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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
  • So Salty


    We had lunch at Tampa Bay Brewing Company in Westchase today.  Loren tried the hot pastrami sandwich and I went for the brats & mash.

    He really liked all the flavors in the sandwich.  He said even though some of the ingredients are things he wouldn’t normally eat, together they all melded to make a well balanced sandwich.   The red beans & rice are his favorite side dish here.   The brats & mash were tasty, but as with most things I’ve ever eaten here, the salt content is way too high.  It tastes great at first and then my tongue feels over saturated with salt.  I don’t know if it’s done purposely to get people to order more beer, but for me it’s just too much.  Total bill with a drink was $21.

    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