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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

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

Good Burger


In search of a good burger for lunch and we ended up at Burger 21 in Westchase.  Their burgers all sound good and we ended up with a Cinco Burger and a Chicken Marsala Burger with some fries.

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They’re almost too big to get in your mouth!  Loren’s Cinco burger has guacamole, salsa, cheese, jalapenos and the cilantro cream on it.  He really liked it.  The burger was thick and juicy and the toppings gave it that over the top flavor burst.  He did remove a good portion of the jalapenos though.

The chicken marsala burger was very good.  It didn’t look like there was any filler in the chicken patty and the mushrooms and onions along with the marsala sauce made for one delicious lunch.  Sad to say, though, my chicken burger had more calories than his regular burger.  I always thought chicken was less fattening.  I ate most of the fries because they were hot, fresh and perfectly crunchy.  I love all the sauces they have available as well with the apple cider and honey mustard as my favorites.  Total bill with a drink was $22.

Burger 21
9664 W. Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL
(813) 475-5921

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.4/5
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  • We wanted something scrumptious for dinner so we headed over to Dunedin to Bistro Atlantis.  Surprisingly, there was only one other table of customers.  The last few times we were there, they were pretty busy.   This is one of those places where we’re tempted to eat everything on the menu, but after we scarfed down the fresh bread, we landed on the Shrimp Atlantis for an appetizer.

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    It’s shrimp and tomatoes and feta in this delicious cream sauce over bread.  I think we sopped up every last bit of the sauce on the plate.  The shrimp were cooked perfectly and the flavors made us both very happy.  Loren went for the salmon and asparagus for his entree.

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    It was served over rice with a tasty hollandaise sauce.  The salmon was cooked to perfection.  He also liked the added saltiness of the capers.  I went for the grouper topped with crab cake.

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    It was served with red potatoes and spinach and though I really enjoyed all the flavors, I wish there had been a little crunch to the crab cake.  There just wasn’t much of a texture difference between the fish and crab cake.  As usual, there was no way I could pass up dessert.

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    This was a delightful Limoncello cake with raspberry sauce.  The cake was moist and had a deep lemon flavor which paired perfectly with the raspberry.  Start to finish, it was an absolutely delicious meal.  Total bill with a drink was $67.

    Bistro Atlantis
    1140 Main St
    Dunedin, FL
    727-733-1909

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    Food5/5
    Service5/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value3/5
    4.6/5

    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 eat at Pacific Thai in Oldsmar at least twice a month, maybe more.  Their food is always so fresh and tasty and the staff is very friendly.  We went there for lunch today and although Loren ordered his usual ginger chicken, I went for something different.

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    Today I decided to try the crispy duck with sweet and sour sauce.  This was a very intriguing set of flavors.  The duck was tender with crispy skin and the sauce had a unique sweetness that went really well with both the duck and rice.  It had a very familiar flavor, but I couldn’t really place it.  And though I’m not usually a fan of nuts in my food, this dish came with cashews which is the only nut I really like.  A very tasty lunch for $22.

    Pacific Thai Cuisine 
    4058 Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-855-6633

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    Food5/5
    Service5/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    4.7/5
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