The Restaurants at My End of the Universe

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.

Categories

Search Site


Meta


Archives

    The Restaurants at My End of the Universe Tampa Bay restaurants

Archive for the ‘Cuisine’ Category

Awesome Grits


Johnny Grit’s recently opened up where Nana’s was in Tarpon Springs.  We were amazed at how different the interior looked.  It went from kitschy to classy.  It was like watching an episode of Restaurant Impossible.  Remove the clutter, remove the carpet, repaint and all of a sudden the whole restaurant seems brighter.  Loren went for the shrimp and grits with andouille sausage.

20131027_7

 

Johnny definitely knows his grits.  I kept stealing bites off of Loren’s plate.  The grits were creamy and cheesy and perfectly cooked and seasoned.  Loren said he could have eaten just a bowl of grits with the sauce on top.  The andouille was spicy and flavorful.  The only thing he didn’t like was that the shrimp still had the tails on so that made them a little difficult to eat.  I’d definitely order this dish again.  I went for the Southern Chicken Hash which came with two sides.

20131027_8

20131027_9

20131027_10

 

The hash was delicious.  The chicken was tender and the gravy was flavorful and rich.  It also had potatoes, onions, and mushrooms.  So good.  I ate every last bite of this dish.  The sweet potato fries were good.  Loren actually liked the mac & cheese more than I did.  I like a more mild, creamy cheddar and this one was a bit too sharp for me.  The menu said that the chef is Italian and his mother made him put cannoli on the menu, so how could I pass that up?

20131027_11

 

It was a pretty tasty cannoli.  Mom knows best.  The restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch, but we’ll definitely be back.  I wish I had a bowl of those grits right now.  Mmmm.. Total bill with a drink was $29.

Johnny Grits
857 E. Klosterman Rd
Tarpon Springs, FL
727-942-4748

Johnny Grits on Urbanspoon

Food5/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.4/5

Yummy Cuban


The Nosh Cafe recently opened where the Central Park Deli was in Oldsmar.  They have a good sized sandwich menu and Loren went for a half Amore roast beef sandwich and chili combo.

20131027_1

 

He said it was ok.  The sandwich had roast beef, garlic mayo, tomato and red onion & topped with melted Provolone on Cuban bread. Nothing out of the ordinary about it.  I ordered the Cuban sandwich with a side of potato salad.

20131027_2

 

This is one of my new favorite sandwiches.  It was so good.  The meats on it had such a wonderful flavor.  The Cuban bread was perfectly pressed and everything about it just worked.  From the first bite to the last, I had happy taste buds.  Even Loren said it was tasty.   I liked the potato salad as well.  We’ll definitely be back.  Total bill with two drinks was $21.

Nosh Cafe
4058 Tampa Rd, Ste 4
Oldsmar, FL
813-891-0700

Nosh Cafe on Urbanspoon

Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.4/5
  • 0 Comments
  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar, Subs
  • Bland Food


    We were driving through St Pete tonight and ate dinner at India Grill on Central Ave.  The thing we like most about Indian food is the depth of flavor that’s usually there from start to finish.  The food here was just bland.  We started off with the Veggie Samosa.

    20131022_1

     

    They were stuffed with potatoes and peas and probably had more flavor than anything else we ate tonight.  Loren said even the green sauce that was served with them wasn’t spicy or flavorful.  Loren tried the Chef’s Special Biryani and I got the Butter Chicken and some garlic naan.

    20131022_3

    20131022_4

    20131022_2

     

    The serving sizes were fine and we both had some leftovers.  Loren’s Biryani had meat, chicken, and shrimp in it.  He ordered his medium/mild and I ordered mine mild, but neither had any spice whatsoever in them.  Even the naan tasted like it was missing something.  This isn’t a restaurant we’ll be returning to.  Total bill with a drink was $39.

    India Grill
    409 Central Ave
    St Petersburg, FL
    727-894-1100

    India Grill on Urbanspoon

    Food2/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value2/5
    2.5/5

    Great Flavors


    We had never tried Korean food before, so today’s lunch adventure was out to One Family Korean Restaurant on Hillsborough.  It’s a hidden little gem located in the back of a shopping center.  From the moment we walked in the door, the aromas from the kitchen tempted our tastebuds.  We started off with some fried dumplings.

    20131020_8

     

    We didn’t expect quite so many of them, but they were delicious.  The dipping sauce was savory, but not overly spicy.  The dumplings were crispy and had a pork and veggie filling.  For his entree, Loren tried the spicy pork lunch box.

    20131020_12

     

    There was a ton of food in this box.  He said the pork was spicy and tender and he really enjoyed all the different sides that came with it.  He even asked for more of the bean sprouts to take home with his leftovers.  And trust me, there were leftovers all around.  I got the sweet & sour shrimp which was also served with a bunch of sides.

    20131020_11

    20131020_9

     

    The waitress said the side dishes change every day so you never know what you’re going to get.  I like the potato and apple salad the best.  There was also spinach & the bean sprouts that Loren loved, plus two other veggie dishes.  As for the sweet & sour shrimp, it was probably one of the best sweet & sour dishes I’ve ever eaten.  There were plenty of shrimp and they were perfectly cooked and nice and crispy.  The veggies included peppers, onions, mushrooms, cucumber pickles, and I think pears.  It was yummy and I had plenty for a second meal as well.  Total bill with a drink was $42 and we’ll definitely be back.

    One Family Korean Restaurant
    7030 W Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL
    813-901-0153

    One Family Korean Restaurant on Urbanspoon

    Food5/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.8/5
  • 0 Comments
  • Filed under: Korean, Tampa
  • So Much Food


    If you’re heading out for dinner at the German Bistro II, you better be hungry.  The food is hearty, delicious, and there’s so much of it.  They start you off with some bread and cole slaw.

    20131020_3

     

    The bread is thick and served with an herbed butter.  Loren even asked for seconds.  The cole slaw is fresh and crunchy with a bit of a peppery dressing on it.  For his entree, Loren went for the pork Jaegerschnitzel with warm potato salad and a house salad.

    20131020_4

     

    The pork is super tender with a savory mushroom gravy on top.  He really enjoyed the vinegary flavor of the potato salad too.  I went for the chicken schnitzel with a side salad and spaetzle.

    20131020_5

     

    I’m amazed at how tender they can get such a thin piece of chicken.  The breading had a nice lemon flavor to it and the spaetzle was delicious, especially with gravy on top.  The sides are unlimited and I was tempted to get another order of the spaetzle, but I knew I had to leave room for dessert.

    20131020_7

     

    Black Forest cake is one of our favorites and this was an amazing one.  The cake was tender, the cherries had a nice tartness and it was served up with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.  As you can see from the photo, Loren’s got his fork ready & telling me to hurry up and take the photo.  This was an incredibly tasty and filling dinner for $45.

    German Bistro II
    1300 E Bay Dr Ste L
    Largo, FL
    727-216-6519

    German Bistro 2 on Urbanspoon

     

    Food5/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    4.4/5
  • 0 Comments
  • Filed under: Dessert, German, Largo