Pop ‘n Son’s Diner Tampa, is as close to an authentic classic American diner as you’ll find. Just north of Raymond James Stadium on Dale Mabry, sits this small blue and white building that might go unnoticed except for the huge red and white “DINER” sign.
When we walked in for breakfast, there were only a few tables of customers. Looking around, Pop ‘n Sons might need a little bit of freshening up as far as the 1975 décor goes, but that’s also part of the charm here. The comfortable bright red booths really stand out against the black and white checkered tile accents and the stainless steel walls.
The menu pretty much sticks with traditional breakfast options. The only “different” items we noticed was Scrapple ($7.25) and Fried Bologna ($5.99). This morning, we ordered the basics – eggs & omelets.
The Sampler ($9.95) – Three eggs with bacon, ham and sausage. I went with the hash browns rather than grits and a biscuit.
This should have been called the Huge Sampler since it was so large. The bacon was thick and smoky just the way we like. The ham was a thicker slice of grilled ham, almost as if was cut off the bone. The sausage patty was full of flavor and really good as well. The eggs were fresh, but I could have easily been happy with just two. The hash browns were crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside with a nice salty flavor. I was full until dinner.
Sausage Omelet with cheese ($6.99) – Jeff couldn’t pass up an omelet and we both liked the version here.
It held together well and the sausage was in almost every bite. American cheese was the choice and Jeff liked the saltiness that is added. The portion and price made this a value as well.
If you’re looking for traditional, basic diner food, then Pop n’ Son’s nails it. Nothing flashy. Just good food. A great spot to grab a hearty breakfast at a reasonable price and any hour. Open 24 hours.
Pop ‘N Sons is located at 4812 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33614