-4 Snaps! Strongly recommended
There's a new Giant in South Tampa. Hey Giant little biscuits started serving their small portion delights from their new shop on South Dale Hwy this week. The buttermilk two-bite morsels were perfected in the Seminole Heights store before bringing them to the new location. Owners Jesse Thompson and Lee Valenti started their food venture as a community based learning center and grew in to serving biscuits and waffles during the day. As the food enterprise gained traction they began doing pop-up events which garnered even more popularity, culminating in opening a second location. The Seminole Heights location continues as a learning center in the evenings.
From the outside it looks like a typical diner and inside has an 80s decor accented by autographed sports photographs and a pop 70s radio station playing in the background. You'd never know that their primary menu is Greek and every day has a different special. For example, Mondays is spinach pie (Spanakopita) day, on alternate Tuesdays stuffed cabbage is served and every other week it's stuffed peppers. Fridays bring a lamb shank special (but they were out of it by the time I got there). Weekends it's all about the breakfast, with an abundant morning menu.
I ordered the Bacon and 2 Egg Breakfast ($6.25). It was okay. The sunny side eggs are perfectly cooked (a deal maker/breaker in my book), but the bacon is thin and chewy. The accompanying hash brown potatoes are undercooked and whole wheat toast is a store-bought brand. An order for Diet Coke brought an unqualified Diet Pepsi.
Servers are numerous and chipper.
Mom's is a family restaurant owned by the same crew for over 30 years. Regulars are greeted like, well, family. Breakfast is served all day (except waffle service stops in the morning). They are open until 3:00 pm every day, and it's cash only (with an ATM that costs $2.50 to use on site). But with a breakfast tab of a little over $8, Mom's is going on the Frugal Dining list for sure.
-3 Snaps! Try it. You might like it.
Pot Bellies has a hometown, everybody-knows-your-name feel to it. The wait staff is chipper and the service fairly quick. If you take it for what it is, a diner that serves mostly old-school breakfasts (with some modern additions) it's okay. It is somewhat hidden off the beaten path behind Britton Plaza on Himes.
-1 Snap! Won't go back
In a word? Yuck! I'm a little surprised at the lack of quality of the food prep here. I had always heard rave reviews and maybe this was an off-day, but it was really bad. The eggs were under cooked and when I sent them back, they then came out brown (way overcooked). I know sunny-side up eggs can be a little tricky, but this is a brunch place! They just put the original eggs back on the grill instead of starting fresh.
-4 Snaps! Strongly recommended
Mama's Kitchen gets 4 Snaps because I take it for what it is.... a family owned, old school, diner-type restaurant. They serve traditional breakfasts every day, and they know how to do it. Non- traditional dishes like breakfast burritos are also on the menu. Sometimes there's a wait on weekends, the food is consistently good and coffee is consistently average (like I'd expect in an old school diner).
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