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We ate lunch at Burger 21 in Westchase today.  This is definitely not your average burger joint and we neither of us ordered an average burger either. 

Loren went for the Ahi Tuna burger and fries.

It was lightly fried, but still rare enough in the middle.  It had avocado, pickled cucumbers, lettuce and tomato on it.  I might have to get one for myself next time, it was pretty tasty.  The fries were crispy and yummy too.

I opted for the special this month which was the gyro burger and I’m never one to pass up sweet potato fries.

The lamb burger was very juicy and flavorful.  It had a tzatziki sauce, plus lettuce and tomato on it.  The sweet potato fries were cut very thin and were wonderful dipped in the apple cider sauce.  They had a bunch of different sauces on their sauce bar; the Thai ketchup and honeycomb mustard were good too. 

And on the way out, I couldn’t help but get a chocolate cherry bomb milkshake to go.

It was a little thin for a milkshake, but the chocolate cherry flavors were tasty.  The only downside of the restaurant was the price, $29 for the two of us.   The food was good, no doubt about it, but we could absolutely do better than burgers and fries for $30.

Burger 21
9664 W. Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL
(813) 475-5921

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value2/5
3.3/5

Ate lunch at Cafe Ten-O-One in St Pete before we headed over to the Morean Arts Center.  Downtown St Pete was pretty quiet today since Gasparilla was going on in Tampa. 

We both ordered burgers.  I got the cheeseburger with sweet potato fries and potato salad and Loren got the Bistro burger with tots and cole slaw. 

The kitchen seemed to be having a few issues today.  I had ordered my burger with just mayo, lettuce, and tomato, but there was everything on the bun on my plate.  Luckily, they had just put the wrong top bun on our plates and Loren had mine.  The other issue is that Loren’s Bistro burger should have had bacon on it and it didn’t.  Our waitress reduced the price of his burger and said they had a new cook that didn’t know what went on each burger yet.

As for the burgers, though, they were pretty good.  They had some nice flavors going on.  Good diner burger.  The sweet potato fries and tater tots were also crunchy and tasty.  I thought the potato salad had too much onion in it and the cole slaw was kind of dry.  Overall, for $17 it was a pretty good lunch.

Cafe Ten-O-One
1001 First Ave. N.
St Petersburg, FL
(727) 894-4238

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value3/5
3.3/5

We ventured over to Jack Willies for lunch today.  They weren’t very busy, but you wouldn’t have guessed that by the service.  We split a mushroom swiss burger with some fries and onion rings.

It took a long time for the burger to come out.  Our medium burger was more like well done and both the fries and onion rings had been in the fryer too long or the oil was too hot.  Overall, just not a very satisfying meal. 

Then, their credit card machine went on the fritz so our waitress disappeared to go deal with that.  I really used to love going to Jack Willies, but the last few times we’ve been there, it’s been disappointing.  Total bill was $14 with a drink.

Jack Willie’s Tiki Bar and Grill
1013 St Petersburg Dr
Oldsmar, FL
813-854-1972

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Food2/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value2/5
2.2/5

We were going to have lunch at the Latin American Grill in Oldsmar only to find out it’s closed and an Indian restaurant will be moving into the space soon.  So, we headed over to the Oldsmar Cop Shop since it’s in the same plaza.

It wasn’t too busy for a Tuesday afternoon.  We both decided on burgers for lunch.

I got mine with sweet potato fries and they serve them with a little container of whipped cream.  Can’t say I’ve ever had whipped cream with my fries before, but it was actually pretty good.  The burgers were both juicy and flavorful.  The only issue I had was that they charge 79 cents each for every topping.  Total bill for the two burgers, fries, and a drink was $22.

And I wasn’t as enamored at the scantily-clad waitresses as Loren was.  😉

The Cop Shop
3780 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL
813-855-1052

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value2/5
3.3/5

We went over to Jack Willies around 3:30pm today for lunch.  It must have been in-between shifts as the service seemed to be lacking throughout the restaurant.   Our waiter took our orders before another table who had been seated before us and several people seated on the deck came inside to ask when someone would be coming to take their orders. 

Loren ordered a blackened grouper sandwich with fries.

He said it was tasty.  I ordered the mushroom swiss burger with fries.

It tasted good, but was cooked a medium well instead of medium.  I usually love the fries at Jack Willies, but these weren’t as good as they have been in the past. 

I wanted a chocolate dessert, but they were out, instead on the advice of the waiter, we got the apple crumble.

It wasn’t very good.  The apples weren’t cooked long enough.  We ate the ice cream and some of the crust but left almost all of the apples on the plate.  Total bill was $33.  We used to love going to Jack Willies.  The food and service were always good.  Lately though, it seems to have gone downhill.

Jack Willie’s Tiki Bar and Grill
1013 St Petersburg Dr
Oldsmar, FL
813-854-1972

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Food3/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value2/5
2.6/5