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Ellie's Restaurant located on Race Track Rd is one cozy, casual and affordable American eatery serving the most mouth watering breakfast and lunch seven days a week.
They are open Monday-Friday from 6:00am till 2:30pm, and breakfast is served until 11:30am.
On Saturday and Sunday they open at 7:00am and they conveniently serve breakfast ALL DAY. Breakfast is my personal favorite food, so I was extremely happy to find out I could go to Ellie's on a random Saturday at 1:00pm and get my egg, bacon and pancakes fix with a delicious coffee.
One thing always comes to my mind when I think about Ellie's… and that is family.
The place is family owned and operated by Dino Mihalopoulos and his family. Dino acquired Ellie's from previous owners Tom and Ellie, a lovely older couple who were looking to retire but wanted to leave their restaurant in the hands of people who were as family oriented as they were. So, when Tom and Ellie met Dino and his family, who came here all the way from Philadelphia, they knew that their diner was going to be in great hands, and that the family tradition would live on.
Since Dino took over Ellie's a little over a year ago, a lot of things have remained the same. The name Ellie's was a family staple so they held onto it, also because Ellie's had a great reputation and people from the neighborhood knew the name and loved the place.
Dino told us that he even kept the back of the breakfast menu the same, which depicts a cute cartoon of previous owners Tom and Ellie. A lot of the food items are named after the previous owners, and Dino would not have it any other way.
Not only is Ellie's all about family, but the food tastes like it was cooked by your favorite and extremely gifted in the kitchen grandmother.
When I had a spoonful of their daily special broccoli and cheddar soup, and after I took a bite of my triple decker club sandwich, all I could think of was "this tastes like home."
Ellie's food brought me back to my childhood years, and days when my parents would drop me off at my grandma's house and she would spoil me by cooking me the most delicious homemade meals.
Each delicious bite at Ellie's tasted like nostalgia and provided me with a sense of comfort I have never experienced in any other restaurant. Right then I knew Ellie's was a special place and I would become a regular.
Not only is the food homemade, scrumptious and delicious, but the prices are incredibly affordable, and the staff treats you like you are part of the family.
As soon as you walk in you are greeted by many smiling faces, and as you are seated someone will ask "What would you like to drink today honey?" Coffee or sweet tea is usually my answer.
Ellie's offers an extensive Breakfast menu, including classics like bacon and eggs, french toast, biscuits and gravy (which come with a homemade sausage gravy that is to die for!), Tom's Famous Omelettes (I recommend their greek or their spinach, feta and onion), and a large selection of breakfast sandwiches and pancakes and eggs combos.
For lunch, Ellie's variety of wraps, cold or grilled sandwiches, hot or cold subs, melts and salads provide enough options to satisfy the entire family.
I have had the pleasure of trying many sandwiches at Ellie's, and again… each one tasted like it was made by one of my talented family members. They just pile on the meats and cheeses and the result is always great looking sandwiches that taste like they were made with lots of love!
So far one of my personal lunch items is the Philly Cheese Steak sandwich. Dino recommended it to me and my fiance when we stopped by and we were both amazed at how delicious this sandwich was. At first I was a little hesitant because so many places in Tampa claim to have amazing Philly cheese steaks but more often than not, they fail to deliver… that was not the case at Ellie's. I was incredibly surprised at the amazing taste and wonderful presentation of this warm, meaty, super cheesy delicious sub. The big, warm hoagie roll was definitely a key factor in the wonderful taste of this sandwich, it was very fresh and moist from the sliced beefsteak juices. Each bite was better than the last, the remarkable mix of juicy steak, peppers, sauteed onions, mushrooms and the perfect amount of melted provolone cheese was simply to die for.
If you go to Ellie's for lunch and find yourself wondering what to get, trust me, get a Philly Cheese Steak. Remember that Dino is from Philly, so he knows the secrets on how make authentic and fantastic Philly Cheese steak sandwiches. I could eat those every day, no joke.
But where would the fun be if I always ordered the same? I am a foodie at heart and I like to try everything once. That's why I love Ellie's daily specials, listed online and on a board inside the restaurant, you get a long list of options available that day. And you can add a soup or salad to any entree for $2.00. Let me mention that most daily special entrees are less than $10.00 and the portions are HUGE.
No other place can compare to the quality, taste and prices of Ellie's. So there's no need to go anywhere else! Don't drive around wondering where to eat today, avoid spending money on greasy and expensive fast food chains. Do your taste buds and your wallet and favor and head to Ellie's for the most mouth watering, homemade and affordable food in Tampa Bay.
Ellie's Restaurant in located at 12008 Race Track Rd, Tampa, FL 33626. Visit www.elliestampa.com to see their daily specials.