Thursday, November 12, 2009
On the hoof and on the wall
If you jump across the street to take this photograph, it'll really hit you. Overwhelm you. Can you smell the aroma of roasted pork? This is a don't miss destination for some of the most succulent pig in all of Tampa. LA Casa Sierra Meat Market is on North Howard Avenue at Main Street, just north of the interstate in West Tampa. As if the mural I captured on the Main Street side of the market isn't clear enough, this is MEAT market. But, that doesn't mean you have to take a couple hundred pounds of meat home in the back of a pickup. (Although they do sell whole hogs of any size you might want for the backyard barbecue.) They offer scrumptious prepared foods, too - breakfast, lunch and dinner - that should only add a couple hundred pounds to your waistline. Family owned and operated for over thirty years, La Casa Sierra Meat Market and Restaurant had the artist Juan Luis paint the mural. It is one of the most creative and fun walls I've seen. Where else will you find a huge hog, with an apple in his mouth and ready for the spit, decorating the outside wall of any establishment? Think.