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Crab Cakes


Another tasty lunch at Craft Street Kitchen.  We eat here almost every week and although their regular menu is good, it’s the monthly chef’s specials that make it that much more interesting.  Today I tried the crab cakes

Three crunchy, home made crab cakes on a bed of Asian slaw.  The crab cakes had a lot of flavor, a nice crunch, and a bit of spicy heat.  I could have definitely eaten more than 3 of them.  Loren went for the Yippee Hippy salad.

This is an interesting salad with chicken, apple, walnuts, dried cherries & goat cheese.  I kept stealing the cherries & goat cheese off his plate.  Good stuff.  Total bill with a drink was $31.

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

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

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.0/5
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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar
  • Tasty Brunch


    We went back to Marker 39 with some friends for brunch today.  Everything on their brunch menu looks interesting but I went back to the same thing I had last time, the Cuban Tostada.

    I just can’t resist this dish.  Their pulled pork is really tasty and then add some fried eggs, plantains, rice & beans on top of a crispy tostada.  What’s not to love?  Loren ordered the Crab Benedict.

    My Cuban dish may have some competition now.  Those crab cakes were amazing.  Unbelievably flavorful with two perfectly poached eggs on top.  So tasty!   Our friends got the traditional Eggs Benedict and the waffle breakfast and all of the plates were clean when we were done.  They make some really tasty food here.  Total bill for the two of us was $35.

    Marker 39
    155 5th Ave N
    Safety Harbor, FL
    727-791-1939

    Food5/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.8/5

    Diner Food


    We were in Seminole today and stopped at Mama’s Kitchen for brunch.  The place was packed and we had to wait about 10 minutes for a table.  In typical diner fashion, they had a wide variety of things on the menu.  Loren decided to try the Greek Salmon.

    It was salmon with sauteed spinach, tomatoes and feta cheese with green beans and mashed potatoes.  We’re still not sure why the gravy is that color of yellow.   He said the salmon was pretty good, the potatoes tasted like they were out of a box, and the green beans weren’t anything special.   I went for the Eggs Benedict with hash browns.

    Again, the food was just ok.  The poached eggs were cooked right, but the rest of it lacked any sort of seasoning or flavor.  Overall, there was nothing to make us want to come back again.  Total bill with a drink was $25

    Mama’s Kitchen
    5885 Seminole Blvd
    Seminole, FL
    727-319-4040

    Mama's Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5

    We went over to Tampa Bay Brewing Co for dinner tonight.   Surprisingly, we were able to get a table without a wait.  Either the stormy weather or holiday weekend kept the restaurant from being overly crowded.  The had a brisket poutine on the specials menu, so we tried that for an appetizer.

    Smoky brisket on top of fries with a mushroom gravy and deep fried cheese curds.  It was decadent and downright tasty.   The fried cheese curds were something we hadn’t seen in a poutine before.  They were good and crunchy.  Since the poutine was enough for an entree, we decided to split a ham & mushroom calzone.

    The calzone is definitely big enough for two.  Unfortunately, the mushrooms made the inside somewhat watery.  It had several different cheeses inside and the crust was good.  Total bill with a drink was $28.

    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
  • A Bit Spicy


    We were in Tampa today and decided to try Datz for lunch.  We had about a 10 minute wait for a table and then we were seated on the second level.  This is another one of those loud restaurants.  Lots of choices on the lunch menu and we eventually settled on the Ty’s Two Fister and the Cluck Yeah.

    Loren liked the corned beef, pastrami, & swiss sandwich.  He said it had good flavors and there was plenty of meat on the sandwich.  I should have asked more questions before I ordered the Cluck Yeah.

    I noticed the chips came with blue cheese drizzle & green onions, two things on my “do not eat” list, so I ordered mine plain.  They were a little sweet and salty.   I should have asked what the Nashville sauce had in it.  It was a little sweet and a lot spicy.  Way too spicy for my taste.  The chicken was ok, but I just couldn’t get past the sauce.   We ordered a piece of the Buffalo Trace chocolate cake for dessert.

    It was a big piece of cake & we ended up taking most of it home.    The cake was a little dry and there really wasn’t much flavor overall.  I’ve heard people rave about this restaurant, but I honestly didn’t find anything special about the food that would make me want to go back again.   Total bill with a drink was $38.

    Datz Tampa
    2616 S. MacDill Ave
    Tampa, FL
    (813) 831-7000

    Datz 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, Tampa