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We were down in Gulfport tonight and stopped at O’Maddy’s Bar & Grill for dinner.  They were busy and we had about a 30 minute wait before being seated at an inside table.  It was so cramped and loud in there that you couldn’t have a conversation without yelling across the table.  The food, however, did make up for the close quarters.

We started off with the crab cakes.

Very little filler, which is the way a crab cake should be.   It had a nice crust on the outside, a little bit of heat, and a light drizzle of hollandaise sauce on the plate.  Loren’s meal came with soup or salad and he got the mushroom soup.

It was tasty.  It had an earthy flavor to it and had some sort of cheese in it.  I kept stealing bites of it.  For his entree, he got the swordfish with mashed potatoes.

The swordfish had a spicy tomato jam on it.  He said the fish was cooked perfectly and it all worked well together.  I went for the lobster BLT with a side of onion rings.

The sandwich had big chunks of lobster in it.  The bacon was a bit too crispy for my taste, but overall it was pretty darn good.  I’d order it again.  The onion rings were nice and crunchy on the outside and tender in the middle.  Total bill with a drink was $51.

O’Maddy’s Bar & Grille
5405 Shore Blvd S
Gulfport, FL
727-323-8643

O'Maddy's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value3/5
3.3/5

Lots of BBQ


Let me start off by saying the goal of this evening was to have leftovers.  We went over to Ozona Pig and got some Brunswick stew and the big Boss Hog special.

The Brunswick stew has a little bit of a kick to it, but it’s oh so good.  The boss hog platter has pulled pork, brisket, ribs, & chicken.  We hardly made a dent in it.  The ribs were fall off the bone tender and the rest of it was smoky and yummy.  Total bill with a drink was $42.

The Ozona Pig
311 Orange St
Ozona, FL
727-773-0744

Ozona Pig Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.7/5
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  • Filed under: BBQ, Ozona
  • So Loud


    We thought we were going to dinner at the Palm Harbor Bistro only to discover Detroit Coney Island had taken over the restaurant space.   They seemed busy, so we stayed for dinner.  They were having a Friday fish fry and the air in the restaurant was thick with a greasy fried smell.  Loren ordered the pastrami burger and I decided to try the fried fish.

    Loren said the burger was good.  It was cooked a bit past the medium that he ordered, but otherwise it had a good flavor and the pastrami was tasty.  Though I’m not a big fan of cornmeal crusted fish, this one was good.  You get a choice of three different varieties of fish and I went with the walleye.  It was piping hot when it got to the table and the fish was tender and flaky.  Overall the food was good.  The downside for us was how loud it was inside.  And it wasn’t due to the customers, it was the waitstaff.  They would yell across the restaurant to each other.  At one point, there was someone directly behind Loren yelling to someone at the other end of the restaurant about cleaning off a table.  It was like being back in my Italian family where they only have one volume level and that’s loud.  If we decide to go back again, we’ll definitely sit outside.  Total bill with a drink was $23.

    Detroit Coney Island
    32922 US-19
    Palm Harbor, FL
    727-401-3342

    Detroit Coney Island, Palm Harbor Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere1/5
    Value3/5
    2.7/5

    We were heading back from Plant City and stopped at Origami Sushi for dinner.  It was early so there weren’t very many people there, but they do a serious take out business.  It was happy hour so we started off with some Gyoza and then got a bunch of sushi.

    The Gyoza had a tasty pork filling.  For sushi, we tried the tunacado, the sunset roll, rainbow roll, scorched earth and perfect match, plus some salmon and a side salad.  The sunset roll had fresh mango on it and I have to admit, I really enjoyed the bit of sweetness it added to the roll.  One of the others had a mango salsa on it and it was way too spicy for me.  Overall, the sushi was very good.  Total bill with a drink was $65.

    Origami Sushi
    3615 W Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL
    813-878-2145

    Origami Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.7/5
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  • Filed under: Sushi, Tampa
  • Indian Food


    We went over to Desi Tadka in Oldsmar for dinner tonight.

    Loren got the Lamb Rogan Josh and I got what I always get, the Butter Chicken and some garlic naan.  The spice level was perfect tonight, not too spicy, but has all the wonderful Indian flavors.  Service is hit or miss here depending on how busy they are, but tonight was pretty good.  Total bill with a drink was $38.

    Desi Tadka
    3780 Tampa Rd
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-475-5955

    Desi Tadka Indian Cuisine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Filed under: Indian, Oldsmar