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We tried to eat lunch at Craft Street Kitchen today after going to a movie in Oldsmar, but they haven’t started opening for lunch yet.  Instead, we came back for dinner with some friends.  We got there around 6pm and the place was already crowded, but we were able to get a table without a wait.  They have both inside and outside seating and rearranged the space quite a bit from the restaurant it used to be.  It’s a bit on the loud side, but we didn’t have any trouble hearing each other across the table.

The menu had a lot of interesting choices and the waitress came by and explained her favorites (they’re to die for and simply amazing!) in vivid detail.  I’m not sure if she even took a breath while she recited almost the entire menu to us.  We skipped the appetizers tonight and went straight for the entrees.  Our friends ordered the Southwest flatbread and the Roma Chicken sandwich.

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The flatbread was huge!  It had BBQ’d chicken, pepperjack cheese, avocado, corn relish, pico de gallo, black beans, cilantro and a chipolte crema on top.  It had a nice crispy crust and a mix of sweet and spicy that our friend really liked.  The chicken sandwich also went over very well.  It had mozzarella cheese, prosciutto, tomatoes, arugula and a basil mayo.  On our end of the table, we ordered the Angry Pig Sandwich with a side salad and the shrimp and grits.

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The salad was supposed to come out first, but Loren only got a few bites in before the entrees arrived.  The ranch dressing was unusual.  I think it had dill in it or some other herb that made it unique.  The Angry Pig was mojo braised pork, apple slaw & fried pickles with an Angry Orchard BBQ sauce.  It was tasty.  It had a nice sweetness to it that I really liked.  The shrimp and grits were also good.  It had smokey cheddar grits with a very mild andouille sausage and shrimp swimming in a roasted poblano buerre blanc sauce.  The only think I didn’t really like were the herbs on top.  They really overpowered the other flavors.   We were all happy with our entrees and decided we’ll be back again.  We got some desserts to go, the peanut butter pie and the Founders raspberry chocolate cheesecake.

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I wasn’t as impressed with the dessert as I was with the meal.  The cheesecake was not one of the ones on our waitress’s “to die for” list and I could understand why.  It was thick, but not at all creamy.  The chocolate flavor wasn’t rich enough and the whole thing was just kind of crumbly.  Not something I’d order again.  Our total came to $40, not sure what our friend’s total was, but probably pretty close since the prices are all very reasonable.  Overall though, we’ll be back and when they start opening for lunch it’ll be a perfect after movie place to eat.

Craft Street Kitchen and Drinks
3153 Curlew Rd
Oldsmar, FL
727-314-4270

Craft Street Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.7/5

Hofbrauhaus


We were excited to see Hofbrauhaus, a new German restaurant open up in St. Petersburg, only to be disappointed with the quality of the food we received.  The space is a big open area with balconies.  We were seated upstairs with a view of the large hall beneath.  We got there around 11:45am and were able to get a parking space in their small lot and there weren’t that many other patrons inside which surely kept down the noise level.  I imagine with a rowdy crowd in that wide open space that it’s deafening in there.

Our entrees came out of the kitchen very quickly; unfortunately, we had ordered the potato pancakes as an appetizer which were nowhere to be seen.  The waitress apologized and went to get them, but by the time she finally returned, we were pretty much finished with our meal and just sent them back.

Loren ordered the Nürnberger Rostbratwürstl which were pork sausages served with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut.

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To me, they tasted like regular ol’ hot dogs and Loren said without the mustard they were just very plain and uninteresting in flavor.  I ordered the Jaegerschnizel which came with spaezle.

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For some reason, they thought bacon would make it better, but even bacon wasn’t going to help.  First off, the portion was very small compared to what I’ve gotten in every other German restaurant I’ve been to.  The pork was tender, but flavorless and the spaezle was dry.  There wasn’t enough mushroom gravy on it either.  The only saving grace to the meal was the Black Forest Cake.

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At least they got this one right.  The cake was moist and tasty.  I would have preferred real whipped cream to whipped topping, but otherwise this was the only high point of the meal.   We won’t be going back; there are much better German restaurants in the area. Total bill with a drink was $40.

