THE TAMPA FOOD SCENE



TAMPA BAY FLORIDA

THE GOOD, AND THE BAD, WE GOT BOTH


DISCLAIMER:   THIS IS ALL ABOUT THE RESTAURANT AND FOOD INDUSTRY IN TAMPA BAY FLORIDA and will make me some friends and some enemies… After some of my reviews I have a few enemies but when you serve garbage, I locate it,  drive the garbage truck and I pick up on it.   It’s quite a challenge and experience covering the spectrum of eateries, some  good, some not bad but missing something, some really bad and should have been closed a long time ago.    

We do mark the specific locations as some are managed quite well and they met the “C’s” of the culinary experience. That is that they be Clean, they serve the Community, have a reasonable amount of Consistency, and Control their service and their individuality.

On a simple level, it means their food was fresh, cooked properly and delivered in a reasonable time, or their gourmet experience took them in unique and interesting safe directions.  Since the high end $$$$  places have been written about, it seems they get greater coverage and a free meal for the writer, I usually pick the places the Plebeians frequent some after waiting on line for a cold burger.  

I do not disclose that I write about food and just pay the bill.  If they are bad I will report the next day about them and publish to TRIPADVISOR…and the papers, this website and five other sources, and the world if I can.

I pick the locations the common folk try to get a decent meal for sustenance. And if they fail simple standards of cleanliness, and customer service I will come down on them like Thor’s hammer.  And I have also decided that in the course of my travels to comment on “unique eats”… those places that might be a bit off the grid but the foods they serve might be  “Out of this world”.  

The other end of the spectrum…Simply put their food, property, staff was sub-par… really bad enough nor safe enough to send someone there… A definitive lack of good food which encompasses taste, consistency, competitive, different, and not updated, not very good management, over worked by bad supervising hours, staff, offerings, service, speed , efficiency, a good location with entrances, and parking, poor training, poor treatment of the help,  and sometimes a lack of customers will close a place down.   

Anything involving Human Trafficking…  Confusion, this is the major problem with corporate food places called fast food. In some cases half-fast food might be a better term. Bean counters come with programs and never worked the line a day in their life…and it shows…


NOTE:  Many of the locations on the worst places to eat we first discovered almost eight years ago, from time to time we went back to see if there was some kind of improvement in their modus operandi.  Unfortunately not only did the bean counters and corpo-guano experts not do better.  In many cases like the Chinese Buffets which have gotten worse, some ranked almost dangerous.  Millennials don’t do buffets well…looking for better  healthier food.

Making things simple… I would eat there or I would not and thats what it’s all about, also I will scale from one to five what I think of their food and how well they run their business.  Simple One is disgusting and Five is great… Look for the NUMBER AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.


BERN’S STEAK HOUSE   TOP DRAWER

RUTH CHRIS STEAK HOUSE  TOP DRAW|ER

BOB HEILMANS BEACHCOMBER  HIGH END

THE JEWEL CAFE AND TEA ROOM BK-LU

COUNTRY PIZZA INN - ITALIAN and PIZZA

HELLAS BAKERY AND RESTAURANT - GREEK FOOD

LITTLE ITALY OF INVERNESS - ITALIAN DELI

LONGHORN STEAK HOUSE - STEAK - EXCELLENCE MODERATE $$$

OCEAN BLUE - SUSHI-ASIA FUSION SUSHI KINGS

HOOTERS FOR WINGS - WINGS STILL TOPS  - CASUAL DRESS STAFF

CHICK-FIL-A CHICKEN - GOOD CONSISTENT CLEAN

ZOM HEE CHINESE   NOT A BUFFET - REAL CHINESE

ANTHONY’S PIZZA CLEARWATER - DIFFERENT

CHILI’S  AVERAGE CORPO

AQUA PRIME - DIFFERENT, NICE

CARMELITA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT ETERNAL

CODY’S ON TYRONE PRETTY GOOD

E&E STAKEOUT GRILL  HIGH END

THE GERMAN BISTRO II UNIQUE

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE  HOT and COLD

PATRICKS OF SARASOTA BIG MENU

PERKINS  LONG TIME GOOD

PICKLES PLUS DELI CLEARWATER FUN FOOD

THE CLUB HOUSE STABLE GOOD

THE OLIVE GARDEN DECENT ITALIAN CORPO

TIJUANA FLATS BURRITO COMPANY BURRITOS!

BIG JIMS FAMOUS STEAKS AND TAVERN GOOD

SONNY’S BARBECUE FLORIDA BARBY

SUBWAY SANDWICHES  NOT THE SAME

KEEGAN’S SEAFOOD GRILL  MIXED

WILLIE JEWELS BARBECUE AVERAGE

JIMMY JOHNS TBR

FINLEY’S IRISH PUB TBR

LARGO FAMILY DINER  OK

BRUCES CHICAGO GRILL AND DOG HOUSE DIFFERENT

THE ACROPOL FAMILY RESTAURANT MEDIUM

THE SPOT PHO  SECULAR BUT NICE

SMOKING RIBS  GOOD STUFF

POPEYES CHICKEN  HEARTBURN


UNACCEPTABLE

👺THE WING HOUSE  CHANGED A LOT, NOT FOR THE BETTER

👺 PGA TOUR GRILL  (LAS VEGAS)

👺 JOE’S CRAB SHACK AND POOR ENTERTAINMENT

👺 THE GOLDEN CORRAL

👺 HAROLD SELTZERS STEAK HOUSE

👺 THE PIZZA HUT

👺 DENNY’S RESTAURANT

👺 LITTLE CAESARS

👺 T.G.I. FRIDAY’S

👺 TACO BELL 

👺 CRACKER BARREL CHICKEN

👺 KFC KILLED THE FRICKIN CHICKIN

👺 BUFFALO WILD WINGS


NOT A GOOD IDEA DURING A PANDEMIC

💀 CHOPSTICKS BUFFET (CHINESE)

💀 BIG APPLE BUFFETS (TWO LOCATIONS)

💀  HIBACHI BUFFETS

💀  GOLDEN WOK 





UPDATED   JULY 2020