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Earl of Sandwich at 5004 4th Street North in St Petersburg FL

First time visit for lunch today about noon. Friendly welcoming cashier waited patiently as I perused wall menu. Chose Italian, one of their least expensive offerings, he asked if I wanted the combo with chips and drink and I agreed. He gave me their buzzer and I waited a few minutes even as there was nobody ahead of me.

After over 5 minutes went to get my drink as I waited for the buzzer, then returned to my table. Walked back to pick-up station as the sandwich maker was wrapping my order, all interesting.

Small tasty offering dripping vinegar I guess, had a bit of tomato and lettuce in there. Long chips rack in front of cash register, kettle-cooked potato chips bag about one and a third ounce with medium drink rounded out the combo.

Wood-paneled floor and wood tables give an upscale feel, dark metal chairs complement. Wood paneling along part of a wall, which continues with a large drawing of a vintage Earl, whimsical.

Large dining area with plenty of seating in front and to side of cash register. The entire concept looks like a deluxe super-sized Subway with upscale ambiance and pricing and downsized sandwiches. Music was playing, pleasant place to linger while reading or on your tablet.

That combo came to just over nine bucks including tax.


Skidders on Gulf Boulevard, St Pete Beach

For years I passed by thinking Skidders was too fancy for me. Pleasant surprise, as the breakfast menu is reasonable for such a popular beach restaurant. Ordered the short stack of pancakes and pineapple juice. Short stack is only two pancakes but they have syrup, butter and fruit jelly containers on every table, so load them however you want.

Wine rack one one side behind dining floor, which has a tasteful partition between center section and booths along the wall. Waiting benches on either side of front door.

Among the most gracious friendly service I’ve ever found, along with beautiful Old Florida decor. Indoor and outdoor seating. Few people here on a late Monday morning, must have missed the early rush. Plush seats and with a row for single diners, what’s not to like.

Skidders has been satisfying the beach crowd for several years and I’m not surprised.