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Lots of BBQ


Let me start off by saying the goal of this evening was to have leftovers.  We went over to Ozona Pig and got some Brunswick stew and the big Boss Hog special.

The Brunswick stew has a little bit of a kick to it, but it’s oh so good.  The boss hog platter has pulled pork, brisket, ribs, & chicken.  We hardly made a dent in it.  The ribs were fall off the bone tender and the rest of it was smoky and yummy.  Total bill with a drink was $42.

The Ozona Pig
311 Orange St
Ozona, FL
727-773-0744

Ozona Pig Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.7/5

So Loud


We thought we were going to dinner at the Palm Harbor Bistro only to discover Detroit Coney Island had taken over the restaurant space.   They seemed busy, so we stayed for dinner.  They were having a Friday fish fry and the air in the restaurant was thick with a greasy fried smell.  Loren ordered the pastrami burger and I decided to try the fried fish.

Loren said the burger was good.  It was cooked a bit past the medium that he ordered, but otherwise it had a good flavor and the pastrami was tasty.  Though I’m not a big fan of cornmeal crusted fish, this one was good.  You get a choice of three different varieties of fish and I went with the walleye.  It was piping hot when it got to the table and the fish was tender and flaky.  Overall the food was good.  The downside for us was how loud it was inside.  And it wasn’t due to the customers, it was the waitstaff.  They would yell across the restaurant to each other.  At one point, there was someone directly behind Loren yelling to someone at the other end of the restaurant about cleaning off a table.  It was like being back in my Italian family where they only have one volume level and that’s loud.  If we decide to go back again, we’ll definitely sit outside.  Total bill with a drink was $23.

Detroit Coney Island
32922 US-19
Palm Harbor, FL
727-401-3342

Detroit Coney Island, Palm Harbor Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere1/5
Value3/5
2.7/5

Origami Sushi


We were heading back from Plant City and stopped at Origami Sushi for dinner.  It was early so there weren’t very many people there, but they do a serious take out business.  It was happy hour so we started off with some Gyoza and then got a bunch of sushi.

The Gyoza had a tasty pork filling.  For sushi, we tried the tunacado, the sunset roll, rainbow roll, scorched earth and perfect match, plus some salmon and a side salad.  The sunset roll had fresh mango on it and I have to admit, I really enjoyed the bit of sweetness it added to the roll.  One of the others had a mango salsa on it and it was way too spicy for me.  Overall, the sushi was very good.  Total bill with a drink was $65.

Origami Sushi
3615 W Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL
813-878-2145

Origami Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.7/5

Indian Food


We went over to Desi Tadka in Oldsmar for dinner tonight.

Loren got the Lamb Rogan Josh and I got what I always get, the Butter Chicken and some garlic naan.  The spice level was perfect tonight, not too spicy, but has all the wonderful Indian flavors.  Service is hit or miss here depending on how busy they are, but tonight was pretty good.  Total bill with a drink was $38.

Desi Tadka
3780 Tampa Rd
Oldsmar, FL
813-475-5955

Desi Tadka Indian Cuisine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.4/5

Irish 31 Westchase


After visiting the Irish 31 at Westshore Mall, I discovered it has another location in Westchase which is much more convenient for us.  We’ve actually been there twice in the last few weeks and the weather’s been so nice that we were able to sit outside.

We started off with some hummus.

The hummus was tasty.  Not too much garlic and it was served with both pita and sliced cucumbers which was a nice change.  Loren got the corned beef and turkey club.  It was piled high and he ate every last bit of it.

I went for the Forest Mushroom chicken.  This has 3 chicken breasts plus fingerling potatoes and veggies.  I definitely had leftovers.  The chicken was very tender and the port wine mushroom sauce was yummy.

We both wanted something sweet, so he got a root beer float and I went for the chocolate lava cake.

Both satisfied our sweet tooth. The root beer float was huge and the chocolate cake with thick and fudgey.  Good stuff.  Total bill with a drink was $52.

We went back again and had a quick lunch of appetizers.

This time we got the hummus again, plus the pot pie bites and the gyro flat bread.

All of them were delicious.  The pot pie bites were “burn the roof of your mouth” hot, so those had to be eaten last.  The flat bread had a very flavorful Greek dressing along with the chicken, lettuce, tomato & tzatziki sauce.  Loren also got another root beer float.  Truth be told, that’s the reason we went back so soon.  Total bill was $29.

Irish 31
10102 Montague St
Westchase, FL
813-510-3931

Irish 31 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.4/5