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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 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

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  • Filed under: Cuban, Oldsmar
  • We’ve eaten at Fratelli’s in Oldsmar a few times for lunch, but hadn’t been over there for dinner yet.  They had a coupon out on, so it seemed like a perfect excuse to head out there for dinner.

    We started off with some calamari.

    It had a wonderful, light batter on it and the calamari was cooked perfectly.  I really enjoyed the tomato sauce they served with it.  It has some really nice, cooked all day flavors in it. 

    Soup or salad came with our meals, so we got one of each.

    The pasta fagioli had a wonderful aroma and tomato flavor, but unfortunately the homemade pasta in it had practically dissolved.  You put it in your mouth and it turned to mush. 

    Loren ordered the meat ravioli. 

    These were really good.  Excellent sauce, the pasta shells were fresh, and the meat filling was unique.  It was a very soft filling, but had an interesting meaty flavor to it.  I normally don’t like meat ravioli, I go for the cheese, but I’d actually order these for myself.

    I went for the chicken marsala with rigatoni pasta.

    The marsala sauce was very good with a hint of sweet, which I like.  The pasta was excellent.  Homemade pasta is just so different from store bought.  The texture and consistency is so much better.  Two big pieces of lightly battered chicken and there was definitely more food there than I could eat in one sitting. 

    And yet, I still ordered cheesecake for dessert.

    The actual cheesecake filling was creamy and yummy.  I didn’t like the crust though.  There was too much cinnamon in it and that’s all I could taste.  It was overwhelming the delicateness of the cheesecake.

    Total bill after the coupon was $22 which is an amazing deal for the quality and quantity of food we ate.  Service was good, though I thought the pacing of the food was a little fast.  I don’t want a lot of time between courses, but I would prefer to be completely finished with the appetizer before salads and soups came out, and completely finished with those before the entree arrived. 

    One thing I noticed tonight was the lighting in the restaurant.  It was very well lit and the lights didn’t blind you.  So many restaurants dim the lights a little too much.  It was nice to be able to actually see each other and our food. 

    The quality of the food here is really amazing.  I just hope their location doesn’t hurt them.  They don’t have a very big parking lot and are located off the beaten path, but hopefully people will find them and have as great as a meal as we did.

    Fratelli Italian Restaurant and Bar
    120 Commerce Blvd, Ste 1
    Oldsmar, FL

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  • Filed under: Italian, Oldsmar
  • After seeing “Red” at the movie theater in Oldsmar, we headed over to Ruby Tuesday’s to grab a quick bite.  Neither of us was really hungry, so we just settled on some appetizers.

    The waiter brought out some garlic cheese biscuits to start off with and those were yummy.

    Loren didn’t think much of them, but I really liked the flavors in them.  Honestly, this was the best thing I ate here tonight.

    We ordered the queso dip with chips.

    We both took one bite and didn’t eat any more of it.  The chips were really stale.  Our waiter didn’t stop back by until we were ready for our check and that’s when we told him the chips were stale.  He got the manager who said the chips were made fresh throughout the day, but perhaps these had been sitting for a while.  He took it off the bill and also gave us fresh chips to take it home with us.

    We also got the 4-Way Sampler which included chicken strips, fire wings, southwest spring rolls, and fried mozzarella.

    There’s a reason I avoid these types of chain restaurants.   The food just isn’t anything special.  The southwest spring rolls were really spicy.  Way more spicy than the wings.  The chicken and mozzarella were just like what you’d get at every other chain restaurant or out of your grocer’s freezer. 

    Total bill was $15 including a drink. 

    Ruby Tuesday
    3138 Tampa Rd
    Oldsmar, FL
    (727) 789-2577

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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar
  • This lunch is brought to you by the good folks at Food Network.  I admit, I enjoy watching shows on Food Network, but doing so before bedtime is just a really bad thing to do because all those yummy dishes they show just build up cravings inside of you that you must satisfy.

    On last night’s “Throwdown with Bobby Flay”, they did the chicken fried stek throwdown and to me, that means a trip to Cracker Barrel. 

    Loren got the chicken fried steak, I got the chicken fried chicken.  It’s got to be my favorite dish here.  Smothered in white gravy with macaroni and cheese and some cole slaw on the side.  This is my comfort food and it didn’t disappoint.  Loren wasn’t as happy with his chicken fried steak, he knows the chicken is better. 

    $25 and two very full stomachs later, we were ready for the next round of Food Network programming.

    Cracker Barrel
    13833 West Hillsborough Avenue
    Tampa, FL

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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar
  • I really do like the sushi at YoYo Sushi in Oldsmar, but every time we eat there, I feel blinded by the lights above the tables.  They either need to have some sort of diffused bulb in them or placed at a different height.  It makes an otherwise enjoyable meal, just a bit less relaxing. 

    As for the food though, it doesn’t disappoint.

    We ordered the Rainbow roll, the Jessica Roll, the Washington roll, spicy tuna tempura roll, and some salmon nigiri.  The Rainbow roll is definitely my favorite.  I find the salmon here to be some of the best around. 

    We also got the calamari tempura.

    It was very tasty, though there wasn’t much of it for the price.  The tempura batter was very good. 

    Total bill was $57.  I do find the prices here to be higher than a lot of the other sushi places around, but both the salmon and tuna have always been wonderful.

    YoYo Sushi
    300 State St E, #110
    Oldsmar, FL

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  • Filed under: Oldsmar, Sushi