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Early Lunch


We went over to Thirsty Marlin for an early lunch.  We were the first ones in the restaurant, but it started to fill up quick.  We tried the pork nachos for an appetizer.

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The nachos are actually onion rings covered in shredded pork and cheese.  They were tasty.  The pork had a sweet BBQ sauce on it, so I liked it more than Loren did.  The only issue is that they are heavy handed with the salt here, so after a while it gets harder to eat.   For his entree, Loren got the salmon dill wrap.

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He liked the blackened salmon itself, but there was just too much of the dill sauce on the wrap.  He said after a bite or two all he could taste was the dill sauce.  He’d order it again, but with the sauce on the side.  I decided to try their Cuban sandwich.

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It didn’t thrill me.  The mustard was overpowering and there really wasn’t anything special about the sandwich itself.  The meats weren’t flavorful and the bread was pressed a bit too much.  I always have high hopes for the food here, but it seems to be hit or miss.  Total bill with a drink was $38.

Thirsty Marlin
1023 Florida Ave
Palm Harbor, FL
727-784-3469

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Food2/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value2/5
2.0/5

Stopped at Nosh Cafe for lunch today.  I can’t resist their Cuban sandwich and potato salad & Loren decided to try the Po’ Boy and a bowl of chili.

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Loren liked the Po’ Boy.  It had lots of ham and roast beef and the chili made for a nice side.  I’m not a big salami fan, but I really like the flavor of the kind they use here.  Both plates were empty within no time.

Nosh Cafe
4058 Tampa Rd, Ste 4
Oldsmar, FL
813-891-0700

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.4/5
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  • Back Again


    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

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

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Hearty Brunch


    We got over to Johnny Grits around 11:00am this morning and had about a 15 minute wait.  By the time we left the wait was up to 35 minutes.  This place is packed on the weekends for breakfast.  Loren’s not much of a breakfast person, so he went for the smoked turkey club with a side salad.

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    It was a big sandwich and he actually ended up taking half of it home with him.  Perfectly toasted bread, smoked turkey and crunchy bacon.  He was a happy guy.  I decided to try the fried chicken benedict.

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    I opted to change the jalepeno cheddar sauce they normally serve with it to hollandaise instead.   Two perfectly tender fried chicken breasts over fresh biscuits with poached eggs and fried potatoes.  It was delicious and very filling.  There’s no coming to Johnny Grits without ordering a side of grits.  We choose the andouille, onion and cheese and added some mushrooms.

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    Other than adding a little salt, the grits are yummy here.  Smooth and creamy and a perfect size for two.  Total bill with a drink was $25.

    Johnny Grits
    857 E. Klosterman Rd
    Tarpon Springs, FL
    727-942-4748

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    Food5/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    4.4/5