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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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  • We were on our way to Tampa to see “What the Butler Saw” at the Jobsite Theater and needed to eat somewhere we could get in and out of quickly on the way.

    I try to avoid chain restaurants as much as possible, but sometimes you just gotta do it.  I got the pulled pork with a sweet potato and mac & cheese and Shad got the baby back ribs with baked beans and a baked tater.

    Now would probably be a good place to divulge my obsession with macaroni and cheese.  I’m completely challenged when it comes to making homemade macaroni and cheese.  I’ve tried every recipe known to man and still can’t come up with one that I like.  It’s very frustrating because I love macaroni and cheese.  What’s not to love about macaroni covered in ooey, gooey cheese.  If it’s on the menu, I’m gonna order it.

    Which brings us back to Sonny’s.  Their mac & cheese is not “it”.  It tastes like Stouffers frozen mac & cheese to me.  Edible, but not the homemade goodness I crave. 

    For $37.42, we were able to keep our stomachs from grumbling during the play, which, by the way, was really funny.  It’s not often you go to a show where 4 out of the 6 cast members end up in their underwear.

    Sonny’s BBQ
    8106 W. Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL
    813-886-7178

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  • Filed under: BBQ, Tampa