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Brady’s Backyard BBQ is our go to place for BBQ.  They’re located on Main Street in Safety Harbor and we’ve never had a bad experience there.

They were busy tonight, but we were lucky enough to find a small table when we walked in. 

Loren ordered his usual, riblets with a side of collard greens and a “try” of baked beans.

The riblets have a lot of meat on them and they give you a bunch of them.  He always has a few left over to take home.  He likes to dip them in their mango BBQ sauce.

I ordered the BBQ pork sandwich with a side of corn bread pudding.

I love their corn bread pudding.  It has a wonderful flavor and texture to it.  Their pulled pork is very tasty too.  They pile it on the sandwiches.  I got a small sandwich and there was easily enough pork on it for two people.

We tried the apple pie for dessert.

It was ok, but didn’t taste homemade, more like something you’d buy in a grocery store. 

Two entrees, dessert and a drink ran us $29.  Brady’s smokes all their meats on site for 14-20 hours and you can definitely taste it.  Everything is fresh and flavorful.

Brady’s Backyard BBQ
340 Main Street
Safety Harbor, FL
727-712-3727

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  • We were both craving burgers for lunch so we headed to the Athens Restaurant in downtown Safety Harbor.    It’s a small Greek place right on Main Street.  It doesn’t seem like the sort of place you would go for a burger, but they’re actually pretty good. 

    I got the regular cheeseburger with fries and Loren got the jumbo bacon cheeseburger.

    He wanted to show off the juicy, tasty, goodness inside.  I think we’ve eaten breakfast here a few times, but mostly we just go back for the burgers.  The fries are good too.   $15 and our burger craving was satisfied. 

    Athens Restaurant
    226 Main St
    Safety Harbor, FL
    727-726-3471

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    In our quest for different restaurants to try, I searched Google for restaurants in Safety Harbor and Crepe-ology came up on the list.  I hadn’t heard of it before, but their online menu looked tasty (ok, I sort of saw the dessert menu first and that sealed the deal), so we headed downtown to try it out.

    It’s another one of those small restaurants off of Main Street built in an old house.  When we walked in the owner handed us some menus and pointed us to the patio seating in back.

    Loren ordered a mixed green salad to start with.  It had baby greens, grape tomatoes and cucumbers.  The balsamic vinegrette dressing was a bit strong, but the salad itself was very fresh.

    We ordered two types of crepes.  I got the chicken and mushroom with Monterey Jack cheese and Loren got one of the specials, chicken, mushrooms, and goat cheese with a roasted red pepper sauce.

    I almost ordered the one he got but was afraid the sauce would be too spicy.  It wasn’t.  It was a mild sweet red pepper sauce.  I like goat cheese, so we had to do some trading.  Overall the crepes were tasty.  They’re not very crispy on the outside, but rather soft throughout.  The fillings were good, though there’s a part of me that would have liked some sort of sauce to go with it. 

    And then, there was dessert.

    Let’s face it, if you put the words chocolate, raspberry, and whipped cream together, it’s a given that I’m going to get it.  I told Loren he should order his own dessert because it was unlikely that I was going to share.  He ordered the apple caramel crepe.

    Both of the dessert crepes were good.  Again, the crepe itself was soft all the way through, but very tasty.  The apples were crispy and the caramel sauce was yummy.  The raspberries in mine were cold, which sort of surprised me.  I was expecting them to be warmed.  There really weren’t a lot of raspberries in it, but it did have a raspberry sauce.  Mostly the crepe was filled with whipped cream and dark chocolate and you just can’t go wrong there.

    Total bill was $27 and we were both stuffed.   Everything was served in disposable containers, a paper basket for the salad,  drinks  in plastic cups and we ate with plastic utensils on paper plates.  It’s not exactly an upscale restaurant, but the prices are definitely reasonable. 

    Crepe-ology
    155 5th Ave N
    Safety Harbor, FL
    727-793-3300

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    Had an unscheduled lunch with the boss today.  Conveniently, he chose a place near me this time.  One of our favorite lunch places (yes, we have a lot of favorite lunch places), Brady’s Backyard BBQ in Safety Harbor.

