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We ate dinner at Surf Shack tonight and couldn’t figure out why they were so busy on a Thursday until our waitress told us it was $2 taco night.  So, of course, we had to get tacos.

We got a variety of tacos.  The Bangin’ shrimp, west coast, surf, filet, pork and pulled chicken taco.  The only downside with the $2 deal is that you can’t make any changes to the tacos so I ended up with some fairly spicy sauces on a couple of them.  They were all pretty tasty though.  The surf taco with beef and shrimp was my favorite with the bangin’ shrimp a close second.  Total bill with a drink was $16.

Also want to give a shout out to Surf Shack for supplying some gift certificates for the Road Rally car event Loren is hosting.  If you’re interested in getting lost in a time-speed-distance rally, check out his road rally website at

Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen
12217 West Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL
(813) 475-5916

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  • Filed under: American, Tampa
  • Our original lunch plan was to go to Tom Yum Thai in Dunedin, but we discovered they aren’t open for lunch on Sundays.  Next stop was Casa Tina, but they were only serving brunch, so we ended up at Cafe Alfresco and had a very yummy lunch.  Next time, we’ll just have to remember to start here.  We started off with some egg rolls.

    Mmmm… this is how egg rolls should be.  They were fresh and crunchy and had wonderful flavors inside.  Plus the dipping sauce was tasty too.  We decided to split a buttermilk ranch chicken sandwich and a bowl of gumbo.

    Great flavors all around.  The chicken was cooked perfectly and the fries had a nice crunch.  The gumbo wasn’t spicy, but it had a deep, rich smokey flavor to it.  We both left there with happy taste buds.  Total bill with a drink was $25.

    Cafe Alfresco
    344 Main St
    Dunedin, FL

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  • Filed under: American, Dunedin
  • We drove over to Nana’s in Tarpon Springs for lunch today.   They’re only open until 2pm and the place was packed when we got there.  We split a bowl of seafood chowder.

    Yum!  Thick and rich with some very nice flavors.  We both decided to get sandwiches, though we should have really just split one.  Loren got a BLT and I got the chicken salad melt.

    Both were served on grilled sourdough bread, which I love.  Lots of bacon on his BLT to satisfy his craving.  My melt had grilled onions on it, but I found them not grilled quite enough for my taste.  I wanted them a lot softer and more carmelized.  Loren thought it was perfect just the way it was though.  I also got a side of Nana’s home fries with their hickory mayo to dip them in.  We were both stuffed and ended up bringing home half of each sandwich.  Everything is just so fresh and flavorful here.  It’s a great homestyle restaurant. Total bill was $22.

    Nana’s Restaurant
    857 E Klosterman Rd
    Tarpon Springs, FL

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    We were going to a play in Tampa today so we ate lunch at Oakley’s Grille.  It’s a little sandwich shop and I’m glad we got there when we did because the place filled up fast.  I went for a mushroom burger since they’re famous for their burgers.  Loren got the muffaleta sandwich.

    He said it was good, but more like a Cuban sandwich.  He prefers the muffalettas at the Cleveland Street Café.  He said he would have liked some additional veggies on it, maybe some lettuce and tomato and would have preferred it not pressed.

    My burger was really flavorful.  Cooked a perfect medium, juicy, and dripping cheese and mushrooms.  They actually put the mushrooms on top of the cheese.  I think I would have put them under the cheese to help seal them in.  We split an order of fries between us.  At first, I really liked them, but the more I ate, the more I realized just how salty they were.  The staff was very friendly, though with the open kitchen, I could see the cooks getting a little confused with some of the orders.  Overall, though a pretty tasty lunch for $20.

    Oakley’s Grille
    17631 Bruce B Downs Blvd
    (813) 523-5075

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  • Filed under: American, Burgers, Tampa
  • After going to the movies this morning, we headed out to Harvey’s Sandwich & Salads in Palm Harbor for lunch.  It’s a little place next to Mike’s Sushi.  Loren got a Genoa sub.

    This is one of those subs that comes with everything but the kitchen sink on it.  Salami, pepperoni, ham, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, green pepper, and green olives. He enjoyed it and ended up taking half of it home.  I went for the Cuban with a side of macaroni salad.

    While we were there, every person who placed an order, ordered a Cuban sandwich.  It was pretty good.  Perfectly pressed with good flavors inside.  It was way too big for me to eat the whole thing.  The macaroni salad was homemade.  Total bill with a drink was $20.

    Harvey’s Sandwich & Salads
    33839 US Hwy 19 N
    Palm Harbor, FL
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