Hofbrauhaus
123 4th St
St Petersburg, FL
(727) 898-3333

Hofbrauhaus Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food2/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value1/5
2.2/5

We needed to get out of the cold and grab some dessert so we stopped in Cafe Drydock & Inn for some hot chocolate, brownie & Tollhouse pie.

Brownie

Tollhouse Pie

Very rich and chewy chocolate brownie and the Tollhouse pie was basically a chocolate chip cookie in a pie crust.  Of the two, the brownie was better.  Total bill was $18 with some hot chocolate.

Cafe Drydock & Inn
357 Main St
Southwest Harbor, ME
207-244-5842

Cafe Dry Dock & Inn Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value2/5
2.9/5
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  • Filed under: American, Dessert, Maine
  • We decided eating outside of downtown Bar Harbor was the way to go, so we stopped at the Chart Room Restaurant for dinner.  Tasty rolls were brought to the table and I couldn’t pass up trying their lobster stew.

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    Lobster Stew

    They did a great job with the stew.  Big chunks of lobster meat in a creamy flavorful broth.  Loren went for the mixed grill which had tuna, scallops and swordfish.

    Mixed Grill

    He said all of the seafood was cooked well and there was plenty of it on the plate.  I decided it was time to break into a whole lobster.

    Lobster

    Potato

    I grew up in New England, so I know the ins & outs of getting all of the goodness out of a lobster.  This one was perfectly cooked and quite tasty.  The baked potato was fine, but the peas & carrots should have been left off the plate.  They added no benefit whatsoever.  Then there was dessert.

    Chocolate Raspberry Cake

    I think this may have been the tastiest chocolate raspberry cake I’ve ever had.  The cake was moist and chocolatety and the raspberry sauce added a nice zing to the cake.  Yum!  Total bill with a drink was $69.

    Chart Room Restaurant
    565 Eden St
    Bar Harbor, ME
    207-288-9740

    Chart Room Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Filed under: Dessert, Maine, Seafood
  • We’re staying in Bar Harbor, Maine for the week and went downtown for dinner.  It was crazy busy and we ended up at Poor Boy’s Gourmet for dinner.  We had about a 30 minute wait and then got seated in an awkward table behind the bar and in front of the stairs.

    They brought out some rolls and then we started off with the clam chowder and the crab cake appetizer.

    Rolls

    Clam Chowder

    Crab Cake

    The rolls were hot and fresh and tasty.  We’re fans of a thick, creamy chowder and this one was very thin and soupy.  It had a good flavor though.  We were a bit surprised that the $9 crab cake appetizer only had one crab cake.  This is when you know you’re in a tourist trap town.  The crab cake was delicious though.  Full of crab, very little filler and a nice mix of spices.  The restaurant was packed, so it took a while for our entrees to come out.  Loren ordered the surf & turf which came with mashed potatoes and peas.

    Surf and Turf

    Garlic Mashed and Peas

    The lobster on top was perfectly cooked and the steak was amazingly tender and flavorful.  I stole a few bites and it was very good.  The side dishes; however, were not.  I ordered the lobster Poor Boy pasta.

    Lobster Poor Boy

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    The lobster was tossed in a creamy sherry wine sauce over farfalle pasta.  The flavors were perfect in the sauce.  The lobster was cooked ok.  I thought the tail pieces were a little too chewy.  Overall though, a tasty dish.  Mine also came with a side dish and I chose the broccoli.  It was a cold dish and tasted like the dressing on pasta salad.  Let’s just say side dishes are not their specialty. We also got a piece of the white chocolate blueberry cheesecake to take back to our cabin and it was divine.

    White Chocolate Blueberry Cheesecake

    Creamy and delicious with a good graham cracker crust.  Service was ok, but there were times when I felt as though we had been forgotten.  Total bill with a drink was $88.

    Poor Boy’s Gourmet
    300 Main St
    Bar Harbor, ME
    (207) 288-4148

    Poor Boy's Gourmet Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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