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Since I was off work today, we headed out to a matinee of “The Book of Eli”.  It was an interesting movie.  Stopped for lunch at Niko’s Pizza and Seafood in Oldsmar.

They had a lot of items on their specials board today.  I chose the meatball parmesean sub and Loren got the turkey club.  Both were served with fries.   The meatball sub was good.  I’m picky about meatballs and these were homemade and tasty.  Lots of cheese and the sauce was good too. 

Niko’s is a small, local restaurant and we’ve always gotten good food there.  Their prices aren’t bad either.  $18 for two subs, fries and a drink.

Niko’s Pizza and Seafood
3705 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL
(813) 818-0284

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  • It just seems wrong to bring your lunch to work on Friday, so I ordered some take out Chinese food from China Taste in Oldsmar. 

    I go to China Taste mainly for the crab rangoons.  I order them at every Chinese restaurant, and China Taste has the best ones.  They’re crunchy with a lot of filling.  Mmmm….  To go along with my rangoons, I ordered honey chicken today with white rice.  The chicken is tender and the sauce isn’t too sweet.   Lots of food, even have some leftovers for later.  Their lunch specials are a great deal, $4.95 for the entree, fried rice and a drink.  Add in the $3.95 for the rangoons and I’ve got a yummy lunch for under $10.

    China Taste
    13887 W. Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, Fl
    (It’s in the Publix/Lowe’s shopping center right on the Oldsmar/Tampa line)
    813-818-0881

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  • Something New


    We braved the cold a second night in a row in search of food.  A new restaurant, Kuzina Mediterranean Grill & Bar, opened up recently where Winners used to be, so we headed out to Oldsmar to check it out.

    Interior

    The interior was cozy.  The naked trees were an interesting design.  They brought bread and hummus to the table to start with.  Loren liked the hummus, said it was very garlicy.  I liked the bread, though it would have been better if it had been warmed.

    Because we just can’t say no to appetizers, we ordered the calamari.  It was very good and the sundried tomato sauce that came with it was excellent.

    Calamari

    For dinner, I ordered the Wild Mushroom Rissoto and Loren got the Salmon Farfale.  I was disappointed in the rissoto.  All I could taste was parmesean cheese.  It was completely overwhelming.  The cheese even began to solidify on my spoon, it was so thick.  Loren enjoyed his salmon pasta dish and I took his leftovers to eat tomorrow.  I’d probably order his dish again, but I’ll pass on the rissoto.

    Since I didn’t eat all my dinner (yeah, I’m using that as an excuse), we ordered dessert.  Let’s face it, I’m not passing up a chocolate dessert.  It was listed on the menu as “Molten Chocklate Lava Cake”.  I’m not real sure what “chocklate” is, but I figured I’d take a chance anyway. 

    Because they make the dessert to order, it took about 15 minutes to get to the table.  They should probably let you know that ahead of time so you can order it early.  Though it was an ooey, gooey chocolate dessert, it really didn’t have the deep dark chocolate flavor that I crave.  The cake was really bland and the interior “lava” didn’t have a strong chocolate taste either.  There was a darker chocolate sauce on the outside that was good.  It could have used some whipped cream or ice cream on the side to make it sweeter.  Don’t get me wrong, we ate the entire thing, but I probably won’t order it again.

    The service at the restaurant seemed very inexperienced.  Granted they just opened, but our drinks went unfilled at times and when we sat down, our table was set for four and even though there were only two of us, the waitress never took the other settings away. 

    We probably will go back again and try some other dishes.  Appetizer, two dinners, dessert, and an iced tea ran us $46.     

    Kuzina Mediterranean Grill & Bar
    3980 Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-749-7550

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    The temperature rarely gets into the 30’s in Florida, but we’re in the middle of a cold spell right now.  I wasn’t sure I even wanted to leave the house, but the thought of comfy Cuban food was enough to get me to dig out my winter coat and head out to Cuban Breezes in Oldsmar.

    We started with a couple of appetizers, a chicken empanada and a cup of chorizo soup. 

    We eat at Cuban Breezes a lot, but this is the first time I tried their Fricase de Pollo.  It’s shredded chicken and diced potatoes in a tomato based sauce over rice.  It was yummy.  Shad got his usual Lechon, marinated shredded pork, and some beans and rice.

    Appetizers, two dinners and a Pepsi ran us $25.

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

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  • We went to Daddy’s Grill for lunch on New Year’s Day after going to see “It’s Complicated” at the movies.   It was too cold for Florida, so I had to start off with some chicken soup.  It was pretty tasty.

    I usually get the fish on a bun or a cheeseburger and opted for the mushroom swiss burger today with a side of macaroni salad.  Shad got one of the daily specials, country fried steak with scrambled eggs and grits. 

    The food is pretty consistent at Daddy’s Grill, nothing spectacular, but you don’t leave hungry.  Total bill was $23.69 for lunch.

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

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