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First Tastes: Edison Food + Drink Lab [Duck Confit Foie Gras Tacos, Sweet Jalapeno Cracker Jacks]

Posted Aug 21, 2012 by Jeff Houck

Updated Aug 22, 2012 at 01:02 PM

edison food + bar lab


See that?

That there is jalapeno-flavored salted caramel popcorn.

I KNOW.

I enjoyed that delicacy four times in the past two weeks at the new edison food + drink lab that opened Tuesday on Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa.

Before we discuss this further, allow me to uppercase the restaurant name.

Edison Food + Drink Lab.

There. I feel better now.

Anyway, this is chef Jeannie Pierola‘s newest restaurant, after raising and closing four editions of her Kitchenbar pop-up around south Tampa, including at this location.

The theme this time is experimentation and the marriage of food and inspiration and electricity and science.

KEY VISUAL INDICATOR OF AFOREMENTIONED THEME:

Beaker sunflower


Sunflower in a beaker? Very cool. Industrial. All sciencey. Somewhere in the universe, Alton Brown no doubt approves.

SECOND VISUAL INDICATOR TO THEME:

edison food + bar lab


I’ll take “Electrical Words” for $1,000, Alex.

I’m such a font nerd. Love this wall.

If you dig that, you’ll love the main menu, which looks like an experiment task sheet.

edison food + drink lab


And the dessert menu? Dig the tastebud diagram, featuring our good friend umami.

edison food + drink lab


Serious fontgasm.

Anyway, I’ve eaten there four times in two weeks. I keep finding new flavors to groove on.

My favorite dishes thus far?

Edison Food + Drink Lab - Chicken liver mousse with pistachio, apricot and sansho peppercorn


Chicken liver mousse with pistachio, apricot and sansho peppercorn.


Edison Food + Drink Lab - chick pea fries with mint puree, house labne, rocoto walnut muhamarra


Chick pea fries with mint puree, house labne, rocoto walnut muhamarra.


Edison Food + Drink Lab - Oyster po boy


Fried oyster and bacon po’ boy with kimchee, oyster kewpie and hand-cut fries.


edison food + drink lab


Maple-glazed sweetbread ‘old fashioned’; Knob creek bourbon glaze, orange pecan salad, house maraschino cherries.

Edison Food + Drink Lab - Potato chips


These puffy potato chips which came as a side with the French dip sandwich.

Hollow on the inside, they were delicate and extra potato-y. I could eat them until my teeth fell out.

edison food + drink lab


Edison Food + Drink Lab
912 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
(813) 254-7111
HOURS: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday
11:30 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday
Closed Sunday

Here’s a gallery of photos I shot:


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Por (Sekimori) on August 21, 2012 (Suggest removal)

Reservations required?

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Por (Jeff Houck) on August 21, 2012 (Suggest removal)

Required? No. Suggested? Yes. Helpful? Definitely.

Questions? Overdone.

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