Green Springs Bistro in downtown Safety Harbor Florida has amazing food that is made with a lot of tender love and care. You can tell by the quality of what is served that this is no chain restaurant.
Located on 4th Avenue North, just down the block from the Post Office, this building was once a single family home and as so many of the eclectic restaurants and shops in Safety Harbor, was turned into a commercial property. Perhaps that is part of the charm of the building.
There is always background music since there is always a guitar player in the one of the rooms and the music resonates throughout the bistro. Soothing and never too loud, it is just one more thing that I love about dining here. The food is wonderful! The portobello mushroom ravioli to the mixed blueberry and blackberry compot with yummy vanilla bean ice cream on top! There are so many unique choices on the menu and the evening menu is somewhat different from what is offered during the lunch hours, which are 11:30 am to 3 pm Tuesday through Saturday. The bistro is closed on Sunday and Monday.
Philippe Park is indeed Safety Harbor Florida’s Historical Park! This 160 acre park is on the National Register of Historic Landmarks due to the fact that it was once home to both the Tocobaga Native American tribe and later the home of Count Odet Philippe. Remains of the Tocobaga’s time here can be found not only from the fact that they left a large mound in the park but that there were numerous other mounds that have been excavated. The archaeological remains of these mounds are now contained in the Safety Harbor Museum.
Count Odet Philippe, once chief surgeon to Napolean and born in Lyon France, made Safety Harbor Florida his home back in 1821. Here he settled with his family and introduced the citrus industry to Hillsborough County (today’s Pinellas County belonged Hillsborough County until 1921). It was also Odet Philippe that originally brought the cigar making industry to Florida. He passed on in 1869 at the age of 100 and was buried on his estate, in what is today Philippe Park.
Philippe Park has miles of trails, picnic shelters, restrooms, boat ramps and of course the Tocobaga mound. It is a popular destination for children’s birthday parties, family picnics, morning jogs and a favorite with everyone interested in local history. Here locals love to put their kayaks into Old Tampa Bay for a day out on the water and you will often find people fishing from shore.
Philippe Park is a wonderful addition to Safety Harbor Florida and one park you need to check out!