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Nov 23, 2010 01:32 PM

Driving from Tampa Intl to Boca Grande


My girlfriend and I are flying into Tampa and driving down to Boca Grande. We are looking for a good breakfast place in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. My GF has become an omlette freak as of late, so any place that specializes in such is a plus. Also, if there is a unique/must-try place along the way, I would love to hear about it because we will have to make the drive back :) Thanks in advance for your help.

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  1. I would recommend the following:

    1. First Watch, 520 North Tampa St., Tampa, FL 333602 (Phone: (813) 307-9006). This location is in downtown Tampa. I always find a place to park, but you may need to feed a meter. Excellent regular and open-faced omelettes. I particularly like the omelettes with a Mexican bent to them. There is also one in downtown Sarasota, which is bigger.

    2. Lenny's Restaurant, 21220 U.S. Highway 19, Clearwater, FL 33765-2826 (Phone: (727) 799-0402. Excellent omelettes and a very elaborate New York-style Jewish deli-type menu, certified as an authentic Jewish place, with bagels and chopped liver, etc., by a friend of mine. (I'm from the Midwest originally, so what would I know?) You're going to find more different food here than anywhere else I've listed, but also extensive standard breakfast favorites.

    3. Skyway Jack's, 2795 34th St. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33711 (Phone: (727) 867-1907). If First Watch is the Anglo entry and Lenny's is the Jewish entry, then this is the Florida entry. It is heavy on food which has a Florida orientation to it, particularly fish (yes, at breakfast!). The omelettes are excellent, but there are a lot of other choices available, some of which you've never seen on a breakfast menu before (or anywhere else before). The place is busy and extremely informal.

    If this is too late for your trip to Boca Grande, I hope that you will try one of these places on your way back. Good luck!

    Skyway Jack's Restaurant
    2795 34th St S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33711

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    1. re: gfr1111

      Thanks for the recommendations, but we already left. My GF's family lives in Tampa, so I will definitely try Skyway Jack's at some point. Thanks again.

      Skyway Jack's Restaurant
      2795 34th St S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33711

    2. Pach's Place for eggs benedict near the water. For something really elaborate on a Sunday, Oystercatcher's in Tampa for brunch.

      Pach's Place
      2909 West Bay To Bay Blvd # 101
      Tampa, FL 33629-8162
      (813) 831-7122

      Pach's Place
      2909 W Bay To Bay Blvd, Tampa, FL 33629