I had been trying to get to this restaurant for weeks and every time I was supposed to go, something came up and I had to cancel. The Refinery menu changes every week and like a good little foodie, I would check out the menu on-line each week, just because. The menu is like something you would see on a Top Chef challenge. The products used are from local growers. Everything they are about I’m about too, so my hopes and expectations were high, maybe a little too high.
From the outside The Refinery looks like a house, I mean, someones home. Inside the look is sparse and eclectic. Pictures are askew on the walls, and no condiments on the table. I chalkboard advertises drinks and specials of the day. The menu is divided into three sections, small plates, more than a small plate and desserts. Since foodie and friend had just left a wine and cheese lesson, which I’ll tell you about in another post, we went for the small plates.
I had a chicken liver mousse ,with a gelee glaze and my friend had a pear salad with vinaigrette and we spilt a fancy pear beer. I didn’t miss condiments but my friend who loves black pepper did ask for some for her salad. The waiter and I talked her out of it and she actually tasted her food and loved it. Everything is fresh, I had no complaints but I wasn’t blown away. I will go back on a day when I have not already eaten and try a larger plate.
If you are looking for something different, this is the place to go. You will get gourmet food on a beer budget. I wish them much success as should all Tampa residents because The Refinery is all about the locals. If any of you do visit please let me know what you think.