Tampa Bay's Stylish and Surprising Comfort Foods
Apr 4th 2011 1:28PM / by Nanette Wiser
Ozzie and Harriet cuisine never tasted this good, from creamed spinach with bacon to SOS. Fifties and '60s favorites sport seasonal ingredients and
ethnic influences from spicy and savory.
Back Fin Blue Cafe: Charming bungalow and garden patio set the stage for Back Fin's famous prime
rib, gorgonzola meatloaf and Maryland-style jumbo lump crab cake lovers best washed down with a Delirium Tremons Belgian beer or crisp Sauvignon Blanc . Closed Tuesday.
2913 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport; 727-343-2583
Bailey's Restaurant & Catering: The delicious meatloaf with broccoli cauliflower mashed tators, grits, crab cakes and mac & cheese will make you swoon at mom-style dishes and
upscale decor Bailey's excels on Davis Island. Sweet and sour meatballs go Asian, made
with brown sugar soy wasabi sauce. Don't miss the open-faced rib eye Philly cheesesteak or fresh corn fritters.
815 S. Rome Ave.; 813-254-8018
Pinky's Diner: Enjoy friendly service and heaping portions of Texas hash, stuffed French toast, classic egg benedicts, and grilled cheese updated with prosciutto and
basil that makes this the must-visit weekday breakfast hangout.
3203 W. Bay to Bay Blvd.; 813-777-4000
The Refinery: The award-winning bungalow serves up stylish comfort food and boutique beers at dinner
and Sunday brunch (homemade biscuits smothered in country sausage gravy, fried grit cake topped with poached eggs and tomato gravy). Owners Greg and
Michelle Baker feature a happy hour menu in the bar (5pm - 7pm) and late night menu (11pm - 1am, Friday - Saturday, Tuesday - Thursday, 10pm -
midnight). Where else can you get organic chocolate milk sippy box, lots of fab wines and beers, maple pudding, Carolina mustard barbecue flat iron
steak, and pickled okra with shook and baked pork chop. Ask them about the jackalope in the dining room.
5137 N. Florida Ave.; 813-237-2000
The Royal Brownie Co.: If you love fried Twinkies and cupcakes, you'll flock to Chef Alexis Winning's sweets shop featuring brownies for every taste (s'mores, red velvet, maple bacon blondies) and devilish
4 Sixth St. N., downtown St. Pete; 727-238-7226
Photo Courtesy of Bailey's Restaurant & Catering