Don’t blink or you might miss this gem of a restaurant tucked just off Alt. 19 in Tarpon Springs. Opened in October 2006, it’s a wonderful little place owned by wonderful people. Just 30 minutes drive from Hernando County, it’s well worth a visit.
The owners, Jeanne and Manuel Tsongranis, were raised in traditional Greek and Italian homes, and rely on their family tradition of fresh ingredients and good taste. They make trips to the market everyday and handpick only the freshest seasonal ingredients to make their menu items the tastiest you’ll come across in Florida.
Specials include their Signature Burger served on a Kaiser roll with jalapeno jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado and lemon-dill mayo; A Spinach and Artichoke Panini with turkey & Provolone cheese grilled on wheat with spinach, artichokes and cream cheese; and a Guacamole Chicken Wrap — Grilled chicken served in a wheat wrap w/lettuce, cheddar, salsa, sour cream & signature guacamole. All sandwiches are served with a side of homemade potato salad. Chips too.
For tea lovers, Yankee Bean serves Ginger Tea with honey and lemon and an Hibiscus Tea sweetened with sugar. All freshly brewed.
But it’s the soups that reign supreme at Yankee Bean. There are usually up to six freshly made soups offered every day in this family-owned restaurant. The tomatoes are roasted, the stock is homemade and the owner-chefs are right there in the kitchen every day making your food. Their dishes are made with love and expertise.
Daily soup choices include: Yankee Bean, Pasta Fagioli, Baked Potato, Cauliflower Chowder, Butter Bean & Bacon, Spinach, Tomato & Tortellini, Chicken with Escarole and Sausage.
The dessert of choice is their homemade bread pudding. Be sure to sample it. Delicious!
My particular favorite is the Curry Chicken Salad. It’s roasted chicken and golden raisins; with red onions and tossed with a curry mayo. It’s served on pumpernickel toast with lettuce and tomato.
Yankee Bean also produces its own signature hot sauce. Called Gator Bite, it’s $6.49 a bottle and guaranteed to pack a bite!
A mixture of freshness, quality and consistency is Yankee Bean’s recipe for success and the owners take immense pride in providing consistent quality for their customers. It is a wee bit hard to find - but it is a great place for lunch. Truly a mom and pop restaurant who have worked hard to build a solid reputation for outstanding food.
IF YOU GO
Yankee Bean is located at 901 S. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Serving Breakfast 9 am - 11 am
Serving Lunch 11 am - 3 pm
Monday - Friday
Call (727) 938-7799
Visit www.yankeebean.com to view the complete menu