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Bar Fly Saltwater Grill recently moved to a new location in Safety Harbor, so we went over there for dinner.  We were able to get a table without a wait, but the restaurant was crowded and loud.  We started off with some grouper bites and I somehow managed to delete the photo.   They had a very thin, flavorless coating and most of the fish was overcooked.  When I ordered the appetizer, I asked for a side of ranch dressing.  Of course, it didn’t come when the food was delivered and we were almost finished before the waitress came back around.   Our entrees came out before we finished the appetizer.

Loren ordered the Mahi Bowl and I went for the lobster mac & cheese.

He said the mahi itself was good, but the rest of the dish was simply missed opportunities.  Right ingredients, wrong execution.  There was no flavor to the beans or rice and the whole thing just fell flat.  The lobster mac & cheese wasn’t much better.

It came with a cup of lobster bisque and kettle chips.  The bisque needed salt and didn’t have a lot of flavor overall.  There were enough lobster pieces to cover the bread, but I’m not convinced that grilled cheese & lobster should go together.  The sandwich was dry and all you could taste was the cheese.  Total bill was $43 and I don’t think we’ll be returning anytime soon.

Bar Fly Saltwater Grill
100 Main St, Ste 107
Safety Harbor, FL
727-400-4790

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Food2/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value2/5
2.0/5

A Bit Spicy


We were in Tampa today and decided to try Datz for lunch.  We had about a 10 minute wait for a table and then we were seated on the second level.  This is another one of those loud restaurants.  Lots of choices on the lunch menu and we eventually settled on the Ty’s Two Fister and the Cluck Yeah.

Loren liked the corned beef, pastrami, & swiss sandwich.  He said it had good flavors and there was plenty of meat on the sandwich.  I should have asked more questions before I ordered the Cluck Yeah.

I noticed the chips came with blue cheese drizzle & green onions, two things on my “do not eat” list, so I ordered mine plain.  They were a little sweet and salty.   I should have asked what the Nashville sauce had in it.  It was a little sweet and a lot spicy.  Way too spicy for my taste.  The chicken was ok, but I just couldn’t get past the sauce.   We ordered a piece of the Buffalo Trace chocolate cake for dessert.

It was a big piece of cake & we ended up taking most of it home.    The cake was a little dry and there really wasn’t much flavor overall.  I’ve heard people rave about this restaurant, but I honestly didn’t find anything special about the food that would make me want to go back again.   Total bill with a drink was $38.

Datz Tampa
2616 S. MacDill Ave
Tampa, FL
(813) 831-7000

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Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5
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  • We had dinner at Asian Pearl in Clearwater tonight.  This is our go-to Chinese restaurant.  The food is always so fresh and tasty.  We started off with some spring rolls.

    Perfect crunch and a tasty filling.  Loren ordered the X.O. beef.  He’s ordered it before and always asks the waitress what’s in the XO sauce.  Whatever it is, it’s flavorful stuff.

    The beef is tender and he likes all of the different veggies in it.  I tried the cashew chicken tonight.

    This also had a lot of well cooked veggies, plus tender chicken in a tasty brown sauce.  There was enough on the plate that I had leftovers for the next day.  We’ll definitely be back for more.  Total bill with a drink was $33.

    Asian Pearl
    2551 Drew St #104
    Clearwater, FL
    727-797-1888

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    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.7/5
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  • So Salty


    We had lunch at Tampa Bay Brewing Company in Westchase today.  Loren tried the hot pastrami sandwich and I went for the brats & mash.

    He really liked all the flavors in the sandwich.  He said even though some of the ingredients are things he wouldn’t normally eat, together they all melded to make a well balanced sandwich.   The red beans & rice are his favorite side dish here.   The brats & mash were tasty, but as with most things I’ve ever eaten here, the salt content is way too high.  It tastes great at first and then my tongue feels over saturated with salt.  I don’t know if it’s done purposely to get people to order more beer, but for me it’s just too much.  Total bill with a drink was $21.

    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
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5

    Brunch


    Discovered Marker 39 in Safety Harbor serves brunch on Sundays so that’s where we headed today.  We got the Big Ass Bahamian Conch Wonton and the Cuban Breakfast tostada.

    The wonton is an appetizer on their dinner menu.  Perfectly crispy wonton with a cracked conch salad filling served with citrus dressed greens and a soy ginger glaze.  It was tasty, but the filling seemed like more breading than conch.  The Cuban breakfast tostada is also similar to their dinner menu Cuban Pork Crisis dish.

    For breakfast, they add a crispy tostada and two fried eggs.  The marinated pork is amazing.  So tender and flavorful.  The plantains are perfectly cooked with the right amount of sweetness and the tostada added that little bit of crunch.  Definitely a dish I’d order again.

    The only downside was that the restaurant has a very small indoor dining space and there was a large party of rather loud women in there.  It was that or deal with the heat & humidity on the outdoor patio.  The food was great, it was just a little difficult to have a conversation.  Total bill with a drink was $29.

    Marker 39
    155 5th Ave N
    Safety Harbor, FL
    727-791-1939

    Marker 39 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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