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Loren was in the mood for a steak and when I checked Longhorn’s website, I discovered we could get a free appetizer by signing up for their hospitality club.  They were pretty crowded tonight and we had about a 20 minute wait for a table.  For our appetizer, we decided on the cheddar stuffed mushrooms.

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It was five mushrooms drenched in gooey cheese.  What more could you ask for?  The mushrooms were tender and the cheese had a good flavor to it.  Once we finished those, bread, and salad, it was time for our entrees.  Loren got the 6 oz bourbon black pepper sirloin.

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The steak was cooked a perfect medium and was very tender.  I didn’t like the glaze on it, but he thought it was very good.  I went for the Napa chicken.

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It had mushrooms, artichokes, and tomatoes in a white wine sauce.  The chicken was very tender, but I still would have preferred to have been given a steak knife instead of having to cut it with a butter knife.  Although, we should have passed on dessert, I just had to try the blueberry lemon butter cake.

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Not very appealing to look at, but it had a deep, rich lemon flavor to it.  I was expecting a few more fresh blueberries on top and all of the blueberries in the cake had settled on one end.  It tasted more like a blueberry muffin than a cake, but we didn’t manage to finish it because the flavors were spot on.  Out of all of the chain restaurants we occasionally go to, we’ve really had the best food experiences at Longhorn.  Total bill with a drink was $39.

Longhorn Steakhouse
35645 US Highway 19
Palm Harbor, FL
(727) 781-9300

Longhorn Steakhouse on Urbanspoon

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

We headed over to Palm Harbor for lunch at the Thirsty Marlin today.  An ahi tuna salad for Loren and a grouper sandwich for me.

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Loren liked his salad, but I don’t think I could have eaten mine as a sandwich if I tried.  They were very awkward pieces of fish.  The grouper was ok, but very under seasoned.  Total bill with a drink was $33.

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

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

We were headed out to John Chestnut Park and stopped at Vettures for lunch beforehand.  The restaurant was empty when we got there.  We decided to split a meatball sub and some fries.

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The meatballs were tasty, but the sub was so sloppy that I had to eat my half with a fork.  There was no way I was going to be able to pick it up & not end up wearing it.  The fries were hot and crispy.  Lunch with a drink ran us $14.

Vetture’s Restaurant and Pizzeria
36137 East Lake Road
Palm Harbor, FL
727-797-4858

Vetture's Pizzeria on Urbanspoon

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

We ended up at Gino’s Pizza for lunch today.  Loren got a half Italian sub & salad and I went for the cheesesteak.

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Loren said the Italian sub was pretty good.  For half a sandwich, it was plenty to fill him up.

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I found the cheesesteak to be a bit on the dry side.  It was more than I could eat in one sitting.  The roll was really big, so Loren ended up just eating some of the cheesesteak out of it.  Total bill with a drink was $17.

Gino’s
3394 Tampa Rd
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
(727) 789-6883

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

Looking for lunch after a movie and we ended up at Shlomo’s Gourmet Subs & Deli.  They have a large menu of available items and we ended up getting a philly chicken and an Italian lovers to go.

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Loren said his was pretty good, but I wasn’t thrilled with mine.  I didn’t like the spices that were on the chicken and it was precooked chicken slices which made it rather dry.  I guess one of the big draws of this place is that it’s open until 4am.   Total bill was $17.

Shlomo Gourmet Deli
31483 US 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
727-771-0200

Shlomo Deli and Subs on Urbanspoon

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