122 3rd Avenue
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
By Mike Miller December 8, 2022
I've always thought of southern food as being comfort food. Southern Fresh confirms that I am thinking correctly.
This is a small restaurant with a plain inside dining room and a wonderful outside dining deck.
The prices are great and the ambiance is perfect for this kind of dining place. The menu is limited, but that's okay too.
You will be in heaven if you like meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, fried chicken, roast pork, collard greens and various grilled vegetables.
The restaurant is in a converted bungalow and would be fun to visit even if you didn't eat there. The service is prompt and friendly.
If you are of the sensitive skin type, the restaurant will even lend you some bug spray to use on their deck. I did not find it necessary in October, but some people might.
Sandwiches are great; try the Boston Butt Pork Sandwich with a side of collard greens. Delicious and filling. If you don't like chicken, try their redfish. It's just as good as the chicken.
The fried chicken is not prepared in advance; it is made to order while you wait. This takes a little longer that Kentucky Fried Chicken or Chik Fil A, but you will feel that the wait is worth it.
You can get chicken breast, legs, thighs or all of the above. Desserts are more comfort food; try the strawberry shortcake or the banana pudding.
Southern Fresh has a small but nice selection of beer and wine.
They are closed on Monday and Tuesday, but open from 4pm to 9pm Wednesday and Thursday, from 4pm to 10pm on Friday and Saturday, and from Noon to 9pm on Sundays.