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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
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  • Filed under: Sushi, Tampa
  • Irish 31


    We had dinner over at Westshore Mall with some friends at Irish 31.  It seemed like more bar than restaurant, but the food was very good.  We started out with two appetizers, the guacamole and the boxty.

    The chips were homemade, but a little hit or miss on crunchiness.  The boxty had Velveeta, bacon & chives surrounded by mashed potatoes.  They were interesting.  There was nothing left by the time our entrees came out.    Between the four of us, we ordered the shepard’s pie, the chicken pot pie, the ribeye sandwich and the forest mushroom chicken.

    Everyone was happy with the food. Good flavors and textures.  I had the chicken pot pie and the puff pastry was so light & fluffy.  And since everything was tasty, we couldn’t pass up dessert.  Our friends got the bread pudding & we got the molten chocolate lava cake.

    Again, nothing to complain about here.  The cake was moist with a deep dark chocolate flavor.  We were all stuffed by the time we left.  Our side of the bill was $45 with a drink.

    Irish 31
    214 Westshore Plaza
    Tampa, FL
    813- 207-0308

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

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Filed under: Irish, Tampa
  • We went over to The Wild Rover for lunch today.  We got two of their $8 lunch specials and a Scotch egg just because.

    The Scotch egg was tasty.  It had a very flavorful sausage exterior and a perfectly hard boiled egg in the center.   Loren got the sandwich of the day which was a roast beef and I went with the lunch sausage roll and clam chowder.

    Everything was fresh and had good flavors.  The sausage roll had a crispy flaky crust and the whole lunch was $21.

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

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

     

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

    A Bit Spicy


    We were in Tampa today and decided to try Datz for lunch.  We had about a 10 minute wait for a table and then we were seated on the second level.  This is another one of those loud restaurants.  Lots of choices on the lunch menu and we eventually settled on the Ty’s Two Fister and the Cluck Yeah.

    Loren liked the corned beef, pastrami, & swiss sandwich.  He said it had good flavors and there was plenty of meat on the sandwich.  I should have asked more questions before I ordered the Cluck Yeah.

    I noticed the chips came with blue cheese drizzle & green onions, two things on my “do not eat” list, so I ordered mine plain.  They were a little sweet and salty.   I should have asked what the Nashville sauce had in it.  It was a little sweet and a lot spicy.  Way too spicy for my taste.  The chicken was ok, but I just couldn’t get past the sauce.   We ordered a piece of the Buffalo Trace chocolate cake for dessert.

    It was a big piece of cake & we ended up taking most of it home.    The cake was a little dry and there really wasn’t much flavor overall.  I’ve heard people rave about this restaurant, but I honestly didn’t find anything special about the food that would make me want to go back again.   Total bill with a drink was $38.

    Datz Tampa
    2616 S. MacDill Ave
    Tampa, FL
    (813) 831-7000

    Datz Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Filed under: American, Tampa
  • So Salty


    We had lunch at Tampa Bay Brewing Company in Westchase today.  Loren tried the hot pastrami sandwich and I went for the brats & mash.

    He really liked all the flavors in the sandwich.  He said even though some of the ingredients are things he wouldn’t normally eat, together they all melded to make a well balanced sandwich.   The red beans & rice are his favorite side dish here.   The brats & mash were tasty, but as with most things I’ve ever eaten here, the salt content is way too high.  It tastes great at first and then my tongue feels over saturated with salt.  I don’t know if it’s done purposely to get people to order more beer, but for me it’s just too much.  Total bill with a drink was $21.

    Tampa Bay Brewing Co
    13927 Monroe Business Park
    Tampa, FL
    813-247-1422

    Tampa Bay Brewing Co Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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