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27th Avenue Bistro in Gulfport is known equally as well for its martinis as for its cuisine.
"Our peppermint white chocolate martini makes everybody go nuts, but we save that one just for December," Michael Giampa says.
It's all about supply and demand.
"A lot of people don't realize we have a great liquor selection, too. We have over 16 burbons, 15 single malt scotches, as well as 6 more blended scotches...At least 11 vodkas. "
While it is a great neighborhood watering hole, the food is quite tasty and the decor is beautiful. It's as if you've turned a corner back into the early 20th century...with a modern twist, of course.
"The building was built in 1903. I believe it was built as a feed store originally, that's why we have the lofts which now we use as private parties," Giampa says.
The building reminded Giampa of his hometown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was in the big city Giampa began perfecting his cooking craft.
"I've worked under French, German and Asian chefs. I think the most important thing is...it's not so much that one specific person is a mentor. It's taking what I liked the best out of each one and combining them all together."
He was fortunate to study in Singapore as well, but now, Giampa has made the South his home. And he takes advantage of the food source straight from the Gulf.
"Every morning we get a fish delivery, and that's how I pick and choose what's going to be on the menu. We really focus on the fresh local seafood. We also import some exotics. We always have beef dishes."
The menu changes daily. It's where he showcases his creativity.
"Just come in and be surprised and don't be intimidated. It's the best of both worlds. It's fine dining without being stuffy," Giampa says.
Any occasion at the 27th Avenue Bistro will please you with excellent food and speciality drinks.
"I think the most important thing is to give quality all the way around...service, food, beverages, provide a pleasant atmosphere and be involved in the community such as we are," Giampa says.