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Lincoln Heights Bistro - Safety Harbor - a gem

Coyote | Nov 20, 200406:35 PM

Had a heads up about Lincoln Heights Bistro from Ribdog, and tried and failed to find this restaurant a couple of times. It is tucked away in a residential area, a couple of blocks east of McMullen Booth and north of Main Street, Safety Harbor. I sampled several items from their booth at the Wine Festival in Safety Harbor and knew I HAD to FIND this place. SO glad I did.

I can highly recommend the roasted fresh turkey breast with bread dressing, brown gravy and cranberry chutney. The portion was more than generous, especially given the $5 price tag. The key was the inspired seasoning of the gravy. No insipid, dull glop, this was flavorful and greaseless. The grouper sandwich was another winner, a sizable fillet moist in its cornmeal breading, with a large slice of perfectly ripe tomato, and featuring a chipotle tartar sauce - another bargain at $4.75. Particularly exquisite were the French fries at $1.50, square cut, skin on, and golden. Some of the best I have ever had, and this is from someone with experience. From the Wine Festival sampling I can attest to the southern authenticity of the vinegary collards, the excellence of the skillet fried chicken drummettes, and terrific sweet potato chips. Included on the plate was a pecan tart that indicated a deft hand with desserts. I look forward to trying the carrot cake and other sweets available. Have heard good things about the smothered pork chops which are next on my list to try.

Beer and wine are available, including Heineken at $3.00 a bottle, and Rancho Zabaco Dancing Bull Zin at $4.00 a glass.

As to service, I only wish I could clone my server and have him appear in every restaurant I dine in. Attentive, knowledgeable, friendly, anticipating every desire.

This restaurant is sparkly clean, pleasantly decorated with terra cotta colored walls and cafe tables, and includes some outdoor seating. Parking is a breeze, right in front.

No credit cards, entrees from $3.50 to $5, sides extra, specials slightly higher, lunch Tuesday to Saturday 11 to 3, dinners Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 9. There is a special Thanksgiving dinner available by reservation and if I wasn't cooking a turkey myself I'd go here.

Lincoln Heights Bistro, 603 Elm Street, Safety Harbor, 727 726 4210.

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