Friday, April 14, 2017

Lenny’s – Clearwater

Laurie and I were down in Clearwater Florida visiting our good friends Bob and Nona.  Laurie and I have been married/together for almost 39 years and we’ve been friends with Bob and Nona the entire time.  I worked with Bob many, many years ago at the Venture Stores division of May Department Stores in St. Louis Missouri.

In any case, they have a favorite local restaurant that they love to visit when they want to go out for breakfast…and since that’s our favorite meal out we were happy to give it a try!

This is Lenny’s in Clearwater Florida…or as their menu states…”Lenny’s – The Legend Lives On!”  Lenny’s has been serving breakfast here since about 1980.  This restaurant is right up our alley as they serve breakfast any time during open hours and they’re open 7 days a week from 6 AM to 3 PM.  

Lenny’s has that northeastern USA ‘diner’ look even though it is large as compared to the usual diner.  It could be a retro looking New York Jewish diner for that matter.  That’s appropriate since the menu features bagels with nova and cream cheese, knishes, blintzes, Matzo and potato pancakes as well as chopped liver and a hot ‘Roumanian’ pastrami sandwich.

We’d already attacked this complimentary basket of Danish goodies before we remembered to take a photo.  This basket of sweet treats comes with almost all the breakfast items!  Before the meal was over, the basket was empty…

Nona went for the bacon and egg breakfast. ($8.99) Her 2 over-easy eggs and 4 slices of bacon were accompanied by home fries without onions. 

For their sides, diners can choose between 4 silver dollar pancakes or 2 of the following: home fries, grits, toast, hot fresh baked biscuit, slices of tomatoes or fresh fruit garnish.

Laurie went for the same breakfast as Nona did only she added onions to her home fries!  She loved the fact that this standard breakfast comes with 4 slices of bacon… They also cooked the bacon crispy, the way she likes it.

What can I say…Traditional meat and egg breakfasts were ‘in’ for most of our group!  Bob’s breakfast was a bit different in that he got bacon, a sausage link and a sausage patty.

FYI... The deli side of the menu appealed to me almost as much as the breakfast portion did.  Hot corned beef, a corned beef or pastrami or turkey ‘Knish-Wich’, tongue, roast beef, salami, burgers, wraps, chicken noodle soup, sweet and sour cabbage soup, etc., round out the luncheon menu.

Well what the heck… Someone had to break the mold and order something other than a standard breakfast!  I went for something with a ‘southern touch’, the Redneck Benedict. ($9.99) Yes, there are 2 sausage patties and 2 poached eggs on 2 biscuit halves buried in that load of sausage gravy… I added Tabasco of course.  That sausage gravy mixed in very nicely with the meat, eggs and a nice biscuit. 

Lenny’s offers 8 different benedicts, including a chicken waffle version.  The menu also includes no less than 20 different omelettes!  Yes, French toast, pancakes and waffles are also available. 

These are our friends Nona and Bob… Good food and good friends make everyone happy!  It’s a great combination.  We ate very well at their home as well.  Bob is a good prep assistant and Nona can really deliver on the Italian dishes!

Lenny’s was definitely a winner!  The food is top notch and the pricing is hard to beat in a metro area.  We wish that we had a place like this anywhere within driving range from our home in East Tennessee!  Lenny’s is located at 21220 US Hwy. 19 North in Clearwater Florida.  Phone: 727-799-0402.  Website:

Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by for breakfast!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


  1. The meals all look super good - I see why your friends like to go there.

  2. I really like the warm and friendly ambiance of this restaurant, Dave, and the colours and decor are very nice. I also love seeing the booths, too. I would have chosen and ordered the same breakfast that Laurie ordered, it looks and sounds fantastic! And Bob and Nona look like a lovely couple! Your photos are great, Dave, thank you so much for sharing.

  3. It all looks delicious! And good friends make it better. Love Clearwater Beach area! Happy Easter!

  4. Dear Dave, Looks delicious!! with a good cup of coffee.
    Have a very Happy Easter to you and Laurie. Catherine