We went over to Hog Island Fish Camp in Dunedin for dinner tonight. We got there around 5:45pm and there were a few tables left in the main dining area, but they filled up quickly. The first thing we noticed was how loud it was in the dining area. By the time it filled up, we could barely hear each other across the table.
Loren ordered the Mahi Mahi with a side of greens, which for some reason came out well before the rest of our meal.
Even though the braised greens had bacon on them, they just didn’t have the unctuous flavor he was craving. They were tender enough, but the vinegar was overpowering. For his entree, he ordered the mahi mahi.
He said it was yummy. The fish was perfectly cooked and he liked the mix of zucchini, tomatoes and onions. I went for the salt & pepper oysters which came with fries & cole slaw. I also ordered the mac & cheese.
The oysters had a good crunch and flavor and there were plenty of them. The mac & cheese had an interesting flavor that I couldn’t quite place. The sides are a shareable size, but paying $11 for the two of them seemed a little high. They had a salted caramel mousse on the dessert menu that we couldn’t pass up.
This was really tasty. Smooth creamy mousse with Oreo cookie crumbles and whipped cream. One of the best things about the meal. Overall, the food was good, but we prefer to eat at places where we can actually have a conversation without having to shout at each other. Total bill with a drink was $59.
Hog Island Fish Camp
We went into Dunedin for dinner tonight at Tom Yum Thai. It was chilly out, so I had to start with the chicken coconut soup.
This is one of my favorite soups. It has such a delicious variety of flavors, from coconut milk to lemongrass to lime. It’s absolutely delicious. We also got some steamed pork dumplings.
We ordered some sushi and Loren also ordered the ginger chicken. We always ask that both items come out together, but they never do. I was just about finished with my sushi before his entree came out.
I was disappointed in the sushi tonight. The Lucky Roll wasn’t very good at all. The Orange Dragon and spicy salmon were ok, but still not as good as sushi we’ve gotten other places. Loren said the ginger chicken was ok. The quality of the food just wasn’t up to expectations tonight. Total bill with a drink was $60.
Tom Yum Thai & Sushi
104 Patricia Ave
We got over to Johnny Grits around 11:00am this morning and had about a 15 minute wait. By the time we left the wait was up to 35 minutes. This place is packed on the weekends for breakfast. Loren’s not much of a breakfast person, so he went for the smoked turkey club with a side salad.
It was a big sandwich and he actually ended up taking half of it home with him. Perfectly toasted bread, smoked turkey and crunchy bacon. He was a happy guy. I decided to try the fried chicken benedict.
I opted to change the jalepeno cheddar sauce they normally serve with it to hollandaise instead. Two perfectly tender fried chicken breasts over fresh biscuits with poached eggs and fried potatoes. It was delicious and very filling. There’s no coming to Johnny Grits without ordering a side of grits. We choose the andouille, onion and cheese and added some mushrooms.
Other than adding a little salt, the grits are yummy here. Smooth and creamy and a perfect size for two. Total bill with a drink was $25.
857 E. Klosterman Rd
Tarpon Springs, FL
We enjoyed our dinner so much the last time that we had to return to Craft Street Kitchen with friends again for dinner tonight. We got there around 5:30pm and sat out on the patio this time and the restaurant was filling up fast. By the time we left, there was a line out the door. The food tonight did not disappoint.
Our friends ordered the Smoked Kissed Salmon, the Green Street Salad and the peanut butter pie for dessert.
I don’t think there was any food left on any of the plates. Everything was so yummy. The only complaint was that my friend wished the salad had come with some bread. Loren ordered the Belgium Clucker and I decided to try the duck flat bread they had on special plus a side of mac & cheese.
The Belgium Clucker is their play on chicken and waffles. The waffle was amazing. It was light and fluffy, but had this crunchy exterior and a warm vanilla flavor to it. They should start opening for breakfast and just serve these waffles. He said the chicken was tender and it paired well with the bacon collard greens and maple BBQ sauce. It was also covered in a salsa verde sauce. The plate was all but licked clean.
The duck flatbread isn’t on their normal menu. It had duck, mandarin oranges, bacon, goat cheese and another smoked cheese. Did I mention it was huge? It had some interesting flavors in it. The mac & cheese tasted ok, but it needed more sauce. It was just a bit on the dry side.
For our dessert, we tried another thing on special, the State Fair Puffs. They were fresh, hot donut holes covered in powered sugar and served with a raspberry cream.
They were amazing and there were a bunch of them in the bag. I hope they add these to the permanent menu because they were delish. Our bill alone was $44 and there are still a bunch of things on the menu that we can’t wait to try.
Craft Street Kitchen and Drinks
3153 Curlew Rd
Tampa Bay Brewing Co in Ybor recently opened up a new location in Oldsmar. The address says Tampa, but it’s on Racetrack Road in what I still consider to be Oldsmar. This location is also their production brewery and they offer tours. They’ve got a nice size restaurant and bar plus an outside bar and patio. We’re not drinkers, but we’ll definitely be back for the food.
We started off with the Cantonese Calamari.
This is one of those dishes that you can’t stop eating. It was absolutely delicious. The calamari & shrimp were perfectly flash fried and it was covered in this sweet chili sauce that wasn’t too spicy. Loren thought it would have been better if the sauce had been on the side because it did make the breading on the calamari a bit soggy, but I like it the way it was.
For his entree, he went with the dish that was featured on Diners, Drivers, and Dives, the Bomb.
It’s a 1/2 pound bacon cheeseburger with onion straws wrapped in pizza dough instead of a bun. He thought it was pretty tasty. He also got the red beans & rice for his side dish and that was tasty. It had a wonderful smokey flavor to it. I think this is the only side dish he’ll ever order here because it was so good. I went for the Butcher burger.
It had grilled onions, wild mushrooms and provolone and the burger was a mixture of short rib, chuck, and brisket. My only complaint was that they cooked it past medium which made it a bit on the dry side. Their homemade steak sauce saved the day. It was sweet and tangy. I’d buy a bottle of that in a minute. So good. Total bill with a drink was $43 and we’ll definitely be back again.
As a side note, I also visited again later in the week for a work function. We started with the chips & salsa & queso and pretzels. I couldn’t stop eating the chips and queso. The chips were thin and crispy and hot and fresh. The pretzel was also really fresh and tasty. Everyone seemed to enjoy their lunch. I had the Moosekiller meatloaf. It was a huge serving with mashed potatoes and onion straws with a mushroom gravy. I’d order it again without hesitation.
Tampa Bay Brewing Co
13927 Monroe Business Park