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We were in Seminole today and stopped at Mama’s Kitchen for brunch.  The place was packed and we had to wait about 10 minutes for a table.  In typical diner fashion, they had a wide variety of things on the menu.  Loren decided to try the Greek Salmon.

It was salmon with sauteed spinach, tomatoes and feta cheese with green beans and mashed potatoes.  We’re still not sure why the gravy is that color of yellow.   He said the salmon was pretty good, the potatoes tasted like they were out of a box, and the green beans weren’t anything special.   I went for the Eggs Benedict with hash browns.

Again, the food was just ok.  The poached eggs were cooked right, but the rest of it lacked any sort of seasoning or flavor.  Overall, there was nothing to make us want to come back again.  Total bill with a drink was $25

Mama’s Kitchen
5885 Seminole Blvd
Seminole, FL

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We headed back over to Mother’s in Westchase for Brunch today.  They were pretty crowded by 11:30am, but we were able to get a table inside without a wait.  They have a brunch menu on Saturday & Sunday along with their regular lunch menu.  Loren went for the mahi sandwich.

He got the mahi blackened and said the fish was good.  The bun to fish ratio was a bit off with way more bread than he needed for the size of the fish.  The fries were nice & crunchy too.  I tried the crab benedict off of the brunch menu.

I wouldn’t order it again.  The crab was like an afterthought; a relatively small amount scattered haphazardly over the top.  But, it was the hollandaise sauce that actually ruined it for me.  It had a sharp metallic taste to it.  It either didn’t have enough butter or too much lemon or something.  Whatever it’s downfall, it did not live up to what a good hollandaise sauce should be.  Total bill was $28.

12227 W Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL

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Going out for breakfast on a Sunday morning can be quite the adventure if you don’t want to stand in line for an hour.  We thought we’d try Lenny’s in Clearwater to find the line surrounding the building.  Then we drove through the Village Inn parking lot to find it completely full as well.  Eventually, we drove by Country Skillet on Roosevelt and didn’t have to wait for a table.  They brought a few mini blueberry muffins to the table.  I could have easily eaten a dozen of them and not thought twice about it.


Loren got an omelette and I went for a southern scramble, both with hashbrowns.  His was smothered in hollendaise sauce, mine with sausage gravy.



Let’s just say calorie count went out the window with this breakfast.  Everything was ok and there was plenty of it.  Hearty enough breakfast that neither of us needed lunch.   Nothing that wow’d us so much that we’d make a special trip out here, but it filled our bellies and we didn’t have to wait.  Total bill was $21.

Country Skillet Restaurant
2839 Roosevelt Blvd
Clearwater, FL

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Craft Street Kitchen in Oldsmar opens for brunch on Saturday & Sunday.  We had just gotten out of a movie and was happily surprised that they weren’t too crowded.  While Loren opted for a burger and side salad, I went for the lobster benedict.



He said the burger was tasty and he really liked the bacon on it.  As for the lobster benedict, I think these were the best eggs I’ve ever tasted in my life.


I don’t often give much thought to eggs, but these must have been so fresh because my taste buds were immediately on alert after the first bite. There was plenty of lobster and the English muffin and hollandaise rounded out a pretty tasty breakfast.  Total bill with a drink was $30.

Craft Street Kitchen and Drinks
3153 Curlew Rd
Oldsmar, FL

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Hearty Brunch

We got over to Johnny Grits around 11:00am this morning and had about a 15 minute wait.  By the time we left the wait was up to 35 minutes.  This place is packed on the weekends for breakfast.  Loren’s not much of a breakfast person, so he went for the smoked turkey club with a side salad.


It was a big sandwich and he actually ended up taking half of it home with him.  Perfectly toasted bread, smoked turkey and crunchy bacon.  He was a happy guy.  I decided to try the fried chicken benedict.


I opted to change the jalepeno cheddar sauce they normally serve with it to hollandaise instead.   Two perfectly tender fried chicken breasts over fresh biscuits with poached eggs and fried potatoes.  It was delicious and very filling.  There’s no coming to Johnny Grits without ordering a side of grits.  We choose the andouille, onion and cheese and added some mushrooms.


Other than adding a little salt, the grits are yummy here.  Smooth and creamy and a perfect size for two.  Total bill with a drink was $25.

Johnny Grits
857 E. Klosterman Rd
Tarpon Springs, FL

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