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Diner Food

We were in Seminole today and stopped at Mama’s Kitchen for brunch.  The place was packed and we had to wait about 10 minutes for a table.  In typical diner fashion, they had a wide variety of things on the menu.  Loren decided to try the Greek Salmon.

It was salmon with sauteed spinach, tomatoes and feta cheese with green beans and mashed potatoes.  We’re still not sure why the gravy is that color of yellow.   He said the salmon was pretty good, the potatoes tasted like they were out of a box, and the green beans weren’t anything special.   I went for the Eggs Benedict with hash browns.

Again, the food was just ok.  The poached eggs were cooked right, but the rest of it lacked any sort of seasoning or flavor.  Overall, there was nothing to make us want to come back again.  Total bill with a drink was $25

Mama’s Kitchen
5885 Seminole Blvd
Seminole, FL

Mama's Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


We went over to Tampa Bay Brewing Co for dinner tonight.   Surprisingly, we were able to get a table without a wait.  Either the stormy weather or holiday weekend kept the restaurant from being overly crowded.  The had a brisket poutine on the specials menu, so we tried that for an appetizer.

Smoky brisket on top of fries with a mushroom gravy and deep fried cheese curds.  It was decadent and downright tasty.   The fried cheese curds were something we hadn’t seen in a poutine before.  They were good and crunchy.  Since the poutine was enough for an entree, we decided to split a ham & mushroom calzone.

The calzone is definitely big enough for two.  Unfortunately, the mushrooms made the inside somewhat watery.  It had several different cheeses inside and the crust was good.  Total bill with a drink was $28.

Tampa Bay Brewing Co
13927 Monroe Business Park
Tampa, FL

Tampa Bay Brewing Co Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar
  • Tasty BBQ

    We were in Deland today and headed over to Brian’s BBQ for lunch.  There was no way Loren was passing up something called Rib Stew.

    This is the chef’s own creation and had a lot of flavor.  Rib meat, beans and a variety of veggies simmered to make a tasty stew.  Loren did the soup & sandwich combo with a pulled pork sandwich.  The port was tender and smokey.  We also got a side of fried okra. Yum!

    I went for the lunch baby back ribs with mac & cheese. The ribs were tender and flavorful and a nice portion for lunch.

    Since it was pouring down rain when we finished eating, we decided to stick around and try the apple cobbler.

    Add a little bit of ice cream and whipped cream and that’s one tasty dessert.  Definitely some of the best BBQ we’ve had recently.  If we’re ever out that way again, we’ll be sure to stop by.  Total bill with a drink was $35.

    Brian’s BBQ
    795 N Spring Garden Ave
    Deland, FL

    Brian's Bar-B-Que Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

  • Filed under: BBQ, Deland
  • Bar Fly Saltwater Grill recently moved to a new location in Safety Harbor, so we went over there for dinner.  We were able to get a table without a wait, but the restaurant was crowded and loud.  We started off with some grouper bites and I somehow managed to delete the photo.   They had a very thin, flavorless coating and most of the fish was overcooked.  When I ordered the appetizer, I asked for a side of ranch dressing.  Of course, it didn’t come when the food was delivered and we were almost finished before the waitress came back around.   Our entrees came out before we finished the appetizer.

    Loren ordered the Mahi Bowl and I went for the lobster mac & cheese.

    He said the mahi itself was good, but the rest of the dish was simply missed opportunities.  Right ingredients, wrong execution.  There was no flavor to the beans or rice and the whole thing just fell flat.  The lobster mac & cheese wasn’t much better.

    It came with a cup of lobster bisque and kettle chips.  The bisque needed salt and didn’t have a lot of flavor overall.  There were enough lobster pieces to cover the bread, but I’m not convinced that grilled cheese & lobster should go together.  The sandwich was dry and all you could taste was the cheese.  Total bill was $43 and I don’t think we’ll be returning anytime soon.

    Bar Fly Saltwater Grill
    100 Main St, Ste 107
    Safety Harbor, FL

    Saltwater Grill @ Bar Fly Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


    A Bit Spicy

    We were in Tampa today and decided to try Datz for lunch.  We had about a 10 minute wait for a table and then we were seated on the second level.  This is another one of those loud restaurants.  Lots of choices on the lunch menu and we eventually settled on the Ty’s Two Fister and the Cluck Yeah.

    Loren liked the corned beef, pastrami, & swiss sandwich.  He said it had good flavors and there was plenty of meat on the sandwich.  I should have asked more questions before I ordered the Cluck Yeah.

    I noticed the chips came with blue cheese drizzle & green onions, two things on my “do not eat” list, so I ordered mine plain.  They were a little sweet and salty.   I should have asked what the Nashville sauce had in it.  It was a little sweet and a lot spicy.  Way too spicy for my taste.  The chicken was ok, but I just couldn’t get past the sauce.   We ordered a piece of the Buffalo Trace chocolate cake for dessert.

    It was a big piece of cake & we ended up taking most of it home.    The cake was a little dry and there really wasn’t much flavor overall.  I’ve heard people rave about this restaurant, but I honestly didn’t find anything special about the food that would make me want to go back again.   Total bill with a drink was $38.

    Datz Tampa
    2616 S. MacDill Ave
    Tampa, FL
    (813) 831-7000

    Datz Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

  • Filed under: American, Tampa