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One of the reasons we enjoy going to Craft Street Kitchen is you never know what sort of tasty concoction will be on the menu.  They change the specials board and brunch menu often and there’s always something new & yummy to try.  Tonight’s new addition was Aunt Sally’s Drunken Chicken.

Half a chicken with potatoes, carrots & mushrooms in a delicious red wine sauce.  The veggies were all perfectly cooked and the chicken was tender.  There was more than enough food there for two meals, aka, lunch tomorrow.  Loren went with the shrimp & grits which is on the regular menu.

While not spicy overall, the sausage has a nice kick to it.  The shrimp are cooked just right and the grits and sauce have a tasty flavor to them.   For $40, it was a very filling and enjoyable meal.

Craft Street Kitchen and Drinks
3153 Curlew Rd
Oldsmar, FL
727-314-4270

Craft Street Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.0/5
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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar
  • We stopped by Mother’s in Westchase for lunch today.  They have an outside patio and the weather was perfect for it today.  The menu had some interesting choices and we started off with the smokey Chipotle Gouda mac & cheese bites.

    These were tasty.  Crispy on the outside, cheesy & gooey on the inside and the cheese sauce on the side had lots of flavor.  A little smokey with crispy Pancetta.  $8 for 4 of them seemed a little high to me, especially since I could have eaten a dozen and not thought twice about it.  For his entree, Loren got their grilled chicken sandwich with fries.

    He was a happy camper.  It had arugula, tomato, pepper jack cheese, bacon and an avocado ranch sauce.  The chicken was very tender and tasty.  I went for their Citrus Duck Flatbread.

    It’s a rare occurrence when I like every single ingredient in a dish.  This flatbread was perfect for me.  The flatbread itself was thin & crispy with duck confit, goat cheese, Mandarin oranges, Asian pears, and a Ponzu reduction.  It was delicious.  All of the flavors blended together just right.   Total bill with a drink was $36.  The food and service were both great and we’ll definitely be back to try some other things on the menu.

    Mother’s
    12227 W Linebaugh Ave
    Tampa, FL
    813-814-1533

    Mother's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food5/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value3/5
    4.3/5

    So Slow


    We went over to Jack Willie’s in Oldsmar for lunch today with a friend.  We haven’t eaten there in a while because the food had been hit or miss the last couple of times we went.  There was a pretty good crowd on the patio and around the bar, but it didn’t seem busy enough for how slow the service was.

    Between the three of us, we ordered the Oyster Po Boy, the grouper sandwich and the Fish & Chips .

    The food took way too long to come out of the kitchen.  I don’t think I could have eaten the Oyster Po Boy as a sandwich unless I wanted to wear half of it.  The oysters were fried nicely though.  The grouper portion seemed a little small, but it was blackened ok.  Besides the service, the other issue I had is that they allow smoking on the patio which completely ruins a meal for me.  Total bill with two drinks was $44.

    Jack Willie’s Tiki Bar and Grill
    1013 St Petersburg Dr
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-854-1972

    Jack Willie's Bar, Grill, and Tiki Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food2/5
    Service1/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value2/5
    1.7/5
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  • Filed under: Oldsmar, Seafood
  • We went over to Craft Street Kitchen in Oldsmar for lunch today after seeing the movie “Arrival” at the AMC theater in the same shopping center. (good movie, by the way).  We eat here a lot.  They always have interesting specials and a different brunch menu on Sunday mornings.  Today, we both opted for burgers.  Loren got the Duck Dynasty special.

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    This was duck with arugula, a sunny side up egg, apple chips and a cranberry jalepeno spread.  He said it was pretty tasty.  Different combinations of sweet and heat.  I went for the Belly Up Burger.

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    This one had braised pork belly and an over easy egg.   It was juicy and flavorful, definitely something I’d order again.  It also required quite a few napkins because it was a messy burger.  I also can’t resist their sweet potato tots.  Yum!  Total bill with a drink was about $30.

    Craft Street Kitchen and Drinks
    3153 Curlew Rd
    Oldsmar, FL
    727-314-4270

    Craft Street Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value3/5
    3.9/5

    Breakfast


    Going out for breakfast on a Sunday morning can be quite the adventure if you don’t want to stand in line for an hour.  We thought we’d try Lenny’s in Clearwater to find the line surrounding the building.  Then we drove through the Village Inn parking lot to find it completely full as well.  Eventually, we drove by Country Skillet on Roosevelt and didn’t have to wait for a table.  They brought a few mini blueberry muffins to the table.  I could have easily eaten a dozen of them and not thought twice about it.

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    Loren got an omelette and I went for a southern scramble, both with hashbrowns.  His was smothered in hollendaise sauce, mine with sausage gravy.

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    Let’s just say calorie count went out the window with this breakfast.  Everything was ok and there was plenty of it.  Hearty enough breakfast that neither of us needed lunch.   Nothing that wow’d us so much that we’d make a special trip out here, but it filled our bellies and we didn’t have to wait.  Total bill was $21.

    Country Skillet Restaurant
    2839 Roosevelt Blvd
    Clearwater, FL
    727-539-1428

    Country Skillet Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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