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Quick Lunch

Some quick soup, salad, and sandwiches for lunch today.  We went over to MecaFresh and Loren got the half roast beef and a salad and I got the half eggplant parm with the lobster bisque.

It was all fresh, tasty and good. We didn’t get our free frozen yogurt today though.  I don’t know if we were supposed to go back up to the counter to get it or what.   They seem to be a bit inconsistent about how they offer it.   Total bill with a drink was $19.

3235 Tampa Road
Palm Harbor, FL

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So Loud

I was craving some avocado egg rolls, so we headed out to BJ’s at Countryside Mall.  Parking is somewhat of a nightmare over there with the movie theater; but surprisingly, we didn’t have to wait for a table.  That’s not to say that the volume of noise in the restaurant wasn’t deafening though.  I really wish they were able to dampen the sound level in there.

The avocado egg rolls lived up to expectations.  These things are so yummy.  Crispy on the outside, soft and creamy on the inside with just the right amount of spices.

Loren continued on the avocado path and got a California chicken sandwich with fries.

He said it was ok, nothing to write home about.  The crispy fries were tasty though.  I went for one of their October specials, the bratwurst sandwich with sweet potato fries.

This was a pretty flavorless bratwurst.  Even with the onions and mustard sauce, it just didn’t really pack a punch.   The sweet potato fries came out after the bratwurst, but at least they were fresh and tasty.   Total bill with a drink was $36.

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
27001 US Highway 19N
Clearwater, FL

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After another long day hiking, we ended up at Hell’s Backbone Grill in Boulder, UT for dinner.  It’s a cute little restaurant and we had high hopes for an amazing dinner.  Sadly, that didn’t happen.  We both ordered soup, Loren got the black bean and I got the corn chowder.

The thing they boast most about here are the fresh vegetables grown in their own garden.  I really enjoyed my corn chowder.  It was creamy and had a nice flavor to it.  Loren wasn’t quite as enthused about his.  He thought it tasted more like a chili.  The bread was very good and came with a basil butter.

The entrees took quite a while to come out of the kitchen.  We both ordered the specials of the night.  Loren got the prime rib and I got the filet.

Talk about appearances being deceiving.  As beautiful and appetizing as this plate looked, the prime rib was stone cold.   The vegetables were a mix of warm and cold and we’re still not sure if that was on purpose or not.  The carrots were so hard that we could barely cut them with a knife.

I ordered my filet medium, but it was closer to a medium rare.  The main issue I had with it though was the sauce that was on top of it.  It was horribly spicy.  Loren said it tasted like jalepeno, but I don’t what it was, I just had to cut off the top part and put it on Loren’s plate.  The mashed potatoes were supposed to be some sort of lemony potatoes, but I couldn’t taste even a hint of lemon in them.  Overall, it was just so disappointing and even more so when we got the $99 bill.

Hell’s Backbone Grill
N0 20 North Hwy 12
Boulder, UT

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  • Filed under: American, Utah
  • The Bed & Breakfast we’re staying at is in the middle of nowhere, so there aren’t many dining options.  It was getting late, so we stopped at the Thunderbird Restaurant for dinner.  It’s attached to a motel and has that diner type feel to it, though the prices were a bit higher than what I expected.

    Both of our entrees came with soup or salad bar and bread.

    We both went for the broccoli cream soup.  It was ok.   Loren ordered the country fried steak for his entree which came with mashed potatoes and veggies.

    It also fell in the just ok category.  The veggies were waterlogged and inedible, but the steak was fairly tender.  I ordered the fried chicken.

    The chicken had been fried way too long.  The crispy outer shell was too hard to even break through on some pieces, yet there were some pieces with a mushy, somewhat uncooked batter underneath the outer shell.   Not good eats.  But, even with the mediocre entrees we couldn’t pass up a piece of ho-made pie.

    The story on the back of the menu said that there wasn’t enough room on the neon sign for the word “homemade”, so the owner told the sign maker to just make it “ho-made”.  The buttered rum sauce really made this pie yummy.  Total bill with a drink was $42.

    Thunderbird Restaurant
    Junction US 89 and Hwy 9 Box 5536
    Mt Carmel, UT

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  • Filed under: American, Dessert, Utah
  • FatBurger

    I made Loren get up early today and walk around the south end of the Las Vegas strip with me since that was the one part I hadn’t been to yet.  Since he was still on Florida time, it felt like lunchtime to him, so we stopped at FatBurger and had a burger and fries for breakfast.

    I gotta say, this was a pretty darn good burger & fries.  It was fresh,  juicy and flavorful and the fries were hot and crispy.  For $15 with a drink, it really hit the spot.

    Fat Burger
    3763 Las Vegas Blvd
    Las Vegas, NV

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