May 17, 2024 - Food and Drink

Crazy burgers meet classic movies at Gigglewaters

dinner theater goers react to something onscreen

Gigglewaters owners Richard and Rachel Wilson (bottom left) join theater diners. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Scott

You won't want to sneak food into this Safety Harbor movie theater.

State of screen: Their love of movies inspired Rachel and Richard Wilson to open a dinner theater in 2018.

  • But Gigglewaters' gourmet American cuisine and craft cocktails are the real stars of the show.

The vibe: The speakeasy theme ("Gigglewater" was the code word to get a strong drink during prohibition) calls back to the 1920s and stays true to the city's spirit of upcycled decor.

Best bites: The menu is heavy — Wagyu beef burgers, options to stuff mac and cheese in just about everything — but well worth the gastric consequences.

  • "Man vs. Food" featured The Commissioner, a burger topped with gouda, bacon, a waffle, sweet bourbon bacon chunks, onion tanglers and a drizzle of cookie butter. And it's worth unhinging your jaw for.
  • The cocktails are made with fresh-squeezed juices, balancing out the food with freshness.

Nice touches: For its Cinema Supper Series, theatergoers are served a themed menu at specific moments in the film. Think warm apple pie during "True Romance."

  • Brunch is served daily until 2pm.

What's ahead: Owner Rachel Wilson told Axios she's hoping to franchise two locations in the next year, aiming to eventually spread out to Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and Sarasota.

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