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Very Crowded


We went back to Woodstock on 5th tonight in Safety Harbor.  They were really busy and we ended up at one of the high top tables right next to the kitchen.  It was really uncomfortable sitting on bar stools, the table was small and we could see & hear everything going on in and around the kitchen.  I just felt cramped and crowded.  We started off with the white bean chili again and Loren got a salad.

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They also served it with pita bread and apple butter this time, which they didn’t the last.  The chili was thinner this time, which was good.  It was really thick the first time we had it.  It seemed to have a lot more chicken in it as well.  For his entree, Loren got the Molly Hatchet, which was a grilled swordfish.

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It was served with arugula and a spicy tomato puree, but Loren didn’t think it was spicy at all.  He wasn’t a big fan of the arugula, but said the swordfish was cooked perfectly.  I went for the Janis Joplin.

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This was a seared salmon on top of spinach, zucchini, corn, & red peppers.  It also came with a potato pancake that was really dense and flavorless.  I didn’t care for the tomato vinaigrette on it either.  Too much vinegar and was way too sour for me.   The salmon was perfectly cooked though.

Overall, I just found the experience to be very uncomfortable.  There seems to be a lot of people working there which made it feel even more crowded in such a small space.  Though we both enjoyed the fish, the items served alongside didn’t impress.  Total bill with a drink was $54.

Woodstock on 5th
155 5th Ave N
Safety Harbor, FL
727-797-4444

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

Poor Service


We hadn’t been back to Dominic’s Italian Grille in a while because our last visit left something to be desired.  Unfortunately, tonight’s experience wasn’t much better.   The restaurant was pretty crowded and we ended up at a table right in the middle of the room.  Loren’s dinner came with a salad & we started off with some Arancini.

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The menu said the rice balls were stuffed with crab, but neither of us could find any.  They were very dense and really needed some seasoning.  Loren ordered one of the specials tonight, the braised short ribs.

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It tasted like pot roast.  He liked it, but the green beans were inedible.  I ordered the chicken marsala.

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The chicken was overcooked and not tender enough for me.  The sauce was ok, but didn’t really pop.  Again, I think it was a lack of seasoning.  I like the pasta souffle that came with it.  Service was rough all the way around.  Our waitress disappeared for a while, someone took Loren’s drink and we weren’t sure if they were going to bring it back, we had another lady clear some plates, only to stack them in an unstable pile with one ending up in pieces on the floor.  Total bill with a drink was $35.

Dominic’s Italian Grille
3163 Curlew Road
Oldsmar, FL
727-784-8100

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Food2/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value2/5
2.0/5
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  • Quick Lunch


    We went for a quick lunch at Athen’s in downtown Safety Harbor today.  Luckily, we got there before the crowd because it was standing room only by the time we left.  Loren got a Greek Salad with chicken and I got a gyro.

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    He said the chicken was flavorful and tender.  My gyro was good, but I think I would have liked a little lettuce on it.  It needed a little crunch since I get it without the onions.  Total bill with a drink was $17.

    Athens Restaurant
    226 Main St
    Safety Harbor, FL
    727-726-3471

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    3.2/5

    Time for tater tots so that means Pete & Shorty’s.

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    A bacon cheeseburger for Loren and a mushroom burger for me.  This was a two napkin burger.  Really juicy and tasty.  Oh yeah, and the tater tots were yummy!  Total bill with a drink was $17.

    Pete & Shorty’s Tavern
    2820 Gulf to Bay Blvd
    Clearwater, FL
    (727) 799-0580

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value3/5
    3.6/5

    In Training


    We went out to the Garden Grille Cafe for dinner tonight and had a waitress in training.  Luckily, she had another waitress working with her whispering in her ear everything she forgot to do.  We started off with some clam chowder and some calamari.

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    The clam chowder was a bit on the gritty side.  They definitely needed to rinse the clams more.  It needed some salt, but was ok otherwise.  The calamari also needed some seasoning.  Loren got a Greek salad with chicken.

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    He said the chicken was very tender and the salad was ok.  I ordered a mushroom burger.

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    It was cooked way past medium and was pretty dry.  They brought out the dessert tray and I was surprised at how many choices there were.  We settled on a raspberry cake with cheesecake filling.

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    Unfortunately, this cake must have come frozen and was not thawed out properly.  Parts of it were frozen solid, part of the cake was dry and the other part was wet.  Not moist, but wet.  The actually cheesecake filling was pretty tasty.  Service was lacking in some areas as there were dishes left on our table way longer than they should have been.  Total bill with a drink was $36.

    Garden Grille Cafe
    8425 Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL
    813-901-5660

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    Food2/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value2/5
    2.0/5