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Good places for breakfast & biscuits in Tampa/St Pete?

aynrandgirl Aug 28, 2006 08:16 AM

Looking for some breakfast places that serve good biscuits. First, some definitions. A biscuit is dense, not airy like a bread or cake (Bob Evans, Nicki's Omelette & Grill, Denny's). It is not a dinner roll (Egg Platter). It is not a cookie (to forestall any honery responses of that nature).

Lenny's in Clearwater has great biscuits, served with real butter (yay!). Steak N Shake has good biscuits, at least the one on S Dale Mabry does, but they serve "spread" (ugh!) with them so they're off the list.

Surely there's more! Buttermilk biscuits are practically a southern specialty.

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    andy huse RE: aynrandgirl Aug 29, 2006 02:11 PM

    get thee to the Giant's! Take 56th (or, farther south from Temple Terrace) 50th street south to gibsonton. once across the alafia river, the Giant's restaurant will be on the right on the water. get there before noon to ensure a supply of biscuits. report back to tell us how they measure up.

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      rshally RE: aynrandgirl Aug 29, 2006 06:58 PM

      Check out The Brunchery on S MacDill Ave, south of Bay to Bay Blvd in Tampa, and First Watch downtown Tampa.

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        aynrandgirl RE: aynrandgirl Aug 30, 2006 06:40 PM

        First Watch says they don't have biscuits on their menu. I'll get to Giant's soon.

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          aynrandgirl RE: aynrandgirl Aug 31, 2006 01:01 PM

          I tried Giant's (by which I presume you meant "Giant's Camp Restaurant"). I was disappointed. The bacon was some of the cheapest I've ever seen, the waitress seemed to think that "butter" is a synonym for margarine (I still don't understand why Tampa bay area restaurants are too cheap to serve real butter), and the biscuits were more like buttermilk rolls. Not bad, but rolls. It was inexpensive ($3.75), I'll give them that.

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            Bergerman RE: aynrandgirl Aug 31, 2006 02:06 PM

            Check out Mom's Place on Dale Mabry, between MLK and Hillsborough north of the stadium. Lively place, great breakfasts, pretty good biscuits, though the waitress said they are not "home-made.'' NY Yankees photos cover a wall and you'll find players there during spring training (legends field is right down the street). The prices are right; steak and eggs with hashbrowns and toast for $7, for example.

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              andy huse RE: aynrandgirl Aug 31, 2006 02:46 PM

              I like the biscuits at the giants, but the gravy wasn't special. rolls or biscuits, i like em. otherwise, they're like a typical rural greasy spoon. (i never order bacon unless i'm prepared for cheap crap--- no excuse for cheap stuff, but a fact of life i'm afraid, as is margarine.)

              If it ain't your style, i understand, it is low rent and low culture, but somehow it works for me. probably because Tampa is so breakfast-challenged.

              The brunchery is okay, first watch is tasty but skimpy, and you pay for every morsel. I could easily eat two of their breakfast entrees. Not so with the Giant's--- thye feed you.

              I'll have to try lenny's to taste your definition of a biscuit. If the Giant's serves "rolls," i'll take em!

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                yumtothetum RE: aynrandgirl Sep 1, 2006 03:17 AM

                Have you tried Cracker Barrel's? Albeit one of the biggest breakfast chains in the country, they still manage to bake up some of the best biscuits.

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                  aynrandgirl RE: aynrandgirl Sep 1, 2006 03:39 PM

                  Mom's Place: jackpot! Yummy, tasty biscuits. Thanks for the tip.

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                    aynrandgirl RE: aynrandgirl Sep 4, 2006 02:42 PM

                    The Brunchery: another score! Great biscuits, real butter (if you ask), and nicely spiced patty sausage (not hot, but I don't think I've been served truly spicy hot breakfast sausage outside Texas). I got the breakfast special, and subbed out the grits and toast for 2 biscuits (no charge).

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