-4 Snaps! Strongly recommended
Seeking a Sunday morning food adventure we head over to St. Petersburg to the Fresh Connection Catering, Café and Bakery. It is an unassuming place under an overpass of Alternate 19 in South Pinellas County housed in a former convenience store that has been transformed into a small restaurant and commercial kitchen. The FB event page touted $5 custom-made omelettes and $4 biscuits and gravy. Sounded cheap and easy (like Sunday morning)!
We arrive to a relatively empty café set up with an omelette station and chef (Josh) awaiting. Omelette ingredients are displayed in front of the cooking station and include several vegetables, meats, and cheeses. There is nothing special looking about the ingredients. The ham looks like typical deli style, the cheese is simply grated cheddar, but the vegetables look fresh and the chef eager to prepare, so we order up!
We start with a couple of omelettes. In one sauté pan the chef places my fresh ingredients of spinach, bacon, and cheddar cheese in olive oil, and in another he ladles already-scrambled eggs from a larger container. The aroma of that bacon fills the air and my mouth begins to water. In three minutes the omelette is cooked and placed on a paper plate.
The omelettes are good but unremarkable. The eggs are fluffy and are a little golden brown outside. They are perfectly cooked with great flavor from the nicely portioned ingredients. And with the five buck price tag it tastes even better. But I am still wondering if it was worth the 30 minute trip.
Biscuits and gravy are my table mates obsession so clearly we must try these. The biscuits are flaky on the inside with the perfect amount of buttery crust on the top and bottom. The gravy bits are small chunks of sausage with the right balance of creaminess and peppery-sausage flavor. Two half biscuits with ladles of gravy are a perfect match for the omelette. Now we are talking.
As we are finishing up I spy several platters of fresh croissants coming out of the kitchen. They offer ham and cheese, chocolate, and our pick- mango and cream cheese. On the platter the pastries are a crispy golden brown with colorful ingredients oozing out of the ends. This mango croissant is a rock star. It is flaky and buttery, and the sweetness and flavor of that fruit perfectly swirls with the soft cream cheese. The whole pastry is oven-warm and disappears in a few bites. Yum!
The shop offers specials on the first Sunday of every month. They serve Kahwa brand drip coffee and will add flavored syrup upon request. Sadly, there are no other specialty coffees available. Other beverage selections are limited to bottled water, brewed iced tea, and other canned drinks. The menu also offers a couple of gourmet sandwiches and wraps with a few more desserts, and the staff is very friendly.
It was a perfect Sunday morning food adventure. The 30 minute drive was well worth the biscuits and croissant. If you want to know what's coming up next month, check their Facebook page. Enjoy!
Chip Weiner is a Tampa food blogger and an award winning freelance photographer specializing in portraiture, food photography and photojournalism . He has been a photography instructor for over 10 years and teaches Tampa photography classes throughout the year. Have a suggestion for a food event or restaurant? Contact him here
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