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Yummy Sushi


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.

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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.

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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.

Thai Bay
1300 East Bay Dr, Ste O-P
Largo, FL
727-584-5522

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.4/5
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  • 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.

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    It had chicken, apples, grapes, walnuts and gorgonzola cheese on it. He said it was pretty good.  I went for the orecchiette mastandrea pasta.

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    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.

    Stone Chase
    12227 W Linebaugh Ave
    Tampa, FL
    (813) 818-8000

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    Food2/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value2/5
    2.2/5
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  • Filed under: American, Tampa
  • BBQ for Two


    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.

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    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
    Ozona, FL
    727-773-0744

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Cheesy Grits


    We both had a hankering for some grits this morning, so off to Johnny Grits in Tarpon Springs we went.  Loren enjoyed the shrimp and grits so much last time, that he ordered them again, this time without the sausage.

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    The combination of the tarragon cream sauce and grits is delicious.  I had to steal a few bites because it’s so tasty.  The shrimp are cooked perfectly, though he would have preferred the tails not be left on them.  The sauce is a creamy, savory combination of bacon, tomatoes and onions that melds so well with the three cheese grits.  I went for the sunrise sampler breakfast with a side of grits.

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    The eggs were a perfect over easy and I ended up mixing them into my grits.  I added onions & mushrooms to the three cheese grits.  This little skillet had enough grits for two people, but I managed to put quite a dent in them.  It was a meal in itself.  Great food and service all around.  Total bill with a drink was $22.

    Johnny Grits
    857 E. Klosterman Rd
    Tarpon Springs, FL
    727-942-4748

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    Food5/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    4.4/5

    Sweet Bacon


    We stopped for a late lunch at Cheddar’s today.  They were pretty crowded and we were seated way in the back of the restaurant, now known as the “ignored zone”.  I’m convinced our waitress’s tables must have been scattered throughout the restaurant because she certainly wasn’t anywhere near our table for most of the time we were there.  We decided to start off with some onion rings.

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    It was a heaping pile of onion rings for $4.  Way more than we could eat.  They had a nice crunch and the onions were cooked perfectly.  The only downside was that the more you ate, the saltier they got.  For his entree, Loren got the World Class Chicken sandwich.

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    He’s a big bacon fan, but he ended up taking this bacon off the sandwich.  It was a brown sugar cured bacon which meant it didn’t taste like bacon at all.  It was slightly sweet, but mostly had no flavor at all.  I ordered the half salad/half Monte Cristo combo.

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    The Monte Cristo is like eating a ham & cheese doughnut, especially when you dip it in the raspberry preserves that come with it.   Very sweet and tasty too.   Total bill with a drink was $22.

    Cheddar’s Casual Cafe
    2655 Roosevelt Blvd
    Clearwater, FL 33760
    (727) 536-7770

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    Food3/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    2.7/5