The Refinery – brunch (Tampa)

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Day of the Week: Sunday, 2/10
Total Bill: $54.57 (before tip)
Breakdown: 3 entrees, 2 sides, 2 OJs, 1 coffee
Pros: Innovative and delicious food, friendly and attentive staff.
Cons: NONE.
Verdict: A good choice for brunch OR dinner.

He says:
This place is always good, and this time was no different. The staff is so nice and sweet. One of the best staffs I have had on a repeated basis in a restaurant.

The food was great as well, as usual. I had a biscuit sandwich with egg, bacon, cheddar, tomato jam and pickled red onion with a side of potatoes. This sandwich rocked! Giant super thick bacon, fluffy and squishy eggs done perfectly, salty cheddar, sweet tomato jam! All between a flaky fluffy buttery salty biscuit. This was fantastic.

The wife and I split The Old Stand By. This was a huge (size of my head) piece of brioche, French-toast style. Covered in walnuts and plantains and topped off with a huge scoop of Chantilly cream. This was also covered in a fantastic maple syrup. WOW, this was great. The brioche was wonderful, the walnuts and plantains added a salty sweetness to the French toast and the Chantilly cream was so sweet it made it almost a dessert. This is my favorite breakfast food ever! Especially paired with the salty breakfast sandwich.
I also ordered a side of bacon and two biscuits. The bacon is super thick slab bacon. Thick salty and almost lean, but it’s bacon, so not really. The biscuits were the same as the one that came in the sandwich but served with vanilla peach jam. I don’t like peach, never have, but I tried it this time and this jam was delicious!

All together I have to say this place rocks. It is highly recommended by me. I will go here repeatedly and I’m positive it will always be good.

She says:
We were going to Ella’s for Soul Food Sunday this particular day but when we got there the wait was AN HOUR AND A HALF. I nearly died. The bar was packed too, of course. So then we’re driving around like, what do we want. We went to The Refinery for brunch a few months back and Hubby was kind of “eh” on it because he’s a picky eater and whatever was on the brunch menu at that time didn’t ring his bell. But he decided we should try it again. (He enjoyed it immensely this time and I don’t think I’ll have trouble getting him back to The Refinery for brunch in the future.)

When we got there I think we had to wait about two minutes for them to clean a table for us – score! (The upstairs patio was full – it was a very lovely day.) Our server was Melissa and she was awesome. I think we’ve had her before. We love that none of the servers there have the attitude of “that’s not my table.” If they’re walking by and you have an empty glass, they get you a refill. If you have a dirty dish, they take it away. It’s fine-dining service without the fine-dining price.

We each got a fresh-squeezed OJ to start ($5 for a giant Mason jar). I ordered the Not Very Irish Breakfast ($10), “crispy potato terrine, smoked house banger sausage, caramelized onions, mushroom, sunny side eggs, grapefruit aioli, choice of roasted potatoes or Anson Mills cheese grits.” The dish was layered: terrine on the bottom, then onions and mushrooms, then the eggs. I had the grits as my side. Everything was stunning, especially the terrine and the grits. I also had a very nice cup of coffee for $3.

Hubby had the Big Biscuit Sandwich ($10), “house cured slab bacon, scrambled egg, Irish cheddar, spicy tomato jam, pickled red onion, choice of roasted potatoes or Anson Mills cheese grits.” He devoured that. He also had a side of bacon ($5) and two biscuits ($4). To accompany his biscuits, Hubby was given a jar of peach vanilla bean jam from The Wall Eyed Terrier Jam Company. This was the best jam I’ve ever eaten and I’ve got to find out where to buy some (it’s a local company).

We shared a The Next Vegetarian Old Stand By, Mark VII ($9), “brioche can bread French toast, caramelized plaintains, walnuts, Chantilly.” We both absolutely loved this. The French toast was basically the size of the plate (big plate). Why everyone doesn’t make French toast out of brioche, I don’t know. And since we both had salty entrees, the sweetness of the French toast was the perfect juxtaposition.

The Refinery never does anything halfway. Every dish they make is perfectly calculated and calibrated (“refined”) so that you’re amazed without being intimidated. The service is always fantastic. If you want some serious bang for your dining buck, visit The Refinery.

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About twofoodiesinlove

About the couple: We are thirtysomethings. We’ve known each other since 2001 when we were in college together and we got married in 2009. About the wife: She’s been an accountant since 2004 and loves numbers maybe a little too much. She eats and cooks and bakes and drinks and constantly has to watch her weight because of it. About the husband: He’s a government employee… for 9 years… he likes nice people who don’t talk too much and FOOD!!! He’s a fatty who loves beer, wine and clear spirits. He likes to cook, usually stuff that is too hard for him but usually turns out well. he tries to watch his weight as it goes by at the speed of light but can’t seem to see it… oh and he loves the Wifey. she rocks.
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