There are many places that serve Sunday brunch in the Tampa Bay area. From Pinky’s Diner to Datz to even the Cheesecake Factory. While these places have a fairly set menu, The Refinery‘s brunch menu changes frequently. The menu items that I will describe in this review may not exist when you visit The Refinery. The same goes for the dinner menu, which changes weekly. Located in the Seminole Heights area of Tampa, The Refinery is literally a house off of Florida Avenue. Inside you’ll find a homely atmosphere with a very nice staff and based on the food I was served, good southern food with a modern twist.
I had the Big Biscuit Sandwich. This had cured slab bacon, scrambled egg, Irish cheddar, spicy tomato jam, and pickled red onion, served between a large biscuit. It came with a side of Anson Mills cheese grits. This beats any fast food breakfast sandwich out there. The scrambled egg was delicious with the perfect amount of salt. The spicy tomato jam had the perfect kick of spice for the sandwich. Even the pickled onion was tasty. The cheese grits that was served with the sandwich was flavorful as well.
My mother in law had the Daddy’s Favorite. This had two homemade biscuits smothered in homemade country sausage gravy with scrambled organic eggs and roasted potatoes. I tasted a biscuit with the gravy. The gravy was lighter than I expected. I’m use to the country gravy from Cracker Barrel. The gravy at The Refinery is good and is indicative of the style of the restaurant. My wife had The Next Vegetarian Old Stand By, Mark VII. This is brioche bread French toast with caramelized plaintains, walnuts, and crème Chantilly. This dish was light, and the Chantilly creme balanced well in this dish. Every bite was layered and wonderful.
The Refinery was a great experience. I highly recommend it. I have not had their dinner yet, but that is on my list of future tampa restaurant reviews. The Refinery takes reservations and I recommend you make one before you decide to go. Check out their website before going to see what is on the menu since The Refinery changes its menu weekly. Hopefully you can try the food I ordered, but I’m sure whatever The Refinery is serving, it will not dissappoint. I was very pleased with my meal and I fully intend to go back.