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When we were in Ozona last week, we noticed the Quirky Fork Cafe and went over there tonight with some friends.   Come to find out, they’ve been there almost a year.  They weren’t very busy for a Saturday evening.  The waitress told us the chef is the owner and she makes everything fresh, so once it runs out, that’s all there is.  Nothing frozen.  They had some specials on the board and three of us ordered from there.

We started with some pita and tzatziki sauce.

The pita was warm and tasty.  The tzatziki was ok, very sour creamy.  It needed a little more of something; cucumber, garlic, lemon, just something to cut the sour cream flavor a bit more.  Two of us ordered the flounder special.

It came with asparagus, but I asked it they had any other vegetable & they made some grilled zucchini for me instead.  The flounder was very fresh with a crab and breadcrumb coating on it and it had a side of lemon potatoes.  The flavors were good, but it needed a different texture element.  Everything on the plate was very soft.  Loren got another one of the specials.  The Lombardy chicken & pasta.

It had a gorgonzola cheese sauce and sun dried tomatoes.  The chicken was tender and it had a very gorgonzola flavor to it.  Not his favorite cheese, but the dish was very creamy and the flavors worked well together.  Our other friend went for a cheese burger.

She said it was very good and the fries were tasty too.  They also got a piece of chocolate cake to go.  Overall, it was a good experience and we’ll go back again.  The server was friendly, but drinks were empty and not filled quickly enough and when the restaurant isn’t busy, there’s just no excuse for that.

Quirky Fork Cafe
191 Orange St, Ste 403
Palm Harbor/Ozona, FL
727-400-6800

Quirky Fork Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.4/5
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  • Filed under: American, Ozona
  • Back Again


    Quick lunch at Craft Street Kitchen.  We’re here almost every weekend.  Today Loren tried one of this month’s specials, the Nashville chicken tacos and I went with the knife & fork BLT.

    The chicken tacos had a bit of spice in the batter, but the vinegar sauce that comes with it was very spicy.  The waitress recommended getting it on the side and it’s a good thing she did.  He put a little bit on the chicken and that was plenty.  The knife & fork BLT has fried green tomatoes, bacon, corn, avocado, onions and a little bit of red peppers on it.  It was a tasty lunch for $22.

    Craft Street Kitchen and Drinks
    3153 Curlew Rd
    Oldsmar, FL
    727-314-4270

    Craft Street Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food5/5
    Service5/5
    Atmosphere5/5
    Value5/5
    5.0/5
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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar
  • Crowded


    We were down in Gulfport tonight and stopped at O’Maddy’s Bar & Grill for dinner.  They were busy and we had about a 30 minute wait before being seated at an inside table.  It was so cramped and loud in there that you couldn’t have a conversation without yelling across the table.  The food, however, did make up for the close quarters.

    We started off with the crab cakes.

    Very little filler, which is the way a crab cake should be.   It had a nice crust on the outside, a little bit of heat, and a light drizzle of hollandaise sauce on the plate.  Loren’s meal came with soup or salad and he got the mushroom soup.

    It was tasty.  It had an earthy flavor to it and had some sort of cheese in it.  I kept stealing bites of it.  For his entree, he got the swordfish with mashed potatoes.

    The swordfish had a spicy tomato jam on it.  He said the fish was cooked perfectly and it all worked well together.  I went for the lobster BLT with a side of onion rings.

    The sandwich had big chunks of lobster in it.  The bacon was a bit too crispy for my taste, but overall it was pretty darn good.  I’d order it again.  The onion rings were nice and crunchy on the outside and tender in the middle.  Total bill with a drink was $51.

    O’Maddy’s Bar & Grille
    5405 Shore Blvd S
    Gulfport, FL
    727-323-8643

    O'Maddy's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value3/5
    3.3/5

    Lots of BBQ


    Let me start off by saying the goal of this evening was to have leftovers.  We went over to Ozona Pig and got some Brunswick stew and the big Boss Hog special.

    The Brunswick stew has a little bit of a kick to it, but it’s oh so good.  The boss hog platter has pulled pork, brisket, ribs, & chicken.  We hardly made a dent in it.  The ribs were fall off the bone tender and the rest of it was smoky and yummy.  Total bill with a drink was $42.

    The Ozona Pig
    311 Orange St
    Ozona, FL
    727-773-0744

    Ozona Pig Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.7/5
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  • Filed under: BBQ, Ozona
  • So Loud


    We thought we were going to dinner at the Palm Harbor Bistro only to discover Detroit Coney Island had taken over the restaurant space.   They seemed busy, so we stayed for dinner.  They were having a Friday fish fry and the air in the restaurant was thick with a greasy fried smell.  Loren ordered the pastrami burger and I decided to try the fried fish.

    Loren said the burger was good.  It was cooked a bit past the medium that he ordered, but otherwise it had a good flavor and the pastrami was tasty.  Though I’m not a big fan of cornmeal crusted fish, this one was good.  You get a choice of three different varieties of fish and I went with the walleye.  It was piping hot when it got to the table and the fish was tender and flaky.  Overall the food was good.  The downside for us was how loud it was inside.  And it wasn’t due to the customers, it was the waitstaff.  They would yell across the restaurant to each other.  At one point, there was someone directly behind Loren yelling to someone at the other end of the restaurant about cleaning off a table.  It was like being back in my Italian family where they only have one volume level and that’s loud.  If we decide to go back again, we’ll definitely sit outside.  Total bill with a drink was $23.

    Detroit Coney Island
    32922 US-19
    Palm Harbor, FL
    727-401-3342

    Detroit Coney Island, Palm Harbor Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere1/5
    Value3/5
    2.7/5