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Luck Ran Out


The last couple of new restaurants we visited were really good, but our luck ran out when we went to the Lombardi Cafe today.

The place was empty for Sunday lunch.  Just one other table with a bunch of annoying children.  It’s an Italian restaurant with pasta dishes, pizza and sandwiches, but it’s sort of set up like a sports bar with a bunch of TV’s all tuned to sports channels.   Plus there was a DJ set up in one corner & a disco ball on the ceiling, so I’m not totally sure what the overall vibe of the place is supposed to be.

But, on to the food.  We started off with some calamari.

It had a decent crunch, but was a bit chewy and definitely underseasoned.  The sauce was really thin and watery.  The flavor was ok, but it just dripped off the calamari.  Loren got an Italian sub with potato salad.

It was huge.  Definitely enough for two meals and he liked it.  I, on the otherhand, ordered a Philly cheesesteak and ended up sending it back.

I’m not sure how to describe what it was that I didn’t like about the sub.  The first thing I did was just pick a piece of meat off and tasted it and immediately didn’t like the flavor.   I don’t know if it was herbs blended with it or what, but it just didn’t taste right to me.  I tried a couple more bites, but just couldn’t get past the odd flavor.  Loren tried it and didn’t seem to think there was anything wrong with it, but it wasn’t something I was going to eat.  I also didn’t like how crusty the bread was.  The waiter saw I wasn’t eating it and offered to bring me something else, so I went for a simple ham & cheese.

It was ok, nothing to write home about, but at least it was edible.  I wasn’t a fan of the bread they used here.  It was just too thick and hard to eat.  I also didn’t like the potato salad.  It was too sweet and very generic.  Definitely not homemade.

I also got a dessert to go since I figured it wasn’t likely we’d be coming back to eat again.

Believe it or not, there’s a cannoli in there somewhere.  Talk about overdoing it.  I’m of the mind that you should be able to eat a cannoli with your hands.  There was so much extra filling, whipped cream & chocolate sauce ladled on top of it that you had to eat it with a fork.   The overall flavor was ok, but it was way too messy.  Total bill with a drink was $32.

Lombardi Cafe
34210 US 19
Palm Harbor, FL
727-330-7594

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Food2/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value2/5
2.5/5

Went to Marinas’s for lunch today.  Loren was craving an Italian sub and I just can’t help but get a cheesesteak here.

Actually, the cheesesteak was on special today with fries.  They just make an ooey gooey yummy cheesesteak here.  The bread is soft with a little crunch on the outside.  So good.  Total bill with a drink was $15.

Marina’s Pizza and Pasta
12121 W Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL
813-854-1616

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

Remember that PSA from the ’70’s where the little guy sang a song about not drowning your food in “..mayo, salt, ketchup, and goop”?  That’s all I could think about when I got my cheesesteak from Marina’s.  I asked for mayo on it, and boy, did I get mayo.

The cheesesteak was good, but next time, I’m definitely asking for a little mayo.  Loren got an Italian sub.

The subs here are pretty big and very filling.  Both of us could have stopped with just half a sub.  I do like the rolls they use here.  Total bill with a drink was $16.

Marina’s Pizza and Pasta
12121 W Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL
813-854-1616

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Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5
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  • Filed under: American, Subs, Tampa
  • Outta Bread


    Friday night around 8pm and we still hadn’t eaten dinner.  Decided to just grab a couple of subs from Jersey Mike’s.  They had a pretty busy day since all they had left was wheat bread and not that much of it.  They had their fingers crossed that it’d be slow in there for the next hour.

    Loren got an Italian sub, Mike’s way.

    He really liked it.  They slice the meats to order and he really likes the oil and vinegar mixture they have.  I got a cheesesteak with onions and mushrooms.

    It was pretty good as well.  They cook it up fresh on the flattop, unlike Subway that just tosses it in the microwave.  I was afraid the wheat bread was going to be tough, but it wasn’t.  It was fresh and fluffy.   They make some good subs here.  For $14, we were satisfied. 

    And yet, I still wanted dessert, so we drove over to TGI Fridays and got a slice of vanilla bean cheesecake.  It didn’t last long enough to get a photo taken.  Well worth the $6. 

    Jersey Mike’s Subs
    3860 Tampa Rd Unit A
    Oldsmar, FL
    (813) 854-6453

    Jersey Mike's Subs on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar, Subs
  • We needed a break from turkey, so we headed out to Vetture’s in Palm Harbor for lunch before walking through John Chestnut Park.

    Since we’ve been eating non-stop for the last two days, we decided to split a 12″ cheesesteak sub and an order of fries.

    I like the cheesesteaks here.  The unique thing about them is that they put a little bit of  tomato sauce under the cheese.  It gives it a different flavor and makes the whole thing very moist and gooey.  The roll is lightly toasted so you get a little crunch as well.  The 12″ sub was more than enough for the two of us.  With the fries and a drink, the total bill was $15.

    Vetture’s Restaurant and Pizzeria
    36137 East Lake Road
    Palm Harbor, FL
    727-797-4858

    Vetture's Pizzeria on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5