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Hard to Eat


We fought the crowd for brunch at Johnny Grits this morning.  There was a line out the door.  Unfortunately, our experience today wasn’t as good as it’s been in the past.  Loren ordered the chicken sandwich with bacon and a side of fries.

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The chicken was very thick which made it hard to eat as a sandwich.  It really needed to be flattened more to fit on the bun.  His bacon was overcooked and his fries weren’t crispy enough.  I ordered the breakfast bowl special.

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It had potatoes, bacon, sausage, two eggs, a biscuit and sausage gravy.  My bacon suffered the same fate as Loren’s, being way overcooked.  The sausage was also overcooked.  My over-easy eggs had already broken by the time it got to the table.   The biscuit & gravy was probably the best thing on the plate.  Total bill with a drink was $19.

Johnny Grits
857 E. Klosterman Rd
Tarpon Springs, FL
727-942-4748

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Food2/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
2.9/5

We went to a movie this morning and ended up at the reopened Village Inn over on Racetrack Road near Westchase.  The original Village Inn that was there closed a while back, but another franchisee bought the space and opened it up again.  They were crowded and we ended up with about a 10 minute wait for a table.

Loren wanted lunch & I wanted breakfast so he got a soup and burger and I got a skillet.

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He liked the soup, but said the burger was really bland.  Completely lacking in seasoning.  I got the California skillet which had avocado in it that could probably have used another day or so to ripen further.  The pancakes were spot on and the rest of the skillet was tasty.  The only thing that got on my nerves about our dining experience is that every time a server went in or out of the kitchen they yelled that they were coming in or out.  Total bill with a drink was $25.

Village Inn
13001 Race Track Rd
Tampa, FL
813-814-0488

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

Popeye


Sometimes it’s the silly little things that amuse us to no end.  Something that just catches you off guard and makes you giggle.  We went over to Athens in downtown Safety Harbor for breakfast and they had the Popeye omelette on their specials board.  What does Popeye love?  Spinach and Olive.  Loren had to order it just because it made us giggle.

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Along with the spinach and olives, it also had bacon in it, everything’s better with bacon, right?  He really enjoyed the omelette.  I went for the blueberry pancakes and eggs over easy.

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The pancakes were very tasty, but I forgot just how hot blueberries can get and burned my tongue on the first bite.  The eggs were perfectly cooked as well.  Our waitress was a little frazzled this morning, but other than that, it was a very enjoyable $15 breakfast.

Athens Restaurant
226 Main St
Safety Harbor, FL
727-726-3471

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.6/5

Quick Lunch


We went to a movie this morning and stopped for a quick lunch at Daddy’s Grill afterward.  Loren got a bacon cheeseburger and I went for the ham, egg & cheese breakfast croissant.

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The burger was perfectly cooked and I really enjoyed the ham on my croissant.  For $16 with a drink, it was a quick and tasty lunch.

Daddy’s Grill
3682 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL
(813) 891-6556

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Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.2/5

The smell of cinnamon was just too much to pass up on our way through City Walk into Universal Studios.

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I got a minibun, but Loren went for the Pecanbun which was more sugar and deliciousness than one person should eat first thing in the morning.  But it was good.  Total bill for the mini & the big bun was $8.50.

Cinnabon
Universal City Walk
Orlando, FL

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