We went to Lowry Park Zoo this morning and ate lunch at La Pequena Colombia on the way home. We’d eaten here once before and really liked the food. This visit was more of the same homemade goodness.
Empanadas were first on the list.
They have a very creamy, tasty filling with a nice crunch on the outside. I wasn’t going anywhere near the sauce served with it though. Loren said it was spicy and tasty.
He went for the chicken fajitas with a side of chicharron. That fried pork skin is one of the main reasons we’re back here.
He says it’s addictive. Crunchy, porky goodness. I liked the taste of his fajitas. They had this carmelized flavor to them. A little bit of sweetness and spiciness. Much better than I’ve had at a lot of the Mexican restaurants around. The chicken was very tender and there were plenty of leftovers. I got the Arroz con pollo which came with chicken stew.
This also had great flavors and there was way too much of it for one meal. The chicken was flavorful and tender and mixed well with some of Loren’s red beans. I ended up ordering an extra side of red beans to take home with my leftovers. Everything just has that homemade, authentic scrumptiousness. Total bill with a drink was $32.
La Pequena Colombia
6312 N Armenia Ave
I’m on vacation this week and we were heading to an 11:30am movie so decided to grab some brunch at Cracker Barrel. I say brunch because Loren’s not much of a breakfast eater. He got a chicken BLT and some soup, while I went for pancakes, eggs, and hashbrowns.
He said the sandwich was ok, not a lot of seasoning on it. His soup went missing and he was half way finished with his meal before our waitress came back & we could tell her.
My over-easy eggs were perfect and they make a darn good pancake here, especially with the warmed up syrup. I don’t know how anyone could get through a stack of pancakes with just one little bottle of their syrup though. I barely manage it with two. Total bill with a drink was $21.
13833 West Hillsborough Avenue
We ate dinner at the Hungry Greek over on Race Track Road tonight. I swear, all these little Greek places have the exact same look and the food tastes pretty much the same. Loren got the dolmades and I went for a gyro.
He said the dolmades were ok. I liked the gyro, but I found it rather difficult to eat. They really packed on the meat (which is ok) but the one slice of tomato on top didn’t exactly make it easy to bite into without getting the whole thing in one bite. Total bill with a drink was $21.
The Hungry Greek
12950 Race Track Road
We drove over to Zephyrhills today and ate lunch at the Chowderhouse. The big draw for me was that their website said they had whole belly clams. We both started out with clam chowder, one New England style and the other Boston style.
The main difference between the two is that one was more creamy than the other. They both tasted ok. I actually liked the creamy one more and Loren liked the other, so that worked out pretty well. For his entrée, he got the blackened grouper sandwich.
He said it was good. It came with fries & cole slaw. I ordered the whole belly clam roll. They were perfectly cooked and had that flavor I craved, but they were a bit on the small side.
There was no way I was going to be able to pick it up and eat it like a sandwich, so I just picked the clams off the bun. The macaroni salad was good too. The waitress brought around the dessert tray and we decided to try the homemade blueberry and coconut cream pies.
These were both somewhat disappointing. The crust wasn’t crispy and flaky at all. It was very dense and doughy. I don’t know if it’s because they had been in the fridge or what, but nowhere near as good as the pies at Yoder’s in Sarasota. That’s pretty much my baseline for pie now. Total bill with a drink was $42.
The Chowder House
36626 SR 54
Nauti Nancy’s was the destination for dinner tonight. I guess we’re the odd ones since we prefer to eat in the air conditioned restaurant instead of out on the patio. We started off with the fried ravioli.
They were filled thick with ricotta cheese and very yummy. I would have liked them a little crispier though, but otherwise very good. We both ordered off the specials menu tonight. Loren got the surf and turf.
It was salmon cakes and prime rib with veggies. He said it was pretty good, but he liked the salmon cakes more than the prime rib. I went for the salmon cakes which came with rice, veggies and covered in hollandaise.
It had a really nice flavor, especially when you mixed everything together. My only complaint is that I would have liked the salmon cakes to be a bit more crispy. The entire dish was just one note in the texture department. They had bread pudding on the menu tonight and we just had to try it.
It was delicious with lots of wonderful flavors. I’d definitely order it again. They also brought out some beignets, but by that point, we were both so full that we barely managed to eat one of them…. and yet we did.
This really is one of my favorite places to eat. The prices are reasonable and the food is always so fresh and delicious. Total bill with a drink was $38.
700 Eldridge St