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Tom Scherberger Aug 23, 2010 12:28 PM

I'm compiling a list of restaurants with food bars - not bars where you can also eat (like Bern's or Parkshore Grill) but bars where you sit at or near the kitchen, close enough to view the action and maybe interact with the cooks. One example is Roy's near International Plaza. Another, though smaller, is Walt's Seasonal Cuisine in Dunedin. Any others out there?

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Parkshore Grill
300 Beach Drive NE Ste 104, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701

Walt's Seasonal Cuisine
1140 Main St, Dunedin, FL 34698

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    baron2112 Aug 23, 2010 02:47 PM

    i believe Cafe Ponte in Largo has that set up. I was on the other side of the restaurant and couldn't say for 100%

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    Cafe Ponte
    13505 Icot Blvd. Suite 214, Clearwater, FL 33760

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      Tom Scherberger Aug 24, 2010 09:09 AM

      I'll check out Cafe Ponte, thanks. Ate at the bar once, but it was a little removed from the kitchen.

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      Cafe Ponte
      13505 Icot Blvd. Suite 214, Clearwater, FL 33760

    2. askdrtodd Aug 23, 2010 05:25 PM

      PF Chang has a table inside the kitchen, rite? I'm not a big chain restaurant guy but I recall my buddy telling me that.

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        RibDog Aug 23, 2010 07:54 PM

        The Grillsmith in Coutryside is setup that way. And if I am there by myself, I always sit at the open kitchen.

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        Grillsmith
        14303 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618

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          UptownKevin Aug 24, 2010 04:43 AM

          If you go to Chili's and get the right seat at the bar, you can get a pretty good view of the kitchen.

          Sorry; just had to pile on after the PF Chang's and Grillsmith posts ;-) Unfortunately, other than Roy's; I am not sure if I know of any in the area.

          -Kevin

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          Grillsmith Restaurant
          1108 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33629

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            askdrtodd Aug 24, 2010 05:27 AM

            haha awesome

          2. rhnault Aug 24, 2010 06:06 AM

            I think most Carrabba's have one. The one we go to in Citrus Park has one.

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              RibDog Aug 24, 2010 10:00 AM

              That's right, they do. Forgot about them.

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              Miss E Aug 24, 2010 08:05 AM

              Pane Rustica has one, at the back of the restaurant, overlooking the pizza oven and the grill.

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                askdrtodd Aug 24, 2010 10:52 AM

                good point, how the hell did I not think of that.

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                  Old E. Aug 24, 2010 11:21 AM

                  You are slipping!

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                digyourself Aug 24, 2010 09:45 AM

                Pizzaiolo Bavaro has a little bar where you can watch them make the pizzas. They have an awesome oven so its a great place to sit...especially if you are a pizza nerd. Downtown Tampa on Franklin. Good stuff.

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                  UptownKevin Aug 27, 2010 09:51 AM

                  Not necessarily a food bar, but if you sit at the bar at Wood Fired Pizza, you'll basically be right near the pizza oven. The cool thing about that place is you can literally watch them cook your pizza from just about any seat in the place.

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                    Tom Scherberger Aug 29, 2010 06:43 PM

                    Great ideas on the pizza places. I had forgotten about Pizzaiolo, since I at at a tabiel, so thanks for that suggestion (great pizza, too), and I've been looking for an excuse to check out Wood Fired Pizza. Thanks! BTW, I hear Ella's in Seminole Heights might work.

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                    Tom Scherberger Oct 15, 2010 03:33 AM

                    Thanks to everyone who made suggestions about Tampa Bay chef's counters (which I later determined is the more common term). Here's the result:

                    http://www.tampabay.com/features/food...

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                      askdrtodd Oct 16, 2010 05:21 AM

                      Nice article Tom!! Enjoyed reading it.

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                        Tom Scherberger Oct 16, 2010 08:32 AM

                        Thanks! It's going to be interesting to see what Jeannie Pierola comes up with at her new Kitchen Bar.

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