Always on the lookout for a weekend breakfast place, I tried Trip's Diner one morning. Arriving there, I found out this place is popular. The small parking lot was filled, but there was plenty of street parking and space available in the parking lot across the street. There was a bunch of people inside and outside the door waiting to be seated, so I put my name on the list and awaited my turn. Luckily, things seemed to move along pretty smoothly and my family and I were seated in a roomy booth. I would have loved to sit at one of the old fashioned stools at the counter, but they were in high demand. There are tables outside if you prefer, because with a crowded house, it can get pretty noisy.
Our friendly but no nonsense server was quick to take our order and pour our coffee. We decided to order a pancake, a burger and fries, a mushroom, cheese, and scallion omelette with home fries, grits, and a biscuit on the side. I am gonna go with what I didn't like first. The pancake tasted good the first couple of bites, but then quickly turned rubbery. This is usually a sign of a boxed mix or pancake batter that has been over mixed. Either way, I didn't like it. The burger was just okay and I didn't like the spicy fries that came with it, but spicy fries are a matter of preference. Now, let me get to the good stuff. First, our coffee cup was never empty. I loved my omelette, and the home fries and grits were out of this world. I had heard a lot of good things about the those three things and I am happy to say they lived up to my expectations. I will definitely be back to explore some more items on the menu and I need to try a repeat performance of the menu items I loved.
2339 9th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL 33704