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Quite a few restaurants are closed on Memorial Day so we ended up at the new Five Guys in Boot Ranch for lunch.

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The restaurant is big and bright, plenty of windows letting in lots of light.  The burgers & fries are what we’ve come to expect from Five Guys and I actually think these were a little less greasy than the ones we got recently at the Westchase location.  A little cheeseburger with grilled onions & mushrooms for me and a little bacon cheeseburger for Loren.  Plus you can’t leave here without some awesome fries.  Total bill was $15.

Five Guys Burgers & Fries
300 East Lake Road
Palm Harbor, FL
727-784-8965

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

Nom Nom


We don’t eat fast food often, in fact, I think Five Guys is the only fast food burger joint we’ve been to in quite a while.  I’m intrigued with the efficiency they have in running this place.  As soon as people walk in the door, they’re counting them off and dropping more burgers on the grill & fries in the oil.  A large party came in right before us today, so our burgers took a little longer, but they were definitely fresh.

Loren went for a bacon burger all the way and I got a little cheeseburger with grilled onions & mushrooms and we shared an order of fries.

Actually, I think we only ate about half an order of fries because they dump what would normally be considered a regular order anywhere else in the bag on top of the actual order.  Everything was hot, fresh & juicy, just the way it should be.  Total bill with a drink was $16.

Five Guys Burgers & Fries
11622 Countryway Blvd
Tampa, FL
(813) 855-2244

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

We ate dinner at Juan’s Mexican Grill in Dunedin tonight.  It’s a little place on Main Street with a very limited menu.  It’s definitely what you’d consider fast food.  Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos and a taco salad make up the menu and all them use the same ingredients from behind the counter.  I guess the difference is what’s served with it. 

I got the “Flamin’ Fajitas”, which was such an amusing title for what it was.

The chicken (which would be the same chicken served in any of the other dishes) is served with onions & peppers, jalapenos, sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, cheese and flour tortillas.  For fast food, it was pretty good.  Definitely better than Taco Bell, but not what you’d consider fajitas in any sit down Mexican restaurant.  I actually liked the guacamole because it was very mild. 

Loren got the grande burrito which came with chips & salsa.

He liked it.  It was big and filled with rice, beans and most of the toppings they had.   With a drink, the total bill was $17.  If you’re looking for quick take out, this was pretty good for the price.

Juan’s Mexican Grill
1409 Main Street
Dunedin, FL
727-738-5826

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Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5

Quick Sub


Had to run to an autoparts store in Oldsmar at lunch today and since Subway was right next door, figured it’d be a quick, easy, cheap lunch. 

I got a sweet onion teriyaki chicken on wheat.

It was ok, nothing to write home about.  I swear the lady at the counter told me 5 times that it was really hot, having just come out of the microwave.  I was a little dismayed to not be able to grab a couple of extra napkins at the beverage stand.  Guess you have to go back to the counter for those.  Subway has never been my favorite sub shop, but for $5 it was a quick and inexpensive lunch.

Subway
3775 Tampa Rd
Oldsmar, FL
(813) 749-8205

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Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5

Fast Food


We try to avoid fast food burgers as much as possible, but tonight was one of those nights where it was just convenient to drive through Burger King on the way home.  Surprisingly, this was our first Burger King stop all year. 

I grabbed a couple of Whoppers, some fries and onion rings and brought them home.  Typical fast food.  The burgers were plopped together and messy and the onion rings had been waiting around too long.  I’m convinced the only way you can get fresh onion rings at BK is if you stand there and wait until a new batch comes up.  They just don’t have a long shelf life.   Total was $10.

Burger King
27282 U. S. Hwy. 19 North
Clearwater, FL
(727) 796-4441

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Food2/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
2.6/5