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Gigglewaters


Gigglewaters recently opened in downtown Safety Harbor.  It’s a restaurant, bar, and starting in July they’ll also be showing movies.  We parked out front where we saw the sign, but ended up walking all around the building because we weren’t really sure where it was.  Eventually we found the front door.   It’s the furthest left entrance if you’re standing in front of the building.  The first thing that hit us was how loud it was inside.  It was deafening.  Had there been a wait for a table, we wouldn’t have stayed, but since they had an open table, we gave it a try.

We started out with the onion tanglers & you get to pick two dipping sauces.

We got ranch and were going to get the kicked up queso sauce, but our waitress recommended the beer cheese instead.  It was good.  Thinly fried onions and both sauces were tasty.  Loren got a side salad, but wasn’t impressed.

He’s not an iceberg lettuce kind of person and it was just a wedge of iceberg, cheese, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms.  For his entree, he ordered the Brave Sir Robin.

It was a grilled chicken sandwich with guacamole, bacon, and crushed potato chips.  Unfortunately, the bacon was missing.  He even commented that the sandwich would have been much better with bacon, but couldn’t remember if it was supposed to come with it or not.  He said the chicken & guac were good & he liked the bun as well.  I ordered the chicken & waffles.

The menu said it came with maple syrup, so I didn’t think twice when I poured out one of the containers onto a waffle.  Come to find out, it also comes with a spicy chili sauce that’s meant for the chicken.  It was way too spicy for me.  A little head’s up would have been much appreciated.  The waffles were good, but I found the chicken to be a little over cooked & over crunchy for my taste.  It wasn’t near as tender as I would have liked it.  We also tried the bourbon pound cake for dessert.

It didn’t look like much when it came to the table, but it was the tastiest thing we ate.  They grilled the pound cake and it had a bourbon caramel sauce, and vanilla ice cream.  The pound cake had a nice texture after being grilled and the whole thing just went together well.  Our waitress was great.  She was funny and on top on things.  The owner stopped by and asked for feedback since they just opened.  We told her about the noise and she said they already had a sound engineer in there once and was having him back again.  It was also a little warm in there and she said the air conditioner guy was coming back as well.  We gave her comments on the food and she seemed to take them all in.  New restaurant growing pains.  We’ll be back after they have some more time to work out all the kinks.  Total bill with a drink was $52.

Gigglewaters
737 Main St
Safety Harbor, FL
727.669.7077

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

Food3/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value3/5
3.2/5

We went over to Maloney’s Irish Pub in Westchase for lunch today.  They weren’t very busy, but it took a really long time for our burgers to come out. Loren got the California burger & I went for just a plain cheeseburger.

Loren liked the burgers more than I did.  I found the patty to be a little too dense.  It had a nice toasted bun and the fries were good.  He liked the guacamole and bacon on his.  Total bill was $26.

Maloney’s Irish Pub
9540 Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL
(813) 749-0859

Maloney's Local Irish Pub Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5

Quick Lunch


Got some quick takeout from Mizette Lebanese Grill.

Falafel, hummus and baba ghanoush.  Yum!  The falafel were crispy on the outside and tender in the middle without being mushy.  The hummus and baba ghanoush are delicious.  It was a tasty $14 lunch.

Mizette Lebanese Grill
30051 US Hwy 19N
Clearwater, FL
727-223-4060

Mizette Lebanese Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food5/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
4.1/5

We’re always on a quest to find new restaurants and tonight we ended up at the Daily News Cafe & Restaurant in Clearwater.  It was a Tuesday night and there weren’t very many people there.  We started off with the spinach & artichoke dip.

It was served with fresh pita, but it took us a few minutes to figure out how to eat it.  The pita was too soft to dip in the bowl so you had to spoon it on the pita instead.  The taste was familiar, almost like a broccoli cheese soup.  We decided to get the mixed grill for two so we could try a bit of everything.

I should have removed the pita and taken a better photo.  It had Cevapi, Sudzukice, Pljeskavica, Raznjici and fries.  Basically, it was a big plate of Balkan meats.  My favorite was the Cevapi.  They were small mildly spiced sausages.  The Pljeskavica was a very dense meat patty made with ground beef and lamb.  It was just too dense for me.  The Sudzukice were long, thin spicy sausages and the Raznjici were skewers of lamb and chicken.  The overall flavors were pretty mellow, though the Sudzukice was a little too spicy for me.   Overall, none of it really wow’d us.   We also got a slice of cake for dessert.

That was a tasty combo of chocolate cake and mousse filling.   Total bill with a drink was $49.

Daily News Cafe & Restaurant
401 S Belcher Ave
Clearwater, FL
727-251-7975

Daily News Cafe and Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food3/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
2.7/5
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  • Sunday Dinner


    We had dinner at Cafe Alfresco in Dunedin tonight. I think Sunday evening is a good time to go because they weren’t too busy.  Prime rib is their Sunday special, so Loren decided to try that.

    That was a big hunk of prime rib served with mashed potatoes and asparagus.  He said it had a good flavor and was tender.  I tried the eggplant Parmesan.

    The eggplant was good.  It had a little bit of crunch from the breadcrumb coating and plenty of cheese on top.  Total bill with a drink was $40.

    Cafe Alfresco
    344 Main St
    Dunedin, FL
    813-736-4299

    Cafe Alfresco Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Filed under: American, Dunedin