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Mission: Find Tropical Chicken
Grilled chicken, black beans and plantains

Tropical Chicken boasts an eclectic menu, but one that marries together the variety of flavors that come from the cuisines of the tropics. Which tropics? Well, most of ’em.

You’ll find deliciously sweet fried plantains, nicely seasoned black beans, and chicken that is at once simple but lip–smacking enjoyable.

Tropical Chicken assumes the former Quiznos location nestled next to Harbor Freight Tools off of Abercorn Street and Largo Drive. The space could use some warming up — it’s large and stark — but I spent most of my visit with my face buried in the plate. I had the two side dishes named above, adding additional spice to the beans with a spoonful of hot chile sauce. I was tempted by boiled or fried yucca for next time.

My grilled chicken, white meat wing and breast, was crisp on the outside, tender and moist inside. Fried chicken fans won’t feel left out here, and other sides can pull together a truly traditional Southern plate of fired chicken, mac and cheese and pinto beans. A tasty little French roll comes with every meal.

Ms. T.J. scored a burrito, a large flour tortilla that the customer makes up. Choose tropical fillings or go traditional. It’s a bargain at $6.55.

If you can find it, Tropical Chicken should evolve into a good, quick lunch destination for surrounding office workers and retail employees. It’s filling, tasty and affordable.

12313 Largo Dr./961–5545

No Blarney

Molly McPherson’s Scottish Pub and Grill is hosting a free tasting of a new Irish whiskey on Feb. 23, 6–8 p.m., at its Congress Street location. Special guest will be John Concannon, the descendant of sturdy Irish immigrants who pioneered the settlement of California, and began a popular vineyard that today produces the affordable and highly accessible line of Concannon wines.

The family went back to their roots with a new product, Concannon Irish Whiskey, which is produced in Ireland under the watchful eye of the Concannon family. Concannon is a wonderful ambassador for the family brands and will no doubt provide an informative and fun–filled evening.

Street buzz

The former Sugar Daddy’s location is now re–tooled under different ownership as Maxwell’s, a small plates and libations restaurant. I’ve peered behind the brown paper during rebuild, but have not been in yet. I enjoyed Sugar Daddy’s small plates and interesting wine list and am hoping Maxwell’s takes that to a new level.

Lime, the Asian fusion restaurant that’s been under development in the former Season’s of Japan Bistro on Broughton Street, is open. Kitchen talent I’ve met here suggests a menu that could be as varied as French–inspired Asian dishes to authentic Thai. The remodeling job looks very good.