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I wanted to go walk around Moccasin Lake Nature Park in Clearwater today, so I searched for a restaurant close by.  We’d never been to Lenny’s before, but it sounded like a good ol’ fashioned diner and those are the places I love to eat.  Plus, you gotta love a place that has an “Employee of the Month sh*t list” posted by the front counter. 

The parking lot was full which is always a good sign.  Luckily, it’s a pretty big restaurant, so we didn’t have to wait for a table.  The menu is huge.  I decided on breakfast, Loren went for lunch. 

We started off with the danish basket that came with my breakfast entree.

This  little basket had quite the treats buried inside.  Five different kinds of sweet goodies including a brownie, cream cheese danish, fruit danish, a cinnamon danish and another custard like danish. 

Then came the relish tray that came with Loren’s lunch.  You get two choices and we picked pickles and macaroni salad.  Both were very tasty.

 At this point, we already knew we were going to have a hard time finishing our entrees. 

Loren got the Deli Triple Threat with potato salad.

It’s three half sandwiches, turkey, pastrami and corned beef.  He said the corned beef was pretty mild, but the turkey and pastrami were really good.  And the meat was piled on the sandwiches.  The potato salad was kind of sweet.  I liked it, but it was too sweet for him.

I ordered a country style breakfast with scrambled eggs with cheese and bacon.

Loren used the bacon on his sandwich, and the eggs were very good.  I love it when you order eggs with cheese and they get it right.  The cheese was mixed in and all melted into the eggs.  Good stuff.

My breakfast also came with 4 silver dollar pancakes.

When I read silver dollar pancakes, I figured they’d be small.  These were four regular sized pancakes and they were delicious.  Light and fluffy and I was barely able to eat half of it.  And because I thought the pancakes were going to be small, I also ordered a side of home fries.

This was absolutely not what I imagined when I ordered home fries.  This dish was awesome.  The potatoes were cooked on the grill and then topped with sauteed onions.  I could have just eaten this and been happy.  Way too much food though, I barely made a dent in it. 

Now we know why the place was so crowded.  Good food, large portions, and very friendly service.   Total bill was $23 and well worth it.

Lenny’s Restaurant
21220 US Hwy 19 N
Clearwater, FL

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Quick Lunch

Ended up having to run out for a quick sandwich around 1:30pm today because I had meetings that ran through lunch.  Headed over to Firehouse for a chicken salad sub.

I like the bread they use at Firehouse.  It’s a nice soft roll.  The chicken salad was actually pretty tasty.  $8 for the combo with chips and a drink. 

Firehouse Subs
3434 East Lake Road
Palm Harbor, FL

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Today seemed like a good day to go out for sandwiches for lunch.   Central Park Deli & Grill in Oldsmar has a wide selection and it’s close, so that’s where we headed.

Loren ordered the Brooklyn Bridge with chips.

It was a huge Italian sub.  Lots of meats, cappicola, pepperoni, salami, and ham plus cheese and veggies.  He only ate half of it and took the other half home for dinner.

I got the New York Ranger with potato salad.

This was also a pretty big sandwich.  It was two fried chicken breasts, one big and one smaller, on a Kaiser roll.  The chicken was ok, but didn’t really have a lot of flavor.  The potato salad was extremely garlicy.  I don’t think I’d order the sandwich or the potato salad again.  I’ve had other sandwiches here that were good, so we’ll probably go back.

Total lunch was $16 for two sandwiches and a drink.

Central Park Deli & Grill
4058 Tampa Road, Ste 4
Oldsmar, FL

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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar, Subs
  • There’s one constant whenever I eat at MecaFresh, I always get the lobster bisque.  Sure, they offer the other soup of the day, but nothing compares to the bisque. 

    For lunch, I got the half eggplant panini and soup combo for $8.

    The panini was nice and crunchy with a thin slice of eggplant and tomato sauce.  It’s one of my favorite combos there. 

    3235 Tampa Road
    Palm Harbor, FL

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    I downloaded a coupon from for $25 off a $35 meal at J.C. Cravers in Palm Harbor.   As soon as we walked in the door, the noise level was overwhelming.   It didn’t help that we were seated near the bar, but the acoustics in this place were terrible.

    We started out with some calamari.

    We both like calamari and order it almost everywhere we go.  I don’t think I’d order it again here.  It was a bit on the chewy side and the batter had no seasoning whatsoever.  It was very bland.   The remoulade sauce it came with was tasty and completely necessary in order to get any flavor.

    When our dinners showed up, I was a little surprised because I thought the menu had said you get a salad with your meal.  Then I thought maybe I read it wrong, but no, I took another look and sure enough we were supposed to get salads, but never did.  Maybe you have to ask for the salad or they just assume if you ordered an appetizer that you don’t want one? 

    Since our dinners had already arrived, it seemed pointless to ask about the salads.  Plus our waitress was sort of a drive-by waitress.  She’d ask if everything was ok and be long gone before you could get a reply out.

    Loren ordered the grouper, lightly blackened.

    His dinner came with rice and zucchini.  He said there was something off about the fish.  Couldn’t quite put his finger on it, just said it was ok, not great.  The veggies were mushy but the rice was pretty good.

    I ordered the linguine alfredo with shrimp.

    I’ve had pasta with alfredo sauce in a lot of restaurants.  If it’s on the menu, I usually order it.  And if I have leftovers, I rarely bring it home because once an alfredo sauce separates, it’s no longer creamy and you’re basically just eating pasta in oily butter.   

    Here’s a close up of my plate.

    Notice the complete lack of creaminess and lovely pool of oil?  Not a great alfredo sauce to say the least.  And did you also notice the burnt bread?  Yeah, it didn’t exactly scream “eat me”.  The shrimp were ok, but they were covered in a spicy seasoning and I’m not a fan of spicy.

    Overall, it was a rather disappointing experience.  Mediocre food, it was really loud, and the service wasn’t great.  I’m glad we left just as the live music was starting.  I couldn’t imagine it being any louder in there.  After the coupon, the total bill was $22.

    J.C. Cravers
    191 Orange St
    Palm Harbor, FL
    (727) 216-6412

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