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Yummy Pork


Loren chose our lunch stop today and if he’s in Oldsmar during lunchtime, his first choice is always Andy’s.  We got there early, so the lunch crowd hadn’t shown up yet.

I always like to try something different, so I got the chicken cordon bleu.  He got what he always gets, the roast pork with a side of yellow rice and black beans.

It’s a lot of food for $15.  Neither of us finished our bowls of rice and beans.  The pork was tender and juicy as usual.  The chicken was ok, but a little on the dry side.

I should know by now that the best thing on the menu is the roasted pork and just get that every time. 

Andy’s on the Bay
472 East Douglas
Oldsmar, FL
813-855-8166

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.6/5
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  • Lunch Repeats


    Since I didn’t go grocery shopping over the weekend, I ate out a few extra times for lunch this week.  Hit the usual places, Amari Thai and Cuban Breezes and ordered some of my favorites, the mussamun curry $11 and a Cuban philly $7.50. 

    I’m running out of new places in Oldsmar to eat for lunch.

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    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.7/5
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  • Cuban Breezes is our go-to restaurant when we want a quick, tasty, inexpensive meal.   We headed over there for lunch today.  Normally, I’ll get a side of rice and beans, but at the recommendation of the waitress, I got a cup of their clam chowder with my chicken philly sandwich.

    It was not good.  It was a very weak, waterly soup and didn’t have a fresh taste at all.  When she came back by the table and realized I hadn’t eaten any of it she got it taken off the bill since she was the one that recommended it.  From now on, I’ll stick with the rice and beans. 

    The chicken philly was good.  It had onions and peppers on their delicious Cuban bread.  Plus I always add in some Havana sauce to everything I eat here.

    Loren got the pan con lechon sandwich with a side of rice and beans.

    Normally, he doesn’t get it as a sandwich, but he seemed to really enjoy it.  For $16, it was a filling, tasty lunch.

    Cuban Breezes
    13980 W Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL

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  • Filed under: Cuban, Oldsmar, Tampa
  • When all I’ve brought for lunch is a sandwich, it doesn’t take much to convince me to go out for lunch.  Loren likes Andy’s on the Bay and since they’re only open during the week for lunch, I suggested we head over there.

    Andy’s is a small cafeteria style restaurant that’s usually very crowded at lunchtime.  I was surprised there weren’t more people in there today.  The name is a bit confusing, since the restaurant isn’t on the water.  Instead it’s located in an industrial neighborhood in Oldsmar.

    I decided to try the chicken today and Loren got some pork with rice and beans.

    The chicken was a bit dry.  The pork was really good and tender.  I should know better than to order anything except the pork.  I think this is Loren’s favorite place to get rice and beans.  For $11, it’s a cheap, quick lunch.

    Andy’s on the Bay
    472 East Douglas
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-855-8166

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  • We drove over to Brandon today for some Spanish food at La Septima Cafe.  The restaurant’s been there since 1995 and the menu is filled with traditional dishes.

    Loren decided to get a taste of a few of them with the “Walk Around La Septima” dish.

    This had Ropa Vieja, which is a shredded tender flank steak simmered in a burgandy wine sauce, Picadillo, which is ground beef, olives and capers in a tomato sauce, and Lechon Asado, which is marinated pork, plus yellow rice and black beans.  It was a lot of food.  He liked the pork and beans the best.  I liked the taste of the Ropa Vieja. 

    I ordered the Arroz Con Pollo with black beans and some Cuban bread.

    The dish had a wing and a chicken breast.  The wing was great.  The flavors in the chicken were really incredible.  The breast, however, was really dry.  All of the flavor was in the chicken skin.  The rice and beans were ok and the bread was good.

    We got a piece of their caramel chocolate cheesecake for dessert.

    The “chocolate” consisted of a few chocolate chips tossed on top.  The caramel sauce was good, but there wasn’t much of it.  The cheesecake was very thick.  This wasn’t a creamy cheesecake.  It was made with ricotta cheese and had an almost grainy texture.  Don’t get me wrong, it was good, just not a very smooth cheesecake.

    Lunch ran us $29.  The food was ok, but I doubt we’d drive back to Brandon to visit again. 

    La Septima Cafe
    140 N Parsons Ave
    Brandon, FL
    813-684-1948

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  • Filed under: Brandon, Cuban, Spanish