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We made our way back to Craft Street Kitchen tonight, but had to wait about 30 minutes for a table.  This place is hopping on the weekends.  Unfortunately, that does mean it gets pretty loud inside, but the food makes up for the noise. Tonight we tried the short rib tots for an appetizer.

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Thai chili braised short ribs and sweet potato tots make for a tasty, tangy, sweet and spicy combination.  It was interesting.  I couldn’t stop eating it even though it was a bit on the spicy side.  Loren decided to try the Ziggy sandwich with a side of collard greens.

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Though he liked the flavors in the sandwich, there was way too much bread going on there.  I went for the dish he had last time, the Belgium Clucker.

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These are hands down the best waffles we’ve eaten. The chicken was tender and tasty, but the collard greens were a bit too strong for me.  They really overwhelmed all of the other flavors on the plate.  Total bill with a drink was $42.

Craft Street Kitchen and Drinks
3153 Curlew Rd
Oldsmar, FL
727-314-4270

Craft Street Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5
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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar
  • Salty


    Went back to Tampa Bay Brewing Company for lunch on Saturday with some friends.  We started off with the chips and salsa and queso.  I love how crispy the chips are and the queso had a nice flavor, though a little on the salty side.  Loren ordered the steak & bacon chop salad & I got the Iron Rat Stout Shepard’s Pie.

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    Loren liked the salad.  He said the steak was tender enough to cut with a butter knife (lucky for him since that was the only knife he had).  Though I liked the flavor of the shepard’s pie, it was so incredibly salty and greasy.  I don’t know if they increase the salt content to get people to drink more or what.  The meat and veggie mixture inside went well with the thick, creamy mashed potatoes.  Total bill with a drink was $38.

    Tampa Bay Brewing Co
    13927 Monroe Business Park
    Tampa, FL
    813-247-1422

    Tampa Bay Brewing Co Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

     

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar
  • We enjoyed our dinner so much the last time that we had to return to Craft Street Kitchen with friends again for dinner tonight.  We got there around 5:30pm and sat out on the patio this time and the restaurant was filling up fast.  By the time we left, there was a line out the door.  The food tonight did not disappoint.

    Our friends ordered the Smoked Kissed Salmon, the Green Street Salad and the peanut butter pie for dessert.

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    I don’t think there was any food left on any of the plates.  Everything was so yummy.  The only complaint was that my friend wished the salad had come with some bread.  Loren ordered the Belgium Clucker and I decided to try the duck flat bread they had on special plus a side of mac & cheese.

    The Belgium Clucker is their play on chicken and waffles.  The waffle was amazing.  It was light and fluffy, but had this crunchy exterior and a warm vanilla flavor to it.  They should start opening for breakfast and just serve these waffles.  He said the chicken was tender and it paired well with the bacon collard greens and maple BBQ sauce.  It was also covered in a salsa verde sauce.  The plate was all but licked clean.

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    The duck flatbread isn’t on their normal menu.  It had duck, mandarin oranges, bacon, goat cheese and another smoked cheese.  Did I mention it was huge?  It had some interesting flavors in it.  The mac & cheese tasted ok, but it needed more sauce.  It was just a bit on the dry side.

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    For our dessert, we tried another thing on special, the State Fair Puffs.  They were fresh, hot donut holes covered in powered sugar and served with a raspberry cream.

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    They were amazing and there were a bunch of them in the bag.  I hope they add these to the permanent menu because they were delish.  Our bill alone was $44 and there are still a bunch of things on the menu that we can’t wait to try.

    Craft Street Kitchen and Drinks
    3153 Curlew Rd
    Oldsmar, FL
    727-314-4270

    Craft Street Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food5/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    4.1/5

    Tampa Bay Brewing Co in Ybor recently opened up a new location in Oldsmar.  The address says Tampa, but it’s on Racetrack Road in what I still consider to be Oldsmar.  This location is also their production brewery and they offer tours.  They’ve got a nice size restaurant and bar plus an outside bar and patio.  We’re not drinkers, but we’ll definitely be back for the food.

    We started off with the Cantonese Calamari.

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    This is one of those dishes that you can’t stop eating.  It was absolutely delicious.  The calamari & shrimp were perfectly flash fried and it was covered in this sweet chili sauce that wasn’t too spicy.  Loren thought it would have been better if the sauce had been on the side because it did make the breading on the calamari a bit soggy, but I like it the way it was.

    For his entree, he went with the dish that was featured on Diners, Drivers, and Dives, the Bomb.

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    It’s a 1/2 pound bacon cheeseburger with onion straws wrapped in pizza dough instead of a bun.  He thought it was pretty tasty.  He also got the red beans & rice for his side dish and that was tasty.  It had a wonderful smokey flavor to it.  I think this is the only side dish he’ll ever order here because it was so good.  I went for the Butcher burger.

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    It had grilled onions, wild mushrooms and provolone and the burger was a mixture of short rib, chuck, and brisket.  My only complaint was that they cooked it past medium which made it a bit on the dry side.  Their homemade steak sauce saved the day.  It was sweet and tangy.  I’d buy a bottle of that in a minute.  So good.  Total bill with a drink was $43 and we’ll definitely be back again.

    As a side note, I also visited again later in the week for a work function.  We started with the chips & salsa & queso and pretzels.  I couldn’t stop eating the chips and queso.  The chips were thin and crispy and hot and fresh.  The pretzel was also really fresh and tasty.  Everyone seemed to enjoy their lunch.  I had the Moosekiller meatloaf.  It was a huge serving with mashed potatoes and onion straws with a mushroom gravy.  I’d order it again without hesitation.

    Tampa Bay Brewing Co
    13927 Monroe Business Park
    Tampa, FL
    813-247-1422

    Tampa Bay Brewing Co Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.7/5
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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar, Tampa
  • It’s been a while since we’ve been to Aki Sushi in Oldsmar, so we decided to try it again tonight.  It’s not a very big space; they were busy, but there were still a few open tables.  We ordered the appetizer sampler and 4 sushi rolls.

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    Loren and I viewed the experience very differently tonight.  While he felt the servers were being efficient, I felt like I was being rushed.  The above part of the sampler was dropped at our table without explanation.  The server literally was looking away from our table as it was placed and then he walked away.  We both looked at each other quizzically since I could have sworn the sampler had more items on the menu.  This was the 3 spring rolls and 2 rangoons.  They had a good crunch and good flavors, but I was still confused.

    Two of the rolls showed up next and eventually another server glanced over and said the rest of the sampler would be coming soon as well. Nice to finally know.  The Catch 13 roll had spicy salmon, asparagus, tuna, lemon and jalapeno and I ordered the shrimp tempura roll.

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    Loren liked the Catch 13.  He said the thinly sliced lemon and jalepeno added a nice flavor to it.  The shrimp tempura had a nice crunch on the shrimp.  The rest of the appetizer sampler finally showed up.  It had the 3 gyoza and 2 shumai.  I liked the gyoza more than the shumai.

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    Our last 2 rolls arrived, the Summer Time which was tuna, salmon, mixed greens in rice paper and the Dragon which was krab, cucumber, avocado and eel.

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    The eel was torched a little too much for my taste, but otherwise the rolls were good.  I actually had a difficult time choosing rolls because the combinations of ingredients just didn’t appeal to me.  More than anything else, though, it was the service that bothered me.  Normally, I don’t mind ninja type servers that clear plates quickly, but this felt impersonal and I felt rushed.   Total bill with a drink was $60.

    Aki Sushi
    3970 Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-855-2624

    Aki Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food3/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value2/5
    2.6/5
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  • Filed under: Oldsmar, Sushi