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BBQ for Two

BBQ was on the menu for dinner tonight, so we headed over to the Ozona Pig.  It was fairly early, so they weren’t too busy yet.  Since we wanted some leftovers for tomorrow, we went ahead & ordered the Boss Hog special.




It had ribs, chicken, pulled pork and brisket plus two sides.  All of the meats were tender with a nice smokey flavor.  We had plenty to eat and enough for another meal for both of us.  Total bill with a drink was $32.

The Ozona Pig
311 Orange St
Ozona, FL

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  • Filed under: BBQ, Ozona
  • Cheesy Grits

    We both had a hankering for some grits this morning, so off to Johnny Grits in Tarpon Springs we went.  Loren enjoyed the shrimp and grits so much last time, that he ordered them again, this time without the sausage.



    The combination of the tarragon cream sauce and grits is delicious.  I had to steal a few bites because it’s so tasty.  The shrimp are cooked perfectly, though he would have preferred the tails not be left on them.  The sauce is a creamy, savory combination of bacon, tomatoes and onions that melds so well with the three cheese grits.  I went for the sunrise sampler breakfast with a side of grits.




    The eggs were a perfect over easy and I ended up mixing them into my grits.  I added onions & mushrooms to the three cheese grits.  This little skillet had enough grits for two people, but I managed to put quite a dent in them.  It was a meal in itself.  Great food and service all around.  Total bill with a drink was $22.

    Johnny Grits
    857 E. Klosterman Rd
    Tarpon Springs, FL

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    Sweet Bacon

    We stopped for a late lunch at Cheddar’s today.  They were pretty crowded and we were seated way in the back of the restaurant, now known as the “ignored zone”.  I’m convinced our waitress’s tables must have been scattered throughout the restaurant because she certainly wasn’t anywhere near our table for most of the time we were there.  We decided to start off with some onion rings.


    It was a heaping pile of onion rings for $4.  Way more than we could eat.  They had a nice crunch and the onions were cooked perfectly.  The only downside was that the more you ate, the saltier they got.  For his entree, Loren got the World Class Chicken sandwich.



    He’s a big bacon fan, but he ended up taking this bacon off the sandwich.  It was a brown sugar cured bacon which meant it didn’t taste like bacon at all.  It was slightly sweet, but mostly had no flavor at all.  I ordered the half salad/half Monte Cristo combo.




    The Monte Cristo is like eating a ham & cheese doughnut, especially when you dip it in the raspberry preserves that come with it.   Very sweet and tasty too.   Total bill with a drink was $22.

    Cheddar’s Casual Cafe
    2655 Roosevelt Blvd
    Clearwater, FL 33760
    (727) 536-7770

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    The first thing we noticed when we walked into Roosterfish Grill was the noise level.  This is another one of those restaurants where it was difficult to have a conversation across the table.  The second thing we noticed were the rolls of paper towels hanging above all of the tables suspended by coat hangers.  The design flaw of this became very apparent every time the waiter came to our table and had to awkwardly bend down around it to talk to us.

    We started off with a cup of clam chowder and a cup of crab chowder.



    Both chowders were on the thin side and needed salt.  We just both like thick, rich, creamy chowders and these had more of a soup consistency.  Next up calamari.



    The calamari itself was good.  It had the right crunch and the pieces were tender.  The marinara sauce that came with it tasted like canned tomato paste that hadn’t been cooked for very long.  For his entree, Loren ordered the mango mahi.



    He said the fish was ok.  It was tender and the mango salsa on top was tasty.  The broccoli was a mix of new green pieces and old brown ones that looked like they had been sitting in the kitchen all day.  I decided to try one of the specials, the fried oysters.



    The waiter told us this was the first night they were on the menu and from my first bite, I hope it was the last.  They were completely inedible.  There was so much salt in the breading that you couldn’t even taste the oysters.  Just absolutely awful.  The manager took it off our bill and offered us a free dessert.  We got the black forest cake.



    I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth, but the cake tasted like it had been recently frozen and improperly thawed because the cake was wet.  Not moist, but wet.  It actually had a good flavor to it, but the texture was wrong.  Total bill with a drink was $35 and since there were issues with every plate of food, we won’t be going back again.

    Roosterfish Grill
    776 Missouri Ave
    Largo, FL

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  • Filed under: Dessert, Seafood
  • Ipswich Clams

    I’ve been searching for a restaurant to satisfy my Ipswich clam cravings.  Having grown up in New England, it’s one of those tastes of my childhood that I miss and can’t find anywhere.  That is until tonight when we ate at Rosie’s Clam Shack in Pinellas Park.  But first, we had to try the clam chowder.



    This was a thick, rich chowder with lots of potatoes and clams.  It had a very mild flavor and needed a little salt, but otherwise, pretty tasty.  Loren decided to try the stuffed grouper.


    For his two sides, he chose the parsley potatoes and the pasta salad.  He really liked this dish.  He said the grouper was cooked perfectly and the stuffing had a nice flavor to it.  The pasta salad had a little spicy kick to it that he liked as well.  Loren said he wished he had taken a photo of the happy look on my face when I ate the first fried clam.



    These were perfectly cooked.  Crunchy, with tender bellies, just like I remembered them.  I really liked the parsley potatoes too.  Since everything else was tasting so good, we decided to try the apple blossom dessert.



    I think if I had turned around this would have been gone before I was able to look back.  The apple filling and tender crust were just yummy.  It was a very simple dessert, but sometimes, those can be the best.  My only complaint about the restaurant is that it took quite a while for the food to come out of the kitchen.  We will definitely be back.  Total bill with a drink was $52.

    Rosie’s Clam Shack
    6657 49th St
    Pinellas Park, FL

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