This past Friday, I was invited to dine with fellow bloggers at the delicious American Grill under the direction and expertise of the James Beard-awarded food magician, Frank Anderson. If you think you’ve had the ultimate dining experience in Tampa, think again. The Rez Grill is the place to be. The meal was absolutely amazing, the service was top notch and the entire team treated our group like we were the greatest people in the room. This place knows how to make a meal an experience.
The food was so good that I want to walk you through the 5-course meal. Yes, 5 courses that included multiple dishes.
Benton’s Country Ham
- Imagine biscuits as fluffy as a cloud yet full of buttery flakey goodness. That doesn’t even describe all of the goodness that the biscuits had to offer. My husband talked about this course throughout the entire meal, and he is still talking about it. Seriously.
- Coming from a southern family that knows a thing or two about pimento cheese, I was excited to see this delicacy grace my plate with ‘nduja sausage, avocado and pea tendrils. The pimento was creamy and full of flavor atop the crisp crostini.
Chicken Liver Pâté
- Well I’ve never tried this dish before, and the thought of liver didn’t necessarily sound like something I would like. Well, I was wrong. The liver mixed with lingonberry jam, radish and black pepper was definitely worth the try.
This course was paired with a sparkling Brut Gruet Sauvage from New Mexico.
Trio of Seafood
- Anything that is a trio of seafood is right up my alley. The oysters, peeled and eat shrimp and king grab were out of this world. I have never had fresher seafood.
This course was paired with a chilled Sauvignon Blanc from Western Cape, South Africa.
Cucumber and Heirloom Tomato Salad
- The third course was the perfect place for crisp salad that consisted of picked red onion, herb yogurt, dill, crispy garlic and red wine vinegar. I would recommend this salad as a starter.
This course was paired an amazing Rosé from France.
You read it right, I’m still able to eat food at this point.
Fried Chicken and Waffles
- What else needs to be said here? The waffles were warm and golden brown, the citrus butter was creamy, the hot sauce was on point and the bacon jam was, bacon jam so it’s automatically the greatest thing on the plate.
St. Louis Ribs
- Next up was a plate of ribs with fries, Texas toast, house pickles and multiple choices of barbecue sauces from around the country.
- The ribeye was served alongside roasted shallots, turnips, and béarnaise. The meat was perfectly cooked and tender. There was also a large bowl full of roasted vegetables topped with chimichurri.
This course was served with a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. This was my favorite drink of the night, smooth with rich flavors.
Also known as the dessert course, the best course.
- Dulce de leche, soft cream and chocolate soil. Imagine a dirt and worms for adults, minus the worms. This dessert was perfection.
Espresso Crème Brûlée
- This was by far my favorite dessert topped with biscotti and candied lemon.
- This dessert was light and aromatic, burnt meringue, with blueberry puree.
- You can’t have a five-course meal without a pecan pie with Jack Daniel’s ice cream, candied bacon and spicy caramel.
This course was paired with a Macchiato Martini. I also ordered a cappuccino, because what’s life without coffee?
I would highly recommend heading over to The Rez Grill in Tampa, you will be happy you did!