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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

    Oldsmar Cop Shop on Urbanspoon

    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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  • 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 Restaurant.com, 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
    813-854-1717

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    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    4.0/5
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  • 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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    Food2/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value2/5
    2.2/5
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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar