Friday, October 25, 2013

Green Springs Bistro in Safety Harbor

Safety Harbor is somewhat of a little-known gem in the Tampa Bay area. The town is a little sleepy come nighttime, but with lots of quaint shops and eateries, downtown Safety Harbor is a fun place to spend an afternoon/evening. Green Springs Bistro is just off of Main St on 4th Avenue, in a small yellow house.
 I always fall in love with any restaurant in a house, immediately. Doesn't it just add an element of charm?
 Green Springs has eclectic art strewn all over the yard. It's all a little random, but together, it works.
The atmosphere inside is cozy, with a fireplace, local art and stained glass windows. On this particular evening, as you can tell, they were not very busy.
But it was a weeknight; on the weekends, it is often packed.
Each dinner entree is served with a salad and a complimentary "demi-tasse" of soup of the day -- a nice touch. This night, it was a flavorful mushroom bisque. It wasn't overly creamy, which really let the mushroom flavor shine.
One of the entrees we ordered was the Shrimp & Sausage & Grits. This dish had great flavor and I liked the addition of the wilted spinach.
My entree was the mushroom ravioli. Cremini, shittake and portobello mushroom pasta served in a goat cheese cream sauce, with more chunks of goat cheese and fresh basil on top. The meal was finished with an (unpredicted) order of "black and blue" cobbler made with fresh blackberries and blueberries and topped with vanilla ice cream.  Overall, we enjoyed the food here. It's a little on the pricer side for a casual restaurant (around $25/plate) but you can tell that everything is made in house and the ambiance makes it worth the price -- and the drive.

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