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So Loud

We ate dinner at Pappas Ranch down on Gulf to Bay tonight.  It wasn’t very busy for a Saturday night, but it was so loud that it made it difficult to carry on a conversation.  Although their appetizers are good, we decided to skip them tonight and go straight on to dinner.  Loren got the 6oz sirloin with a baked potato.

He enjoyed the steak and said it had good seasoning.  The baked potato was fresh and tasty too.   I got the catfish tacos.

These were very difficult to eat because of the sweet mango cole slaw and chipotle-lime mayo.  They just got to be too goopy after a while.  The fish wasn’t crispy either, so that just added to the mushiness.  The fries were pretty good though.  Total bill with a drink was $26.

Pappas Ranch Steakhouse
2630 Gulf to Bay Blvd
Clearwater, FL
(727) 797-9800

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I’m on vacation all week and we’ve been craving cheeseburgers, so headed over to Athens in downtown Safety Harbor.

A mushroom cheeseburger with fries for me and a bacon cheeseburger with a side of chicken noodle soup for Loren.

He really liked the soup and we both devoured the burgers.  They’re just fresh, simple, inexpensive, and tasty.   Total bill with a drink was $16.

Athens Restaurant
226 Main St
Safety Harbor, FL

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We have a habit of getting out of the house later than expected for dinner on Friday nights and most places are just mobbed.  We drove into Dunedin thinking we’d eat at Casa Tina, but there was a line out the door, so we walked down the street to Cafe Alfresco.  The restaurant was busy, but not full, and pretty quiet which we kinda like.  We started off with potstickers.

Yum!  These were perfectly fried with a tasty, slightly spicy filling.  I could just eat a plate of these and be happy.  Loren’s dinner came with a salad and I went ahead and ordered one for $1 as well.

The rolls were warm and soft and very tasty.  For his entree, Loren got the chicken piccata.

He tried to explain to me the difference between a good piccata and a not so good one.  This was a good version, the chicken was perfectly cooked and the sauce was buttery and lemony, but not overly so, and the capers made the perfect accent to the sauce.  He was a happy guy.  I went for the Friday night fish & chips.

It didn’t have an overly crunchy batter on it, but it was good.  The fries were nice and crunchy and the cole slaw had just enough tang and sweet to it.  We were really bad tonight & got two desserts.

Loren wanted some carrot cake and I got the raspberry cheesecake.  Both were delicious.  He said his cake was moist and flavorful and mine was creamy and decadent.  We were quite stuffed by the time we rolled ourselves out of there.  Total bill with a drink was $49.

Cafe Alfresco
344 Main St
Dunedin, FL

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Wanted a cheese steak for lunch today, so we headed over to Marina’s in Westchase.

They were running a special today for a 6″ sub plus fries & a drink.  I like the cheesesteaks here.  The bread is just perfect to hold all the ooey, gooey goodness.  Loren got the meatball sub special.

He said it was good too.  We both cleaned our plates, not even a french fry left over.  Total bill was $13.

Marina’s Pizza and Pasta
12121 W Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL

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  • Brunch

    I’m on vacation this week and we were heading to an 11:30am movie so decided to grab some brunch at Cracker Barrel.  I say brunch because Loren’s not much of a breakfast eater.  He got a chicken BLT and some soup, while I went for pancakes, eggs, and hashbrowns.

    He said the sandwich was ok, not a lot of seasoning on it.  His soup went missing and he was half way finished with his meal before our waitress came back & we could tell her.

    My over-easy eggs were perfect and they make a darn good pancake here, especially with the warmed up syrup.  I don’t know how anyone could get through a stack of pancakes with just one little bottle of their syrup though.  I barely manage it with two.   Total bill with a drink was $21.

    Cracker Barrel
    13833 West Hillsborough Avenue
    Tampa, FL

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