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Tampa Breakfast - parents meeting

AriB Mar 24, 2010 06:36 PM

Looking for a nice breakfast or brunch in Tampa for my parents to finally meet my fiancé's parents. Nothing too fancy, I'd like to keep it around or less than $15/per person. Hoping to stay in or around the airport, Westshore, or Rocky Point area. Please advise!

  1. heathercicle Mar 24, 2010 07:10 PM

    I grew up in Tampa but have since moved (2006) out of state. A few of my favorite places are definitely not fancy but have good prices. One is a probably a little farther South than you'd want to go (if they happen to still be around) but worth mention is the Egg Platter. They are originally from St. Pete and they opened a second location on Gandy Blvd in Tampa. They serve breakfast all day. The other place is not a breakfast place but if memory serves me well, they do lunch. It's called Havana Village and it's really close to Kennedy/Dale Mabry which is about 5 min South from the airport on Dale Mabry. It's a Cuban restaurant and probably the best I've ever been to. I highly recommend their Ropa Vieja (Shredded Beef with yellow rice and black beans). Hope those help!

    Egg Platter
    6767 US Highway 19 N, Pinellas Park, FL 33781

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    1. re: heathercicle
      Old E. Mar 25, 2010 05:36 AM

      Egg Platter has been closed for years now. There is a CVS and Burger King in its place.

      The selections below - posted by Miss E - are very good. The only thing I can think of in the Rocky point area is Oystercatchers. VERY good, but well over the $15 per person amount you were looking for.

      Egg Platter
      6767 US Highway 19 N, Pinellas Park, FL 33781

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      Miss E Mar 24, 2010 07:53 PM

      For a white tablecloth brunch that is still reasonably priced (and there's a full bar), I'd go with Circles, on Armenia near Swann. For a more casual place with delicious food (but it's small and offers little privacy), I'd go with Pinky's, on Bay to Bay near MacDill. (Pinky's is my favorite b'fast/brunch in Tampa). Downtown, I like First Watch.

      Sorry none of these are in your preferred area! I have had brunch at TooJay's at International Plaza, but was not impressed.

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      1. re: Miss E
        askdrtodd Mar 25, 2010 05:33 AM

        Not surprisingly, Miss E is dead on. Now considering this is a "parents meet the parents for the first time" I'd quit being cheap and take them to Oystercatchers ;)

        (that's the best brunch in Tampa)

        Also Datz does some tasty brunch things and I always love Pane Rustica after church, but neither of those will be as casual sit-downy. You could also hit Seasons 52, that's not bad. Cheesecake factory works in a pinch (I hate chain restaurants, but the Jamaican black pepper shrimp with mango salsa there is pretty darn good)

        1. re: askdrtodd
          Miss E Mar 25, 2010 07:56 AM

          I was going to suggest Cheesecake Factory! I don't like chains, either, but I also have to say I've never had a bad meal at CF, and the menu is certainly large enough to please anyone.

          Oystercatchers, now THAT is the way to go, if budget allows!

          1. re: Miss E
            askdrtodd Mar 25, 2010 09:52 AM

            yeah man I ate at OC last night with some clients...

            Oysters - Awesome
            Calamari - Possibly the best I've ever had
            Crab Cakes - Disappeared quickly
            Seared Scallops - Droooool....
            Paella - Good but not mind blowing (rice and seafood all well cooked, but chorizo was tough and threw the dish off ironically)
            Bass with roasted pepper tapenade - perfect.

            I can't wait to go back for brunch again soon. When you go next time get them to make you the tuna and edamame app, then have the guy put a quail egg yolk on it and salmon caviar. That was one of the best things I ate in Tampa in the past year.

      2. Lauracooks Mar 26, 2010 06:22 AM

        The Pink Flamingo on Davis Island has a great breakfast. A bit on the casual side. I love Datz and Pinkys.

        Pink Flamingo Cafe
        304 E Davis Blvd Ste E, Tampa, FL 33606

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          AriB Mar 31, 2010 05:56 AM

          Thanks for all the recs! I'm surprised no one has mentioned Lenny's. Is that no longer tasty? I used to go there for Sunday brunch with my family when I still lived in Tampa.

          We frequently eat at Cheesecake Factory (I can't help it, it's so tasty!), so I'm looking for something a little different. Also, I had no idea there was a Seasons in Tampa, just new about the one in Altamonte. Thanks for the tips!

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            schoenick Apr 12, 2010 01:39 PM

            Not sure if it is too late or not but restaurant.com has a coupon for OysterCatchers - $10 for a $25 gift certificate...

            Good luck with the parental units,

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