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We were headed out to John Chestnut Park and stopped at Vettures for lunch beforehand.  The restaurant was empty when we got there.  We decided to split a meatball sub and some fries.

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The meatballs were tasty, but the sub was so sloppy that I had to eat my half with a fork.  There was no way I was going to be able to pick it up & not end up wearing it.  The fries were hot and crispy.  Lunch with a drink ran us $14.

Vetture’s Restaurant and Pizzeria
36137 East Lake Road
Palm Harbor, FL
727-797-4858

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Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.7/5

Yummy Food


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.

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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.

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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
Tampa, FL
813-876-8338

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Food4/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.1/5
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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
    727-896-6160

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

    We ended up at Gino’s Pizza for lunch today.  Loren got a half Italian sub & salad and I went for the cheesesteak.

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    Loren said the Italian sub was pretty good.  For half a sandwich, it was plenty to fill him up.

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    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.

    Gino’s
    3394 Tampa Rd
    Palm Harbor, FL 34684
    (727) 789-6883

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

    Thai Thani
    615 Channelside Drive, Ste 204
    Tampa, FL
    813-228-9200

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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