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Awesome Pie

We had planned to eat dinner at Yoder’s in Sarasota on the drive back home from Naples; however, the line was out the door when we got there.  Knowing we still had another hour or so to drive home, there was just no way we were going to be able to wait in that line for dinner.

Instead, I ordered a couple of pieces of pie from the carryout window.  They aren’t joking when they say get there early if you want pie because I finally had to ask the lady which pies they actually still had after running through a few that I wanted and being told they were sold out.

I ended up with a slice of chocolate cream pie and a slice of black raspberry pie.

I didn’t find the chocolate cream pie to be anything special, though the crust was very good.  The pudding and cream were just very generic and didn’t have any outstanding flavors.

The black raspberry, on the other hand, was quite amazing.  The crust was light and flaky and the filling was perfectly sweetened.  I took one bite and scarfed the rest of it in short order. 

I’d love to go back down and try the food.  The baked pies are definitely the way to go.  Two slices was almost $10, so a little pricey, but the black raspberry was definitely worth it.

Yoder’s Restaurant
3434 Bahia Vista St
Sarasota, FL
(941) 955-7771

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  • Diner Sixty West opened up recently down on Gulf to Bay and for the month of October, they’re offering some half priced breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. 

    Loren ordered the open face roast beef lunch that came with mashed potatoes and gravy.

    He wasn’t too impressed with it.  He said the roast beef was lunchmeat more than a freshly cooked roast beef and the mashed potatoes tasted like instant or at least a mixture of instant potatoes and real potatoes.  The gravy also didn’t bring much flavor to the table.  But for under $4, it really was a lot of food.

    I ordered the pancake platter which wasn’t part of the 1/2 price deals.

    As far as breakfasts go, it was pretty good.  Both the pancakes and eggs were cooked well and the ham was tasty.  We also decided to try the strawberry shortcake.

    We had some mixed feelings on this one.  It was definitely a made from scratch cake, but Loren said he thought it had an odd taste, which could have very well been buttermilk.  It wasn’t a very moist cake and could have definitely used something, either ice cream or the sweetened juice you get with frozen strawberries.  It was a big piece of cake and we ended up taking half of it home.

    Total meal ran us $17. 

    Diner Sixty West
    2525 Gulf to Bay
    Clearwater, FL
    (727) 437-0255

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    Two for one fajitas on Sundays at Chico’s Wood Fired Grill on Linebaugh is a great deal.  Loren got the steak fajitas and I got the chicken.

    There’s enough food for both of us to make 3 fajitas each plus a little extra left over.  Comes with all the fixin’s, lettuce, cheese, pico de gallo and sour cream.  Fresh and tasty, still steaming when it gets to your table.  You could hear the sizzling throughout the restaurant as almost every table had at least one pair of fajita pans heading their way.

    And, as if we hadn’t eaten enough, Bubba’s brownie just sounded too good to pass up.

    A warm fudgy brownie topped with vanilla bean ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate and caramel sauces.  Mmmm….  It was tasty.

    Total dinner ran us $23. 

    Chico’s Wood Fired Grill
    12217 W Linebaugh Ave
    Tampa, FL

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    We didn’t feel like driving too far for dinner tonight, so we headed over to Panos Kouzina.  On my quest to try new restaurants, we haven’t been back to our old favorites for a while.

    The food here is consistently good, they give you plenty of it, and their prices aren’t bad at all.  Both our entrees came with either soup or salad and some bread.  We both opted for salad tonight.

    My only complaint was that the salad had chopped onions on it.  I’m not a fan of raw onions on anything and it took a while to pick all these off the salad.  The ranch dressing was very thick, but tasty, and the bread was thick and warm.  I’d forgotten how good it was.

    Loren got the chicken souvlaki with a side of fries.  He said the chicken was very tender.  The tzatziki sauce here is really garlicy. 

    I ordered the chicken marsala with a side of fettucine alfredo.

    The marsala sauce here is very sweet.  Loren said it tasted like molasses, but I didn’t think it was that harsh of a flavor.  I enjoyed it.   The dish came with two good sized chicken breasts that were incredibly tender.  This is how chicken should be cooked.  The fettucine alfredo was thick and creamy with a nice flavor.  I had plenty of leftovers and yet, I still ordered dessert.

    How was I possibly going to pass up this chocolate lovin’ spoon cake?  The waitress described it as a “prison dessert” because you eat it huddled over with your arms around it ready to poke anyone with a fork who tries to get too close to it.  It was pretty darn good.  It had a thick, rich mousse and tender chocolate cake.  What’s not to like?

    Total dinner was $33 and I’ve got leftover chicken and even a little cake for tomorrow.

    Panos Kouzina
    3101 SR 580
    Safety Harbor, FL
    (727) 797–2667

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