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Big Breakfast


We were over in Tampa and stopped at the Three Coins Diner for breakfast.  They were pretty busy this morning , but luckily we got a table without a wait.  It’s not a big restaurant and looked to be filled with locals enjoying a hearty breakfast.

Loren went for a Belgium waffle and bacon.  Wouldn’t be breakfast without bacon, right?

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Big fresh waffle and tasty bacon, what more could a guy ask for?  I went for the pancakes, eggs and some hashbrowns.

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The pancakes were light and fluffy, just the way pancakes should be.  There was more food on our plates than either of us could eat.  It was typical diner food, with typical diner prices.  You don’t go home hungry.  Three Coins is open 24 hours, so you can get your fill any time of day or night.  Total bill with a drink was $19.

Three Coins Diner
7410 N. Nebraska Ave
Tampa, FL
813-239-1256

Three Coins on Urbanspoon

Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5

Breakfast


We had a late breakfast at Athen’s in downtown Safety Harbor this morning.

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Blueberry pancakes with eggs and bacon for Loren and a delicious raisin French Toast with eggs and hashbrowns for me.  Very filling and the price was right.  Total bill with a drink was $14.

Athens Restaurant
226 Main St
Safety Harbor, FL
727-726-3471

Athen's on Urbanspoon

Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.6/5

Breakfast


We were down in St Pete today and stopped for breakfast at Doe Does Diner.  The place was packed, but luckily we got there at the tail end of breakfast so a lot of people were leaving.   I’m guessing the only menus they have are the paper placemats on the tables because we weren’t offered any menus, which seemed strange since there weren’t any lunch selections on the placemat.  Maybe you have to ask for a lunch menu?

Anyway, we both settled on breakfast.  Loren ordered an omelette and I got the country benedict.

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It was typical diner food.  Both dishes could have used more seasoning.  The biscuits in my dish were very good.  They’re buried under all of the sausage gravy in the photo.  Overall, a fairly hearty breakfast for $14.

Doe Doe’s Diner
9395 Bay Pines Blvd
St Petersburg, FL
(727) 398-2407

Doe Does Breakfast and Lunch Diner on Urbanspoon

Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5

Hard to Eat


We fought the crowd for brunch at Johnny Grits this morning.  There was a line out the door.  Unfortunately, our experience today wasn’t as good as it’s been in the past.  Loren ordered the chicken sandwich with bacon and a side of fries.

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The chicken was very thick which made it hard to eat as a sandwich.  It really needed to be flattened more to fit on the bun.  His bacon was overcooked and his fries weren’t crispy enough.  I ordered the breakfast bowl special.

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It had potatoes, bacon, sausage, two eggs, a biscuit and sausage gravy.  My bacon suffered the same fate as Loren’s, being way overcooked.  The sausage was also overcooked.  My over-easy eggs had already broken by the time it got to the table.   The biscuit & gravy was probably the best thing on the plate.  Total bill with a drink was $19.

Johnny Grits
857 E. Klosterman Rd
Tarpon Springs, FL
727-942-4748

Johnny Grits on Urbanspoon

Food2/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
2.9/5

We went to a movie this morning and ended up at the reopened Village Inn over on Racetrack Road near Westchase.  The original Village Inn that was there closed a while back, but another franchisee bought the space and opened it up again.  They were crowded and we ended up with about a 10 minute wait for a table.

Loren wanted lunch & I wanted breakfast so he got a soup and burger and I got a skillet.

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He liked the soup, but said the burger was really bland.  Completely lacking in seasoning.  I got the California skillet which had avocado in it that could probably have used another day or so to ripen further.  The pancakes were spot on and the rest of the skillet was tasty.  The only thing that got on my nerves about our dining experience is that every time a server went in or out of the kitchen they yelled that they were coming in or out.  Total bill with a drink was $25.

Village Inn
13001 Race Track Rd
Tampa, FL
813-814-0488

Village Inn on Urbanspoon

Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5