My friends and I opted to head to Channelside for one of the Saturday Summer Fireworks events recently, and we are so glad we did! The place actually had some people walking about, spending money, and making Channelside look as if it MIGHT become a viable spot to own a business, work, and spend time at. (For those of you not familiar with this part of Tampa - it's a struggling area that just can't seem to make a go of it, and it's been really depressed since about 2009 - present day.)
Juan Carlos of Flame took excellent care of the 4 of us gals as we found a perfect table from which to drink, eat, AND enjoy the fireworks display. The Couscous with Goat Cheese Salad was delicious (sporting Israeli style couscous which is pearl style) and large enough to share as an appetizer.
For a place that used to house a Signature Steak House though they really need to increase their quality wine offerings (especially if they plan on staying around now that Vinik won the bid to revamp this Channelside District!). People will stay and spend money if you have great wines from which to choose to pair with your wonderful menu.
The display of fireworks sets off from a barge right off the balcony by this restaurant so it's a great place to park you and your friends and/or family for a night of good food and great sights.
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