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Over Sauced


Going in, I think we knew this wasn’t the restaurant for us.  The Brown Boxer Pub & Grille is located where TGI Friday’s used to be over on US 19 near Countryside Mall.  They have a patio open to the restaurant and without someone to greet & seat us, we ended up grabbing a table out there.  That was our first mistake since we discovered part way through the meal that they allow smoking on the patio.  With TV’s throughout the restaurant, both inside & out, it was a rather loud experience as well.  We started off with what the menu described as “to die for” Sicilian meatballs.

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Three meatballs for $9 seemed a bit high and they were just ok.  Loren liked them better than I did, but even from the photo you can see how oily it was.  For his entree, Loren went for the blackened mahi.

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He said it was good.  The fish was fresh and the mashed potatoes were tasty even though they lacked the “hint of garlic” they were supposed to have.  I went for the BBQ pulled pork platter.

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Somewhere under all that BBQ sauce, there was pulled pork.  The amount of tangy BBQ sauce on it made it pretty much inedible.  I would suggest ordering the sauce on the side.  The tater tots were good though.  Overall, there was nothing about this experience that would make us want to go back.  Total bill with a drink was $42.

The Brown Boxer Pub & Grille
26111 US 19 N
Clearwater, FL
727-799-3000

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Food2/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere1/5
Value1/5
1.7/5

Greek Lunch


Had the day off today, so we did some shopping and ended up at Greek City Cafe for lunch.  Loren got a small Greek salad with salmon.

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He likes the Greek salads here.  They’re filled with lots of chopped veggies.  He said the salmon was a bit underseasoned, but ok.  I got the philly steak panini.

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This was a tasty panini.  It was a little bit on the salty side which became more and more apparent the more I ate.  Otherwise, the bread was nicely toasted and the fillings were good.  Total bill with a drink was $19.

Greek City Cafe 
2518 SR 580, Ste C
Clearwater, FL
727-726-9600

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Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5
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  • We decided to try the new Brick House Tavern and Tap in Clearwater tonight.  The noise level is off the charts from the moment you open the door.  I think we counted at least 30 TV’s from where we were sitting and I’m sure we missed some.  Our waiter came to take our order and after that, we barely saw him again.  We started off with the spiked calamari.

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    We had to flag down another server to ask for plates and silverware since our waiter neglected to bring any to the table.  The calamari was really good.  Thick pieces with a nice crunch.  It was tasty.  For his entree, Loren ordered the grilled mahi mahi.

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    He said it was cooked well.  The fish was tender and flaky and had a nice seasoning to it.  I ordered the pork meatball sandwich with a side of tots.

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    I liked the flavor of the meatballs, but wasn’t too keen on the bbq sauce on them.  It was a bit spicy and just a little too strong that it covered up the delicate flavor of the meatballs.  My drink was empty halfway through the meal, but our waiter was no where to be found.  Eventually, he came by to clear the plates and cleared my empty glass without asking if I’d like something more to drink.  Now,  here’s the odd part.  When he brought the check, he brought two to-go cups filled with water & tea which we didn’t ask for.  It would have been nice to have our drinks filled during our meal, but why would you just bring to-go drinks for no reason??   Overall, the food was good, but the poor service and the fact that it’s a loud sports bar will likely mean we won’t be back anytime soon. Total bill with a drink was $41.

    Brick House Tavern and Tap
    28795 US 19 N
    Clearwater, FL
    (727) 726-6352

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    Food4/5
    Service1/5
    Atmosphere1/5
    Value3/5
    2.5/5

    Sweet Bacon


    We stopped for a late lunch at Cheddar’s today.  They were pretty crowded and we were seated way in the back of the restaurant, now known as the “ignored zone”.  I’m convinced our waitress’s tables must have been scattered throughout the restaurant because she certainly wasn’t anywhere near our table for most of the time we were there.  We decided to start off with some onion rings.

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    It was a heaping pile of onion rings for $4.  Way more than we could eat.  They had a nice crunch and the onions were cooked perfectly.  The only downside was that the more you ate, the saltier they got.  For his entree, Loren got the World Class Chicken sandwich.

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    He’s a big bacon fan, but he ended up taking this bacon off the sandwich.  It was a brown sugar cured bacon which meant it didn’t taste like bacon at all.  It was slightly sweet, but mostly had no flavor at all.  I ordered the half salad/half Monte Cristo combo.

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    The Monte Cristo is like eating a ham & cheese doughnut, especially when you dip it in the raspberry preserves that come with it.   Very sweet and tasty too.   Total bill with a drink was $22.

    Cheddar’s Casual Cafe
    2655 Roosevelt Blvd
    Clearwater, FL 33760
    (727) 536-7770

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    Food3/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    2.7/5

    We really do know better than to visit a new restaurant during its opening week, but we decided to try Pisces Sushi Global Bistro tonight anyway.  Let’s just say they were still working out the kinks.  We were seated by one of the owners and she started to explain the drink menu to us, but since we’re not drinkers we just asked for water and an iced tea.  She said she’d check to see if they had any tea.  Then a waiter came by and repeated the same process.  Let’s just say, it was a long evening.

    The owner said instead of bread, they serve rice balls.

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    It’s lightly fried sushi rice and they were pretty good.  A little crunch on the outside and dense rice in the middle.  This is where the waiting began.  A large group came in and I think that really overwhelmed them.  The noise level also got rather loud.  The owner came by and apologized for the wait saying that the chef was a perfectionist and didn’t like the first attempt at Loren’s dish, so they had to remake it.  Eventually, our waiter came back to the table and asked if it would be ok if Loren’s dish came out before the sushi I ordered.

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    The Jamaican Me Crazy was a spicy pork dish that unfortunately came to the table cold.  The rice was a little warmer and the veggies seemed to be right off the grill.  Loren liked the flavor of the dish, but would have liked it better had it all been the right temperature.  My Kanisu roll came out next.

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    I thought the cucumber was sliced a bit thick and the roll was very loose, but it had a good flavor to it.  Eventually, the Mexican roll and Royal California roll came out.

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    The Mexican roll was cold.  It had to have been sitting there for quite a while.  When the waiter came back to the table, I told him about the temperature of Loren’s dish and the Mexican roll and they offered to make another one.  The second Mexican roll came out really fast and was pretty good.  As for the Royal California roll, neither of us was very fond of it.  I didn’t like the texture of the snow crab and we both thought it had a less than fresh taste to it.  At this point we were just ready for the check, then the owner came by and said she had something for us.  The waiter than brought out a free dessert.

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    Although it was a nice gesture, neither of us is a fan of tiramisu.  They also took the Mexican roll off the bill.  Total bill with a drink ended up being $36.  They were very apologetic about the whole experience, but there really wasn’t anything about it that makes us think we’ll be back.  Hopefully, they’ll get all the kinks worked out quickly.

    Pisces Sushi Global Bistro
    2340 State Road 580
    Clearwater, FL
    727-215-6764

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    Food2/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value2/5
    2.0/5
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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Sushi