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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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Awesome Grits

Johnny Grit’s recently opened up where Nana’s was in Tarpon Springs.  We were amazed at how different the interior looked.  It went from kitschy to classy.  It was like watching an episode of Restaurant Impossible.  Remove the clutter, remove the carpet, repaint and all of a sudden the whole restaurant seems brighter.  Loren went for the shrimp and grits with andouille sausage.



Johnny definitely knows his grits.  I kept stealing bites off of Loren’s plate.  The grits were creamy and cheesy and perfectly cooked and seasoned.  Loren said he could have eaten just a bowl of grits with the sauce on top.  The andouille was spicy and flavorful.  The only thing he didn’t like was that the shrimp still had the tails on so that made them a little difficult to eat.  I’d definitely order this dish again.  I went for the Southern Chicken Hash which came with two sides.





The hash was delicious.  The chicken was tender and the gravy was flavorful and rich.  It also had potatoes, onions, and mushrooms.  So good.  I ate every last bite of this dish.  The sweet potato fries were good.  Loren actually liked the mac & cheese more than I did.  I like a more mild, creamy cheddar and this one was a bit too sharp for me.  The menu said that the chef is Italian and his mother made him put cannoli on the menu, so how could I pass that up?



It was a pretty tasty cannoli.  Mom knows best.  The restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch, but we’ll definitely be back.  I wish I had a bowl of those grits right now.  Mmmm.. Total bill with a drink was $29.

Johnny Grits
857 E. Klosterman Rd
Tarpon Springs, FL

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Yummy Cuban

The Nosh Cafe recently opened where the Central Park Deli was in Oldsmar.  They have a good sized sandwich menu and Loren went for a half Amore roast beef sandwich and chili combo.



He said it was ok.  The sandwich had roast beef, garlic mayo, tomato and red onion & topped with melted Provolone on Cuban bread. Nothing out of the ordinary about it.  I ordered the Cuban sandwich with a side of potato salad.



This is one of my new favorite sandwiches.  It was so good.  The meats on it had such a wonderful flavor.  The Cuban bread was perfectly pressed and everything about it just worked.  From the first bite to the last, I had happy taste buds.  Even Loren said it was tasty.   I liked the potato salad as well.  We’ll definitely be back.  Total bill with two drinks was $21.

Nosh Cafe
4058 Tampa Rd, Ste 4
Oldsmar, FL

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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar, Subs
  • Bland Food

    We were driving through St Pete tonight and ate dinner at India Grill on Central Ave.  The thing we like most about Indian food is the depth of flavor that’s usually there from start to finish.  The food here was just bland.  We started off with the Veggie Samosa.



    They were stuffed with potatoes and peas and probably had more flavor than anything else we ate tonight.  Loren said even the green sauce that was served with them wasn’t spicy or flavorful.  Loren tried the Chef’s Special Biryani and I got the Butter Chicken and some garlic naan.





    The serving sizes were fine and we both had some leftovers.  Loren’s Biryani had meat, chicken, and shrimp in it.  He ordered his medium/mild and I ordered mine mild, but neither had any spice whatsoever in them.  Even the naan tasted like it was missing something.  This isn’t a restaurant we’ll be returning to.  Total bill with a drink was $39.

    India Grill
    409 Central Ave
    St Petersburg, FL

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    Great Flavors

    We had never tried Korean food before, so today’s lunch adventure was out to One Family Korean Restaurant on Hillsborough.  It’s a hidden little gem located in the back of a shopping center.  From the moment we walked in the door, the aromas from the kitchen tempted our tastebuds.  We started off with some fried dumplings.



    We didn’t expect quite so many of them, but they were delicious.  The dipping sauce was savory, but not overly spicy.  The dumplings were crispy and had a pork and veggie filling.  For his entree, Loren tried the spicy pork lunch box.



    There was a ton of food in this box.  He said the pork was spicy and tender and he really enjoyed all the different sides that came with it.  He even asked for more of the bean sprouts to take home with his leftovers.  And trust me, there were leftovers all around.  I got the sweet & sour shrimp which was also served with a bunch of sides.




    The waitress said the side dishes change every day so you never know what you’re going to get.  I like the potato and apple salad the best.  There was also spinach & the bean sprouts that Loren loved, plus two other veggie dishes.  As for the sweet & sour shrimp, it was probably one of the best sweet & sour dishes I’ve ever eaten.  There were plenty of shrimp and they were perfectly cooked and nice and crispy.  The veggies included peppers, onions, mushrooms, cucumber pickles, and I think pears.  It was yummy and I had plenty for a second meal as well.  Total bill with a drink was $42 and we’ll definitely be back.

    One Family Korean Restaurant
    7030 W Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL

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  • Filed under: Korean, Tampa