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We went over to Mother’s in Westchase for lunch today.   We’re making our way through the menu.  Today Loren tried the Coffee Rubbed Beef on Weck and I went for the Meatloaf slider & soup combo.

We both got the soup of the day which was a chicken pot pie soup.  It did taste like a creamy version of the filling for a chicken pot pie.  The beef on weck had a horseradish sauce on it that gave it a little kick.  Loren enjoyed it.  The meatloaf sliders aren’t much to look at, but they have a surprising burst of flavor to them.   There’s something to be said for bacon onion jam and the caramelized onion aioli that’s on them.  They were delicious.  Total bill with a drink was $35.

Mother’s
12227 W Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL
813-814-1533

Mother's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

Quiet Here


We went over to Johnny Grits in Tarpon Springs for dinner tonight.  At first we weren’t sure they were open since the restaurant was empty.  We like quiet dinners though.  We started off with the fried okra.

There was way more on the plate than we could have eaten.  They were crunchy and tasty, but a little bland.  Loren got the buffalo chicken sandwich and I went for the fried chicken benedict.

He said the chicken was tender and it wasn’t overly spicy.  The chicken on the benedict was good, but the poached eggs were overcooked.  If the yolk doesn’t come oozing out, it’s just not right.  Overall it was ok.  We’ve definitely had better here.  Total bill with a drink was $25.

Johnny Grits
857 E. Klosterman Rd
Tarpon Springs, FL
727-942-4748
Johnny Grits Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

This is Why


Yes, we eat at Craft Street Kitchen a lot.  The reason why?  They’re always coming up with new & flavorful specials so the menu never gets stale.  Today was no exception.  While I ordered an Angry Pig sandwich off of the regular menu, Loren tried the new Capone Sandwich off the specials board and he wasn’t disappointed.

Thin strips of beef cooked out back on the smoker, with cheese and pickled vegetables giardiniera that had been soaking for 3 days.  We were told that the chef wouldn’t even let anyone touch those veggies until the three days were up.  This sandwich had a little bit of everything going on.  Sweet, salty, spicy, smokey, tangy, tenderness, & crunch.  What more could a person ask for?

The Angry pig is no slouch either when it comes to sandwiches.  Mojo Braised Pork, Apple Slaw, Fried Pickles, and Angry Orchard BBQ Sauce.  It’s tender with a little bit of spicy going on.  Alongside an order of sweet potato tots and I’m one happy gal.  Total bill with a drink was $32.

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
Service5/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
4.6/5
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  • Whistlestop


    I hadn’t been to the Whistle Stop Grill in Safety Harbor in quite a while, so a friend of mine & I headed over there for lunch today.  It’s an open air casual kind of place and we settled in for a chicken sandwich and a burger.

    The Cali-Style Chicken Sandwich has bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato & avocado.  My friend said it was tasty, especially with some sweet potato fries.  I went for the mushroom and onion burger with a side of onion rings.

    The burger was big with lots of portabello mushrooms and onions on it.  It was cooked a perfect medium and had a nice flavor to it.  Total bill with a drink was less than $25 for the two of us.

    Whistle Stop Grill
    915 Main St
    Safety Harbor, FL
    (727) 726-1956

     

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

    Burgers


    Da Burger Joint recently opened up in Oldsmar in the space where Nosh Cafe was located.  We ordered at the counter and took a seat to wait for our food.  The first thing we noticed as soon as they started cooking our food was the smell of greasy smoke thick in the air.  Considering we were the only ones there, I can’t even imagine being able to sit in there after a bunch of food starts getting cooked.  They need to invest in a better ventilation system sooner rather than later.

    Loren ordered the Pig & Cow burger, I went for the Get Ova Here burger and we split a side of panko breaded onion rings.

    Loren & I disagreed about this whole meal.  He liked the flavor of his burger with it’s BBQ pork bits on it.  I didn’t like the texture of the onion rings and  I found the burger to be flavorless and way too greasy & sloppy to even pick up & eat.  Perhaps some cheese or condiments would have made it better, but on its own, it didn’t measure up to other burger places in the area.  Nothing about the experience made me think we need to try it again.  Total bill with a drink was $22.

    Da Burger Joint
    4058 Tampa Rd
    Oldsmar, FL
    727-301-0012

    Da Burger Joint Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food2/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere1/5
    Value2/5
    1.9/5