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Nauti-Nancy’s isn’t a very big restaurant, but the food definitely packs a bunch of flavor.  It looks like a little dive, with just a few tables inside, an outside patio and bar area.  I don’t think either of us was expecting much from the food, but we were pleasantly surprised throughout the entire meal.  This is one of those places where the food takes its time coming out of the kitchen, but your patience is rewarded.

We started off with some crab stuffed mushrooms.

When I first saw them, I thought the mushrooms were a bit small to be stuffed, but they were filled with a wonderful crab stuffing and topped with melted provolone cheese.  We’d definitely order these again.  Loren liked the spicy sauce that came with them.

For his entree, Loren ordered the Vidalia onion chicken sandwich.

He said the onions were very sweet, the chicken tender and the overall flavor of the sandwich delicious.  I ordered the chicken saltimbocca which came with a salad and side of parmesean noodles.

The chicken was topped with prosciutto, spinach, provolone cheese and a very nice mushroom marsala sauce.  It was a touch salty, but not overwhelming.  The noodles were very garlicy, but in a good way.    The whole dish had a lot of good flavors going on.  When the waitress cleared our plates, she said she was going to bring us some beignets.

This was a delicious surprise.  I don’t know if she brought them because she had forgotten to bring my salad earlier, or if they brought them to all the tables.  Either way, it was a wonderful dessert.  They were hot out of the fryer and completely covered in powdered sugar.  If I wasn’t stuffed before, I definitely was now.  Overall the service was just ok.  Like I said, our waitress forgot to bring my salad and she never refilled drinks.  But the kicker for this whole experience was that the total bill with a drink was only $26.  This was one of the better meals we’ve had recently at an incredibly reasonable price.  There’s no doubt we’ll make our way back to Nauti-Nancy’s again.

700 Eldridge St
Clearwater, FL
(727) 446-3717

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We wandered around Park Ave in Winter Park for a while and then decided to get some dessert at the Briarpatch.  They were out of cheesecake and I wasn’t hungry enough to get one of their huge pieces of cake, so I went for a hot fudge brownie sundae and my sister settled on some key lime pie.

Mine looks yummier, doesn’t it?  She said the key lime pie was very good though.  Fresh and homemade, just like the brownie and ice cream in my sundae.  They make some really good desserts here.  Next time, I’m going to have to try some of that cake.

Total bill with a lemonade and some tea was $19.  Our waitress was also great.  Always had a smile on her face and she was very attentive.

Briarpatch Restaurant
252 N Park Ave
Winter Park, FL
(407) 628-8651

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We planned to go to an Italian restaurant called Saimira European Grill in Palm Harbor tonight, but the “No Trespassing” sign out front led us to believe they weren’t open.  I’m not sure if the restaurant is closed for good or if they’re on vacation, but either way, we still needed to find some dinner.  We continued north on Hwy 19 and ended up back at The German Restaurant.

They weren’t very busy for a Friday night, but perhaps the crowd shows up for the early bird specials.  I enjoy dinner in a quiet restaurant though.  It’s always nice to be able to actually carry on a conversation without having to yell.

The bread came quick to the table.  It’s a dense bread, but pretty tasty.

For an appetizer, we ordered the potato pancakes.

Loren didn’t like them that much, but I thought they were ok.  It’s sort of like a hashbrown served with apple sauce.  He was very happy with the meatball soup though.

This is a soup with lots of flavor.  It’s obvious that it’s been simmering for long hours to get all the deep, richness that just warms you from the inside out.   Loren ordered the goulash with spaetzle.

He enjoyed it.  It had a vinegary, mustardy taste to the sauce and the beef was very tender.  He said the spaetzle was good to cut the tartness of the sauce.

I ordered the chicken schnitzel.  Ok, I admit, I didn’t read the menu all that closely and thought that schnitzel was always made with pork, so I was actually a little surprised when it was chicken.

I gotta say, though, this was some of the best chicken I’ve ever had.  It was pounded thin, but it was so tender and juicy inside and the crisp coating on the outside was outstanding.  There was way too much for me to eat in one sitting which is always a plus.  The leftovers were yummy too.  The spaetzle was good as well and the broccoli was a little overcooked and soft, which I’m sure a lot of people don’t like, but I prefer mine that way.

Even before we sat down, I already knew what we were ordering for dessert…. the Black Forest Cake.

Layers of chocolate cake and whipped cream.  Yummy!  The only issue with this dessert tonight is the homemade whipped cream on the plate didn’t have enough sugar in it.  Normally, I would never leave whipped cream on the plate, but this just wasn’t sweet enough.  Total bill was $50 and we both had leftovers.

The German Restaurant
2616 US Hwy 19
Holiday, FL

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  • Tasty Gyro

    We ate dinner at the Olympia Greek Restaurant over by Fresh Market on US 19 in Clearwater tonight.  There are so many of these little Greek places in the area and they all seem very generic.  It’s pretty much Greek fast food. 

    I’m a sucker for pastitsio, so I had to try that.  It came with a Greek salad.

    The salad had a little bit of everything in it and the dressing was tangy and tasty.  The pastitsio was ok, but both it and the sauce lacked in flavor.

    The sauce really tasted like it had just come out of a can.  It was tart and definitely needed to simmer a lot longer to give it any depth of flavor.  The pastitsio had a decent texture, but just didn’t have enough spices in it.  Unfortunately, the rice was a bit overcooked as well.

    Loren ordered the gyro platter.

    There’s a mound of rice under the gyro meat, but out of everything we had here, the gyro was the best.  It had a nice flavor and texture and tasted very fresh.   Both meals came with pita bread & tzatziki sauce and I also ordered a side of potato salad, forgetting that there’d be some on the salad.

    I like the pita and tzatziki.  It was creamy and had a good flavor without being overpowering with garlic.  The side of potato salad was way more than we could eat.  I was expecting one scoop, not four, so this is definitely a side to share.  I also ordered a cannoli to go.

    It was disappointing.  The shell was too thick and not crunchy at all and the the filling was also too thick.  It had the consistency of cookie dough.   After the $5 coupon from their website, the total bill with a drink was $23.  If I was in the area and wanted a quick gyro, I’d try it again, but otherwise, there wasn’t much that would draw me back in.

    Olympia Greek Restaurant
    25821 US 19 Hwy N
    Clearwater, FL

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    Sometimes we’re just too lazy to go out to dinner, so tonight we ordered from Pizza Hut.  Loren & I disagree on what a pizza should be, so we went with one of the specials and got two large pizzas.  Who doesn’t like leftover pizza?

    For Loren, it’s all about the toppings, so he got a Super Supreme on a thin & crispy crust. 

    For me, it’s all about the crust, so I ordered a Pan Pizza with ham, mushrooms, and pineapple.  Yes, I’m one of those people who like Hawaiian pizza.  There’s just something about the sweetness of pineapple that I really like on a pizza.


    Both pizzas were tasty.  Fresh & hot and very filling.  I think we both ate two pieces, but then again, we knew there was dessert.

    I can’t resist the apple pies.  I don’t know if all of the restaurants carry them or not, but they are delicious.  There are 6 to an order and they’re covered with cinnamon sugar.  Even though we both could have stopped at 2, we felt that we just had to finish them off.  😉  Total bill with delivery charges was $30

    Pizza Hut
    233 Main St
    Safety Harbor, FL
    (727) 726-2000

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