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We went out in the rain in search of lunch and ended up at Pickles Plus on McMullen Booth Rd.  Loren had been to the one in Clearwater before.  It was pretty crowded for a rainy Sunday at lunchtime.

Loren started off with some chicken soup.

It had a nice flavor to it and was very welcome on such a dreary day.  He ordered one of the specials for lunch, Jay’s Fried Chicken Salad.

It was a big salad.  Lots of lettuce, fried chicken, tomatoes, boiled egg, bacon, cheese, cucumber, and of course, a pickle.   He ran out of dressing before he ran out of salad.

I got a chicken salad sandwich with fries.

And of course, a pickle. The chicken salad was pretty bland.  The fries weren’t crispy enough either.  They were too soft, like they’d been taken out of the fryer and left to sit for a while. 

For $26, it seemed overpriced for what we got.  I’ve had better sandwiches elsewhere for less money.

Pickles Plus
2530 N McMullen Booth Rd
Clearwater, FL
727-725-3325

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This was our first visit to Jolli Mon’s Grill in Dunedin.  Luckily, we weren’t there for the live music as the band finally showed up as we were leaving.  The patio was full nonetheless, so we grabbed a table inside.  The bar area filled up quickly with people watching the Rays/Red Sox game. 

The restaurant had all the typical island decor.  Palm trees, tropical fish, mermaids, and pirates decorated the walls.

Loren started out with a salad and I got a cup of crab chowder.

The mango poppyseed dressing on the salad was kind of sweet, whereas the chowder had a peppery flavor that wasn’t exactly pepper.  We couldn’t figure out exactly what spice it was.  It was a really thick chowder, lots of crab in it. 

Loren ordered the mahi fish tacos.

It was three tacos, but he wasn’t really impressed.  The mahi had been pre-cooked and was cold and the tortillas didn’t taste fresh either.

I got a Scallywag burger with gouda and a side of mac and cheese.

The burger was pretty good.  It had a lot of onions and mushrooms, though the onions were really strong.  I ordered it medium and it came out more of a medium rare, but still had good flavor.  The mac and cheese wasn’t very creamy, but it tasted good. 

Overall, dinner was just ok.  The food and service didn’t wow us enough to make us say we need to go back again.    Total bill was $27.

Jolli Mon’s Grill
941 Huntley Ave
Dunedin, FL
727-735-0498

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  • Come Hungry


    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
    727-799-0402

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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
    727-210-4376

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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
    813-854-3613

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