About a week ago, I was eating at one of my haunts in Safety Harbor and reading the local community paper. There was an ad for the Lincoln Heights Bistro. I had never heard of the place. Time to try it out.
When I looked at the map of where it is located, I realized that it is right in the middle of a residential area. This is not where you would expect to find a restaurant. When I drove over yesterday, I was a little apprehensive since I was the first one there for lunch. Of course I was a little early at 11:45. The building is kind of a non-descript place. Nothing fancy at all on the outside. In fact, if they did not have a small sign out next to the street, I would have driven right past.
The outside has been very nicely decorated, for a place of this type. I grabbed a menu and sat down. The menu is primarily southern style cooking. Things such as smothered pork chops, fried chicken, bbq, and so on. There was also a fried grouper or catfish sandwich on the menu. But it was interesting in that the menu is completely ala carte. There are about 13-14 different entrees and about 12 side dishes. The side dishes included corn fritters, collards, sweet potatoes(both candied and in chips), etc. When the waitress came to the table, she brought along some good corn bread. But being ala carte is not bad since the entree prices are all like $2.50 to $4.00 each. The sides are all $1-2.
Well, I had the pork chop, candied sweet potatoes and collards along with sweet tea. The food was exactly what I remembered as good southern style cooking. I was in heavan. BTW, the pork chop was more like a pork steak. Probably cut from a boston butt. It was served in its own natural juices and smothered in onions.
After talking with the waitress, I found out that they had only opened the dining room around the first of the year. But they did open last October as a take-out.
This place is definitely on my short list of places to eat at. One note though, their hours are from 11 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday. They hope to open more as time goes on.
Give them a try. I think you will be very happy.
One more thing, they will also be making Carribean and other ethnic specialties on a daily special basis.