July 23, 2014

Best Cuban Sandwiches

_AMS5927-cmyk

New Orleans is famous for its po’ boy, Philadelphia for its cheesesteak. And Hillsborough County’s claim to fame—the Cuban sandwich. In fact, in 2012, the City of Tampa named it their signature sandwich—which actually caused quite a stir in Miami, where South Floridians claim their version is as close to the authentic as one can get. More...

Uncle Mike’s Smokehouse Grill

pc1208-dining-post-img

Due to the success of their Brandon location, earlier this summer, on June 3, Plant City residents Mike and Simone Tolley announced the expansion of Uncle Mike’s Smokehouse Grill to their hometown. The news was immediately the talk of the town, and the community could not wait for the new location’s grand opening. After weeks of hard work placing the final touches on their new restaurant, the Tolley’s finally opened the doors of Uncle Mike’s Smokehouse Grill Plant City on Thursday, August 8, and customers were not disappointed. In fact, the celebration continued throughout the weekend, highlighted by a performance by local country music favorite Clemons Road Band which began on Saturday evening and lasted well after midnight. More...

813 Chinese

pc1206-dining-post-img

If you haven’t visited 813 Chinese, I would suggest you give it a try. This family owned restaurant has been in this new location for four years; however the family has been in the restaurant industry for 15 years and has been recognized for high quality service. Located in same shopping center as Publix at 2204 James L Redman Parkway, this place is surely a favorite to many. More...

Plant City Restaurant and Drive-in

SONY DSC

In 1921, two men revolutionized the dining industry by introducing the first drive-in restaurant in Dallas, Texas—a barbecue joint that offered convenient curbside service. As time progressed, drive-in restaurants became an American phenomenon and the choice hangout for teens across the nation, especially during the 60s and 70s. More...

Strawberry Hut

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

If you’re looking for a place that makes the most delicious sandwiches around, then I have found the place that suits your fancy, located at 1505 North Wheeler Street, the Strawberry Hut Sandwich Shop. The Strawberry Hut has the best sandwiches and I can prove it. How? Easy….I took all three of my boys—Michael, Jacob, and Riley—with me on this adventure. More...

Twistee Treat

twistee1

If a line of cars at the drive-thru window and a steady stream of folks waiting to order at the walk-up counter are any indication, business at Twistee Treat is booming!

Non-stop would describe the customer traffic flow on this particular Sunday at the ice-cream cone shaped business on Jim Redman Parkway in Plant City. And conversations with customers prove that Twistee Treat regulars visit regularly. More...

Strawberry Dishes

Dairy Queen

Florida Strawberry Festival season is right around the corner, which means you’ll most likely consume loads of Plant City’s king crop. But you don’t have to wait once a year to enjoy strawberry treats! From salads to sundaes, cookies to candy, the menus of local eateries are filled with strawberry items. And who knows, maybe you’ll find a new favorite—like I did! More...

Chancy’s Catfish Shack

pc1201-dining-post-img

A trip to Chancy’s Catfish Shack with friends and family is a Plant City tradition.

And thanks to 20-plus years of mostly word-of-mouth advertising, its reputation has traveled throughout Central Florida and beyond. More...

Whistle Stop

!cid_26CD7EC9-D664-4004-84EC-65B4351A2951

Part of the eatery’s charm as you enter is the old-timey soda fountain area and the Norman Rockwell era décor. And let’s don’t forget about the chance to watch a train racing by the rejuvenated depot in McCall Park or to have a friends and family photo shoot at the old red phone booth on the sidewalk out front. More...

Taco Rey

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

My dining partner Edward and I recently visited Taco Rey at 1818 James Redman Parkway in Plant City. The quaint restaurant’s welcoming Mexican style wall murals captured our attention the moment we stepped inside. With an open kitchen we were also able to see that the food is obviously cooked fresh. More...