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We went back over to Mother’s in West Chase for lunch.  Today we both decided to try some burgers.  Loren built one with bacon & cheddar and I went for the Mac Burger.

They make a pretty good burger here.  Loren said the burger itself didn’t have enough seasoning, but it had a schmear of Cajun aioli on it that he liked.  My Mac burger was a heart attack on a plate.  Pork belly, burger, and a patty of fried mac & cheese, plus a side of cheese sauce.

It was actually quite tasty.  Fried mac & cheese is just so wrong and so right in so many ways.  I could have just eaten that part of the sandwich and been happy.   Not a cheap lunch at $30, but we certainly weren’t hungry all afternoon.

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

Mother's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

Brunch


We headed back over to Mother’s in Westchase for Brunch today.  They were pretty crowded by 11:30am, but we were able to get a table inside without a wait.  They have a brunch menu on Saturday & Sunday along with their regular lunch menu.  Loren went for the mahi sandwich.

He got the mahi blackened and said the fish was good.  The bun to fish ratio was a bit off with way more bread than he needed for the size of the fish.  The fries were nice & crunchy too.  I tried the crab benedict off of the brunch menu.

I wouldn’t order it again.  The crab was like an afterthought; a relatively small amount scattered haphazardly over the top.  But, it was the hollandaise sauce that actually ruined it for me.  It had a sharp metallic taste to it.  It either didn’t have enough butter or too much lemon or something.  Whatever it’s downfall, it did not live up to what a good hollandaise sauce should be.  Total bill was $28.

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

Mother's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

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

We stopped by Mother’s in Westchase for lunch today.  They have an outside patio and the weather was perfect for it today.  The menu had some interesting choices and we started off with the smokey Chipotle Gouda mac & cheese bites.

These were tasty.  Crispy on the outside, cheesy & gooey on the inside and the cheese sauce on the side had lots of flavor.  A little smokey with crispy Pancetta.  $8 for 4 of them seemed a little high to me, especially since I could have eaten a dozen and not thought twice about it.  For his entree, Loren got their grilled chicken sandwich with fries.

He was a happy camper.  It had arugula, tomato, pepper jack cheese, bacon and an avocado ranch sauce.  The chicken was very tender and tasty.  I went for their Citrus Duck Flatbread.

It’s a rare occurrence when I like every single ingredient in a dish.  This flatbread was perfect for me.  The flatbread itself was thin & crispy with duck confit, goat cheese, Mandarin oranges, Asian pears, and a Ponzu reduction.  It was delicious.  All of the flavors blended together just right.   Total bill with a drink was $36.  The food and service were both great and we’ll definitely be back to try some other things on the menu.

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

Mother's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

A Senor Tequila location recently opened up in Westchase on Race Track Road.  It’s a spacious restaurant, but they’ve got it set up with two entrances so if you go in the wrong one, you have to walk through the restaurant to get to the hostess station even though there are servers standing at the other entrance.

I’ve actually been twice, once with a friend for lunch & then again for dinner.  Lunch service was slow to get the food out, but it seemed better at dinner time.  For the lunch visit, I had a chimichanga and my friend had the enchiladas with mole sauce.

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This is pretty generic Mexican food.  The flavors are ok, but nothing is overly spicy or overly flavorful.  When Loren & I went for dinner, we started with some queso and then got the fajitas for two.

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Loren said the salsa was vibrant.  Had a fresh taste to it.  The queso dip wasn’t too spicy.  The fajitas were a mix of chicken, beef, shrimp, and pork.  It was plenty of food for two people and the meats were all very tender and cooked well.  The lunch entrees ran about $8 and dinner with a drink was $35.

Senor Tequila
12950 Race Track Road
Tampa, FL
(813) 510-3488
Señor Tequila Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

We went over to Tampa Bay Brewing Co on Race Track Road in Oldsmar for dinner and it was busy.  We had to wait a while for a table and the noise level in there is rather deafening.  We started off with the Cantonese Calamari because it’s soooo good.

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There’s a bit of heat going on in this dish, but the calamari is very tender and the flavors are delicious.  There are also a few shrimp tossed in there for good measure.  Loren went for the Chicken Spinach Salad and I decided to try the baby back ribs with a side of loaded mashed potatoes.

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He said the chicken was tender and flavorful, but there was way more spinach on the plate than he could eat.  The ribs were just ok.  Not quite as tender as I would have liked and the loaded mashed potatoes were inedible.  The cheese on top made a very solid barrier and the potatoes within were too thick.  It needed something saucy to loosen it up.  We wanted something sweet to end the meal, so dug into a deep dish apple crisp.

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Loren said he’d ordered it before and it had a lot more ice cream, but this one was pretty good.  Just enough sweet & cinnamon, plus tart apples, a crispy crunch, whipped cream and ice cream.  We all but licked the bowl clean. Total bill with a drink was $52.

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
Atmosphere2/5
Value3/5
2.9/5
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