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Brunch


Discovered Marker 39 in Safety Harbor serves brunch on Sundays so that’s where we headed today.  We got the Big Ass Bahamian Conch Wonton and the Cuban Breakfast tostada.

The wonton is an appetizer on their dinner menu.  Perfectly crispy wonton with a cracked conch salad filling served with citrus dressed greens and a soy ginger glaze.  It was tasty, but the filling seemed like more breading than conch.  The Cuban breakfast tostada is also similar to their dinner menu Cuban Pork Crisis dish.

For breakfast, they add a crispy tostada and two fried eggs.  The marinated pork is amazing.  So tender and flavorful.  The plantains are perfectly cooked with the right amount of sweetness and the tostada added that little bit of crunch.  Definitely a dish I’d order again.

The only downside was that the restaurant has a very small indoor dining space and there was a large party of rather loud women in there.  It was that or deal with the heat & humidity on the outdoor patio.  The food was great, it was just a little difficult to have a conversation.  Total bill with a drink was $29.

Marker 39
155 5th Ave N
Safety Harbor, FL
727-791-1939

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

Sweet Mama


We were in Naples today to pick up a couple of scooters and ate lunch at Sweet Mama’s Island Cuisine.  It’s a small, cozy restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.   There are definitely more island dishes on the dinner menu, but we weren’t going to be in town that late.  Sweet Mama came over to our table and talked to us for a while.  She’s very friendly and obviously very interested in her customers.  She asked where we were from, how we found the restaurant and what we were ordering. 

Loren ordered the goat curry which came with a side of rice and plantains.

The goat was very tender and the sauce was very spicy.  A bit too spicy for me actually.  There were a lot of interesting flavors in it though.  It was another one of those dishes that I would describe as having “dark” flavors similar to some of the Indian dishes we’ve eaten.  I don’t know how else to describe it. 

I decided to just order some appetizers, so I got the cornbread pudding, macaroni pie, and sweet potato wedges.

The cornbread pudding was definitely the best of the three.  It was moist and had a good texture and flavor. 

The macaroni pie was disappointing.  It was completely dry and kind of chewy.  It definitely needed more liquid. 

 

The sweet potato wedges were nice and tender and the mango sauce that came with them was very tasty.  It had a little bit of spice, but blended well with the sweetness of the sweet potato.

The total bill was $28.   A little expensive for lunch, but the food was definitely home made and for the most part, pretty good.

Sweet Mama’s Island Cuisine
3560 Tamiami Tr E
Naples, FL
239-692-9441

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Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value2/5
2.9/5
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