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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.




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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  • Filed under: Burgers, Tampa
  • 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.



    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.


    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.


    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.


    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

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    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.



    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

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    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.




    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

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  • Filed under: Oldsmar, Thai
  • A friend of ours posted a photo of their dinner from Clear Sky Draught Haus in Dunedin, so we decided to head over there for dinner.  As far as I could tell, there’s no signage on the building and the only way we knew we were in the right place was a very small sign on the curb.  We’ve eaten at other restaurants in this space and the biggest issue with the location is the very small parking lot.

    They have a nice outdoor patio that’s pet friendly, but as we walked up to the hostess booth, we could tell the hostess was stressing.  I don’t think she was trying to be rude, but she came off that way.  She didn’t smile until she was ready to deal with us.  After we were seated, Loren said asking us to wait wasn’t a big deal, but the way she put her hand up in a “stop right there” motion was not a welcoming first impression.

    The space inside wasn’t very big and they had it open to the outside which was pleasant tonight, but will likely be sweltering come summer.  We looked over the menu and so many of the items sounded amazing.  Calamari was on the appetizer menu so I couldn’t pass that up.



    It seemed like a small portion for the price and unfortunately, it was both chewy and flavorless.  The only redeeming thing on the plate was the lemon ginger dipping sauce.  The batter desperately needed some seasoning, even a little salt would have helped.  For his entree, Loren ordered the mushroom crusted salmon.



    Loren’s a lot less picky than I am about food.  If this had been served to me, I’d have sent it back.  The salmon was fishy.  I’ve eaten a lot of salmon and it just shouldn’t taste that way.  The manager came by and asked how things were and I told him the fish was not fresh.  He ended up taking it off the bill and also gave us a $15 coupon to come back again.  The customer service was good; the food, not so much.   Another manager came by and said something to the effect of the salmon wasn’t his favorite dish on the menu.  Makes you wonder why it’s on the menu, doesn’t it?   I ordered the Tuscan Chicken.



    It was served with cappicola, goat cheese, and a mushroom risotto.  I liked the chicken, but would have preferred that it was a little more tender.  That became very apparent as I was trying to cut it with a butter knife.  I will never understand why any restaurant wouldn’t give you a real knife when serving beef, chicken or pork. The cappicola and goat cheese added an interesting flavor to the dish.   The mushroom risotto was unevenly cooked.  Nice flavor, but would have been better without the crunchy pieces of rice.  We decided to try the banana bread pudding for dessert.



    The menu described it as a banana bread pudding with chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, whipped cream and a cherry.  I didn’t taste any caramel and there wasn’t cherry on top, instead it was a very unevenly heated dense banana bread.  The bottom was hot, the middle was cold, and the rest was lukewarm.   Overall, it was just a very disappointing meal.  Everything looked and sounded good, but the execution just wasn’t up to par.  Total bill with a drink was $37 after the salmon was removed.

    Clear Sky Draught Haus
    680 Main St
    Dunedin, FL

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  • Filed under: American, Dunedin