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Tasty Seafood


We had lunch at the Lucky Lobster Co in Dunedin today.  It was a bit too warm to sit out on the patio so we chose a seat inside and ordered some lobster bisque and prosciutto wrapped scallops to start off.

The lobster bisque had an interesting taste to it.  It reminded me of tomato soup, but not quite.  It had some bits of lobster in it and you could taste some sort of wine or sherry.  It was a bit on the thin side and probably could have used some cream to thicken it up, but it was still tasty.   The scallops were melt in your mouth delicious.  They were perfectly cooked and seasoned and we both wanted more.

For his entree, Loren got the crab cakes with mashed potatoes and a side salad.

The dressing on the salad was a balsamic with bacon and he couldn’t get enough of it.  He really liked the crab cakes.  Not a lot of filler, lots of crab and lots of spices.  In fact, way too many spices for me.  I took one bite and my mouth was on fire.  I saw fried clams on the menu and when the waiter said they were whole bellied clams, I had to order them.

They reminded me of New England, crunchy and tasty, but not enough of them on the plate.  I definitely wanted more.  The fries and cole slaw were good too.  We finished off the meal with the chocolate lava cake.

It was rich and thick and chocolaty with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.  Overall, a really delicious meal, but on the expensive side.  Total bill with a drink was $71.

Lucky Lobster Co
941 Huntley Ave
Dunedin, FL
727-228-1222

Lucky Lobster Co. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value3/5
3.9/5

Big Rolls


We were in Oldsmar and noticed another new sushi restaurant, Oishi Sushi on the corner of Tampa Road & Forest Lakes.  The restaurant had a modern feel to it and was pleasantly quiet.   They had a big list of sushi rolls and we ordered some salmon, a Mexican Roll, Rainbow Roll, Atom Bomb, Tuna Garlic, and a Lobster roll.

The specialty rolls were all 10 pieces and a good size as well.  The fish was all very fresh and tasty.  The Atom bomb wasn’t overly spicy and the Mexican roll and lobster roll both had a good crunch.  Overall, it was one of the better sushi experiences we’ve had recently.  The only downside was the bill.  Good sushi ain’t cheap.  Total bill was $74.

Oishi Sushi & Thai
3705 Tampa Road, Ste 3
Oldsmar, FL
813-491-4570

Oishi Sushi & Thai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food5/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value3/5
4.3/5

Good Seafood


I’ve pretty much taken Dunedin off of my radar since they installed parking meters, but since Hog Island has their own parking lot we ventured over there for dinner.  We say the same thing every time we come here, “the food’s good, but it’s way too loud!”  The noise hits you in the face when you walk in the door and doesn’t subside until you’re back outside again.  It’s just not enjoyable when you have to shout to have a conversation.  But, on to the food.  Loren ordered the swordfish which came with a salad and two sides.

He said the fish was tender & tasty.  A few too many carrots in the veggie mixture for him, but otherwise a tasty dish.  I ordered the po boy

It’s a mix of oysters, grouper, and shrimp on a ciabatta roll with fries.  There was no way I was going to be able to pick it up & eat it, but all of the seafood was crunchy and delicious.  The fries were nicely done as well.  Loren said he might have to order some fried grouper after tasting a piece in the po boy.  They didn’t have anything that tempted our sweet tooth tonight, so the bill was $39 with a drink.

Hog Island Fish Camp
900 Broadway
Dunedin, FL
727-733-1179

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere1/5
Value3/5
3.1/5

Sushi Lunch


Went over to Hot Tuna in Oldsmar for some sushi.  They have a 2 rolls & salad or soup for $9.99 deal, so we got two of them plus some fresh tuna & some gyoza.

I love me some dumplings and these were tasty.  We could have easily eaten another plate of them.

The lunch special rolls are pretty plain.  We got some spicy tuna, gator roll, Mexican roll and a California roll.  They were all tasty.  Total will with a drink was $35.

Hot Tuna Sushi Bar & Grille
3689 Tampa Road #302B
Oldsmar, FL
813-818-8862

Hot Tuna Sushi Bar & Grille Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

Flavorful Lunch


We went over to Mother’s in Westchase for lunch today.   We’re making our way through the menu.  Today Loren tried the Coffee Rubbed Beef on Weck and I went for the Meatloaf slider & soup combo.

We both got the soup of the day which was a chicken pot pie soup.  It did taste like a creamy version of the filling for a chicken pot pie.  The beef on weck had a horseradish sauce on it that gave it a little kick.  Loren enjoyed it.  The meatloaf sliders aren’t much to look at, but they have a surprising burst of flavor to them.   There’s something to be said for bacon onion jam and the caramelized onion aioli that’s on them.  They were delicious.  Total bill with a drink was $35.

Mother’s
12227 W Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL
813-814-1533

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