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New Specials


It’s time for the new specials at Craft Street Kitchen, so we had to go check them out.  Ok, so we would have gone there anyway, but it’s always fun to try something new on the menu and this one did not disappoint.  It’s called the Swamp Thing.

When I read what was in it, I honestly didn’t know how they were going to pull it off.  It’s an open faced sandwich with brisket, calamari, scallops, crawfish, and shrimp with a spicy sauce on an Amoroso roll.  It was delicious.  The brisket was so tender and the seafood was all cooked perfectly.  I may need to have another one of these before the month is out.  Loren went for their Green Street salad with chicken.

He gotten this one before for good reason.  Tasty chicken with a fresh salad including walnuts, dried cranberries, green apple, grapes and he substituted the gorganzola cheese for goat cheese.  Total bill with a drink was $34.

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
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.4/5
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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar
  • No Parking


    We’ve attempted to eat at the FlapJacks restaurant in Safety Harbor a few times, but there’s never any available parking spaces in the small lot.   I went with a friend today and had to circle the lot a few times before someone left and I could find a spot.  It’s not a very big restaurant either and we had to wait about 15 -20 minutes for a table.

    They’ve got a nice sized menu and we settled on the eggs benedict and a Crazee-Scramble.

    My friend said the eggs benedict was tasty.  The scramble lets you pick 3 veggies, 1 meat & 1 cheese and it’s served with potatoes & pancakes.  It was delicious and the pancakes were light & fluffy.  The service was very friendly and the prices were great.  We were out of there for less than $20 total with a drink.  The only downside is that it’s in a small shopping center with a laundromat, nail salon and a several other busy places and there just isn’t enough parking to support all the businesses.

    FlapJacks
    3101 FL-580
    Safety Harbor, FL
    727-253-4547

    FlapJacks Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    4.0/5
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  • Filed under: American, Breakfast
  • It was early so we headed to downtown Safety Harbor for dinner at Southern Fresh.   The weather was cooperative, so we sat out on the patio.   Their menu isn’t very big, so I’m pretty sure we’ve had this exact same meal before here.  BLT soup, roast pork, fried chicken & strawberry shortcake for dessert.

       

     

    Small menus are fine when the food is as good as this and consistent every time.  Everything is fresh.  They cook the fried chicken to order, so although it takes a little longer to get to the table, it’s worth the wait.  The roasted veggies were tender, the mashed potatoes and gravy, made from scratch.  The strawberry shortcake is absolutely wonderful.  Total bill with a drink was $41.

    Southern Fresh
    122 3rd Ave N
    Safety Harbor, FL
    727-216-6341

    Southern Fresh Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    4.0/5

    We went back to Marker 39 for brunch this morning.  The weather was nice, so we sat out on the patio where it’s a bit quieter than their small indoor dining area.  We started off with the fried calamari.

    This was a plate of perfectly fried, tender calamari.  There are places that do calamari well, this is one of them.  Loren got the “Big House Salad” with jerk chicken.

    He said the chicken & salad both had lots of good stuff going on.  A good mix of flavors and textures with just the right amount of spice.  I decided to try the shrimp and grits.

    The shrimp and the grits were cooked well and they were swimming in a spicy little tomato based sauce.  It had a good amount of heat going on without being overly spicy.  Everything was fresh & tasty.  Total bill with a drink was $46.

    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
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    4.0/5

    We’ve been boycotting downtown Dunedin since they put in the parking meters, but it seems the city finally came to its senses and the meters are no longer in use.  To celebrate, we went back to one of our favorite places, Cafe Alfresco.  It looked like there were people waiting outside, but we were able to get a table for 2 without a wait.

    We started off with the pork eggrolls.

     

    Tasty little bundles of pork with a tangy little sauce.  They have a nice crunch and a flavorful filling.  Both of our entrees came with salads & rolls.  The rolls are served warm and they are so good.

    For his entree, Loren got the sesame crusted salmon.  He said the green beans weren’t anything to write home about, but the salmon was perfectly cooked and flavorful.

    Saturday is rib night at Cafe Alfresco, so I went for the rack of ribs with fries & cole slaw.  The ribs fall right off the bone and though they aren’t very smoky, the sauce is sweet & tangy.

    One of my favorite desserts here is the Devonshire chocolate cake. Layers of cake & mousse served with whipped cream.  It is so good.  We all but lick the plate clean.

    They have a great waitstaff here.  Very attentive, get things right the first time, and friendly.  Total bill was $55.

    Cafe Alfresco
    344 Main St
    Dunedin, FL
    813-736-4299

    Cafe Alfresco Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    4.0/5