Where to eat breakfast in Tampa should always include Pinky’s in South Tampa. Pinky’s is a small diner with affordable prices, good food and a rustic, retro interior. Parking is a bit tight as we are finding with many South Tampa restaurants, but we were early for breakfast on a weekday, so no issues. And watch where you park. Apparently, the neighboring businesses are very territorial and have a history of towing cars.
The patio outside looks comfortable with hanging plants and wrought iron seating, but the busy road was a little too close for liking, plus it was already a really humid morning. So we had a seat inside at the counter.
The funky interior of Pinky’s is unique with exposed red brick and mismatched tables and chairs. Seating is very limited. We imagine the wait time would be long during peak times, especially for larger parties. The first table we picked was a bit too tight, so we headed to the cool yellow tiled counter.
We were greeted immediately and were given menus. Coffee is self-serve, which is actually a great idea. The restaurant is small enough to pop up from any seat, walk to the coffee station and get back in seconds. And just like home, their coffee cabinet has an assortment of different mismatched mugs. I picked a Christmas mug, only because it was the largest.
The menu has a “twist” on the typical diner food having an emphasis on fresh, healthy ingredients. But don’t let that description fool you, you still can find all the comfort staples here from bacon to pancakes and so much more. We love places like this that offer unique options.
The Ultimate Fried Egg Sandwich ($9.00) – 2 over easy eggs, bacon, Swiss, cheddar, shredded lettuce, tomato & mayo on grilled 7-grain bread. Wow, that description was a mouthful and so was that sandwich.
Our server brought over more napkins and said that I will need them. He was right! This was a huge sandwich and one of the best egg sandwiches I’ve had. The egg was cooked perfectly and the over easy yolk created its own sauce. The bacon was really flavorful and the bread was perfectly grilled and fresh. The rosemary potatoes were addictive and we were glad to see that they didn’t just serve those standard home fries. These were crisp and had more rosemary flavor than expected.
Greek Frittata ($10.00) – open faced omelet, oven baked with 3 eggs, kalamata olives, spinach, onions, tomato, green peppers & feta.
We both were impressed at the portion size and that everything was so fresh. They didn’t skimp on the feta (Jeff approved).
We both really liked Pinky’s Eatery. Loved the coffee concept and thought the service and dining was very comfortable and will definitely be a place to visit again soon. Pinky’s Eatery is located at 3203 W Bay to Bay Blvd, Tampa, FL 33629