Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Goody Goody - Tampa, FL

Goody Goody is back! Any Tampa native will tell you, this was THE place for burgers and pie "back in the day" of the old fashion drive-ins. Restauranteur, Richard Gonzmart (of the Columbia Restaurant & Ulele's fame) has brought this retro-modern restaurant back to life.

Located at 1601 Swann Ave., the trendy South Tampa Hyde Park restaurant does not disappoint. Lines for the restaurant were out the door! Fortunately, I knew about the NoWait app for my phone. NoWait allows you to place your name on the Goody Goody waiting list before you even leave from home. It tells you your wait time and how many people are ahead of you so your wait is at a minimum. If you don't use NoWait, your waiting time could be an hour or more. But no worries. There are a plethora of new trendy shops in the area to occupy your time.

Goody Goody is known for their burgers and desserts. They also serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. I met up with a high school friend for dinner. Goody Goody offers a variety of salads, sandwiches, and main course dinners of beef, seafood and chicken. We chose a variety of items to share starting with the black-eyed peas salad. Cold, fresh and delicious! I recommend ordering a little extra of salad dressing to really make it pop! It is a meal in itself. We also ordered the beef patty melt and the meatloaf dinner. Both dishes are made with Florida beef and locally grown vegetables. But whatever you order, SAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT! With 5 pies to choose from, I HIGHLY recommend the banana cream pie. Best I've ever had!! Light, not too sweet, ripe banana slices and freshly whipped cream. The chocolate cream pie was just as delectable. Their specialty is the butterscotch cream pie. Yes, they have coconut cream pie as well. All homemade!

The staff was very friendly and attentive. Our server, Jennette was outstanding. Any questions were pleasantly answered and even sent the salad specialist over make sure we were satisfied with the additional salad dressing we requested. Now that's customer satisfaction at its best!

Goody Goody offers a variety of seating. Cozy up to a stool for counter service, or enjoy the comfortable booths or tables. Take a glance at the retro-modern decor including reconditioned chairs from the original Goody Goody's founded in 1925. View the original restored sign from the 1940's that sits above the restaurant. See if you can spot the framed Prince guitar! (The owner is a guitar collector.)

Goody Goody is the ideal family-friendly restaurant and open from 7am to 10 pm daily. Pricing is reasonable - $10 is the average, with the most expensive being $14 for a fresh Florida grouper sandwich. They also serve beer and wine.

Native Tampians welcomes Goody Goody back and happy to share those great memories with a new generation!

4 of 5 Valcooks Aprons

Goody Goody
1601 Swann Ave
Tampa, FL 33606

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