Many have grown to dread Sunday as it marks the end of the weekend; but I eagerly await it’s arrival for one reason. To me, Sunday = brunch. I feel that brunch is a misunderstood meal by some who mistakenly pose the question “how many ways can you really make eggs?”
…I’m here to tell you that the possibilities are endless here in Tampa as it is slowly but surely jumping on the brunch bandwagon. One of the establishments paving the way – The Refinery of Tampa’s Seminole Heights.
The Refinery offers a seasonal brunch menu with distinctive offerings you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else and unique names such as “Baby Daddy” and “The Birkenstock.” They describe each of the ingredients as having their own purpose and purchase most from local farmers and suppliers. All dishes are also made in-house. Need another plus? All brunch items are $10 or less.
My friend, originally drawn to the “Lipstick on a Pig” (can you blame her?) deemed the description (toasted English muffin, asparagus, pulled pork, organic poached eggs, tomato gravy, choice of roasted potatoes or cheese grits) even more appealing. She couldn’t resist this decadent take on eggs benedict and went with her gut instinct.
The “Strata,” (eggs, herb pesto, cheddar, Granny Smith apple and egg custard baked with Cuban bread and roasted potatoes) equally unique and their #1 selling brunch item was my choice and an egg-selent (I couldn’t resist) one it was! There’s something quite different, yet fabulous about the egg, pesto and apple combo. My only recommendation…more apples!
I also can’t neglect to mention the upstairs bathroom. This may seem like an odd room to highlight, however, I would be doing a disservice if I didn’t tell you about this one-of-a-kind room! Enclosed by chalkboard walls, there’s no need to write messages on the back of your stall door. Always fully stocked with a chalk supply, go back to your middle school or college days and leave a message!
While The Refinery has much more than brunch, I highly suggest stopping by to try their sunrise menu served Sundays 11am – 3pm. If you can’t make brunch, sit tight and wait for dinner to come around. Their menu changes every Thursday based on farmer’s supply. We will be returning for dinner without a doubt… join us!