Let me set the scene.... On a long Summer day a couple months ago the girls decided to meet at Grille One Sixteen at 7:30. The Florida sunshine was still very bright and once I entered the posh darkness of Grille One Sixteen my eyes had to adjust. I was literally seeing spots while I was attempting to scan the place for my girlfriends. I couldn't see a thing except for the lit up bar backdrop. I headed over and ordered a beer thinking if anyone had arrived yet they would have flagged me down. About 5 minutes later, when I regained my vision, I was able to confirm I was indeed the first one there. Not long after Christian walked in and I waved at her. She starred into the restaurant blankly and I realized she also had been blinded. I went over and grabbed her and she said "Oh Michelle, I couldn't see you, is anyone else here yet?" The others arrived shortly after and we had a fabulous meal, with lots of laughs.
|The ultra cool and tenebrous ambiance calls for illuminated menus|
|Grilled Kobe Beef Slider appetizer|
Grille One Sixteen opened their first location with the ultra cool South beach vibe in North Tampa several years ago and the long awaited South Tampa location opened about a year ago. They serve contemporary American cuisine at both locations with a flair for taking a basic favorite to the next level. We ordered a varitey of different starters and entrees. The diver scallops and the grilled salmon salad seemed to be the biggest hits of the table. I think I was the only one in the group to order something other than seafood, with the Kobe sliders being my choice. They were juicy little burgers and naturally, I got the savory fries to go with it. Perfection. The service was very good and even the manager came over a few times to chat with us. To top it all off, we shared the housemade donuts for dessert. Holy. Cow. Not the donuts... I was referring to myself after eating them!
|Grilled Salmon Salad with Mixed Greens and Balsamic Feta Dressing|
|Pan Seared Diver Scallops over Grits topped with Corn and Bacon|
|"4 Hot Now! House made Donuts |
w/ Caramel, Raspberry, & Chocolate Sauces"