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We tried going to BurgerMonger last week but couldn’t find a parking space.  This location on Enterprise Road is notorious for not having enough parking for all of the businesses in the little shopping center.  I think this space has turned over at least 4 times that I can remember.

You order at the counter and they bring the food out to you.  It’s set up and looks a lot like Five Guys with the open kitchen.  The food came out fast and was surprisingly very tasty.

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You just never know what to expect from these quasi-fast food restaurants.  Their claim to fame is the Akaushi Kobe beef that they use in their burgers.  It was a tasty burger.  They cook them well done unless you ask otherwise, which we both wanted medium and they were cooked a perfect medium.  Loren added bacon, cheese & a garlic sauce that he really liked.  I went with mushrooms, onions & cheese.  We also got the 1/2 lb of fries.  They actually could have been cooked a little longer.  They were a bit limp and not quite crispy enough.

What this place has over some of the others is a strawberry butter cake.

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This was awesome.  It had two big scoops of Hagen Daaz vanilla ice cream, sweetened strawberries and a tasty butter cake.  Worth every penny and calorie.  Total bill with a drink was $27.

BurgerMonger
2454 McMullen Booth Road, Suite 207
Clearwater, FL
727-726-4001

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.4/5

Breakfast


We had a late breakfast at Athen’s in downtown Safety Harbor this morning.

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Blueberry pancakes with eggs and bacon for Loren and a delicious raisin French Toast with eggs and hashbrowns for me.  Very filling and the price was right.  Total bill with a drink was $14.

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

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.6/5

We’ve seen so many new restaurants come and go lately that I’m pleasantly surprised when one makes it past their one year anniversary.  The first time we visited Southern Fresh in Safety Harbor, I didn’t think they’d survive with such a limited menu.  Don’t get me wrong, the food is amazing; but with so few choices, I had my doubts as to how often customers would return to eat there.  I’m happy to say that they had a packed house tonight and the quality of the food has remained constant.

Loren started off with the BLT soup.

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This is one of those dishes that you have to taste to believe.  It has all the flavors of a BLT in a warm, peppery broth.  The fresh crunch of the lettuce is such an interesting texture for a soup.   Because the restaurant was full, there was a bit of a wait for our entrees.  We were seated inside and I could see into the kitchen where the fried chicken magic was happening.  Every piece was hand breaded and cooked in cast iron skillets.  I also spent some time just looking at the decor.  I liked the old fashioned glass domes on the ceiling fans.

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Our entrees arrived fresh and hot out of the kitchen.  Loren ordered their special tonight which was a blackened red fish with saffron rice and roasted veggies.

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He said it was delicious.  The fish was perfectly cooked and seasoned.  The roasted veggies were tasty, but some were unevenly cooked so harder than others.   I went for their famous fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy and the roasted veggies.

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My only complaint is that I wish it was served on a larger plate.  It was a bit crowded and hard to not knock things off onto the table.   I ordered the dark meat which meant two thighs and a leg.  The chicken was crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside.  There’s nothing I like more than real mashed potatoes and these were the real deal.  Banana pudding is the only dessert on their menu, but tonight they also had a strawberry shortcake on their specials menu so we had to have some.

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Though I’m not a big fan of sponge cake, the rest of this dessert was delicious.  Fresh strawberries, not overly sweet and a perfect portion for two.  The service here is also very good.  They all help each other and clear plates and fill glasses.   Overall, a great dinner for $44.

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

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Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value3/5
3.9/5

We stopped by The Sandwich on Main for lunch today.  It’s a new little sandwich shop on Main Street in Safety Harbor.  The dining room isn’t very big and we ended up sitting at the counter in the back.  They have a wide range of specialty sodas and Loren liked the Hank’s Black Cherry, but since I normally just drink water, I was a bit surprised when the waitress brought me a cup of lukewarm tap water.  When I asked for ice, the waitress apologized and said they’ve been trying for the three months since they’ve opened to get an ice machine but they still hadn’t found one.

As for the sandwiches, Loren got an Italian and I built my own ham & cheese.

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We both found the sandwiches to be very plain and lacking anything distinctive that would make us want to return to the restaurant.  Loren said the meats in the Italian were fine, but there wasn’t any pop of flavor from a vinegar/oil or Italian spice mix.  I didn’t like the flavor of the provolone cheese on mine and there wasn’t quite enough lettuce and tomato on the entire sandwich.  Total bill with a drink was $20.

The Sandwich on Main
308 Main Street
Safety Harbor, FL
727-773-6234

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Food2/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value2/5
2.3/5

On the Porch


The weather’s finally beginning to cool down here, so we went over to Southern Fresh and had a very pleasant dinner out on the porch.  They had a guitar player on the patio which completed the lovely atmosphere.  Loren had to start off with the BLT soup.

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How a soup can taste like a sandwich is beyond me, but this one does it.  The broth has a wonderful flavor from the tomato and bacon and you get the crisp crunch of lettuce in each bite.  It’s a tasty little soup.  For his entree, Loren got the roasted pork with mashed potatoes and greens.

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The pork was cooked perfectly.  It had a nice smokey flavor and was tender and juicy.  I had to steal a couple of bites.  I went for their famous fried chicken with roasted veggies and mashed potatoes.

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Normally, it’s two pieces of chicken, but the waiter said because the pieces were small, they were serving two thighs and a leg for the dark meat portion tonight.  The chicken is perfectly seasoned and cooked.  It’s got a nice crunchy exterior and very juicy inside.  Some of the best chicken in the area.  The roasted veggies and potatoes were good too.  We both cleaned our plates, so that meant we could have dessert, right??  Tonight, they had just finished making a peach crisp.

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I had mixed feelings about this dessert.  On one hand, it was quite delicious.  The peaches and crumb base were excellent.  The only part that didn’t work for me was the candied lemon peel on top.  Some bites were ok, but others were way too bitter.  Overall, though, this was a great meal for $39.

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

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