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We were sitting at home watching an episode of Chopped where the chefs had to make burgers for every round.  By the end of the show, we were trying to figure out where to go for burgers for dinner.  We ended up at TGI Friday’s in Westchase.

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Loren got the bacon cheeseburger, and I just got a regular cheeseburger.  They were both cooked well and I really enjoyed the seasoned fries.  The best part of going to TGI Friday’s though is the vanilla bean cheesecake.

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This has to be one of the all time favorite desserts.  The cheesecake part is good, but the vanilla mousse on top is awesome.  So yummy.  Total bill with a drink was $29.

TGI Friday’s
11705 W. Hillborough Ave
Tampa, FL
813-891-6496

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

We were heading to Bradenton to see the DaVinci exhibit and had planned on eating at El Durango’s, but it was closed.  Alvarez Mexican Restaurant was across the street, so we ended up there instead.  It took a while before the waiter came by with menus and took our drink order.  In fact, while we were waiting, we watched another patron walk out due to poor service.  Loren liked the chips and salsa.

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The salsa didn’t look like much, but he said it was fresh and tasty.  He ordered a #7 which is a taco, burrito and enchilada.

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He said the enchilada sauce was more sweet than spicy.  Overall, it was just plain, inexpensive Mexican food.  I ordered the beef and bean chimichanga.

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The cheddar cheese sauce tasted like Cheez-whiz and seemed like an odd choice. The chimi didn’t have the same crunch as I’ve had at other places.  The flavors were very plain.  There was just nothing memorable about any of the food.  Total bill with a drink was $19.

Alvarez Mexican Restaurant
1431 Eighth Avenue West
Palmetto, FL
941-729-2232

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Food2/5
Service1/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value2/5
1.7/5
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  • Hard to Eat


    We fought the crowd for brunch at Johnny Grits this morning.  There was a line out the door.  Unfortunately, our experience today wasn’t as good as it’s been in the past.  Loren ordered the chicken sandwich with bacon and a side of fries.

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    The chicken was very thick which made it hard to eat as a sandwich.  It really needed to be flattened more to fit on the bun.  His bacon was overcooked and his fries weren’t crispy enough.  I ordered the breakfast bowl special.

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    It had potatoes, bacon, sausage, two eggs, a biscuit and sausage gravy.  My bacon suffered the same fate as Loren’s, being way overcooked.  The sausage was also overcooked.  My over-easy eggs had already broken by the time it got to the table.   The biscuit & gravy was probably the best thing on the plate.  Total bill with a drink was $19.

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

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    Food2/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    2.9/5

    Greek Lunch


    Had the day off today, so we did some shopping and ended up at Greek City Cafe for lunch.  Loren got a small Greek salad with salmon.

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    He likes the Greek salads here.  They’re filled with lots of chopped veggies.  He said the salmon was a bit underseasoned, but ok.  I got the philly steak panini.

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    This was a tasty panini.  It was a little bit on the salty side which became more and more apparent the more I ate.  Otherwise, the bread was nicely toasted and the fillings were good.  Total bill with a drink was $19.

    Greek City Cafe 
    2518 SR 580, Ste C
    Clearwater, FL
    727-726-9600

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • We went to a movie this morning and ended up at the reopened Village Inn over on Racetrack Road near Westchase.  The original Village Inn that was there closed a while back, but another franchisee bought the space and opened it up again.  They were crowded and we ended up with about a 10 minute wait for a table.

    Loren wanted lunch & I wanted breakfast so he got a soup and burger and I got a skillet.

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    He liked the soup, but said the burger was really bland.  Completely lacking in seasoning.  I got the California skillet which had avocado in it that could probably have used another day or so to ripen further.  The pancakes were spot on and the rest of the skillet was tasty.  The only thing that got on my nerves about our dining experience is that every time a server went in or out of the kitchen they yelled that they were coming in or out.  Total bill with a drink was $25.

    Village Inn
    13001 Race Track Rd
    Tampa, FL
    813-814-0488

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