Always on the lookout for new places to eat, we ended up at Southern Fresh in downtown Safety Harbor for dinner tonight. They’re in the building across from the post office that used to house Brady’s BBQ, then Lulu’s. It’s a small space inside, but way too cold to eat outside tonight, though their patio area is very nice with a fire pit out front. The menu isn’t very big, though everything we tried was pretty tasty.
Loren started out with the BLT soup.
His first reaction was that it was a soup that tasted like a sandwich. He was really surprised and pleased with the taste. The combination of tomato, bacon, shallots, and romaine was completely reminiscent of a BLT sandwich. He’d definitely order it again. Everything is made fresh here, so there was a bit of a wait for our entrees. Loren got the salmon salad.
The salmon was cooked well and he liked the capers in the salad which added a unique little salty twist to the dish. He said it all mixed well with the candied lemon zest on top. I went for the fried chicken, mashed potatoes and roasted veggies.
The chicken was perfectly cooked. Nice & crispy on the outside and moist and delicious inside. My only criticism is that it could have used more seasoning. I found it to be just a little on the bland side. The mashed potatoes were peppery and could have really used some gravy. The veggies were a mix of carrots, brussel sprouts, onions, and zucchini. They had two desserts available tonight, so we got one of each.
The strawberry shortcake was on a sponge cake and had a fresh, not-too-sweet strawberry sauce on it. Loren scarfed the entire thing. I happily enjoyed my banana pudding. Overall, it was a very enjoyable meal. Total bill with a drink was $43.
122 3rd Ave N
Safety Harbor, FL
We were late heading out the door for dinner tonight, so wanted to find some place that wasn’t loud and didn’t have a wait. We ended up at Taverna Skara in Safety Harbor. We skipped the appetizers tonight and went straight for the entrees. Loren got the Yemista, which was a stuffed pepper and stuffed tomato.
He really enjoyed this dish. They were both very flavorful, filled with rice, ground beef and herbs. The pepper wasn’t spicy at all, in fact, he said it was almost sweet. He cleared his entire plate. I went for the gyro platter.
The platter came with fries, side salad, pita and tzatziki sauce. The gyro meat was good. It wasn’t greasy at all. I would have preferred the pita pieces to have been sliced larger. I like to roll up the gyro in the pita and it was just difficult with the smaller sliced pieces. I was most disappointed in the salad. It wasn’t dressed at all. There was oil & vinegar on the table, but I guess I just assume that if I’m in a Greek restaurant, that there’s going to be Greek dressing on the salad. Last time we were here, they started us off with pita and olives, but that didn’t happen this time. Total bill with a drink was $31.
2454 McMullen Booth Rd
We were going to a movie later this morning, so decided to get breakfast instead of going out for lunch afterward. We drove into downtown Safety Harbor and settled in at Athens Restaurant. We got there at just the right time too. Right after we sat down the place got mobbed with customers. Loren went for an omelette and grits and some OJ.
The omelette was perfectly cooked and he enjoyed the grits. I went for some french toast, scrambled eggs and home fries.
At first glance, I thought they had put my scrambled eggs inside the french toast, but I quickly realized that was just the edges of the cooked egg batter that the french toast was dipped in. The french toast was light & fluffy and both the eggs and potatoes were cooked well. For $15, it was a quick, tasty, inexpensive breakfast.
226 Main St
Safety Harbor, FL
We were looking for a quick dinner before heading out to a concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall, so we stopped in to the Beef O’Bradys on McMullen Booth & Enterprise. It’s impossible to hear yourself think in this restaurant. Guess it’s more about yelling at the TV’s than actually talking to the person you’re with and we weren’t even in the bar area.
Loren tried the Santa Fe Salad.
He said it was ok. I’d have been all about eating the bowl, but I don’t think he even ate any of it. I went for a boneless basket with a side of onion rings.
The onion rings were a disappointment. They weren’t crunchy at all. The chicken wasn’t as tender as I’d have liked it to be, but there was definitely more than I could eat in the basket. The spicy sauce for the onion rings was way too spicy for me. It seemed to take a really long time to get our food too. Total bill with a drink was $25.
2471 N McMullen Booth Rd
Safety Harbor, FL
When we were at Sabai Thai last night we noticed that a new Greek restaurant just opened up next door called Taverna Skara. It’s a light and airy looking restaurant and they weren’t busy at all when we got there. They brought pita and olives to the table while we looked at the menus.
Loren said the olives were really good and I enjoyed the pita, though I would have liked something to dip it in. We decided to try the fried calamari for an appetizer.
This was a mixed bag of tender and chewy pieces of calamari. It seemed as though the pieces that kept their coating were fairly tender, but other pieces ended up being overcooked. The dish definitely needed salt and I didn’t like the way it was served in the cone. It made it very hard to get pieces out and dripped oil and crumbs all over the table.
For his entrée, Loren got the pork souvlaki platter.
It had pork, rice, pita, Greek salad and tzatziki sauce. He enjoyed it and ended up with way more pita and rice than he could eat. The tzatziki sauce had an interesting flavor to it. I can’t quite put my finger on what was different about it, but there was something. I tried the pastitsio.
This was a very good version of the dish. The flavors were all there, the pasta was tender and the béchamel sauce was creamy and had good flavor. My only criticism was that they melted some cheese on top that formed a hard crust. I just didn’t care for that. I also would have liked if it had been served with a small Greek salad. Most of the other entrees on the menu were served with a side or salad, so it seemed odd that the items on the Traditional Greek Entree list were not.
Service was very attentive, almost too attentive, but I’m guessing it’s because they’re new and there weren’t too many customers in the restaurant. Overall, the food was good and we’ll probably be back again to try some other dishes. Total bill with a drink was $43.
2454 McMullen Booth Rd