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It’s been raining for two days and all I wanted for lunch today was warm and cozy comfort food.  For me, that’s Cracker Barrel a big ol’ heaping helping of macaroni and cheese.

I did order some meatloaf with my mac and cheese and some cole slaw too.  There’s just something about the mac and cheese at Cracker Barrel that makes me so very happy.  It’s always thick and creamy and cheesy with so much ooey gooey goodness.  I’m addicted. 

I usually get the chicken fried chicken, but since I had chicken last night, went for the meatloaf.  It’s standard fare, nothing out of the ordinary, but it doesn’t disappoint.  The biscuits were fresh and tasty too. 

It’s a lot of food for $8.  I couldn’t finish all of the meatloaf.  It wasn’t very crowded in there today at lunch which was nice too.  Sometimes it can get kind of loud in there.  It was a shame I had to go back to work because after all those carbs, I was ready for a nap. 

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

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  • Loren picked me up for lunch today and I had a cheesesteak craving, so we headed over to Marina’s in Westchase on Linebaugh for lunch.

    I’ve been to Marina’s a few times, but I don’t think I’ve ever had anything but their cheesesteaks.  Today they had a 1/2 size on special with fries and a drink.  That’s probably a good thing since their regular size cheesesteak is huge!

    It was ooey and gooey and cheesy, but the bread wasn’t as soft as I like it.  I think they use a different roll on the full size sub.   Not the best cheesesteak I’ve ever had, but it definitely fills you up. 

    Loren got the Italian sub.  He said it was good, but lacked something.  Then he doused it with oil and vinegar and that did the trick.

    For $13, we got 2 subs, fries and a drink. Marina’s also has pizza and other Italian dishes.  One of these days, I’ll try something other than the cheesesteak. 

    Marina’s Pizza and Pasta
    12121 W Linebaugh Ave
    Tampa, FL
    813-854-1616

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    I’ve been whining for weeks that I wanted to go see Wicked again (I’ve seen it twice), but that the ticket prices were way too high.  There’s no way I was going to shell out $180/ticket.  Then last night, TBPAC posts $49 tickets on Facebook.  Seriously, $49, 8th row, I’m so there.

    Since the show was in Tampa at 7:30pm, we needed to eat somewhere that was going to be quick, so we headed over to Cuban Breezes.

    They had their Havana burger on special, so Loren got one of those with the ultimate beans and rice.

    Cuban Breezes makes a pretty good burger.  He scarfed it.  I opted for the steak philly with beans and rice.

    Their steak philly is different than a cheesesteak you get other places.  It has it’s own special blend of spices, onions and peppers on their yummy Cuban bread.  I smother the whole thing in their Havana sauce.  Good stuff.  The rice and beans were a little dry this time, though. 

    We were in and out of there for $15 in about 45 minutes.  Got to Tampa in plenty of time.  The show was great.  The actress playing Elphaba had a fantastic voice and Richard Kline (yup, Larry from Three’s Company) played the Wizard of Oz. 

    Cuban Breezes
    13980 W Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL

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  • Two for One


    After going to the 11:30am showing of “Edge of Darkness” (good movie, definitely worth seeing), we were ready for some lunch.  Chico’s Wood Fired Grill on Linebaugh offers two-for-one fajitas on Sundays, so off we went.

    We didn’t get there until almost 2pm, so they weren’t very busy.  It’s nice to be able to eat a quiet lunch. They start you off with some colorful chips and salsa.

    We didn’t even need to look at a menu.  I ordered the chicken fajitas and Loren got the steak and chicken combo fajitas.

    Chico’s makes a pretty good fajita.  Fresh and tasty with lots of onions and peppers and all the fixin’s.  You can easily get 3-4 fajitas out of the lunch serving. 

    You just can’t beat this deal, two orders of fajitas and a soda for $16.  If you like fajitas this is definitely the place to go on Sundays.

    This was the mural above our table:

    Chico’s Wood Fired Grill
    12217 W Linebaugh Ave
    Tampa, FL
    813-814-2023

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  • Filed under: Mexican, Tampa
  • We drove out to Tampa tonight to have dinner with an old high school friend, Paul Zabodyn.  He drives a charter bus and had just dropped off a girl’s basketball team at USF.  We headed over to Tia’s Tex Mex on Fowler Ave.

    We used to have a Tia’s down on Gulf to Bay in Clearwater, but they closed, so I’m happy whenever we get to the one in Tampa.  Two words… queso supremo. 

    It’s ooey, gooey cheesy goodness mixed with taco meat.  Mmmmm….  I don’t even need to order an entree, I could just eat that and be happy.  It also comes with guacamole, so Loren’s happy too.

    I did order an entree, though I only ate half of it.  Too much queso.  I got a Su Casa Combo.  You pick three items plus rice and beans.  I got two chicken cheese empanadas and a taco.

    Like I said, I brought half of it home.  Way too much food for me.  The empanadas were tasty.  Very cheesy and crispy. 

    Loren ordered his usual, steak fajitas.

    And Paul got the chicken quesadillas.

    Tia’s gives you big portions and we’re always stuffed when we leave.  The fajitas, queso, and my combo plate ran us $33.  Not bad considering I have lunch for tomorrow too. 

    Tia’s Tex Mex
    2815 E Fowler Ave
    Tampa, FL
    813-977-5025

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