Duffy’s Sports Bar got its’ original start as Duffy’s Drafthouse that was founded by two childhood friends in Lake Park, Florida. Their original menu had only four items: one-half pound burger, Smoked Sausage, Hot Ham and Cheese and grilled Mahi sandwich. They served them with potato chips so they did not have to have a fryer or silverware.
This concept was so popular, they added three more restaurants on the cities of Greenacres, Jupiter and West Palm Beach. They were famous or their cold beer and best burger in town. As their popularity grew, they expanded their menu to include barbecue baby back ribs and jumbo chicken wings.
In 2001, a successful restaurateur, Paul Emmett, wanted to create a chain of casual dining restaurants. Purchasing the controlling interest in Duffy’s Drafthouse, he changed the name to Duffy’s Sports Grill. They now have thirty-four restaurants in Florida with the one in Tampa located at 1580 N. Dale Mabry Highway.
Their Tampa location has almost five hundred positive online reviews. This would be a good hamburger joint to add to your bucket list. They are open daily from eleven in the morning to eleven in the evening.
Shula Burger is owned by the former professional football coach of the Miami Dolphins, Don Shula. He is best known for taking the Miami Dolphins to victory in two back to back Super Bowls. He did play as a defensive back professionally for the Washington, Redskins, Baltimore Colts and the Cleveland Browns.
Located in the SoHo district on S. Howard Avenue, Shula Burger reflects the perfection that Don has always strived for. He uses only Brisket, Short Rib and Premium Black Angus Beef to create his signature hamburgers.
In addition to Shula Burger, his family has four other restaurants from steak houses to bar and grills. With over one hundred and fifty web reviews, you can be assured you will not be disappointed in Shula Burger.
Goody Goody was originally established in 1925. After closing in 2005, Co-Owner and President, Richard Gonzmart, who dreamed of making a resurgence of Goody Goody. After eleven years, Richard opened Goody Goody in grand style at 1601 W. Swann Avenue in Hyde Park.
On June 28, 1992, the Tribune did an article on the history of Goody Goody. It talked about a woman named Yvonne Freeman, dubbed “The Hamburger Queen”. She graduated from Hilsborough in 1945 and began to work for Goody Goody as a car hop from 1947 to 1949. She was away for ten years before returning as a waitress in 1959.
Yvonne understood that in those days, dining in one’s car was popular if a woman was not properly dressed to go out. Back then women wore gloves and hats. She found the women would eat more food in their car versus in a restaurant. Traffic would back up for blocks for the forty cent burgers.
In 1980 the restaurant was leased to a guy who ran it for a few years. He was trying to do some renovations but rant out of money. Yvonne took over the restaurant and managed the restaurant as well as baker and half-day server.
Goody Goody has almost one thousand internet reviews that give them a strong four-star rating. Join them for breakfast, lunch or dinner you will definitely not be disappointed.
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