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Prime Rib Day


So, did you know that April 27th is National Prime Rib Day?  Prom was also going on tonight, so we needed to find a place that the kids weren’t going to be, so we settled on Cody’s out on Hillsborough.  I have a love/hate relationship with Cody’s.  Love the rolls & salad, but the entrees don’t always live up to expectations.

They were pretty busy tonight and it took our waiter quite a while and two tries to get us a salad without onions and some rolls.

The rolls were fresh and so good that we had to order a second basket.  Like I said, this is the best part of the meal to me.  Loren, being in the holiday spirit, decided to try the prime rib.

He said it was pretty tender and he enjoyed it.  Surprisingly, he actually ate the whole thing.  I ordered the half rack of baby back ribs.

Some of the ribs were tender, some parts were not.  They definitely don’t have the smoked taste and flavor you get from an actual BBQ joint.  I’m still working my way through the menu.  Eventually, I’ll find something I like.  Total bill with a drink was $33.

Cody’s Original Roadhouse
11202 West Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL
813-855-2787

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Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5
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  • Filed under: American, Tampa
  • If you’ve even been to Cracker Barrel on a Sunday, you’ll notice that they really push the Sunday homestyle chicken special.  I swear everyone we come in contact with at the restaurant just raves about it, so tonight Loren decided to try it & I got the chicken fried chicken, which we normally get.

    The homestyle chicken comes with two chicken breasts & two sides.  Loren got mashed potatoes & collard greens.  The chicken fried chicken comes with one piece of chicken, gravy, & three sides and is 30 cents more.   The verdict?  The homestyle chicken was good, it had a much different crunch than the other chicken, but I didn’t think it was that much better.  The chicken fried chicken is always tender here and I like the gravy on it.  I’m also more about the sides anyway, so I’d rather have the three side dishes versus another piece of chicken.  I couldn’t eat two chicken breasts if I tried.  So, it’s a toss up really.  If you’re really craving chicken, go for the homestyle, but if you’re really just there for the mac & cheese, the other chicken with do.  Total bill with a drink was $26.

    Cracker Barrel
    13833 West Hillsborough Avenue
    Tampa, FL
    813-855-4200

    Cracker Barrel on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar, Tampa
  • We tried the Surf Shack when they first opened and went back again today for lunch.  The weather was gorgeous, so we sat out on the patio.  They had a good crowd for a Friday lunch and we both tried something different.  I opted for the Seafood Stack with a side of mac & cheese.

    The Seafood Stack was interesting.  I love fried flour tortillas and they added a nice crunch to the mix of shrimp, cod, and veggies inside.  The shrimp was a bit overcooked, but otherwise the dish was very tasty.  It was served over some rice, but really didn’t need it.  It was messy to eat though.  The cheese sauce on the mac & cheese was very thin, so it sort of settled on the bottom of the bowl, leaving the macaroni to be a bit dry.

    After munching on some chips & salsa, Loren got a Baja chicken burrito with a side salad.

    The ranch dressing on the salad had some spice to it.  The burrito, on the other hand, was a bit on the bland side.  Loren said it was just ok. With a drink, the total bill was $27.

    Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen
    12217 West Linebaugh Ave
    Tampa, FL
    (813) 475-5916

    Surf Shack on Urbanspoon

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value2/5
    2.9/5

    Headed to Tampa tonight to the Straz Theater to see La Cage aux Folles and stopped at Guadalaja Mexican Restaurant for dinner before the show.  Loren usually goes through two baskets of chips and salsa here.

    For his dinner, he went for the beef fajitas.

    He said the beef was tender and tasty.  He had some leftovers, but since we weren’t heading right home, we didn’t take them.  I went for a beef chimichanga.

    It wasn’t very crispy and I didn’t realize it had pico de gallo inside.  I’m just not a fan of raw onions & cilantro, so the whole flavor profile was a bit off for me.  It’s strange because I ordered this same dish the last time & really liked it, so I’m not sure if they just changed the ingredients or they weren’t as strong the last time.  Total bill with a drink was $28.

    Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant
    4502 W Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL
    813-879-4096

    Guadalajara Mexican on Urbanspoon

    Food3/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.3/5
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  • Filed under: Mexican, Tampa
  • Nom Nom


    We don’t eat fast food often, in fact, I think Five Guys is the only fast food burger joint we’ve been to in quite a while.  I’m intrigued with the efficiency they have in running this place.  As soon as people walk in the door, they’re counting them off and dropping more burgers on the grill & fries in the oil.  A large party came in right before us today, so our burgers took a little longer, but they were definitely fresh.

    Loren went for a bacon burger all the way and I got a little cheeseburger with grilled onions & mushrooms and we shared an order of fries.

    Actually, I think we only ate about half an order of fries because they dump what would normally be considered a regular order anywhere else in the bag on top of the actual order.  Everything was hot, fresh & juicy, just the way it should be.  Total bill with a drink was $16.

    Five Guys Burgers & Fries
    11622 Countryway Blvd
    Tampa, FL
    (813) 855-2244

    Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.7/5