March 08, 2013

EATS! American Grill

Sometimes you just want to go where everybody knows your name. Or maybe just to a spot where you can go as you are and be enveloped in a warm easy-going environment of good food and good drinks. That spot is EATS!

Eats American Grill is a casual American eatery in Tampa that serves up classic American comfort foods. I visited EATS on a Saturday afternoon and there were plenty of regular customers on hand. These frequent EATS diners had nothing but wonderful things to say about this Tampa eatery! 

My meal started with Saratoga Potato Chips. While many restaurants are eliminating the complimentary bread basket, EATS is serving up housemade fresh potato chips to their guests. The chips are served with a cool Saratoga dipping sauce. It is hard not to fill up on chips while you ponder over the menu! 

EATS has a big variety of dinner salads, sandwiches, and entrees to choose from. I knew I wanted to try one of the new menu items EATS offers. This was a really tough choice! I wanted to try the Houseblend Burger (bacon and Angus beef on a brioche bun), the Rib and Mac sandwich (rib meat, mac and cheese, and onion on Texas Toast), and the Tree Dog Mad Sweet Chicken (grilled chicken breast with Tree Dog onion salsa and cheese, baked). Don't they all sound amazing? These are just a few of the new menu items EATS recently added to their lineup. Once my eyes found the new Mahi Fish Tacos, my mind was made up. 

The Mahi Fish Tacos can be ordered blackened, grilled, or fried. The fresh fish is served on a warm flour tortilla with cabbage, fire roasted corn salsa, and EATS signature spicy sauce. A rice pilaf accompanies the tacos. Here are some close-up shots of the tacos. As you can see, the mahi is fresh and flaky, and the corn salsa is filled with diced peppers for an extra kick. The EATS spicy sauce is definitely spicy. Maybe not for you big heat seekers but it's spicy enough for me - a big wimp when it comes to seriously spicy food! Speaking of spice - did you know EATS was featured on a Food Network episode of Heat Seekers? Pretty cool! 

While I was at EATS I also wanted to try some of their macaroni and cheese. When a restaurant has a good homemade mac and cheese, you can't pass it up. Check out this fresh baked dish of deliciousness! I could have eaten a whole meal of this mac and cheese and been happy. It was topped with crispy bacon bits. 

Even though I was full at this point I wanted to make sure I tried one of the new dessert items, an Ice Cream Truffle! I can't resist ice cream. EATS offers 3 truffle choices: The Manhattan, Cookies and Cream, and Strawberry Cheesecake. This was another very hard decision! I decided to go with the Cookies and Cream truffle. The truffle is ice cream in a crispy chocolate shell with whipped cream. It was a perfect ending to an afternoon meal. On my next visit to EATS I look forward to trying the Fried Oreo Sundae and the Pineapple Upside Down Cake. 

EATS is located near Gandy and Dale Mabry - a short drive for us St. Pete folks! EATS will welcome you with whatever you're in the mood for. Whether it's a cold beer, a BLT, or some classic Apple Pie, EATS serves up good classic American comfort food with a lot of heart!

Special thanks to Tracy from My Other City by the Bay for introducing me to EATS!

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  1. All of these sound so unreal my mouth just started watering. Homemade chips, the meals you described, that baked mac and cheese with bacon bits (oh my goodness) and that ice cream looks to die for. I just might have to convince my friends to go here this weekend! YUM.

  2. This post just made me so hungry! That mac'n'cheese looks amazing. I will try any mac'n'cheese especially if it has bacon incorporated because those are my two favorite foods. I drive past EATS all the time but I have never been in. Perhaps now I will have to go there just for the mac.

  3. I love eats!! I have been wanting to go back and try their BLT, but it doesn't fit in my diet. In the past (pre-diet) I have tried their french dip and a special that they had that was an open faced pulled bbq, mac & cheese sandwich. SOO good! Their Mac&cheese is definitely a must.

  4. I haven't been to EATS! in a few months; now you're making me want to go!