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We drove out to Tarpon Springs for lunch at Nana’s Restaurant today.  We thought we’d miss the lunch crowd, but they were still busy at 1pm and out of most of the specials.  Loren went for a southwestern chicken salad with a cup of black bean soup.

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Their black bean soup is thick and rich and very tasty.  Not spicy, but full of flavor.  He said the salad was very good too.  I went for a ham & cheese on sourdough bread and a side of home fries.

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Sometimes the simple things are just the best.  I love toasted sourdough bread and it went perfectly with the ham & cheese.  There’s a reason this place is always packed.  The food is fresh and homemade and the prices are good.  Overall, a very tasty little lunch for $21.

Nana’s Restaurant 
857 E Klosterman Rd
Tarpon Springs, FL
727-944-5788

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Food5/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
4.3/5

We drove over to Nana’s in Tarpon Springs for lunch today.   They’re only open until 2pm and the place was packed when we got there.  We split a bowl of seafood chowder.

Yum!  Thick and rich with some very nice flavors.  We both decided to get sandwiches, though we should have really just split one.  Loren got a BLT and I got the chicken salad melt.

Both were served on grilled sourdough bread, which I love.  Lots of bacon on his BLT to satisfy his craving.  My melt had grilled onions on it, but I found them not grilled quite enough for my taste.  I wanted them a lot softer and more carmelized.  Loren thought it was perfect just the way it was though.  I also got a side of Nana’s home fries with their hickory mayo to dip them in.  We were both stuffed and ended up bringing home half of each sandwich.  Everything is just so fresh and flavorful here.  It’s a great homestyle restaurant. Total bill was $22.

Nana’s Restaurant
857 E Klosterman Rd
Tarpon Springs, FL
727-944-5788

Nana's on Urbanspoon

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.9/5

Sometimes the simplest dishes can be the tastiest.  We went to Nana’s Restaurant in Tarpon Springs for brunch and Loren was just as happy as could be with his BLT sandwich and soup.

The sandwich just made him happy.  Crispy bacon, lightly toasted bread, mayo, crunchy lettuce and tomato.  So simple, yet so tasty.  Plus he really likes their black bean soup too.  I went for a Country Scramble.

This was one heavy dish.  Eggs, potatoes, cheese, sausage gravy, biscuit and it also came with bacon that I got on the side.  There was way too much of it for me to finish.  It was good, but one note texture-wise.  Total bill with a drink was $21.

Nana’s Restaurant
857 E Klosterman Rd
Tarpon Springs, FL
727-944-5788

Nana's on Urbanspoon

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.9/5

Messy Burger


Went up to Tarpon Springs back to Nana’s Restaurant for lunch today.  It was pretty crowded, but luckily we didn’t have to wait for a table.  We were there for lunch, but I wasn’t going to pass up the cup of danish they dropped off.

They were a sweet little snack while we waited for our food. Loren started off with a bowl of black bean soup & then we split a Danny Burger.

He really enjoyed the soup.  It had a lot of good flavors going on.  The Danny burger has onions, mushrooms, and a burgandy wine sauce on it & it was tasty.  Extremely messy to eat, but tasty nonetheless.  The homefries weren’t as good as I remembered from the last time, but they hit the spot with some honey mustard to dip them in.  Total bill with a drink was $15.

Nana’s Restaurant
857 E Klosterman Rd
Tarpon Springs, FL
727-944-5788

Nana's on Urbanspoon

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.9/5

Good Flavors


We drove up to Tarpon Springs tonight to have dinner at The Plum Tomato.  It’s a little Italian restaurant and though our first impression wasn’t great, the food made up for it.  When we walked in the door, we weren’t greeted by anyone.  Waitresses walked by and no one acknowledged us and then an older gentleman (I’m guessing the owner) sort of looked at us, but I honestly couldn’t tell if he was a customer or worked there.  He eventually came all the way over to us & directed us to a table being cleared.

They started us off with some homemade bread.

The bread was warm and tasty.  Would have been nice to have a plate of oil & herbs to dip it in.  It was gone in a few minutes though.  Our entrees came with soup or salad and we both chose the clam chowder.

It was really creamy and had some rich flavors to it.  Very, very tasty and had a nice assortment of ingredients that weren’t mushy and a good depth of flavor.  We also decided to try the calamari.

It was good, but not great.  Loren liked it more than I did.  It was a little on the chewy side, mostly because the pieces were very thin, but the breading was flavorful and the marinara sauce was very good.

Loren got the chicken mediterranean which was chicken & eggplant in a lemony sauce which also came with a side of pasta.

Eggplant is not the easiest thing to get right and they did a really good job with it here.  It still had texture and the flavors blended together very well.  The chicken was tender and the sauce was good.  He even ended up with some leftovers.

I ordered the pasta bolognese based on another review I had read.

I swear there was a pound of pasta in this bowl.  I absolutely had leftovers.  The sauce was slow cooked and you could really taste the deep flavor of the wine that only comes from letting the sauce simmer for hours.    Really tasty.

I also had to get a cannoli to go.

It was pretty good.  One of the better ones I’ve had lately.  I think for to-go orders though, any toppings should be put in a separate container on the side, otherwise the shell gets soggy.  Honestly, it didn’t even need the chocolate sauce & chocolate chips.

Overall, the food was really good.  We sat in the booth furthest to the back, so we heard & saw a lot of the service delays.  The were busy tonight and we could hear the upset customers waiting on late pizza deliveries as well as the wait staff going back & forth with the kitchen on orders.  We had both a waitress & waiter that tended to our table and they were really good, but where we were sitting, I felt a definite tension in the overall air.  It also didn’t help that the guy I’m assuming is the owner, sort of hung out at the back of the restaurant where we were and it felt awkward.  Total bill with a drink was $43.

The Plum Tomato
1988 Pinellas Ave S
Tarpon Springs, FL
(727) 944-3330

The Plum Tomato on Urbanspoon

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value4/5
3.7/5