We walked around Lowry Park Zoo this morning and ended up La Pequena Columbia for lunch. We really love the food at this restaurant. Loren ordered the Bandeja Montaner.
This dish had a little bit of everything in it, but his favorite was the sausage. He just loved the flavor of it. Along with that, there was steak, plantains, rice, beans, a corn cake, pork skin and salad. Needless to say, he had leftovers. I tried the chicken with mushroom sauce.
It also came with rice & beans. The chicken could have been more tender and the extra egg I ordered was overcooked, but my favorite thing about this place is the beans & rice. So yummy. I even ordered more beans to take home with us. Service was a bit lacking during our visit. Total bill with a drink was $40.
La Pequena Colombia
6312 N Armenia Ave
We decided to try The Moon Under Water in St Pete for lunch today. It’s an Indian/English type of pub with a mixed fare of entrees. I couldn’t resist the fried mac & cheese for an appetizer.
They could have been a little thicker, but otherwise they were kind of tasty. Crispy on the outside and gooey mac & cheese inside. The marinara sauce had an interesting flavor to it as well. For his entree, Loren got the mojo chicken sandwich.
The chicken had a really nice flavor to it, but it was so thick that there was no way he could eat it as a sandwich. The tomato slice was equally as thick. He said the chicken could have been a little more tender too. The fries were really good. I went for the English pasty.
The flavors were really good in this dish as well, but it was undercooked. The pastry was doughy on the inside and several of the veggies including the potatoes were just hard. It definitely needed to stay in the oven a while longer. The gravy and fries were really good though. Total bill with a drink was $33.
Moon Under Water
332 Beach Drive NE
St Pete, FL
We ended up at Gino’s Pizza for lunch today. Loren got a half Italian sub & salad and I went for the cheesesteak.
Loren said the Italian sub was pretty good. For half a sandwich, it was plenty to fill him up.
I found the cheesesteak to be a bit on the dry side. It was more than I could eat in one sitting. The roll was really big, so Loren ended up just eating some of the cheesesteak out of it. Total bill with a drink was $17.
3394 Tampa Rd
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
We were headed to the Florida Aquarium today, so walked over to Thai Thani in Channelside for lunch. They weren’t very busy at all during lunch. A simple salad came with our entrees and we started off with the steamed dumplings.
The dumplings were dense, but had a really nice flavor to them. There was even a little bit of shrimp in the top of all of them. Loren went for the ginger beef and I choose the chicken pad se-ew.
Loren said the beef was very tender and the sauce flavorful. I really enjoyed the flavor of the pad se-ew. The noodles were thick and tender and the veggies were cooked just right. The sauce was slightly sweet, which I like. I thought the chicken could have been a little more tender, but overall it was a good version of the dish. Total bill with a drink was $22.
615 Channelside Drive, Ste 204
My sister & I were in Orlando this weekend and had lunch at Hawkers. It’s an Asian street fare tapas restaurant We ordered and shared four different items. First up, the vegetarian spring rolls.
These were pretty standard spring rolls. Next up were the curry meatballs.
These had a bit of spice to them, but the curry wasn’t overwhelmingly hot. The meatballs had a good texture and flavor. The last two items we ordered were the Bok Choy and Crispy Canton Noodles.
Both of these suffered from an overabundance of salt. The bok choy was cooked well, but it was also supposed to have shitake mushrooms and I think there was one on the plate. The veggies in the crispy noodles were tender crisp with some pieces of pork. We kept dunking the crispy noodles into the sauce to soften them, but then they just got too salty to eat. They have a large menu of different items, but these four were enough to fill us for the afternoon. Total bill was $21.
Hawkers Asian Street Fare
1103 N. Mills Ave