122 Third Ave. N, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
Cost range: 10.01-20.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
At Southern Fresh, a tiny, pleasantly spare one-room space with patio seating, the menu totals about 10 items with a couple of daily specials. Two dishes stand out, big time. A BLT soup brings a vegetable broth cradling soft hunks of simmered plum tomato, with garlic, shallot and bacon making their presence known. A little flurry of cilantro and chopped romaine gets added at the last second to the smoky, piping-hot broth. The just-wilted greens lend the soup enough crunch that it gets at just what makes a bacon-lettuce-tomato combo so satisfying. Home run No. 2 is fried chicken. At lunch it takes enough extra time that you need to be fairly committed. But it's excellent fried chicken — a drum and a thigh, moist and hot, with a crunchy flour coating, neither too thick nor too thin, seasoned expertly.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., until 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun.