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Aug 1, 2006 03:01 AM

Looking for really special breakfast joints in greater Tampa Bay

I'd love a short list of homey breakfast joints that serve their own specialties in addition to the the typical eggs-n-grits fare. For example, we discovered the Breakfast Nook in Lutz over the weekend, with banana nut pancakes that'll make you swoon. I also really like the quiche at Benedicts in Dunedin. Still, I'd like to expand my options. For example, I have yet to find the perfect homemade corned beef hash in the area. Tampa hounds, can you help me out?

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  1. Two that I love:

    Skyway Jack's, on US19 in south St. Pete. Try not to go on a weekend, as there is always a line (although it moves quickly). I can't really say they have a specialty, but if you long for scrapple, S-O-S, and old town atmosphere, you must try it.

    Beverly's Le Croisette, on the corner of Gulf Blvd and Corey Ave in St. Pete Beach. Their specialty is croissants, but I love their Benedicts - veggie benny to be specific. Served with lovely crispy greaseless home fries.

    1. The Lucky Dill on Alt 19 in Palm Harbour has decent corned beef hash. They top it off with slices of corned beef.

      1. Check out Lenny's in Clearwater, 21220 US 19 N.

        1. Special Brkfst Joints:
          First Watch - dwtwn Tampa
          Brunchery - MacDill Ave
          Pach's Place - Bay to Bay/Bayshore Blvd

          1. Just tried Pach's Place this morning. My experience was dismal. My over-medium eggs came over-easy, the home fries had spent entirely too much time piled up on the grill, and my "biscuits" were really rolls.

            A number of Tampa joints commit the latter sin, including Egg Platter. Lenny's has the real thing, as (oddly) does Steak N Shake, though you can't get real butter at SNS. It'd be nice to find good biscuits closer to SOHO than Lenny's.