Zudar’s on Platt has a lot on on-line buzz, so we stopped by for a breakfast review. Seems FoodieFrog has been eating at all kinds of good breakfast places lately in the Tampa Bay area. But our successful trend kind of changed with today’s visit.
Located just off of Bayshore and next to Publix, Zudar’s Deli has the perfect spot among the growing Downtown Tampa area. Zudar’s Deli has been around since 1959 and offers catering services as well. They make soups and sweets from scratch and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Zudar’s Deli is not difficult to find and we arrived on a weekday for breakfast, around 8 AM. There’s new apartments right across the street, which usually translates to more customers. We walked in and were surprised that the place was just about empty, with only one other customer.
The restaurant is clean and looks ‘refreshed’, but still managed to look a bit bland. Maybe the lack of customers added to ‘boring’ feel and the strange tribal music playing on the speakers seemed a bit out of place.
Our server had a friendly greeting and got our drinks as we looked over the menu. Breakfast has the usual diner fare with egg platters, sandwiches, pancakes, etc. We did like to see that they offered a few unique items like quiche and frittatas. The specials board caught Jeff’s attention and when he ordered off of it, it seemed to throw our server off a bit. She had no clue what the specials were and had to look at the board herself.
Once we placed our orders, it seemed to take a bit longer than the usual. The 25 minutes to get our food seemed to be a bit long, especially since the restaurant had no other customers at this point.
Frittata, pastrami, grilled onion & Swiss ($8.99) – made with 3 eggs, the frittata is described as an ‘open faced’ omelet on the menu. The Swiss covered most of the frittata, almost making a cheese blanket. Once I took my first bite, it was a bit of a letdown.
The pastrami really didn’t elevate the flavor much and a bit on the bland side. The only real flavor I could taste was the Swiss. Each time I took a bite, it turned the frittata into a mess. It didn’t hold together and was really like eating a ‘scramble’. The potatoes were a bit too ‘waxy’, but seasoned well.
Quiche, bacon, blue cheese & mushroom ($8.29, today’s special quiche). The portion was larger than expected and it was quite thick. Jeff’s a bleu cheese fan and after his first bite, I saw the look of disappointment. “There was no bleu cheese flavor at all” he commented. My bite confirmed it. When the server came back and checked on us, Jeff confirmed with her that this was the bleu cheese quiche. She paused and looked a bit confused, then confirmed that is was. While he commented that it lacked the flavor, she said “oh, it’s in there” and walked away. Ha! The ‘bleu cheese’ incident aside, the quiche was a bit too dense and just didn’t work for us. The fruit on the side was fresh and was the bright spot of the dish.
We will probably head back to Zudar’s Deli at some point to see if maybe this was just an ‘off day’ for them as all restaurants have them from time to time. Today’s visit really didn’t live up to the expectation that a well established restaurant usually has. Service was a bit ‘odd’ and the food was kinda of a miss for us.