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We headed over to the Lucky Dill Deli for dinner tonight.   I noticed it across the street when we got sushi the other night.  It was fairly crowded for a Sunday evening.  I’m not sure if it was a good thing or a bad thing, but we were seated next to the dessert counter.  I just wanted to skip dinner and fill up on pastries. 

The rolls brought to the table were fresh and tasty.

If you’ve read this blog before, you know by now if there’s mac & cheese on the menu, I gotta try it. 

This was a huge bowl of homemade mac & cheese.  It had some really good flavors,  but it wasn’t heated all the way through.  It also needed some more liquid in it.  It was quite solid and not very creamy.  The parmesean cheese on top was very strong.  If you got a bite with it, that’s all you tasted.

I ordered the cheeseburger sliders, thinking it wouldn’t be that much food.  I was wrong.

Three thick cheeseburger sliders with fries.  I don’t think I’ve ever had sliders where the meat was this thick.  They had good flavor, but were a little dry. 

Loren ordered the chicken kabobs.

The chicken wasn’t very tender and the knife he had was very dull.  At one point, while trying to cut a piece, it slid off the plate along with much of his rice.  He said it tasted ok and the veggie side with it was tasty.

Since he ordered a drink, he got a free dessert and chose the raspberry cheesecake.

We were so full, that we got it to go.  It was very creamy.  I also ordered a napoleon to go as well.  Granted, there were about a dozen desserts that tempted me, but I settled for just one.

The chocolate ganache topping on this was excellent and the cream was rich and tasty too.  I didn’t like the pastry layers in between though.  They were very dry. 

Total dinner with desserts was $24 and we both had leftovers.  We were amazed at the size of some of the sandwiches being served around us.  You definitely get your money’s worth here. 

Lucky Dill Deli
2800 Alt 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
(727) 789-5574

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Ever wake up at the crack of 10:30 on a Saturday morning and just need a good sub?  Maybe it’s just me.  Anyway, Cathy’s off playing in Orlando with her sister today, so I headed over to Jersey Mike’s.  Mike’s is a small nationwide chain that recently opened a shop in Oldsmar.  Now, Subway may claim to be “fresh” (and I like a good Subway sub), but Mike’s is fresher.  At Mike’s, your meats are all sliced to order right in front of you, and probably the best part is that they sprinkle it with some good herbs and douse it with vinegar and oil before wrapping it up.  Makes for a good, slightly sloppy sandwich!

I love a good club sandwich, and I haven’t had any bacon all week (and a man needs bacon!), so I opted for their “Club Supreme”, which adds delicious roast beef to everything that’s on their regular club:  Turkey, ham, provolone, bacon, and mayo.  Oh, and they switch the provalone for swiss, which I didn’t really notice.  (should have had them omit the cheese to save the calories, I wouldn’t have noticed with all the other flavors!)

Not a great photo, but, I already scarfed the sub, so it will have to do!

Jersey Mike’s Subs
3860 Tampa Rd Unit A
Oldsmar, FL
(813) 854-6453

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  • 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

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