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Burnt Pressed


When we were at Johnny’s Italian Restaurant a while back, I noticed the sign for the Hillside Cafe next door.  We went over there today & ordered a couple of sandwiches. 

They have a long menu of sandwiches and it was hard to decide which one to get.  Loren opted for the Muffaletta.

He still hasn’t found one that tops the one at the Cleveland Street Cafe, but he said this one was ok.

I ordered the Cuban.

It was more like a pressed Italian sub.  Unfortunately, they didn’t seem to have a grasp on how long to let the sandwiches stay in the press.  I had the paper that it was wrapped in burnt into the crust on mine.  Definitely not good eats.  After I picked off the burnt parts, the rest of the sandwich was ok.  $14 for two sandwiches and a drink.

Hillside Cafe
2907 State Rd 590
Clearwater, FL
(727) 796-1466

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Walk to Lunch


I’ve worked in Oldsmar for more than 5 years and have driven past the Warehouse Deli twice a day every day and never stopped in.  Finally decided today was the day to just walk down there and grab a sandwich.

It’s a small, hole in the wall sandwich shop that isn’t much to look at inside.  There are a few tables, but we opted to get takeout because a storm was on the way.

I built my own sandwich and got a ham & cheese on Cuban bread with a side of potato salad.

This was a tasty sandwich.  The bread was fresh and the ham flavorful.    The first few bites of the potato salad were good, but then I got a bite of near frozen potato.  Looks like the container was a little too far back into the cooler.  But, for less than $6 this is definitely a great option for a quick lunch.

Warehouse Deli
141 Stevens Ave
Oldsmar, FL
813-818-7700

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  • Fast Subs


    We were just looking for a quick bite for dinner and decided to try Jimmy John’s.  After looking over the big board menu we opted for a #1 Pepe, which is ham & cheese, and a #9 Italian Night Club.

    The French bread rolls were tasty.  The subs were on par with subs you get elsewhere.  Loren’s comment was better than Subway, not quite as good as Jersey Mikes. 

    And maybe it was just me, but I felt as though the cashier had a little bit of an attitude.  She was just a little snarky, trying to be funny, I think, but it just rubbed me the wrong way.   

    For $13, we got two subs and a drink.

    Jimmy John’s
    2519 McMullen Booth Road
    Clearwater, FL

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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Subs
  • We went out in the rain in search of lunch and ended up at Pickles Plus on McMullen Booth Rd.  Loren had been to the one in Clearwater before.  It was pretty crowded for a rainy Sunday at lunchtime.

    Loren started off with some chicken soup.

    It had a nice flavor to it and was very welcome on such a dreary day.  He ordered one of the specials for lunch, Jay’s Fried Chicken Salad.

    It was a big salad.  Lots of lettuce, fried chicken, tomatoes, boiled egg, bacon, cheese, cucumber, and of course, a pickle.   He ran out of dressing before he ran out of salad.

    I got a chicken salad sandwich with fries.

    And of course, a pickle. The chicken salad was pretty bland.  The fries weren’t crispy enough either.  They were too soft, like they’d been taken out of the fryer and left to sit for a while. 

    For $26, it seemed overpriced for what we got.  I’ve had better sandwiches elsewhere for less money.

    Pickles Plus
    2530 N McMullen Booth Rd
    Clearwater, FL
    727-725-3325

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    Quick Lunch


    Ended up having to run out for a quick sandwich around 1:30pm today because I had meetings that ran through lunch.  Headed over to Firehouse for a chicken salad sub.

    I like the bread they use at Firehouse.  It’s a nice soft roll.  The chicken salad was actually pretty tasty.  $8 for the combo with chips and a drink. 

    Firehouse Subs
    3434 East Lake Road
    Palm Harbor, FL
    727-210-4376

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