The Tampa Village Inn location, off 30th street, probably seems like just another basic eatery where you get cookie cutter food, and service; however you may want to think twice before you pass up the restaurant while in route to your usual eatery.
When I first arrived I was pleasantly greeted with a genuinely warm welcome, and promptly seated by an ever so courteous staff. The Hostess was quick to advise me of my server’s name, and happily informed me someone would be with me right away.
Decor in the restaurant is simple, and has nice home-like feel to it. When I first entered the restaurant I noticed shelves with various decorations which brought me back to the days of yesteryear sitting in my grandmother’s country kitchen. Flowers, muffin pans, various cooking utensils, and pots adorned the walls, and shelves giving a very quaint look and feel.
I was quickly greeted by an extremely polite and outgoing server, who was more than happy to give me recommendations and suggestions since I was not sure what my taste buds were in the mood for. I overheard other customers saying it “felt just like eating with family and friends” every time they come in.
Upon asking what the most popular menu items are, this reviewer was advised by far the Breakfast Skillets are the best seller at the location I visited. After deciding on the Ultimate Skillet a manager came by and tempted myself, and other diners with talk of pies, and other sweet menu treats!
It was very soon discovered the other patrons were regulars, and were on a first name basis with the staff, vice versa. The atmosphere of Tampa 30th St. Village Inn was warm and welcoming with a strong family feel.
My entrée arrived within five minutes of ordering, and looked fantastic! I was even asked if my eggs were cooked to my desired likeness — a rarity these days! Usually food at restaurants is seemingly dumped off at your table, and your server is nowhere to be found! Not so at Village Inn! I was promptly asked if everything met my visual expectations prior to being left to my own devices.
The meal was fantastic, and to be quite honest tasted even more delightful than it looked. The server promptly checked back to ensure everything was satisfactory.
Staff at Village Inn excitedly pointed out that the pies at are practically to die for. Apparently they are so popular that during Thanksgiving week they can hardly keep enough pies on the shelf to satisfy customer demand. They even have a “Free Pie Wednesday” were customers receive a free slice of pie with purchase when they dine in. How cool is that?
Alas, I visited Village Inn on Thursday, so I missed free pie by a day. I will definitely be returning for more great food, service, a friendly atmosphere, and of course — my slice of the pie!