Seminole Heights might be the king of brunches in Tampa, but finding just a breakfast joint on an early weekend morning is getting to be a challenge. We were driving on Florida Ave on a recent Saturday Morning when Nicko’s Fine Foods Diner caught our eye.
This tiny silver ‘retro’ Tampa diner is easy to miss because it blends in with well worn neighborhood. As we walked to the entrance, our closer inspection of the outside found it really could use a good update and some needed TLC. That being said, we had a pretty good idea just where Nicko’s Fine Foods fit into the ‘dive or diner’ spectrum.
Inside is set up just as most narrow retro diners with seating along the windows on both sides and counter seating down the middle. And yes, the inside also needs that same TLC…and a really good scrubbing and window washing.
They have the typical diner fare – standard omelets, egg platters, pancakes and sandwiches.
Nothing really outside the usual dishes. Which was just fine with us today.
Egg Sandwich with sausage and cheese on Cuban bread. The egg was freshly fried which really went well with the flavorful sausage patties.
The Cuban bread was just ‘ok’ and toasted on the inside rather than ‘pressed’. I guess going to so many Cuban restaurants in town you expect Cubans to be pressed.
Bacon & cheese omelet ($6.65). The bacon seriously lacked flavor and the size of the omelet was a lot smaller than most. Not a fan of the cheese slices laid on top of the cooked omelet. But the hash-browns, the highlight of the dish, were crisp and cooked perfectly. These are the Tampa diner hash-browns we LOVE.
The prices were reasonable with some dishes having a better value than others. The “2-2-2” special is only $5.55. We probably wouldn’t stop in again to this Tampa Diner, unless we lived in the neighborhood.
Nicko’s Fine Foods Diner is located at 4603 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603