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So Dry I Am


We went over to Surf Shack for lunch today.  They were pretty busy, but we were able to get a table inside which was good because it was a bit warm out on the patio.  Loren tried the Hula Burrito again with a salad.

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I love how colorful the salad is.  As for the burrito, just like last time, he had to put some of the salsa from the chips & salsa on it to give it some flavor.  I ordered the West Coast tacos and added avocado to them.  For some reason, I just think a West Coast taco should already have avocado as one of its main ingredients.

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I did the upgrade for mac & cheese as my side and that was a mistake.  I’ve tried it here several times with mixed results, but the majority of the time, it’s just too dry.  There’s just not enough cheese sauce on it.  The tacos were ok.  They’re pretty plain, just chicken, lettuce, tomato, and sour cream.  Total bill with a drink was $22.

Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen
12217 West Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL
(813) 475-5916

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

We ate lunch at the Surf Shack in Westchase today.  It was too hot to sit outside on the patio and luckily they had the big doors closed and the air conditioning cranking inside.  They bring chips & salsa to the table and there’s something about the chips that I really like.  They’re almost Dorrito like.  I tried the Orange Chicken Bowl.

It was spicy and had quite a few things in it that I didn’t really care for.  The menu said it had “house veggies” in it.  Unfortunately, the term “house veggies” could mean anything and the ones in this dish weren’t ones that I liked.  The whole dish just fell flat for me.  It tasted more processed than fresh and the chicken wasn’t very tender.  Loren tried the hula pork burrito.

He didn’t care for it much.  The pork had very little flavor and the pineapples in it added both a texture and flavor that didn’t work well together.  I thought the whole thing tasted sort of watery.  There just weren’t any prominent flavors and he ended up putting some salsa on it just to give it some taste.  Neither of us would order these dishes again.   Total bill with a drink was $20.

Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen
12217 West Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL
(813) 475-5916

Surf Shack on Urbanspoon

Food2/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
2.6/5
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  • We tried the Surf Shack when they first opened and went back again today for lunch.  The weather was gorgeous, so we sat out on the patio.  They had a good crowd for a Friday lunch and we both tried something different.  I opted for the Seafood Stack with a side of mac & cheese.

    The Seafood Stack was interesting.  I love fried flour tortillas and they added a nice crunch to the mix of shrimp, cod, and veggies inside.  The shrimp was a bit overcooked, but otherwise the dish was very tasty.  It was served over some rice, but really didn’t need it.  It was messy to eat though.  The cheese sauce on the mac & cheese was very thin, so it sort of settled on the bottom of the bowl, leaving the macaroni to be a bit dry.

    After munching on some chips & salsa, Loren got a Baja chicken burrito with a side salad.

    The ranch dressing on the salad had some spice to it.  The burrito, on the other hand, was a bit on the bland side.  Loren said it was just ok. With a drink, the total bill was $27.

    Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen
    12217 West Linebaugh Ave
    Tampa, FL
    (813) 475-5916

    Surf Shack on Urbanspoon

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

    Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen just opened up in Westchase where Chico’s used to be.  They made some changes to the interior, knocking out the front wall & putting in a garage door for an open entry to the patio.  There’s also a huge TV at the back of the restaurant.  I’m sure this place will get crowded during sporting events.

    They brought chips & salsa to the table.

    Loren said the salsa was ok.  They season their chips here, so they had a little spice to them.  We started off with some dumplings.

    I liked them and the sauce was a spicy sweet.  I thought the filling was tasty.  We both went for tacos tonight.  Loren got the filet tacos and I got the west coast tacos and added avocado (wouldn’t you think a west coast taco would include avocado?) and a side of mac & cheese.

    Overall, the tacos were just ok.  The avocado wasn’t quite ripe enough.  I don’t know what it was, but there was just something lacking about them.  The mac & cheese was pretty good.  The cheese sauce was a bit on the thick side, but otherwise it was ok.  Total bill with a drink was $27.

    Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen
    12217 West Linebaugh Ave
    Tampa, FL
    (813) 475-5916

    Surf Shack on Urbanspoon

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