Back up to Tarpon Springs today to have lunch at Johnny Grits. The place was packed when we got there. We made a conscious effort to try something different on the menu this time. Loren got the roast beef sandwich with a side of fries.
Though the sandwich had good flavor, the roast beef wasn’t as tender as he’d have liked. It was sliced thick, so even slicing it thinner may have helped. I went for the chicken fried chicken with mashed potatoes and cole slaw and we shared a skillet of three cheese grits.
The chicken had a crunchy exterior and was tender and juicy in the middle. The batter had a good flavor to it and fulfilled all my requirements for a yummy fried chicken dish. The mashed potatoes were real, which is such a delight nowadays. Too many restaurants use fake potatoes and the taste difference is enormous. The grits were cheesy and perfectly cooked, though they did need a little extra salt. It was a hearty down home kind of meal for $23.
857 E. Klosterman Rd
Tarpon Springs, FL
We were out in Plant City this morning and stopped at Yummy House on our way back home. I don’t think we can eat here without ordering the salt and pepper calamari.
It has the perfect crunch, the perfect saltiness, the perfect tenderness. It’s just awesome. I also wanted some egg rolls.
These were very fresh and tasty as well. The shells were crispy and the filling flavorful. I think I could just stop with appetizers and be quite satisfied. For his entree, Loren ordered the Kung Po chicken.
Note the evil peppers trying to hide among the veggies. He said it had a wonderful flavor, lots of peanuts, and perfectly cooked chicken and vegetables. I ordered the sweet & sour shrimp and scallops.
I wasn’t as happy with my dish. The shrimp were good, but the scallops had an odd taste to them. Everything was drenched in the sweet & sour sauce, so there wasn’t any crunch left. I wouldn’t order it again. I ended up ordering some beef & broccoli to take home for later. It was very tasty. Total bill with a drink was $54.
Yummy House China Bistro
2620 E Hillsborough Ave
We thought we were going out for Thai food, but about halfway through the menu, we decided to order sushi instead. What can I say, we love sushi. We started off with some steamed dumplings and a salad.
I liked the dressing on the salad here. It didn’t have that overwhelming ginger/sesame oil flavor that I don’t care for. The steamed dumplings were tasty. They had both pork and shrimp in them along with water chestnuts and mushrooms. For the sushi, we ordered a Mexican roll, a Rainbow roll, a Tiger Eye roll and a Boston roll, plus some salmon.
All of the sushi was fresh and tasty. There was a bit too much wasabi on the salmon that cleared my sinuses right up. Loren liked the Boston roll. It had spicy tuna, shrimp, avocado, cucumber and kimchee sauce. The kimchee sauce is what brought the spiciness up to the next level. The Tiger Eye roll was interesting. It had salmon, squid, krab, and avocado, deep fried and covered in eel sauce. I liked it. Normally, Loren’s not a fan of eel sauce, but he thought it was good too. Total bill with a drink was $53.
1300 East Bay Dr, Ste O-P
We went over to Stonechase for a late lunch today. The place was deserted at 2:30pm and the waitress on duty was very new and inexperienced. They really should have had someone else on the floor with her. We ordered some calamari for an appetizer, but either she didn’t put the order in or forgot to go pick it up because it never arrived.
Loren ordered the Stone Chase salad.
It had chicken, apples, grapes, walnuts and gorgonzola cheese on it. He said it was pretty good. I went for the orecchiette mastandrea pasta.
The menu said it had passion and family secret in it, but I found neither. The pasta wasn’t cooked quite enough and the sauce was a bit too tart for my tastes. The meatballs were ok. Not a dish I would order again. Total bill with a drink was $21.
12227 W Linebaugh Ave
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