Unsanitary Conditions. Okay...it is ridiculous when you cannot even eat on state property without having nasty people handling your food. It seems that those making the food at Tavern at Bayboro have no concept of clean. Sure, every place you eat has someone disgusting making or touching your food but to do it in plain sight is disgusting! I ordered a sandwich today, first time in two years or more since coming to the USF campus, and while I was waiting for my food I observed the following: the woman making my food touched her purse, her cell phone, her keys, her pants pockets, and to top off the "great flavor" she loves to add to food being created by her....she touched her face and hair....wait wait....it's just getting good now...after all this she (in plain sight) touched my food with bare hands to cut my sandwich and make it....if I get a food poisoning from unsanitary conditions (I ate a few bites and couldn't stomach the rest...garbage!!!), I plan on notify the health department.....heck I might as well and try to save those at USF that do not realize how DISGUSTING this place is!!!!!!!! Eaters beware!! You've been warned!!!!!
Homemade Goodness. The Tavern at Bayboro located on the St. Petersburg USF campus has some really good soup. Being the curious sort, I asked and was told by one of the friendly staff that it was homemade every day. Whatever the "soup of the day" is, you can bet that you might want to eat it with a fork, it is that loaded with good stuff. Good sandwiches too, from the half sammie special to the regular menu and new sandwiches too. For a good lunch, this is the place to go and there is music too on Wednesdays. Good food, good selection of beers & wine & great people. Now that's a great deal!
Best Hot Dog and Beer Selection. The hot dog is top quality, bun is bakery fresh almost the size of a small hoagie roll and the condiments are heaped on. Great wiener, great beer, fast courteous service in a funky college environment. Don't miss it!!!
Nosh on huge sandwiches and casual, homemade fare while eavesdropping on scintillating conversations that have a decidedly academic bent..
Okay, think back to college: Its pretty relaxed. Hey, this isn't the real world, folks. There's always time for a beer and a lively debate about the nature of black holes, or whether genetic engineering will ultimately civilize the human race. People eat, and then take another half-hour just to read or browse in the adjacent bookstore.
This is definitely a university hang-out: Funky postcards decorate the walls, big groups of young people yak and giggle at picnic tables, perched behind huge Cokes and fat sandwiches. Tucked among the buildings that make up USF's St. Petersburg campus, The Tavern probably wouldn't want to be anything else.
People discuss the topic du jour as they consume the restaurant's casual fare of homemade soups and sandwiches. The decor is collegiate and spartan, but the place has an undeniable charm many restaurants lack: mellow, laid-back patrons and good karma.
The sandwiches are named after famous authors: for instance, the Tennessee Williams is made from turkey, Muenster cheese, lettuce, tomato, thousand island dressing and pumpernickel bread. You can also order the Zane Grey, the Dante or the James Joyce.
The only real culinary disappointment is in the form of the James Joyce. It's really a Reuben sandwich, but the Tavern's version was a poor imitation of the real thing. Its corned beef was tough, the sauerkraut cold and improperly drained, thus making the bread soggy, and the thousand island dressing and cheese too skimpy. But overall, the Tavern's food is still very good.
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