Goody Goody Burgers – Tampa, Florida


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.

Wrapped POX Burger
Fresh Cut Seasoned Fries

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).


Mesmerizing Floor Tile

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.


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.


French Toast
My wife Marcela with her Sweet Potato Pancake
Hand-breaded Onion Rings
The Rusty Hot Dog


POX Double Cheeseburger
BURGER NAME POX Double Cheeseburger
SIZE Two 4 oz patties
STANDARD TOPPINGS Pickles, Onions, Secret Sauce & Cheese

Goody Goody Burgers
1601 W Swann Avenue
Tampa, Florida




  1. I can still taste those thick-cut fries and that yummy burger with onions. I’m wondering how close they are able to reproduce the original taste. I’ll be planning a visit soon. They have a high bar of expectation. Can’t wait.

  2. Had my Goody burger and butterscotch pie yesterday, the second day of the opening. I enjoyed it but I have a couple of suggestions/comments: My bun bottom was wet, not good(y). Maybe the sauce needs to cook down a bit more? I missed the flavor of celery seed, but maybe my taster is off. I ordered with cheese but it came without, no big deal since I really wanted it original anyway and I understand they’re so busy a few small kinks are unavoidable. Service was OUTSTANDING. Made me want to go back to work as a waitress, or even a busser…they looked like they were having a great time. (so not happening at my age). The pie: The meringue was lovely to look at and very tasty, more dense than a typical meringue but really good. The filling did not remind me of butterscotch, and while it was good, it was basically sweet custard. It needs something. I ate the pie first, and then the burger because I’m just not as big an eater as I once was, so I really had an appetite worked up. I’m going to give them many more tries, because I really, really miss Goody Goody. The place is beautiful, and serving breakfast all day is brilliant. They will be mobbed on Sundays with the church crowd alone, since not too many choices besides the always crowded Village Inn and I-Hop.

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