sweat, and Beers” (Bad News Beers was already taken). Although we had no idea what we were getting into, from the outside we could see tents set up with local businesses, the really cool tye dye Sweet Water truck, and the awesome shuffleboard courts where the games took place. The location is home to the world’s largest and oldest shuffleboard courts, which added to the uniqueness of the event. Other teams dressed up in themes, masks, and even full costumes like Mario and Luigi!


Once we were registered, we filled up our cups with some delicious 420 Sweet Water beer, and began practicing some of the games while waiting for directions. The heat was definitely a factor in our consumption of cold beer, but the shade provided helped keep us somewhat cool. While waiting, there was an awesome DJ who provided entertainment with some of today’s music. Following the wait, a brief description of the rules set us up for a day filled with beer and games, which included Corn Hole, Flip Cup, Steinhold, Dizzy Bat Relay and Shuffleboard! Unfortunately, my team of college students had come off a little too overconfident and we were very surprised by how well the other teams were…at every event.

By the time the 4th event had come around, a storm cell had moved in, so we were to seek shelter for a short postponement of the games. This time allowed participants to meet new people, and yes, continue to drink some Sweet Water beers! Once the rain let up, it appeared that everyone was feeling just right and the games took a turn in becoming more interesting in the mud and beer consumption.


Local sponsors and partners included the Tampa Bay TimesTaco Bus, The Flavor Run, and Suncoast Water Keeper.

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All in all the games were extremely fun, even though we may have come in last place, and we hope to see this happen again next year, maybe at a time when the weather isn’t so volatile.

“Don’t Float The MainStream!”



Disclosure: I received team admission through a Great Beer Challenge partnership in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Great Beer Challenge St. Pete

St. Petersburg, an area booming in growth and night life, is hosting the first ever Great Beer Challenge this Saturday, August 29th. The event will involve between 40 and 60 teams of four competing in games revolving around beer. The event will take place at the World’s oldest and largest shuffleboard court, the St. Pete Shuffleboard Court from 2-5pm. Teams will be involved in a series of 5 games; corn hole, flip cup (my favorite), steinhold, dizzy bat relay, and of course the shuffle on the largest shuffle board courts in the World! Individual tickets are $30 and a team of four is $110 with “full access beer swag”, and if you just want to watch spectators tickets are $20. At the end of the competition a winning team will be crowned!

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My team is very excited for the games and are looking forward to an event in a different setting than a house or bar. What makes it even better is that the sponsor is Sweet Water Brewing Company, an Atlanta based craft brewery known for their Sweet Water 420 Extra Pale Ale, a West coast style beer with an alluring hop flavor and crisp finish. Other sponsors include Tampa Bay Times, The Flavor Run, & Hoverowl. The Sweet Water slogan is “Don’t Float the Mainstream” meaning to stop living life in the same routine every day, and this event definitely captures the essence of doing something different!

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This is the inaugural event for the group and we already hope this becomes an annual event. We are excited to meet new people and hope to see you there!

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#craftbeers #sweetwaterbrewery #tampabay



Meet Clay

We have some fun things coming down the line for us here at NHIE Tampa Bay and the first BIG announcement to share is that we have a new contributor to our blog! We met Clay a while back when we were out checking out a few of the new spots around town. We share a lot of similar interests and he loves finding new things to do around Tampa Bay. So….meet Clay!

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“My name is Clayton Clemens, I am a junior at the University of Tampa studying communications and advertising. I am a member of the university’s swim program, and work downtown as a part time server. I am originally from the Philadelphia suburbs but have no intention of leaving Florida. I enjoy all varieties of music, am an exercise enthusiast, enjoy trying new foods/beverages, and living life with an open mindset. I am looking forward to joining the NHIE team, and helping uncover the local treasures that the Tampa Bay area has to offer.” – Clay

Follow us as we continue to spread our #EverythingLocal love around Tampa Bay!

-Nicholas & Ryan

This Is Haven

When you look up the definition of the word “Haven” in the dictionary, you may see things like, “a safe or peaceful place, a sanctuary, a place of rest”. Well last weekend we had our first dining experience at Haven Tampa and let’s just say we found our new “SoHo Sanctuary”.

Ryan and I met up with two of our favorite SoHo girls who we always have a good night out with. If not brunching and pooling it up on a Sunday, the four of us like to find new restaurants to explore together. So this night, we took a chance and headed over to Haven. The former Sidebern’s restaurant, which one of the girls had visited had been completely transformed into this new concept restaurant that specializes in award-winning wines paired with charcuterie and a wide range of cheeses.

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We began the meal by ordering some cocktails. The girls decided on a nice bottle of white wine to share. Ryan and I, as most would have predicted, began with a round of margaritas. What we didn’t realize when ordering and were intriguingly surprised by was the punch of smoky flavor that the margarita packed. When looking back at the menu, we realized that flavor came from the “smoked agave” that was used to sweeten the drink. It was definitely a different flavor than our typical margarita choices. For our second round, we went more traditional and replaced the smoked agave with the usual sweetener.

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We then began our foodie adventure. Our waiter had explained that Haven is built on the concept of small plates that can be shared if you prefer. He suggested 2-3 dishes per person, but we weren’t trying to over indulge, so we discussed as a group and made our game plan. We decided to share a cheeseboard (with 4 cheese choices) and then we would each order 2-3 dishes per pair. The cheeseboard was really good. It was served with little pieces of bread, grapes, jam and honey.

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Moving on to the dinner portion of the meal, we were charged up and ready to eat! I went for The Chicken Pastrami, which came with pretzel gnudi, swiss fondue, and crispy chicken skin. Pretzel gnudi is a soft pretzel ball covered in crushed pretzel pieces. The Skirt Steak, Ryan’s contribution to the meal, was served with shishito peppers (which are sweet not spicy), hickory salt, miso dijonnaise, and tomato bread. Tomato bread is basically bruschetta on top of a crostini. It was cooked perfectly and was a perfect portion for the two of us to share. We even had enough on our end to let the ladies try a bite or two.Haven Tampa Never Have I Ever Tampa Bay

The girls opted for the Goat Tacos. It came as two tacos filled with chipotle, cabbage, passionfruit guacamole and of course, goat. They said they were delicious and commented that they were a pretty decent sized taco, so the two were plenty. They also “splurged” for the Charred Shrimp. It came with pickled serrano peppers, chinese broccoli, and a miso yogurt. This was the only “problem” we encountered. We were a group of four and there were only three shrimp served in this dish. Luckily, Ryan doesn’t eat shrimp, so we made it work. We all agreed that it would have been great if there were more shrimp because we all really enjoyed the flavors of the dish.

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For sides, Ryan and I settled on the Whole Roasted Cauliflower. It came in its own kettle with covered in shallots, ginger, ham, and goat’s milk beurre noisette. It was HUGE and really delicious! We loved the crips on top. The girls went for the Macaroni and Cheese, which is always changing because of the cheese used to make it each night. I stole a bite or two of this and it was really good!

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We finished our meal and all agreed that the food we got was the perfect amount for the four of us. We felt comfortable, but not overly full. So, when we heard they have Bern’s Classic Ice Cream on the menu, we had to indulge. It is a vanilla ice cream with coffee and macadamia nut flavors. For people who don’t really do ice cream because we don’t drink regular milk… was awesome!

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So we ended the night on a high note, making sure to snap a few pictures out front as we were leaving. All in all, dinner at Haven was a success. We tried a bunch of dishes and with the wide variety of menu options, we will have no problem going back to try and bunch more. Cheers!





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