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We were driving back from The Fringe in Orlando and stopped at Harry’s Seafood in Lakeland for dinner.  We were seated very quickly in the back of the restaurant and then the waiting began.  Once our server finally showed up, he was an extremely polite and friendly guy, but unfortunately that doesn’t make up for the continuous waiting and incorrect things that happened with our meal.  Our waiter brought out some bread.

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It was warm and crusty and the herbed butter was tasty.  Good thing we had it because the wait was pretty long for our entrees.  Loren ordered the redfish with a side of collards.

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He enjoyed them both.  The fish was cooked well and not overly spicy.  I ordered the crawfish etoufee.

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When the waiter took my order, he asked if I wanted green onions on it or not.  I said no, but when it arrived it was covered in them.  I sent it back and from what was returned back to me, I can only surmise that someone just took it back to the kitchen & picked them all off of the same dish.  It was a bit spicier than I remembered from the last time I had it here.  I ended up taking half of it home with me.  We decided to try the chocolate bread pudding for dessert.

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This was an unusual dish.  It was brownie-yet-bread like and went very well with the sauce and ice cream.  We both enjoyed it.  It wasn’t overly chocolatey, but interesting.  Here’s where the waiting started again.  We actually watched another table get seated and then walk out when no one ever came to take their order.  Loren’s drink order was wrong and the amount of time we spent just sitting there waiting was ridiculous.  I don’t know if they were short staffed or what, but they definitely needed better coverage in the back area where we were seated.  Total bill with a drink was $44.

Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill
101 N Kentucky Ave
Lakeland, FL
(863) 686-2228

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Food4/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.1/5

We’re on our way to Orlando and stopped in Lakeland for lunch at Bosphorous Turkish Kitchen.  From the moment we walked in the door, the aroma from the kitchen made our mouths water.  Everything on the menu sounded delicious, so we opted for a Mixed Grill platter for two so we could try several different things.  But first, Loren decided to try the lentil soup.

It was a rather thin soup, but packed a bunch of flavor.  It had a deep, rich spicy flavor that consumes all your taste buds.  The Mixed Grill platter didn’t disappoint either.

Besides the salad and rice, the dish had Chicken Adana Kebab, Lamb Shish Kebab, Doner Kabab, Chicken and Lamb Kofte.  It was all very, very tasty.  Seasoned perfectly and all the meats were tender.  I really enjoyed the texture and flavor of the Kofte.  Loren preferred the kebabs.  We were quite stuffed by the end of the meal.  Service was very friendly as well.  Definitely a place we’ll return to the next time we’re in Lakeland.  Total bill with a drink was $28.

Bosphorous Turkish Kitchen
127 S. Kentucky Ave
Lakeland, FL
863-937-9686

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Food5/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
4.3/5
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