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We had our Friday lunch meeting in our Conference Room, known to some as the Gulf Coast beaches of Pinellas County.  Cathy tells me I’m supposed to take photos of my food.  Meh.

So, we got our lunch from the Kooky Coconut (which used to be the Tacky Turtle, for those of you who have been around here for a while).  Nice little sandwich and ice cream kinda joint.  They carry Working Cow ice cream, which is pretty awesome stuff, but we didn’t have any.  They do Cuban sandwiches and other types of sandwiches.  Fritz had a Cuban and didn’t like it because it wasn’t “authentic” enough for him.  They tried to jazz it up with better mustard, better pickles and fancy cheese.  Everybody knows a Cuban is all about plain ol’ mustard and crappy pickles!  I think they also buttered the bread, making it kinda greasy.  Idunno, I’m not a big fan of Cuban sandwiches, anyway.

They recently expanded to include some Mexican fare on the menu, which is what Ash and I went with.  I got chicken tacos, Ash got a beef burrito.  Both came with chips and salsa.  I went with crispy corn tacos because that’s the way a taco should be.  “Soft tacos” are burritos!  The chicken tacos were very good.  I got them loaded, which included beans, cheese, black olives, salsa and who knows what else.  Nothing spectacular, but the chicken was freshly grilled and well-seasoned, and it put a smile on my face.  Ash wasn’t quite as wowed with his burrito, but seemed quite satisfied with it.  Looked good to me.  It was fat and stuffed with beef, rice, beans and stuff.  The chips were not fresh made, nor was the salsa, but they were adequate.

All in all, we all ate for something like $6.95 each plus a drink.  There’s no way you can complain about what we got for the price!  Oh, and the Kooky Coconut now offers their patrons beach seating in their 6 “key lime green” chairs ON the beach, just inches from the water.  Perfect!

Their website is dead, but they’re on Facebook! And Twitter!

Kooky Coconut
760 Gulf Blvd
Indian Rocks Beach, FL
(727) 517-1300

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Comfort Cuban


Cuban Breezes is only a few miles from our house, so we eat there quite  a bit.  This is my fourth time since January.  It’s like comfort food to me.  We’ve never had a bad meal, the service is good, and the prices are great.  What’s not to like?

I was hungry so we ordered the appetizer sampler platter.

It had Pan con Queso,  croquetas, yucca fritters, and an empanada.  The only one I didn’t like much were the yucca fritters.   They were a little spicy.  The chicken empanada was really good.  Especially dipped in the Havana sauce.  The Pan con Queso is basically a grilled cheese on their Cuban bread with a light garlic spread and the croquetas are filled with ham and lightly fried. 

Loren ordered the Masitas de Puerco.  It came with two sides, so he got a salad and beans and rice.

He really liked the Masitas.  It’s slow cooked pork chunks, boiled until tender, marinated, then lightly fried.

I was going to order the Grouper Cuban, but the waitress said they use Mahi Mahi now instead.  Ok, sounded good to me.

And it was.  The Mahi was really tender and really good.  A little cheese, lettuce and Havana sauce, then lightly pressed and it made for a very enjoyable dinner.

With our $10 off coupon, the total dinner came out to $16, plus we have some leftovers for tomorrow.

Cuban Breezes
13980 W Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL

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  • I’ve been whining for weeks that I wanted to go see Wicked again (I’ve seen it twice), but that the ticket prices were way too high.  There’s no way I was going to shell out $180/ticket.  Then last night, TBPAC posts $49 tickets on Facebook.  Seriously, $49, 8th row, I’m so there.

    Since the show was in Tampa at 7:30pm, we needed to eat somewhere that was going to be quick, so we headed over to Cuban Breezes.

    They had their Havana burger on special, so Loren got one of those with the ultimate beans and rice.

    Cuban Breezes makes a pretty good burger.  He scarfed it.  I opted for the steak philly with beans and rice.

    Their steak philly is different than a cheesesteak you get other places.  It has it’s own special blend of spices, onions and peppers on their yummy Cuban bread.  I smother the whole thing in their Havana sauce.  Good stuff.  The rice and beans were a little dry this time, though. 

    We were in and out of there for $15 in about 45 minutes.  Got to Tampa in plenty of time.  The show was great.  The actress playing Elphaba had a fantastic voice and Richard Kline (yup, Larry from Three’s Company) played the Wizard of Oz. 

    Cuban Breezes
    13980 W Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL

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  • Lechon Asado


    Coincidentally, I also had Cuban food for lunch today!  This was the bi-weekly work lunch meeting at another one of our favorite places, La Terasita in Pinellas Park.   Not a fancy place, just good cheap Cuban food.

    We almost always go there on a Friday, and their Friday special is one of my favorites:  Lechon Asado (or Roast Pork, if you prefer).  I like it with black beans and yellow rice, thank you.  I didn’t even think about taking a photo, just dug right in and before I knew it, my bowl was empty.

    For the record, I go to three cheap Cuban restaurants fairly regularly.  This one, Cuban Breezes, and a little place called Andy’s in Oldsmar.  Cuban Breezes is okay, the food is decent, quick and cheap… but really, the only reason we go there is that Cathy likes their Cuban sandwiches.  Andy’s is IT, as far as I’m concerned.  Very authentic Cuban flavor, just awesome.  But, Cathy thinks Cuban Breezes has a better Cuban sandwich, so she never goes there with me.  La Teresita is somewhere between the two.  Their beans don’t taste like they’re out of a can like they do at Cuban Breezes, but they’re not quite as good as Andy’s.  But, if you’re down in the Pinellas Park area… La Teresita, it is!

    La Teresita
    7101 66th Street
    Pinellas Park, FL 33781-4004
    (727) 546-5785

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    Rainy Friday


    Did a quick lunch run today between downpours and decided a Cuban sandwich with some black beans and rice would hit the spot. 

    Since Cuban Breezes is right around the corner, I called ahead & picked up lunch within 15 minutes.  Even though they were busy with the lunch rush, they had my order ready when I walked in the door. 

    Let’s face it, Cuban Breezes puts out a nice lunch for $6.50.  Their Cuban sandwich is tasty; ham, pork, cheese, pickles and mustard pressed in their yummy Cuban bread.  I could just eat the bread alone and be happy.  And I have to have their Havana sauce on everything.  It’s sort of like a ranch dressing, but oh so good.    The beans and rice are very filling.  For me it’s usually a choice of finish the sandwich or finish the side dish. 

    Cuban Breezes
    13980 W. Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL (it’s on the Oldsmar/Tampa line)
    813-814-9939

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