3023 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33609
Cost range: 10.01-20.0
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
New in 2012, the décor is a little clunky and amateurish, but Fire is certainly smokin' on the culinary front, having hired chef Ryan Kelly, a Culinary Institute of America grad and longtime alum of Roy's and most recently Tampa Bay Brewing Co. He has a serious knack of bringing contemporary New American culinary fixations to a broad audience at a very reasonable price point. You can grab a burger or some and watch the game on one of the flatscreens, but the reason it has become an overnight girls'-night-out spot (beyond the really good happy hour deals) is because Kelly knows hip food. He does a wood-planked salmon set atop shaved English cuke and topped with a limey-minty salad that is Vietnamese in tenor, as well as a pork belly dish with a maple-miso cure and served over cheesy grits with a few crunchy chicharrons that rivals that at Edison or other hot spots.
Hours: 4-11 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Thur..-Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.