Greg Baker, a semifinalist for a 2012 James Beard Foundation award, was recognized by the commissioners at Wednesday's meeting.
Greg Baker, chef at Seminole Heights' The Refinery, was recognized by the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday for his recent nomination for a 2012 James Beard Foundation award. Baker was a semifinalist for the Best Chef: South award, presented annually by the nationally recognized foundation. Also recognized Wednesday were two other local nominees for James Beard Foundation Awards: Richard Gonzmart of Ybor City's Columbia Restaurant, a semifinalist for Outstanding Restaurateur honors, and Chad Johnson of South Tampa's SideBern's, also a semifinalist for Best Chef: South. Commissioner Al Higginbotham presented their commendations and thanked the culinary standouts "for working to improve the economic success and positive…
Good beer, great burgers and bad show tunes — what's not to love at The Refinery?
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- Jen Straw
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Miss Ann’s Ghetto Burger, a Stump Knocker Pale Ale and a beautiful moonlit night on the rooftop patio with the faint sounds of Karaoke tunes in the background. What more could a girl want? I’ve heard a lot of hype about The Refinery, but hadn’t been inside 5137 N. Florida Ave. since it was the Bungalow. And let’s just say, unlike the former restaurant in that quaint Seminole Heights-style house, The Refinery definitely lives up to its glowing reputation. I headed straight upstairs to the bar — after all, I do enjoy the social scene— but since there were no open seats and Karaoke, which is held Tuesdays from 8 p.m. to midnight, hadn’t started yet, I opted to sit at a table outside. I was immediately impressed by the menu. I’d read online, …