A few years ago I found this breakfast spot while scrolling through my suggested news feed on Instagram and fell in love with everyones posts of the offensive and quirky coffee mugs that seemed to be purchased from thrift stores, vintage shops, or travels from across the country (that is not Denise from Minnesota sipping coffee, that is my sister Sue). I can best describe the food as elevated diner food that is comforting and rustic. The decor is eclectic and vintage and there is no such thing as a hostess, you just walk in sign your name on the sign in sheet on the podium and they call you when a table becomes available. It is a quaint spot but a must for either breakfast or brunch but they do have lunch that I have yet to try since I feel like I would be cheating on my favorite breakfast items. They also have a serve yourself coffee bar with flavored coffees and creamers or you can order lattes and espresso at the bar counter. The counter service seating and seating outside are limited and both are first come first serve, so every once in a while you can expect people to hover over you when they see you are finishing up your meal or paying the check, but can you blame them?!? The parking is extremely limited and fills up quick so you have to be careful you aren’t in a tow zone because the neighboring businesses will tow. Pinky’s overall has a mom and pop feel but a young and trendy hipster vibe. Everyone is super laid back and the food is always on point.
Being from California, I am a sucker for chorizo breakfast burritos so I of course had to have their version. When I am being super healthy, they are more than accommodating serving egg white only omelettes and double sides of fruit. Scott doesn’t discriminate when it comes to breakfast so he has had almost everything from pancakes, mexican breakfast pizza, ultimate fried egg sandwich, and anything that’s on special. Honestly you can’t go wrong with anything on this menu!
You definitely need to check out posts from other Instagrammers since Pinky’s itself doesn’t have its own Instagram. They have been voted Creative Loafings Best of the Bay for best breakfast 5 years running, the people have spoken! They also just opened Pinky’s Annex next door selling eclectic gifts and candles that reflect the eatery’s decor. The restaurant is closed Monday’s (which explains the service with a smile available on Monday’s only pictured to the left) and are closed after lunch at 2 the rest of the week so plan your trip there accordingly. With the specials written with chalk on the wall, you have to check this place out if you’re in the Tampa Bay area.