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It was raining and I’d been stuck in all day meetings for the last two days, so all I wanted to eat was something warm and comforting.  Today, that meant back to Amarit Thai. 

I’ve been craving some Tom Kha soup and I hadn’t tried their crab rangoons before, so that’s what I got for take out.

These were some very interesting rangoons.  They have curry in them which gave them a very unique and slightly spicy flavor.  The little bundles were full of filling too.  The soup was wonderful.  I got it with chicken and it had big mushrooms and lots of onions in it as well.  The depth of flavors were amazing. 

At $14, it seemed a bit high for soup and an appetizer, but as happy as I was afterward, it was well worth it.

Amarit Thai
328 East Lake Road
Palm Harbor, FL
(727) 789-9186

Amarit Thai Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value2/5
3.7/5
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  • The last time we were at Thirsty Marlin, we got a Mexican roll appetizer and it was really good.  We went back tonight to try some of their other sushi rolls.

    Loren started off with a salad.

    And then we ordered a bunch of sushi because we find it impossible to order just a little bit of sushi.

    The Dynamite roll had tuna, salmon, crab, cream cheese, cucumber, avocado and smelt roe.  This one was really tasty.  It had a little spicy mayo on it, but only around the middle.

    The Rainbow roll was my favorite.  California Roll topped with tuna, salmon, snapper, avocado and smelt roe.  The fish on top was very fresh and very tasty.  Both the California roll and the salmon nigiri were good too.

    We also got a Mexican roll because that’s what was so good the first time we had sushi here and a Key West roll.  The Mexican roll was good, but not quite as good as I remember.  The Key West roll, which was conch and avacado, was way too spicy.  The menu said nothing about spicy in the description of this roll.  We ended up leaving most of it untouched.   I popped one piece in my mouth and the heat lasted for most of the meal.  Granted, I’m wimpy when it comes to spicy, but my mouth was on fire from just one piece of this roll.

    The rolls here are thicker, or maybe the rice is just denser than other places.  We were both stuffed.  Total bill was $49.  I’d definitely eat sushi here again, but I’ll avoid the Key West roll next time. 

    Thirsty Marlin
    1023 Florida Ave
    Palm Harbor, FL
    727-784-3469

    Thirsty Marlin Grill & Bar on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.7/5
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  • When we walked into Koba Sushi in Palm Harbor, our waitress guided us to a table and told us to take off our shoes before getting into the booth.   Loren had flip flops on and didn’t take them off and when she came back and didn’t see them by his seat, she told him to take them off again.  It was just funny.  For a minute there, I thought she was going to reach under the table and take them off his feet herself.

    He started off with a house salad and then we ordered way too much sushi again.

    First out was a veggie roll which had avacado, carrots & cucumber.  It was ok, but I think we’re so used to having fish in the rolls that it just paled in comparison.  The Arizona roll was really good.  Yellowtail, avacado, scallions and smelt roe.  It was one of my favorites of the night.  The California roll was ok. 

    Next up was the Bye Bye Roll and Mexican Roll.  This was one of the most disappointing Mexican rolls I’ve had.  The batter on the shrimp wasn’t crunchy at all.  It had a mushy texture where I expected crunch.  The Bye Bye roll was tuna, salmon, smelt roe, and tempura chips.  Lots of tempura chips.  It also had a spicy mayo on it. 

    The Rainbow roll was really good, especially the side with the salmon and tuna.  It also came with three different sauces, a spicy mayo, an eel sauce, and a hot sauce.

    And as if that wasn’t enough, I reminded our waitress that we had also ordered some salmon nigiri.

    Neither of us was really happy with the way the salmon looked, but it actually tasted good.  It had a little too much wasabi for me though.

    Total bill was $50 and overall the sushi was a lot better than I had expected.  I wouldn’t order the Mexican roll again, but the rest of them were pretty tasty.

    Koba Sushi
    3428 Tampa Rd
    Palm Harbor, FL
    (727) 772-5622

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • I saw the signs for Takee Outee on East Lake Road and figured Chinese food would be good for lunch today.  Unfortunately, there were no redeeming qualities about it.

    I ordered the honey chicken lunch special which came with an egg roll and I also ordered some crab rangoons.

    My idea of honey chicken is not battered chicken and a bowl of thin honey to dip it in.  I expect the chicken to be cooked in the honey sauce so it gets a nice gooey coating on it.   The chicken was tough, I managed to break my plastic fork just trying to pick up a piece.  Both the crab rangoons and the egg roll were less than appetizing.  This is definitely a place I will not eat at again.  This was $10 of wasted lunch money.

    Takee Outee
    3408 East Lake Road
    Palm Harbor, FL
    727-787-3898

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    Food1/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value2/5
    1.6/5

    Went to the movies this morning to see “Inception”.  That was a trippy movie.  We got out of the theater around 1pm and went on a quest for some cheeseburgers.  I had seen the sign for the Garden Grille Cafe in Palm Harbor the last time I was out that way so we decided to give it a try.

    I’m amazed at how all these little Greek restaurants look exactly the same inside with waitresses that have probably been working there for years. 

    Loren went for a bacon cheeseburger and fries.

    Lots of bacon and a pretty decent burger.  The fries were good too.  I got the mushroom burger with potato salad.

    The burger was good, but the potato salad was pretty bland.  There really wasn’t much to distinguish this place from the rest.  Total lunch was $18.

    Garden Grill Cafe
    34018 US Highway 19
    Palm Harbor, FL
    (727) 786-6440‎

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    Food3/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.3/5