The Tampa Tribune’s food writer since 2005, Jeff Houck covers the way people live through their food. He also hosts the Table Conversations food podcast and believes that everything crunchy is good.
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Posted Aug 5, 2012 by Jeff Houck
Updated Aug 5, 2012 at 01:54 PM
The funniest food-related things I saw this week?
Both came in t-shirt form.
The first was witnessed yesterday when I stopped at a food truck on Hillsborough Avenue.
I hadn’t seen the Smokehouse Grille before, but the traffic-cone-orange color and the “Gilligan’s Island” font on the signage caught my eye.
That and the inversely printed Coke cup.
HELLO? PHOTOSHOP DISASTERS?
Anyway, there was a huge, very pork-centric menu from which to choose:
Boiled peanuts, smoked mullet and devil crab?
Oh, right, the funny part. I’m getting to it.
I went to order, choosing a rib sammich and getting a sausage and peppers for my Official Offspring of The Stew.
The gentleman owner of this establishment says, “We have tilapia.”
Okay, I say. My poker face shows that I’m not willing to jump off the fish-by-the-side-of-the-road high dive just yet.
“It’s a whole tilapia.”
“It’s from the ocean, not the freezer.”
I politely passed.
Then I noticed this good gentleman’s shirt. And I almost reconsidered, because, hey, if you can pull off a self-tailored shirt that reads, “HOW MAY I IGNORE YOU TODAY?” then you deserve a tilapia sale.
Second funniest thing came at The Swap Shop, also on Hillsborough Avenue, also yesterday.
Not long after walking into the flea market, I saw a table selling pigeons, parakeets, bunnies and roosters.
It was exactly what you are now thinking in your mind.
This wasn’t a pet table. This was a dinner table dressed as a pet table.
The best part of it was this shirt:
It reads, and I quote, “I’M NOT AS GOOD AS I ONCE WAS, BUT I’M AS GOOD ONCE AS I EVER WAS.”
Thank you, Toby Keith. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Okay, time for the week’s best food tweets. Try not to spit up your coffee: