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So Salty


We had lunch at Tampa Bay Brewing Company in Westchase today.  Loren tried the hot pastrami sandwich and I went for the brats & mash.

He really liked all the flavors in the sandwich.  He said even though some of the ingredients are things he wouldn’t normally eat, together they all melded to make a well balanced sandwich.   The red beans & rice are his favorite side dish here.   The brats & mash were tasty, but as with most things I’ve ever eaten here, the salt content is way too high.  It tastes great at first and then my tongue feels over saturated with salt.  I don’t know if it’s done purposely to get people to order more beer, but for me it’s just too much.  Total bill with a drink was $21.

Tampa Bay Brewing Co
13927 Monroe Business Park
Tampa, FL
813-247-1422

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Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5

Brunch


Discovered Marker 39 in Safety Harbor serves brunch on Sundays so that’s where we headed today.  We got the Big Ass Bahamian Conch Wonton and the Cuban Breakfast tostada.

The wonton is an appetizer on their dinner menu.  Perfectly crispy wonton with a cracked conch salad filling served with citrus dressed greens and a soy ginger glaze.  It was tasty, but the filling seemed like more breading than conch.  The Cuban breakfast tostada is also similar to their dinner menu Cuban Pork Crisis dish.

For breakfast, they add a crispy tostada and two fried eggs.  The marinated pork is amazing.  So tender and flavorful.  The plantains are perfectly cooked with the right amount of sweetness and the tostada added that little bit of crunch.  Definitely a dish I’d order again.

The only downside was that the restaurant has a very small indoor dining space and there was a large party of rather loud women in there.  It was that or deal with the heat & humidity on the outdoor patio.  The food was great, it was just a little difficult to have a conversation.  Total bill with a drink was $29.

Marker 39
155 5th Ave N
Safety Harbor, FL
727-791-1939

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Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.7/5

Tucked away in a little strip mall on East Bay Drive in Clearwater, you’ll find the flavors of the Mediterranean.  The East Bistro is a small, casual restaurant where they definitely know how to marinate and season tender cuts of beef and chicken.  We started off with the baba ghanoush and pita and then split the trifecta plate.

The Baba Ghanoush had a wonderful smoky flavor with just the right amount of garlic, tahini, & lemon juice.  The pita was fresh and perfect for dipping.  This was a small order and just the right size for the two of us.  The Trifecta place normally has beef kebabs, but they had run out, so they gave us beef shwarma instead.  It was so tender with just the right blend of Mediterranean spices.  The chicken was also incredibly tender and tasty.  The plate also came with Kibbeh, rice, salad, and hummus.

Everything we ate was amazing and there were a few other things on the menu we wanted to try, but that’ll have to wait until next time.  And there will definitely be a next time.  The restaurant is small and there aren’t a lot of tables.  The food is fresh and takes a while to come out of the open kitchen and it was certainly worth the wait.  Total bill with a drink was $24.

East Bistro
4100 E Bay Drive, Unit B34
Clearwater, FL
727-798-4567

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Food5/5
Service5/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value5/5
4.7/5

We went over to Thirsty Marlin for dinner tonight.  Loren was craving grouper and this plate of fried grouper cheeks hit the spot.

The fish had a good crunchy batter and came with two sides.  He enjoyed the grouper dipped in the spicy Bahamian sauce.  I decided to try some sushi.  I ordered a Mexican roll, lobster roll and some salmon.

I wasn’t terribly impressed with the sushi.  The batter on the shrimp & lobster was so thick & crunchy that you couldn’t distinguish the two from each other.  There was also way too much rice on the sushi rolls.  They were just too thick.  The lobster roll had fried onions on top which was an odd choice.  They really didn’t add anything worthwhile to the dish.  I don’t think I’d order either of these rolls again.  The salmon was good though.  Total bill with a drink was $52.

Thirsty Marlin
1023 Florida Ave
Palm Harbor, FL
727-784-3469

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Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5

German Lunch


I was in Orlando with my sister & niece and we had lunch at Schumann’s Jagerhaus.  The place was completely empty at noon on a Saturday.  We ordered the Jager Schnitzel, veal goulash,  and a burger.

The Jager Schnitzel was tasty and there was plenty of it.  It was tender and the had a nice mushroom gravy on it.  It came with two sides, but I wanted the Spätzle instead.  I don’t have an issue with an upcharge for something different, but I do expect the waitress to mention it.  In this case, all she asked is if I wanted Spätzle to replace both sides & I said yes, not knowing she was going to charge me separately for both.  I didn’t actually need two portions of it.

The goulash and the burger were both ok.  The beef was tender in the goulash, but the Spätzle without the cheese was kind of dry.

None of us were really that impressed with the food.  It was just ok.

Schumann’s Jagerhaus
25 West Church Street
Orlando, FL
(407) 985-1950

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Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5
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