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andy huse | May 8, 2009 09:26 AM

I permanently scratched off two more restaurants in the last few months. Neither was very good to begin with, but were once reliable for certain things.

When I lived in Forest Hills a few years ago, Pine Grove Family restaurant (on Florida) was close by for breakfast and simple diner food. They are notable for preserving the old Goody Goody hamburger. I'm afraid they can't even make a decent burger anymore. Mine was so dried out (even smothered in a bland version of the GG tomato sauce) it chewed up like cardboard. I asked for another, which was not much better. A friend had a disastrously-cooked omelet with horrid canned mushrooms. Most of the staff is out front smoking at any given time.

Savvy Jack's was never outstanding either, but had good breakfast and some decent entrees many moons ago. They have fallen hard over the last couple years. I made the mistake of ordering two innocuous sounding specials on recent occasions--- shepard's pie and meatloaf. Both were obviously made form leftover meat that was minced and looked like cat food. They tasted even worse. The cook tried to cover it up with thick, floury, tasteless sauce. I couldn't even detect beef in the meatloaf. Apparently, the French owners are seriously trying to cut corners, and the geriatric clientele doesn't mind or doesn't notice. Ugh.

Iusually don't like to post negative content, but these two restaurants have stooped pretty low. Which other independent places in Tampa have you guys banned from your dining rounds?

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