April 18, 2014

Plant City Restaurant and Drive-in


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


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


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


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


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


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...

First Choice Southern Bar-B-Que


First Choice Southern Bar-B-Que, located at 712 South Collins Street in Plant City, takes pride in serving top quality barbecue. Stepping through the door, you can immediately smell the sweet aroma of a barbecue lover’s heaven. From the slabs of ribs cooked on an open pit grill for three to four hours, to the tender stacks of chicken, sausage, pork, beef, corn beef brisket and turkey slowly cooking to perfection for up to 12 hours, this restaurant is one you don’t want to skip. More...

Linda’s Crab Shack


In 1993, Linda and Ramon Garza, along with sons Stephen and Ray, closed the Riverview dairy business they’d been devoted to for 28 years and moved to begin a new chapter in their lives by opening Linda’s Crab Shack. More...

Carrabba’s Italian Grill


We recently made a visit to Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Plant City where manager Scott Buczek, with 15 years of experience, not only runs the restaurant with ease but also serves the community in many ways.

His generous donations and discounts to local schools, charitable causes, and group funding projects have been much appreciated. One recent gesture was an “at cost” non-profit donation to the event held for Darby Hasting. He has also been known to help Relay for Life as well as numerous schools with the $10 tickets for a Carrabba’s meal from which the fundraiser receives half the earnings. More...