Neighborhood Nibbles — Burger Monger, iCream, Baja’s & A Pearl
Despite the economy (or maybe because of it?), new restaurants are still popping up all over Wesley Chapel and it’s my absolute pleasure to keep you informed about all of the latest newcomers in our area.
Burger Monger - I had never tried the original location on N. Dale Mabry Hwy. in Carrollwood, so I was looking forward to the opening of Burger Monger in the former Panchero’s location, in the same section of the Shops at New Tampa plaza on Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. as Bonefish Grill.
And so far, I have to say I am a fan of the 100-percent Akaushi Kobe beef hamburgers and the grilled chicken sandwiches — both available with more gourmet toppings than I can possibly list here — as well as the tasty skin-on, hand-cut fries at the Monger. The place isn’t cheap, but it is yummy, immaculate- looking, the order-at-the-counter service is quick and it is nice to be able to have an ice cold beer with your burger, too.
Burger Monger is located at 1656 BBD. For more info, call 991- 4242 or visit BurgerMonger.com.
Baja’s & iCream - I don’t currently have a lot of information about the two signs that recently went up on BBD opposite the under-construction Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, in front of the same plaza that already is home to Dickey’s BBQ and The Hungry Greek, but both Baja’s Fresh Mexican Grill & iCream are apparently up-and-coming franchises originally from other parts of the country hoping to cash in on our area’s much-needed new hospital.
I do know, however, that Baja’s, based in Irvine, CA, does have locations in Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, South beach (Miami) and at Tampa International Airport and stores in at least 15 U.S. states. Meanwhile, iCream, based in Chicago, IL, doesn’t seem to yet have any other Florida locations.
We will keep you posted as these two new locations get closer to opening. We also hope to be able to tell you more about where in Wesley Chapel Dade City favorite Pearl in the Grove will open its second location. — GN