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Had lunch at Salsa’s in Oldsmar today.   This is the second time I’ve eaten here and it’s been busy both times.  We started out with some chips and salsa and I ordered the cheese dip.

Loren thought the salsa was very bland.  Not spicy at all.  He thought maybe it was leftover marinara sauce from the Italian restaurant that used to be in the space.   The cheese dip, on the other hand, had a little kick of jalapeno. 

He ordered the lunch chicken fajitas and asked the waiter if it came with guacamole.  The waiter said yes it did.

If you’ll notice from the photo, there’s no guacamole there.  Unfortunately our waiter never returned to our table, so it’s not like we could order some.  Both times, I’ve been here, the service has been less than stellar.  They take your order, drop off your food, and then they never check back with you until you’re ready for the check. 

I ordered the chicken creama.

It’s a rather plain dish, with not a lot of flavor going on.  The chicken was tender though.  Total lunch with a drink ran us $23. 

Salsas Mexican Restaurant
3970 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL
813-749-7159

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Food3/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
2.7/5
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  • Salsa’s Mexican Restaurant recently opened up in the space that was once Albertos and then Lonzalos in Oldsmar.  I am so happy now to have a Mexican restaurant close to work. 

    The menu had the typical fare with lunch specials under $10.  I went for the shrimp chimichanga which came with rice and beans.

    I enjoyed it.  It could have been fried a little longer to make it crispier, but the filling was very tasty.  It was covered with a white cheese sauce and all mixed together made for a tasty lunch.   I forgot to get a photo of my friend’s lunch.  She got a combo with a soft taco and chile relleno.  She said they tasted good, but didn’t realize the chile relleno had meat as well as cheese in it.  She thought it would just be cheese.  She also said the salsa was good.

    The service wasn’t that great though.  Our waiter spoke very softly, so it was difficult to understand him and once he dropped off our food, we didn’t see him again until we were finished.  Total was just under $10.  I’ll definitely be back to try some of the other dishes.

    Salsas Mexican Restaurant
    3970 Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-749-7159

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    Food4/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    3.3/5
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  • The Regulars


    We ate lunch at Daddy’s Grill today in Oldsmar.  Whenever we eat there, we feel like we’re the youngest customers in the place as the clientele skews to the older crowd that have obviously been eating there for a number of years.  We constantly see the waitstaff addressing customers by name and reciting off what they want to drink before the customer even orders. 

    Since we haven’t eaten there that often, we still have to look at the menu.  Loren ordered the blackened chicken sandwich with fries.

    He said it was ok.  I scarfed quite of few of his fries because they were kind of tasty.  I ordered off of the specials board and got the chicken marsala. 

    I found the marsala sauce to be fairly weak and there wasn’t enough of it on the plate.  Overall, the whole thing was just ok.  I had ordered macaroni salad instead of the mashed potatoes, but the waitress realized the mistake as she brought it to the table and fixed it.  Total lunch ran us $16.

    Daddy’s Grill
    3682 Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL
    (813) 891-6556

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    3.2/5
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  • We were going to have lunch at the Latin American Grill in Oldsmar only to find out it’s closed and an Indian restaurant will be moving into the space soon.  So, we headed over to the Oldsmar Cop Shop since it’s in the same plaza.

    It wasn’t too busy for a Tuesday afternoon.  We both decided on burgers for lunch.

    I got mine with sweet potato fries and they serve them with a little container of whipped cream.  Can’t say I’ve ever had whipped cream with my fries before, but it was actually pretty good.  The burgers were both juicy and flavorful.  The only issue I had was that they charge 79 cents each for every topping.  Total bill for the two burgers, fries, and a drink was $22.

    And I wasn’t as enamored at the scantily-clad waitresses as Loren was.  😉

    The Cop Shop
    3780 Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-855-1052

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value2/5
    3.3/5

    Let’s face it, we eat at Cuban Breezes a lot.  We just can’t help it.  The food is consistently good and the prices are great.  Especially when you have a Restaurant.com coupon to boot.  $10 off when you spend $20, you just can’t beat that for lunch.

    We started off with the Pan con Queso y Tomate aka grilled cheese and tomato on Cuban bread.

    I think I could have just eaten this for lunch and been happy.  Their Cuban bread is so light and fluffy, add some garlic spread, melted cheese, and tomatoes and you’ve got a little bit of heaven in your mouth. 

    For my entree, I ordered the Fricase de Pollo,  shredded chicken and diced potatoes simmered in a tomato-based sauce over rice.

    When it comes to the table, the aroma is amazing.  Everything is tender and flavorful.  Half of it came home with me for dinner.  It was so comforting and warm on a chilly Florida day.
    Loren got the ultimate beans and rice with lechon, their marinated shredded pork.

    Fresh and tasty as always.  After the coupon, the total bill was $13.  You just can’t beat the value for the wonderfully consistent fresh and tasty food.

    Cuban Breezes
    13980 W Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL
    813-814-9939

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    Food5/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value5/5
    4.4/5
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