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So Loud


We thought we were going to dinner at the Palm Harbor Bistro only to discover Detroit Coney Island had taken over the restaurant space.   They seemed busy, so we stayed for dinner.  They were having a Friday fish fry and the air in the restaurant was thick with a greasy fried smell.  Loren ordered the pastrami burger and I decided to try the fried fish.

Loren said the burger was good.  It was cooked a bit past the medium that he ordered, but otherwise it had a good flavor and the pastrami was tasty.  Though I’m not a big fan of cornmeal crusted fish, this one was good.  You get a choice of three different varieties of fish and I went with the walleye.  It was piping hot when it got to the table and the fish was tender and flaky.  Overall the food was good.  The downside for us was how loud it was inside.  And it wasn’t due to the customers, it was the waitstaff.  They would yell across the restaurant to each other.  At one point, there was someone directly behind Loren yelling to someone at the other end of the restaurant about cleaning off a table.  It was like being back in my Italian family where they only have one volume level and that’s loud.  If we decide to go back again, we’ll definitely sit outside.  Total bill with a drink was $23.

Detroit Coney Island
32922 US-19
Palm Harbor, FL
727-401-3342

Detroit Coney Island, Palm Harbor Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere1/5
Value3/5
2.7/5

After visiting the Irish 31 at Westshore Mall, I discovered it has another location in Westchase which is much more convenient for us.  We’ve actually been there twice in the last few weeks and the weather’s been so nice that we were able to sit outside.

We started off with some hummus.

The hummus was tasty.  Not too much garlic and it was served with both pita and sliced cucumbers which was a nice change.  Loren got the corned beef and turkey club.  It was piled high and he ate every last bit of it.

I went for the Forest Mushroom chicken.  This has 3 chicken breasts plus fingerling potatoes and veggies.  I definitely had leftovers.  The chicken was very tender and the port wine mushroom sauce was yummy.

We both wanted something sweet, so he got a root beer float and I went for the chocolate lava cake.

Both satisfied our sweet tooth. The root beer float was huge and the chocolate cake with thick and fudgey.  Good stuff.  Total bill with a drink was $52.

We went back again and had a quick lunch of appetizers.

This time we got the hummus again, plus the pot pie bites and the gyro flat bread.

All of them were delicious.  The pot pie bites were “burn the roof of your mouth” hot, so those had to be eaten last.  The flat bread had a very flavorful Greek dressing along with the chicken, lettuce, tomato & tzatziki sauce.  Loren also got another root beer float.  Truth be told, that’s the reason we went back so soon.  Total bill was $29.

Irish 31
10102 Montague St
Westchase, FL
813-510-3931

Irish 31 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.4/5

We were in Pinellas Park this morning & stopped at Busy Bee for breakfast.

Loren got an omelette with a side of grits & I got the 2+2+2, with pancakes, eggs, & bacon, plus a side of home fries.  Overall, it was just ok.  I ordered my eggs with cheese and all they did was melt a piece of cheese on top of them.  The pancakes could have been a bit fluffier and everything needed salt.  Can’t say that we’d go back.  Total bill was $19.

Busy Bee
7345 49th St N
Pinellas Park, FL
727-546-1093

Busy Bee Snak Shop Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food2/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
2.6/5

We were down in St Pete today to see the Star Wars Costume Exhibit at the Museum of Fine Art.  Afterward, we had lunch at Stillwaters Tavern.  It was busy, but we were able to get a table without a wait.  We started off with the artichoke dip.

It was tasty.  Smoked Gouda and Parmesan with kale & artichokes served with homemade crackers.  The crackers were a little odd.  Some had way too much salt on them, some didn’t have enough.  Loren got the F.L.T which is a fish sandwich with fried green tomato, lettuce and pickled veggies.

He said it was good, but as you can see from the photo, a little awkward to eat.  I tried the Tavern burger.

Though I liked the texture of the burger, it was desperately in need of seasoning.  Just a little bit of salt would have gone a long way.   It was tender and juicy with caramelized onions and a thousand island dressing.  Total bill with a drink was $43.

Stillwaters Tavern
224 Beach Dr NE
St Petersburg, FL
727-350-1019

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.7/5

New Specials


It’s time for the new specials at Craft Street Kitchen, so we had to go check them out.  Ok, so we would have gone there anyway, but it’s always fun to try something new on the menu and this one did not disappoint.  It’s called the Swamp Thing.

When I read what was in it, I honestly didn’t know how they were going to pull it off.  It’s an open faced sandwich with brisket, calamari, scallops, crawfish, and shrimp with a spicy sauce on an Amoroso roll.  It was delicious.  The brisket was so tender and the seafood was all cooked perfectly.  I may need to have another one of these before the month is out.  Loren went for their Green Street salad with chicken.

He gotten this one before for good reason.  Tasty chicken with a fresh salad including walnuts, dried cranberries, green apple, grapes and he substituted the gorganzola cheese for goat cheese.  Total bill with a drink was $34.

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
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.4/5
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