Tampa Restaurant Review: Graffiti Junktion

2 May

I love new restaurants, especially ones I can walk to or ride my bike to. I was pretty excited to see Graffiti Junktion opening in the old Wings Gone Wild space about a mile from my house. They’re known for their burgers, have a great draft beer selection, and tons of TV for the Husband to watch sports on. The art on the walls are just an added bonus.

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Our first visit, right after they opened, was pretty successful. We liked the graffiti on the walls, the beer was cold, and the tater tots were delicious! I tried a burger, which I rarely eat, and it was actually pretty good.

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We went back a few weeks later and had a bit of a strange experience. My second beer was served with am airport luggage tag inside! I wasn’t even mad; I thought it was kind of funny and definitely fitting that I got that glass. But then the bartender insisted that I put it in there. Now come on. Why would I ruin a perfectly good beer? Not to mention we rode our bikes there and I didn’t even have a purse, let alone a suitcase. I was not impressed and decided right there I wasn’t going back. Luckily my veggie burger was pretty delicious so it wasn’t a total waste.

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Luggage tag in my beer.

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Veggie burger.

Well, we ended up getting a coupon for a free draft beer at Taste of South Tampa, so the Husband convinced me to go back. I mean, how can I say no to a free beer? So I went back one more time, secretly hoping they would redeem themselves. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. I ordered a turkey burger and tater tots. The turkey burger was served undercooked an I’m pretty sure the entire fryer of grease was on my plate with my tots.

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Kinda makes you not want to put that in your body, eh?

The bartender sent my burger back to be fully cooked, but by then I was kind of grossed out and lost my appetite.

I wish that every visit had been as good as the first. I like the idea of the place and I can get over the food issue. But I just can’t get over the bartender accusing me of something so ridiculous and talking about me to the other bartender when she thought I couldn’t hear. I expect respectful, pleasant service when I’m out to dinner. Luckily there are plenty of choices in Tampa!

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One Response to “Tampa Restaurant Review: Graffiti Junktion”

  1. Lisa May 2, 2015 at 8:22 pm #

    Patsy!!
    I just drove by this place the other day! I thought of you… Because of Pinkys!
    I was wondering how that place was… It looked kind of…. Ehhh… Not #elegant lol.
    Ps- i hope they let you keep that beer glass!! What a ditz… Btw. If u drank 3/4th of then… Then maybe you put it in there… But its a whole glass of beer…
    Xo

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