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Polish Food


Met my sister in Winter Park today and we had lunch at Anna’s Polish Restaurant.  While we perused the menu, the waiter brought over some rolls and bread.  My sister saw “pickle soup” on the menu and had to try it.

Underneath the rolls were slices of a flavorful bread.  The pickle soup was interesting.  It tasted like a creamy potato soup, but with the overwhelming flavor of pickles.  We both opted for the Polish platter for lunch in order to try a variety of items.  It came with sausage, pierogi, sauerkraut and stuffed cabbage.

She got the tomato sauce & I went for the mushroom and we got different pierogi.  It was all excellent.  I’m usually not a fan of sauerkraut, but I ate every last bit that was on the plate.  It was fresh and went perfectly with everything else on the plate.  The cabbage was stuffed with meat & rice and the pierogi were perfectly cooked.  Even though we were both stuffed, we couldn’t pass up dessert.

We tried the apple strudel and the crepes.  You can tell when something is homemade and these did not disappoint. The strudel had a nice cinnamon apple flavor and the crepes had a creamy cheese filling with a strawberry topping.  There were a lot more things on the menu that we would have loved to try, so we’ll definitely be back.  Total bill with a drink was about $45.

Anna’s Polish Restaurant
3586 Aloma Ave #7
Winter Park, FL
407-657-0020

Anna's Polish Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.6/5

More Sushi


We were heading to the beach to watch the sunset and stopped at Sushi Spot in Largo for dinner.  They have a large menu of sushi options and it took us a while to figure out what to try.  We started off with a ginger salad & egg rolls.

The ginger salad dressing was pretty thick, but had a nice flavor.  Loren’s not usually a big fan of egg rolls, but he really liked these.  They were filled with shrimp, pork and veggies, had a nice crunch and flavor.  The sushi wasn’t quick to come out of the kitchen, but it was worth the wait.  We tried the John roll, the Snow Crab roll, the Lana roll, a Mexican roll, spicy Alaskan roll, and some salmon.

The rolls were big and filled with so many tasty ingredients.  Neither of the spicy rolls were too spicy for me to eat.  The John roll had tuna, fish eggs, krab, cucumber, and avocado topped with fresh salmon.  The Lana roll had spicy tuna topped with tempura salmon, tempura white fish, avocado & fish eggs.  The spicy Alaskan had salmon, spinach, & carrots with a spicy mayo.  The snow crab roll was probably my least favorite, mostly because it paled in comparison to the rest of the rolls.  We’d definitely go back.  Total bill with a drink was $66.

Sushi Spot Noodle World
3665 E Bay Dr, Ste 146
Largo, FL
727-507-7400

Sushi Spot Noodle World Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

Wild Rover


I’m sure we’re in the minority when we visit a brewery to check out the food.  We kept seeing the sign for The Wild Rover in Westchase and finally drove back into the industrial park where it is to see what they had to offer in the way of English food.

The menu is small, mostly pub food so we decided to try a variety of things and nibble our way through them all.  We got the Cobb salad, the beer cheese dip, the sausage roll and the steak and ale pie.

My favorite was the sausage roll.  It was wrapped in a puff pastry and had a thick, meaty filling.  I could have eaten a few of those.  The bread with the beer cheese dip had a nice crusty exterior and soft warm inside.  We ended up dipping the fries from the steak & ale pie plate into the cheese dip and that was divine.  The salad was a typical Cobb, but with arugula.  The steak & ale filling was tasty, but the puff pastry on top was way too dense.  I prefer puff pastry to be light & flaky.   They only had a couple of things available for dessert so we tried the banoffee pie.

Not so much pie, but more a very tasty banana and toffee pudding.  It was delicious.  Overall, the food was pretty good.  Total bill with a drink was $40.

The Wild Rover
13921 Lynmar Blvd
Tampa, FL
813-475-5995

Wild Rover Pub & Brewery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5

This is Why


Yes, we eat at Craft Street Kitchen a lot.  The reason why?  They’re always coming up with new & flavorful specials so the menu never gets stale.  Today was no exception.  While I ordered an Angry Pig sandwich off of the regular menu, Loren tried the new Capone Sandwich off the specials board and he wasn’t disappointed.

Thin strips of beef cooked out back on the smoker, with cheese and pickled vegetables giardiniera that had been soaking for 3 days.  We were told that the chef wouldn’t even let anyone touch those veggies until the three days were up.  This sandwich had a little bit of everything going on.  Sweet, salty, spicy, smokey, tangy, tenderness, & crunch.  What more could a person ask for?

The Angry pig is no slouch either when it comes to sandwiches.  Mojo Braised Pork, Apple Slaw, Fried Pickles, and Angry Orchard BBQ Sauce.  It’s tender with a little bit of spicy going on.  Alongside an order of sweet potato tots and I’m one happy gal.  Total bill with a drink was $32.

Craft Street Kitchen and Drinks
3153 Curlew Rd
Oldsmar, FL
727-314-4270

Craft Street Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food5/5
Service5/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
4.6/5

Whistlestop


I hadn’t been to the Whistle Stop Grill in Safety Harbor in quite a while, so a friend of mine & I headed over there for lunch today.  It’s an open air casual kind of place and we settled in for a chicken sandwich and a burger.

The Cali-Style Chicken Sandwich has bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato & avocado.  My friend said it was tasty, especially with some sweet potato fries.  I went for the mushroom and onion burger with a side of onion rings.

The burger was big with lots of portabello mushrooms and onions on it.  It was cooked a perfect medium and had a nice flavor to it.  Total bill with a drink was less than $25 for the two of us.

Whistle Stop Grill
915 Main St
Safety Harbor, FL
(727) 726-1956

 

Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5