Before we jump into Goody Goody Burgers, let’s hit the rewind button first.
If you live in South Florida as I do, then the name Goody Goody probably doesn’t mean anything to you.
Now, if you mention Goody Goody Burgers & Butterscotch Pie to folks in Tampa, you’ll get a different reaction.
For comparison, it’s similar to what happens to old school Miamians when talking about Royal Castle Hamburgers and their legendary Birch Beer.
Goody Goody closed up shop in 2005, seventy-five years after that particular location had initially opened. The company opened its doors for the first time in 1925.
In the blink of an eye, Goody Goody Burgers closed forever or so everyone thought.
Then, Richard Gonzmart of the iconic Columbia Restaurant Group spent nine years negotiating to make sure he would be able to carry on the legacy of Goody Goody in Tampa.
I was one of the lucky that was invited to try out the Goody Goody burger, fries, and shake(s) at the test kitchen in the Columbia Museum.
We (my wife Marcela & my bud John) choose between a vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry shake.
We each opted to choose one flavor; mine was chocolate. The housemade ice cream used for the shakes made me excited.
My favorite in order of preference was vanilla, chocolate and then strawberry. Nothing really against strawberry but I’ve never ordered one in my life. I’m mostly a vanilla guy with chocolate on occasion.
The fresh-cut fries are seasoned with a signature mix of spices. I asked about either a chili cheese version and yes, they will be available when the actual store opens up.
So the POX Burger (pickles, onions, secret sauce) is placed before me. I take in its beauty and flip it and remove the bottom bun to look at the sear. It’s a nice one, my friends.
The POX is made up of roughly chopped onions along with some pickles and the Goody Goody sauce. It’s important to mention that the Beef is fresh and locally sourced.
On my Instagram post, I said it was “incredible.” It is unlike any burger out there, which is a good thing, or should I say a Goody Goody thing (sorry, I couldn’t help myself).
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to try the famous Butterscotch Pie, but that leaves me with an excellent reason to return when they open up in the next couple of months.
I have to thank the Columbia Restaurant Group, the Goody Goody Hamburger folks, including Chef Dave Ellis and Jeff Houck, for setting it up & giving us a historical perspective on everything (which is essential for me).
I would return to Goody Goody to celebrate my birthday.
Marcela was dead set on having breakfast while on was a single err I mean a burger track mind.
After sneaking a bite of her sweet potato pancake, I almost regretted my decision to go the lunch route, almost.
No fresh cut fries for me this time as I needed those hand-breaded onion rings in my life. The onion rings were so good I knew that I made the right choice.
HOT DOGS TOO?
Speaking of right choices, the Rusty dog with their housemade chili, shredded cheddar, onions, and blistered jalapeños was out of this world. I would have loved to eat a second one, but I had a POX burger on deck.
On my first go-around, it was a single patty without any cheese, so this time, I asked for a double POX cheeseburger.
The POX cheeseburger is everything I hoped for and just a little bit more.
I left with my eye wandering around the menu, looking at a future date with their Patty Melt. I hope Marcela won’t mind.
FOOD ROUND 2
|BURGER NAME||POX Double Cheeseburger|
|CAN BE COOKED TO TEMP||Yes|
|SIZE||Two 4 oz patties|
|STANDARD TOPPINGS||Pickles, Onions, Secret Sauce & Cheese|
WORTH A WATCH
Goody Goody Burgers
1601 W Swann Avenue