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We went to an early movie this morning & then headed over to Johnny Grits for lunch.  It was a bit less crowded today than it usually is when we try to go on Sundays.  We tried to start off with some fried green tomatoes, but while we were waiting, the waitress came back to our table & said they were out.  She did, however, bring out a complimentary skillet of their black & bleu grits.

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Though it was a really nice gesture, neither of us like bleu cheese.  I wasn’t even going to take it, but Loren saw bacon on the grits and wanted to try it.  He pretty much ate around the bleu cheese, scooping up the bacon & grits (which were delish), but the pungent smell of the cheese was killing me.  As soon as the waitress came back to the table, I asked her to take it away just so I didn’t have to smell it anymore.

Loren tried to order the grouper sandwich, but the waitress told him it wasn’t good and to order something else.  She said their supply of grouper just wasn’t up to snuff that week and several people had returned the dish back to the kitchen.  We appreciated the honesty.  Instead, he went for the Rooster sandwich.

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It was grilled chicken with bacon and roasted red peppers.  He said it tasted good, but the lower bun was really soggy.  He also ordered fries which didn’t come out with the sandwich.  When they finally brought them out, they brought out sweet potato fries, so he had to send those back as well.  Eventually, he got his regular fries, which were right out of the fryer hot.   I’ve been on a grits kick lately, so couldn’t pass up the shrimp & grits.

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The thing that really takes this dish to the next level is the white wine creole cream sauce.  I’ve had their grits on their own and they’re good, but this sauce is what makes this dish something I’d order again & again.  The shrimp were perfectly cooked & the grits was creamy and delish.  I’m not a big fan of bacon in the dish, but Loren managed to scoop up most of it.  Though we certainly had some issues this time around, my taste buds went home happy.  Total bill with a drink was $21.

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

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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

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

Back up to Tarpon Springs today to have lunch at Johnny Grits.  The place was packed when we got there.  We made a conscious effort to try something different on the menu this time.  Loren got the roast beef sandwich with a side of fries.

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Though the sandwich had good flavor, the roast beef wasn’t as tender as he’d have liked.  It was sliced thick, so even slicing it thinner may have helped.  I went for the chicken fried chicken with mashed potatoes and cole slaw and we shared a skillet of three cheese grits.

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The chicken had a crunchy exterior and was tender and juicy in the middle.  The batter had a good flavor to it and fulfilled all my requirements for a yummy fried chicken dish.  The mashed potatoes were real, which is such a delight nowadays.  Too many restaurants use fake potatoes and the taste difference is enormous.  The grits were cheesy and perfectly cooked, though they did need a little extra salt.  It was a hearty down home kind of meal for $23.

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

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Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.0/5

Cheesy Grits


We both had a hankering for some grits this morning, so off to Johnny Grits in Tarpon Springs we went.  Loren enjoyed the shrimp and grits so much last time, that he ordered them again, this time without the sausage.

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The combination of the tarragon cream sauce and grits is delicious.  I had to steal a few bites because it’s so tasty.  The shrimp are cooked perfectly, though he would have preferred the tails not be left on them.  The sauce is a creamy, savory combination of bacon, tomatoes and onions that melds so well with the three cheese grits.  I went for the sunrise sampler breakfast with a side of grits.

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The eggs were a perfect over easy and I ended up mixing them into my grits.  I added onions & mushrooms to the three cheese grits.  This little skillet had enough grits for two people, but I managed to put quite a dent in them.  It was a meal in itself.  Great food and service all around.  Total bill with a drink was $22.

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

Johnny Grits on Urbanspoon

Food5/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.4/5

Awesome Grits


Johnny Grit’s recently opened up where Nana’s was in Tarpon Springs.  We were amazed at how different the interior looked.  It went from kitschy to classy.  It was like watching an episode of Restaurant Impossible.  Remove the clutter, remove the carpet, repaint and all of a sudden the whole restaurant seems brighter.  Loren went for the shrimp and grits with andouille sausage.

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Johnny definitely knows his grits.  I kept stealing bites off of Loren’s plate.  The grits were creamy and cheesy and perfectly cooked and seasoned.  Loren said he could have eaten just a bowl of grits with the sauce on top.  The andouille was spicy and flavorful.  The only thing he didn’t like was that the shrimp still had the tails on so that made them a little difficult to eat.  I’d definitely order this dish again.  I went for the Southern Chicken Hash which came with two sides.

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The hash was delicious.  The chicken was tender and the gravy was flavorful and rich.  It also had potatoes, onions, and mushrooms.  So good.  I ate every last bite of this dish.  The sweet potato fries were good.  Loren actually liked the mac & cheese more than I did.  I like a more mild, creamy cheddar and this one was a bit too sharp for me.  The menu said that the chef is Italian and his mother made him put cannoli on the menu, so how could I pass that up?

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It was a pretty tasty cannoli.  Mom knows best.  The restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch, but we’ll definitely be back.  I wish I had a bowl of those grits right now.  Mmmm.. Total bill with a drink was $29.

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

Johnny Grits on Urbanspoon

Food5/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.4/5