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Long Wait


Craft Street Kitchen in Oldsmar always has a crowd.  I think the last 2 times we were there, we had at least a 45 minute wait for dinner.  So far, though, it’s been worth the wait.  Tonight, we sat out on the patio which was good since it was so loud inside and started with some meatloaf sliders.

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These were some tasty little bites.  There’s a little bit of heat going on, either in the meatloaf itself or maybe in the bacon tomato jam, but certainly an appetizer we’d get again.  Loren went for the Ziggy.

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He’s had this sandwich before and his one complaint is the ratio of bread to filling.  It has a great flavor though.  I decided to try the steak and cheese with a side of sweet potato tots.

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The steak was incredibly tender.  I was amazed at how tender it was.  The cheese sauce was sort of fondue like.  It was ok, but a more gooier cheese would have worked better.  Instead, this was just a very sloppy sandwich.  The tots were crispy and came with a sweet dipping sauce.  Yum!  Total bill with a drink was $40.

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

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

Mee Krob


We ate dinner at Thai Nana tonight in Palm Harbor because I was craving some Mee Krob.

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It’s a very simple crispy noodle dish with a tamarind sauce on it.  It’s addictive.  A bit on the sweet side and the crunchy noodles just melt in your mouth.  There’s also a couple of shrimp and some chicken it in, but it’s all about the noodles and sauce.  And speaking of noodles and sauce, I ordered some Pad Thai for my dinner.

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Since I don’t like bean sprouts or peanuts, my Pad Thai is always a bit on the plain side, but tasty.  The pad thai sauce was on the sweet side too, so I was a bit overwhelmed with it & the appetizer.  Loren ordered a steak dish.

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He said it was tender, but desperately needed the sauce that came with it.  I think he would have been happier if it had been a dish where everything was mixed and cooked together so all of the flavors could have melded together more.  Service here is really slow.  We had to wait in the front for a while before someone came to seat us and it seemed like they were understaffed for the number of customers.  Total bill with a drink was $36.

Thai Nana
1462 Alt 19
Palm Harbor, FL
(727) 787-0189

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Food3/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value2/5
2.4/5

Early Lunch


We went over to Thirsty Marlin for an early lunch.  We were the first ones in the restaurant, but it started to fill up quick.  We tried the pork nachos for an appetizer.

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The nachos are actually onion rings covered in shredded pork and cheese.  They were tasty.  The pork had a sweet BBQ sauce on it, so I liked it more than Loren did.  The only issue is that they are heavy handed with the salt here, so after a while it gets harder to eat.   For his entree, Loren got the salmon dill wrap.

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He liked the blackened salmon itself, but there was just too much of the dill sauce on the wrap.  He said after a bite or two all he could taste was the dill sauce.  He’d order it again, but with the sauce on the side.  I decided to try their Cuban sandwich.

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It didn’t thrill me.  The mustard was overpowering and there really wasn’t anything special about the sandwich itself.  The meats weren’t flavorful and the bread was pressed a bit too much.  I always have high hopes for the food here, but it seems to be hit or miss.  Total bill with a drink was $38.

Thirsty Marlin
1023 Florida Ave
Palm Harbor, FL
727-784-3469

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Food2/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value2/5
2.0/5

Dessert


We got some burgers at Red Robin tonight.  We’ve never been disappointed in the food, but I don’t usually blog about chain restaurants so  I didn’t take any photos.  That is, until we got to dessert.  I’ll just leave this Mile High Mudd Pie here.  Try not to lick the screen.

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It was absolutely decadent and divine.  How can you go wrong with chocolate ice cream, whipped cream, Oreo cookies, & caramel??

Red Robin
27001 US Hwy 19 N
Clearwater, FL
(727) 726-7249

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Food5/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
4.1/5

Sandwiches for Lunch


Stopped at Nosh Cafe for lunch today.  I can’t resist their Cuban sandwich and potato salad & Loren decided to try the Po’ Boy and a bowl of chili.

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Loren liked the Po’ Boy.  It had lots of ham and roast beef and the chili made for a nice side.  I’m not a big salami fan, but I really like the flavor of the kind they use here.  Both plates were empty within no time.

Nosh Cafe
4058 Tampa Rd, Ste 4
Oldsmar, FL
813-891-0700

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