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It was early so we headed to downtown Safety Harbor for dinner at Southern Fresh.   The weather was cooperative, so we sat out on the patio.   Their menu isn’t very big, so I’m pretty sure we’ve had this exact same meal before here.  BLT soup, roast pork, fried chicken & strawberry shortcake for dessert.

   

 

Small menus are fine when the food is as good as this and consistent every time.  Everything is fresh.  They cook the fried chicken to order, so although it takes a little longer to get to the table, it’s worth the wait.  The roasted veggies were tender, the mashed potatoes and gravy, made from scratch.  The strawberry shortcake is absolutely wonderful.  Total bill with a drink was $41.

Southern Fresh
122 3rd Ave N
Safety Harbor, FL
727-216-6341

Southern Fresh Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.0/5

We went back to Marker 39 for brunch this morning.  The weather was nice, so we sat out on the patio where it’s a bit quieter than their small indoor dining area.  We started off with the fried calamari.

This was a plate of perfectly fried, tender calamari.  There are places that do calamari well, this is one of them.  Loren got the “Big House Salad” with jerk chicken.

He said the chicken & salad both had lots of good stuff going on.  A good mix of flavors and textures with just the right amount of spice.  I decided to try the shrimp and grits.

The shrimp and the grits were cooked well and they were swimming in a spicy little tomato based sauce.  It had a good amount of heat going on without being overly spicy.  Everything was fresh & tasty.  Total bill with a drink was $46.

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

Marker 39 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.0/5

Bar Fly Saltwater Grill recently moved to a new location in Safety Harbor, so we went over there for dinner.  We were able to get a table without a wait, but the restaurant was crowded and loud.  We started off with some grouper bites and I somehow managed to delete the photo.   They had a very thin, flavorless coating and most of the fish was overcooked.  When I ordered the appetizer, I asked for a side of ranch dressing.  Of course, it didn’t come when the food was delivered and we were almost finished before the waitress came back around.   Our entrees came out before we finished the appetizer.

Loren ordered the Mahi Bowl and I went for the lobster mac & cheese.

He said the mahi itself was good, but the rest of the dish was simply missed opportunities.  Right ingredients, wrong execution.  There was no flavor to the beans or rice and the whole thing just fell flat.  The lobster mac & cheese wasn’t much better.

It came with a cup of lobster bisque and kettle chips.  The bisque needed salt and didn’t have a lot of flavor overall.  There were enough lobster pieces to cover the bread, but I’m not convinced that grilled cheese & lobster should go together.  The sandwich was dry and all you could taste was the cheese.  Total bill was $43 and I don’t think we’ll be returning anytime soon.

Bar Fly Saltwater Grill
100 Main St, Ste 107
Safety Harbor, FL
727-400-4790

Saltwater Grill @ Bar Fly Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food2/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value2/5
2.0/5

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

Marker 39 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

Whistlestop


I hadn’t been to the Whistle Stop Grill in Safety Harbor in quite a while, so a friend of mine & I headed over there for lunch today.  It’s an open air casual kind of place and we settled in for a chicken sandwich and a burger.

The Cali-Style Chicken Sandwich has bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato & avocado.  My friend said it was tasty, especially with some sweet potato fries.  I went for the mushroom and onion burger with a side of onion rings.

The burger was big with lots of portabello mushrooms and onions on it.  It was cooked a perfect medium and had a nice flavor to it.  Total bill with a drink was less than $25 for the two of us.

Whistle Stop Grill
915 Main St
Safety Harbor, FL
(727) 726-1956

 

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