I just moved back to a restaurant I helped open.
We are opening a new location in South Tampa in early spring. Anyone who wants to visit please feel free. Anyone who cooks professionally or those interested in checking out a pro kitchen is more than welcome to contact me.
JGraeff I'd offer some of my time but really busy at the moment with the holidays, restructuring the current kitchen, planning for the new one, and that's just at work. At some point though I think it would be beneficial and pretty damn cool to get together with some members in this area.
For BBQ, there are a couple of places in Tampa ifyou get down there. First Choice out in Brandon is very good. Probably my favorite. In addition to having great pulled pork, they make some collard greens that will make you slap yo' momma!! beware of the macaroni salad. They tell you it is spicy, but it ain't "spicy." It is HOT. LOL It is back in the corner of the shopping center on the southwest corner of Adamo and Falkenburg. in with Hooters and Home Depot. Big Johns Alabama BBQ on 40th St north of Hillsborough is kind of a local legend. It was started by the late Reverend John Stephens and his family have started up a few places over the years. There is (or was...not sure if it is still there) a Texas style BBQ joint out on Waters right off the Veterans Expressway. As for Chinese, it has been too long since I went to any high end Chinese place to tell you. Tampa Bay may be better known for Thai food because of the large Thai population that ended up here because of MacDill Air Force Base. The one pilgrimage you have to make while you are down here is to Berns Steak House in South Tampa. One of the other must do places in the area, Chateau France in downtown St. Pete, just closed recently. The other one you have to go to is much farther away and that is Chalet Suzanne in Lake Wales out in southern Polk County.If anyone has good chinese / dimsum and Barbecue pointers in/near tampa, I'd love to hear about it.
Hey guys i apologize i completely forgot i posted this thread. I am wondering if anyone is willing to give me some lessons on sharpening, thinning etc.
I can get a decent edge on my knives but i feel as if I'm not consistent and wanted to get together with some more skilled people form the forum to learn from. If anyone is willing that would be awesome!
Good to know about Bern's we had that on the list for this year.... Dunedin Brewery is probably our favorite right now, followed by Cigar City. Anyone want to meet in Brandon for some Q?It's been several years, but neither Bern's nor Chalet Suzanne impressed us much.
If you get over to the Space Coast, Charlie & Jakes used to have pretty good BBQ & they also had a decent microbrewery in Suntree.