Last night my friends Kate, Laura, and I decided to try a new restaurant we’ve never been to before called Rooster & the Till. It was featured on Tasting Tampa’s Top 10 list for best restaurants in the Seminole Heights area so we knew it must be good. The outside of the restaurant is a bit nondescript, so we drove right past it while trying to find it.
We were seated at the bar – I could tell it was a classy restaurant because there were hooks incorporated underneath the bar to hang purses. The chefs prepared food directly in front of the bar, so it was a great vantage point. It is clear that they are all well trained on plating and presentation because each chef spent time to meticulously plate each dish in a precise way.
Our server explained the whole concept to us and advised that we order several plates to sample and share since it is meant to be a communal dining experience. I do love food, but I am in no way a culinary expert. When scanning the menu, I was unfamiliar with the names of about half the ingredients. However, the chefs were very knowledgeable, so they answered a few questions for us before ordering.
The staff was very friendly, and the executive chef, Ferrell Alvarez, spent a lot of time getting to know us and telling us about the locally sourced ingredients and his previous experiences at Mise en Place and Café Dufrain. You can tell that he takes pride in his restaurant and really cares about the customer experience.
I think it is definitely worth checking out – maybe go when you aren’t quite as hungry though since like I said, the portions are relatively small for the price. And go with an open mind to try everything – I grew up as a picky eater, but over the years I’ve become much more open to trying almost any food. It was a totally unique dining experience that you couldn’t have anywhere else in the Tampa Bay area.
After our dinner, we headed down the street to Bo’s Ice Cream for dessert. It reminded me a lot of Dairy Joy. I had a soft serve vanilla cone dipped in chocolate. It was a great night catching up with friends!
Rooster and the Till is located at 6500 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33604 and is open with a limited menu Monday – Saturday 3:30 – 5pm, Monday through Thursday from 5 – 10pm for dinner, Friday & Saturday from 5 – 11pm for dinner, and closed on Sundays.