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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
813-814-0216

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value3/5
3.3/5
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  • Filed under: Oldsmar, Sushi
  • We ate lunch at Pita’s Republic in Oldsmar today.  We’ve eaten here a few times and the food is usually pretty good.  They were busy today, so the service was a bit slow.

    Loren and I both ordered gyros.  He got a supreme which has hummus, tabouli, feta and olives on it.

    It was a big sandwich.  The flavors are strong and definitely stay with you throughout the day.  I just got a regular gyro pita with no onions and a side of potato salad.  I also got a pina colada smoothie which was really tasty.

    Both the tzatiki and potato salad have quite a bit of garlic in them.  I really like their pita bread.  Total lunch including another drink ran us $19.

    Pita’s Republic
    3970A Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-854-2700

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    Food3/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value3/5
    2.6/5
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  • Filed under: Greek, Oldsmar
  • Group Lunch


    We had a department lunch over at Stone Chase today.  There were ten of us and they were able to seat and serve us pretty timely.

    We started off with some appetizers.

    The fried calamari was my favorite.  It had a nice crunch and the calamari was tender.  I would definitely order this one again.

    I actually didn’t try the lettuce wraps, but I heard other people say it was good.

    The balsamic vinegar on the tomato and mozzarella appetizer was a bit too strong in my opinion.  I think you lose a lot of the delicate flavors in the cheese and the tomato.

    Several of us had the lobster bisque.  It was very thick and creamy and had a nice overal flavor and consistency.

    I didn’t get photos of all the entrees, but several people had flat breads and one had the salmon.

    I found my meatball flatbread to be a little too dry.  The meatballs were also cut into chunks and not spread out on the flatbread very well.  I ended up taking most of it home.

    A few of us ordered milkshakes to go and that had to be the most disappointing thing of the whole meal.  I don’t know what they put in the milkshakes, but they had a very gritty texture.  It was like having sand in your mouth.  The flavors weren’t very strong either.  Otherwise, the rest of the meal seemed to go fairly well. 

    Stone Chase
    12227 W Linebaugh Ave
    Tampa, FL
    (813) 818-8000

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    Food3/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.3/5
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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar, Tampa
  • Had lunch at the Cop Shop today. My son, Alex, has applied for work there a couple times, but I’d never been there before. It didn’t take long to realize why he didn’t have a shot in hell at getting hired as a server there. He just doesn’t have the right equipment! The place has the appearance of a classic dive bar. Big wide-open room with cheap paneling on the walls, a big bar and lots of TVs. But, it tries to be a lot like Hooters or Wing House with the hot waitresses and big focus on chicken wings. Their “uniforms” work. Leather, handcuffs and cleavage all go well together, and it sort of supports the “cop” theme of the restaurant.

    The menu is a little goofy. It plays the “cop” theme way too hard. It’s difficult to find what you’re after with all of the cutesy names. Themes are good, but they shouldn’t get in the way. On this menu, that’s what they do.

    Eventually, we figured out what we wanted. Between the three of us, we ordered 15 wings (breaded and tossed in medium sauce), a club sandwich (that would be the “Billy Club” found under “Probations” on the menu) on a hoagie roll with provalone cheese, and a side Caesar salad (called “The Cooler”, found under “Misdemeanors”… yeah). Hot young waitress with leather vest and black leopard-print push-up (hey, I didn’t even HAVE to be looking to notice this!) took our order, and we waited. Then we waited some more.

    Finally, after we waited a little more, our food came out. I’m very happy to report that it WAS worth the wait! The wings were great! Good sized wings, just like they claim they are, and the medium sauce was very tangy and just hot enough. I’m not a big wing fan, but I could have eaten more of these!

    Alex and I split the club sandwich with curly fries. The curly fries were fresh, hot and crispy. Good enough to not require catsup, I was pleased. The portion of fries was a little light, however. The sandwich was toothpicked and quartered, like a good club should be. For some reason, I thought it looked kind of small at first glance, but it turned out to be just fine. Fresh turkey and ham, really good and well-cooked bacon, lettuce and tomato… some kind of condiment? (I didn’t give it much thought at the time, it just tasted good!) I ate half of the sandwich, two wings and some fries and didn’t leave hungry.

    Our friend, Ed, had 10 wings and the Caesar salad. Looked like a fresh, tasty salad and Ed had no complaints.

    Overall, I’d say that this is (surprising to me) one of those places where somebody “gets it”. They understand the importance of the food, from the ingredients used to the preparation and presentation. What could have been better? Not a lot. Even the celery and ranch dressing was great! Okay, maybe a pickle with my sandwich and a couple more fries. The tea was a little on the strong/bitter side for those of us who drink it without sweetener, but it was drinkable.

    Sorry I didn’t take any pictures. I know you all wanted to see our waitress!

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

    Oldsmar Cop Shop on Urbanspoon

    Food5/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value3/5
    3.7/5
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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar
  • New Owners


    Chef Li has opened up in the space where Hin Lee II was in Oldsmar.  The restaurant looks exactly the same, but I have to say, the food was much better.

    I ordered the teriyaki chicken lunch special which came with an egg roll and white or fried rice.

    The chicken was tender and flavorful and the white rice was cooked really well.  I guess I’ve just been to too many places where the rice has been sticky or not cooked enough that it was quite delightful to actually have rice that was cooked just right.  The egg roll was ok, but nothing special.  Lots of food for under $6.  We’ll definitely be back to try some other dishes.

    Chef Li
    4013 Tampa Rd, Ste 20
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-814-9988

    Chef Li on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    3.6/5
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  • Filed under: Chinese, Oldsmar