Comfort Food in Tampa / St. Pete Blog,
Food: September 2005
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
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The term "comfort food" has become quite well-known especially now in the 21st century. Most of us know that it is the food we remember from the past that gives us those warm and fuzzy feelings when recalling the memory or actually eating those foods again. It is often something that came from "Grandma's Kitchen" or the cooking Mom put on the table when we were kids.

We each have our own comfort foods and it is always a thrill to find them on a menu when we are dining out. One of my own memories from the past is a fast food place called Biff Burger. The one I used to visit closed down a few years ago and there is only one left in the country. It is found in the Tampa / St. Pete area. I have been to Florida numerous times in the last few years but have never yet gone to the Gulf of Mexico side of the state. When I do, Biff Burger will surely be one of my stops.

When I was a young teenager my family often stopped by Biff Burger before a Friday night of shopping and buying groceries. The regular hamburgers weren't covered with ketchup and mustard like other fast food burgers, but rather had an incredible sauce on them. Yes, thinking of that sauce gives those fuzzy feelings. The fish sandwich was called a Super Fish and it also brings back some very good memories.

Back to the comfort food thoughts . . . My local Biff Burger didn't serve breakfast and the St. Petersburg restaurant does. The menu is also very much more extensive than the Biff Burger I was used to. There are many types of burgers, hot dogs, and other sandwiches. (Check out some of the burger sizes!) Platters with other menu items are available if you want more than a sandwich.

If you want to travel a short 9 miles to Brandon, you will find some nostalgic comfort foods as well as newer cuisine choices at Mimi's Cafe on Providence Road. Mimi's serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the menu presents many choices like burgers, pasta, tacos, salads, wraps, and soups.

What are some of the comfort foods that Mimi's serves? A few of the menu items include Chicken Pot Pie, Glazed Pork Chops, Liver & Onions, Pot Roast, Meatloaf, and Roast Turkey. Some of those things should surely cause a bit of reminiscence.

Remember how most of us adored grilled cheese sandwiches when we were kids? That definitely counts as a comfort food and Mimi's serves a grilled cheese on parmesan sourdough bread with swiss, jack, mozzarella, AND cheddar cheese. There are also other grilled sandwiches and clubs. This is some serious nostalgia!

If your warm fuzzies happen to involve desserts instead of things like meatloaf and grilled cheese, Mimi's dishes up favorites like Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie, Apple Crisp, Bananas Foster Mud Pie (Banana and vanilla ice cream with caramel and sugared pecans . . . then served with whipped cream and bananas.

Not enough choices? Add New Orleans Bread Pudding, New York Style Cheesecake, and last but not least, a brownie made with milk, dark, and white chocolates and served with caramel and chocolate sauces and topped with another favorite comfort food, vanilla ice cream!

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