    I forgot to take pictures of the food, but I had my phone out while I was waiting for the boss, so you get an “atmosphere” shot.

    Brady’s has been around for 4-5 years, and used to be in a quaint old house on 3rd street across from the post office.  I liked that place, it had a homey feel to it.  But, I guess it wasn’t the greatest place to run a restaurant, and the parking wasn’t the best.  They moved a couple blocks to one of the strips along Main street a few months ago.

    I love me some pulled pork, and some ribs (their rib tips are AWESOME), but a few months ago I discovered their brisket sandwich, and that’s what I had today.  It’s pretty basic.  A bun with two huge chunks of super-tender and tasty brisket.  It’s gotta be a half-pound of meat, and it’s good stuff.

    The small sandwich comes with chips and a pickle.  What else do you need?  Well, you need collard greens!  Fortunately, their chip guy hadn’t shown up yet today, so we got to choose a side.  Did I mention that their collard greens are top notch?  Really, all of their sides are good.

    The kicker for me, however, is their mango barbecue sauce.  It is to die for!  Very unique flavor, just sweet enough, just tangy enough… MmmMmmMmm!

    The small sandwich basket is only like $7, you can’t go wrong.  So, yeah.  We like Brady’s.  Best BBQ in this area.  I like Hot Rod’s a little better, but I’d have to drive 20 miles to Lutz for that.  Within 5 miles, nobody else challenges them.

    Brady’s Backyard BBQ
    340 Main Street
    Safety Harbor, FL 34695
    727-712-3727

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  • On our quest to try new places, we set out to the Green Springs Bistro in Safety Harbor for dinner tonight. 

    It’s an eclectic little restaurant.  Lots of bright colors and artwork in the three dining rooms and outside.  We wanted a quiet part of the restaurant and were seated on the back porch.  The restaurant is in a 1930’s house.  The live music was in the dining room in front of ours.  It was very soothing and we knew every song. 

    Loren ordered an iced tea which turned out to be a raspberry blend that he really liked.  He normally doesn’t like fruity teas, but he was really impressed with this one.  We were served a complimentary taste of their potato soup.  It was tasty.  

    Because we just can’t resist appetizers, we ordered the Saganaki,  an oven-roasted Greek Kefalograviera cheese, bathed in olive oil and fresh-squeezed lemon.

    It had a strong parmesean cheese taste to it.  I don’t think I’d order it again, but it was good with the bread.  The salad had a poppy seed dressing on it that was good, though the onions were really strong.

    For my entree, I ordered the Roasted Duck with a blackberry orange sauce.  It came with mashed red potatoes and roasted veggies.

    The duck was tender, but it had the skin still on and it was just the wrong texture.  The same with the blackberry orange sauce, great flavor, bad texture.  I kept getting blackberry seeds between my teeth.  The mashed potatoes were really good.  The roasted veggies were peas and sweet potatoes.  I thought it was odd to serve a roasted potato with mashed potatoes, but I liked them nonetheless.

    Loren ordered the special, a swordfish in a Beurre blanc sauce with the same mashed potatoes and roasted veggies as mine. 

    He really enjoyed the swordfish.  He joked about having leftovers, but there wasn’t anything left on his plate except a bite or two of mashed potatoes.

    We were both pretty full by this point, but I kept hearing the waitress describe the desserts at other tables.  All I had to hear were the words “7 Layer Dark Chocolate Cake” and I was sold.

    At first glance, and even in the photo, the cake doesn’t look all that appealing.  My first thought was that it was going to be really dry.  Boy, was I wrong.  It was one of the moistest, freshest cakes I’ve ever tasted.  One bite and I tried to steal the plate away from Loren.  It had a decadent thick chocolate frosting on top and rich, dark chocolate mousse between 7 layers of cake.  Even though we felt like we couldn’t eat another bite, we managed to finish the entire thing.  I’d go back for the cake alone.

    The only downside was the bill.  This was not a cheap dinner.  $72 for the two of us.  We’re not likely to go back often, but this is definitely a place I’d recommend if you want the occasional special night out. 

    Green Springs Bistro
    156 Fourth Ave North
    Safety Harbor, FL
    727-669-6762

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