One of the things I love about living in South Tampa is the number of unique places for dining. There is nothing more exciting to me than discovering a new spot and treating my taste buds to a delicious adventure. Last week I stopped by Cook’s Kitchen after a Saturday morning run on Bayshore. I have driven past countless times and have always wanted to stop but was always either in a hurry or racing to go somewhere else. On this particular day, I felt a gravitational pull towards Cook’s Kitchen and found myself there after my morning run. Truly it was a very wise decision on my part.
Located at 2902 W. Gandy, Cook’s Kitchen has been open since February of 2010. The mere fact that they are 2 miles from my house and that this was my first visit is just shameful on my part. After my first visit, I am ready to make up for lost time!
I arrived just as they were opening and there was already a nice crowd eager to dive into their fantastic menu. Since I had lunch plans later that day, I decided to enjoy breakfast with a nice cup of coffee. Let me just say, their coffee is phenomenal!!! Not only is it served in what I think has to be the coolest mug in town, the taste will knock your socks off. Brewed in a French Press to order, it was the perfect start to my delicious meal.
As I looked over their selection of breakfast items written on a chalkboard, I was really torn on what to order. With choices of Warm Croissant with Ham and Cheese, Bacon and Egg Sandwich, Homemade Pancakes and more, I went with Greek Yogurt with Granola, Honey, Apples, and Fresh Berries. Simple and elegant, it was fantastic. I love Greek Yogurt and the fact that is was not sweet really accentuated the flavors of the fruit and granola. I ate every last bite. 🙂
Since bacon makes everything better, I enjoyed my granola with a side of crispy bacon. It was, of course, fantastic.
After I finished my meal, I walked around and saw that they offer a nice variety of both British and local food products. I picked up a few things such as a bottle of HP Sauce which is a great addition to many dishes including Shepherd’s Pie.
When I spotted these “Prawn Cocktail” chips, I just had to get them. They sounded so interesting and tasted amazing.
I am fanatical about supporting local, so when I saw this hot and creamy infused peanut butter that is produced in Largo, I just had to get a jar. I got to sample a taste and it has great flavor with a nice kick.
I had such a great time at Cook’s Kitchen and am anxious to return for lunch. I briefly spoke with one of the owners, Sally and found her and her staff just delightful. I felt like a special guest in their home truly enjoyed myself. If you are ever in the neighborhood, I urge you to stop by.
I will be featuring their lunch items in another post. 🙂