THE TAMPA FOOD SCENE



THE TAMPA BAY GOOD/BAD FOOD DIRECTORY


DISCLAIMER:   THIS IS ALL ABOUT THE RESTAURANT AND FOOD INDUSTRY IN TAMPA BAY FLORIDA and will make me some friends and some enemies….  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 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

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”.  



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. 

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.  Millennials don’t do buffets well…



THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY 



FINE DINING



THE VERY GOOD


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 $$$

McLEODS BISTRO IS NOW OSCAR PENN

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



THE CLASSIC GOOD


ANTHONY’S PIZZA CLEARWATER

CHILI’S

AQUA PRIME

BELLA ATALIA 

CARMELITA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT

CODY’S ON TYRONE

E&E STAKEOUT GRILL

THE GERMAN BISTRO II

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE

PATRICKS OF SARASOTA

PERKINS

PICKLES PLUS DELI CLEARWATER

THE CLUB HOUSE

THE OLIVE GARDEN

TIJUANA FLATS BURRITO COMPANY

BIG JIMS FAMOUS STEAKS AND TAVERN



THE AVERAGE GOOD


BASIC FOOD  - CLEAN - CORPORATE - MEDIOCRE ACCEPTABLE

SONNY’S BARBECUE

SUBWAY SANDWICHES

KEEGAN’S SEAFOOD GRILL

WILLIE JEWELS BARBECUE

FINLEY’S IRISH PUB

LARGO FAMILY DINER

BRUCES CHICAGO GRILL AND DOG HOUSE

THE ACROPOL FAMILY RESTAURANT

THE SPOT PHO

THE WING HOUSE

SMOKING RIBS

POPEYES CHICKEN




THE REALLY BAD


 EXPERIENCE


👺 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

👺 THE TILTED KILT

👺 YA-YA’S CHICKEN

👺 BUFFALO WILD WINGS

👺 KFC KILLED THE FRICKIN CHICKIN


READ OUR STORY ON BUFFETS  AND THEIR FOOD POLICE REPORTS
ON VIOLATIONS AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING AT:

THE FOOD INDUSTRY TODAY


💀 CHOPSTICKS BUFFET (CHINESE)

💀 BIG APPLE BUFFETS (TWO LOCATIONS)

💀  HIBACHI BUFFETS

💀  GOLDEN WOK