EATING IN TAMPA BAY  



THE TAMPA BAY GOOD FOOD DIRECTORY

MY LIKES - MOSTLY LOCAL - UNABRIDGED


THIS IS ALL ABOUT THE RESTAURANT AND FOOD INDUSTRY IN TAMPA BAY FLORIDA
It’s quite a challenge and experience covering the spectrum of eateries, some  good, some bad, 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 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.

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”.  


We do not recommend nor will we return to theses places due to:
a)  Repeated inspection failures
b)  Dirty properties
c)  Unclean food facility areas like the server tables even with sneeze guards
d)  Dirty kitchen
e)  Stale food, old food, kept three days
f)  Unclean appliances, like soda and shake machines
g) Imbeciles either serving or in management
h) Reports by the County food  inspectors as to compliance with regulations
i)  With a minimum of three visits to correct a problem
j)   Dirty halls and bathrooms, unclean outside etc

Simply put their food, property, staff was sub-par… 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. 

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 have gotten worse, some ranked almost dangerous.  MORE COMING