If I’m being completely honest, then I must say that the sound of peanut shells being brushed onto the floor makes me cringe a little. But that’s just what you do at Cody’s, Florida’s original roadhouse. I don’t normally write about chain restaurants, but I make an exception for those that originate in Florida. Cody’s Original Roadhouse was founded in Tarpon Springs, FL in 1994, exactly 22 years ago this June. Most locations are still in the Tampa Bay area, but they’ve since spread throughout the state of Florida.
They are instantly recognizable from the road, with their brightly-colored vintage pickup truck parked in front and their roadhouse-style decorations. Hub caps, street signs, and license plates are high art here. Even if you are just eating dinner at your home location, you feel like you are about to embark upon the next great American road trip.
Their specialty: Good old-fashioned American food – just the type of thing a person craves on Memorial Day. Their hot sweet yeast rolls come out first – soft pillows of warm bread with cinnamon sugar butter. Their mains include lots of steak, ribs, roasted chicken, burgers, fajitas, and shrimp, and they all come with rolls and bottomless salad. Cody’s often has great holiday specials, and today was no exception. For $15.98, we all ordered one of their Memorial Day Barbecue specials. Each came with rolls, bottomless salad, a ½ rack ribs, corn on the cob, choice of side, and either ½ BBQ chicken, BBQ chicken breast, or garlic fried shrimp.
The food is not surprising and it’s not gourmet, but it’s all cooked to meat-falling-off-the-bones perfection. Once I got past all the empty peanut shells, I found that I actually liked the place.
From Monday, June 6th through Thursday, June 9th you can expect another great set of specials, as Cody’s is celebrating their 22nd Anniversary. Check their website for details: http://codysoriginalroadhouse.com/22nd-anniversary-specials.html