There has been a lot of buildup leading to the opening of Richard Gonzmart’s latest restaurant, Goody Goody, in Hyde Park. We are big fans of the Columbia and Ulele, so I knew that he would do it right.
This restaurant is a re-creation of a classic 1925 Tampa landmark where many people grew up eating (at its prime, Goody Goody had four locations throughout Tampa). While in a new spot, it still retains the feel of a classic diner and serves many of the original recipes, including their famous hamburgers and pies.
I’m so excited about the transformation of Hyde Park Village (although right now, the construction makes it a bit difficult to drive up Swann…) I spent a lot of time there growing up in Tampa, and it made me sad when for a while it had become a bit of a ghost town. That’s definitely turning around – it seems every other week, something new opens.
I’m sure the food was great back then, but the décor was a bit lacking – pretty much your standard diner.
I absolutely love the design of the new Goody Goody. They kept the old-fashioned feel, but updated it for a classy, modern atmosphere. There is an art-deco vibe with beautiful graphics on the doors and brass sculptural light fixtures above the main dining areas. The floors are lined with vintage-style mosaic tile with green and yellow that carry throughout the space.
We heard that the wait was insane, so we downloaded the NoWait app, which allows you to get in line on your phone before you arrive. There were still a couple people in front of us in line by the time we got there, but we ended up sitting at the counter which is first-come first-serve.
Lance had their classic Goody Goody Cheeseburger POX, with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, cheese, mayo and their special barbeque sauce. I had the Royale with Cheese, topped with a fried, over-easy egg, onion, cheddar, Monterey Jack cheese, sautéed mushrooms, bacon, lettuce, and tomato.
I’m happy with the version that I got – I thought Lance’s tasted more like a fast-food burger. We also split an order of onion rings which nice and crispy with a ranch dipping sauce. It was a greasy, messy meal, but delicious.
We finished with a slice of their renowned butterscotch pie. OMG I would go back and just order this – the bottom layer is incredibly decadent and rich with an airy topping of toasted meringue. They have several flavors of pies, but I’d have trouble not ordering the same one every time since it was so good.
I have no doubt this restaurant will be successful. It is really reasonably priced compared to most of the dining options in Hyde Park (their classic burger is $4.95) and it appeals to not only the young people looking for a trendy place to eat out, but to the older crowd with nostalgia from the olden days.
Goody Goody is located at 1601 W Swann Ave, Tampa, FL 33606. They are open Sunday – Thursday 7am – 10pm and Friday – Saturday 7am – 11pm.