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I checked to see what Restaurant.com had to offer and found a deal for $25 off a $45 check at Eagles Landing Restaurant in Palm Harbor.  We had actually eaten here before when it was another restaurant. 

We were seated by our waitress Marie who had a very distinct Minnesota accent.  I gotta say, she’s probably the nicest waitress we’ve had in a very long time.  It’s not often that a waitress makes this kind of impression on us.  She was constantly checking on things and had such a pleasant personality.  Unfortunately, I wish I could rate the food as high as I’d rate the service.

We started with the spring rolls.

I don’t think I’ve ever had spring rolls made with ground beef before.  It was an odd flavor.  There was a sauce on the plate that Loren said was spicy, so I avoided it and went for the sweet Asian dipping sauce instead.

Both dinners came with a salad and roll.

Nothing special on the salad and the roll wasn’t as soft as it looked at first glance.  I also ordered some cheddar broccoli soup.

This was a much creamier soup than most broccoli cheese soups.  There really wasn’t a lot of cheese or broccoli in it. 

Loren ordered the ribeye with a baked potato.

He said the steak lacked seasoning.  We both got the baked potatoes and they were not cooked enough.  They were also not very warm.  It was as if they had taken them out of the oven earlier in the day and forgot to finish them off.

I ordered the tenderloin tips.

Sadly, they weren’t very tender.  You really had to put a lot of effort into chewing the pieces.  The gravy was nice and flavorful though.

And to finish things off, we ordered the Mile High Chocolate Cake.

It had a nice rich chocolate flavor, but the cake itself was dry. 

After the coupon, the bill with added gratuity was $30.  Our waitress was definitely the best part of the experience, but based on the food, I doubt we’ll go back again.

Eagles Landing Restaurant
36221 East Lake Road
Palm Harbor, FL
727-787-3222

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We were both craving burgers for lunch so we headed to the Athens Restaurant in downtown Safety Harbor.    It’s a small Greek place right on Main Street.  It doesn’t seem like the sort of place you would go for a burger, but they’re actually pretty good. 

I got the regular cheeseburger with fries and Loren got the jumbo bacon cheeseburger.

He wanted to show off the juicy, tasty, goodness inside.  I think we’ve eaten breakfast here a few times, but mostly we just go back for the burgers.  The fries are good too.   $15 and our burger craving was satisfied. 

Athens Restaurant
226 Main St
Safety Harbor, FL
727-726-3471

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Comfort Food


It’s been raining for two days and all I wanted for lunch today was warm and cozy comfort food.  For me, that’s Cracker Barrel a big ol’ heaping helping of macaroni and cheese.

I did order some meatloaf with my mac and cheese and some cole slaw too.  There’s just something about the mac and cheese at Cracker Barrel that makes me so very happy.  It’s always thick and creamy and cheesy with so much ooey gooey goodness.  I’m addicted. 

I usually get the chicken fried chicken, but since I had chicken last night, went for the meatloaf.  It’s standard fare, nothing out of the ordinary, but it doesn’t disappoint.  The biscuits were fresh and tasty too. 

It’s a lot of food for $8.  I couldn’t finish all of the meatloaf.  It wasn’t very crowded in there today at lunch which was nice too.  Sometimes it can get kind of loud in there.  It was a shame I had to go back to work because after all those carbs, I was ready for a nap. 

Cracker Barrel
13833 West Hillsborough Avenue
Tampa, FL
813-855-4200

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  • Loren picked me up for lunch today and I had a cheesesteak craving, so we headed over to Marina’s in Westchase on Linebaugh for lunch.

    I’ve been to Marina’s a few times, but I don’t think I’ve ever had anything but their cheesesteaks.  Today they had a 1/2 size on special with fries and a drink.  That’s probably a good thing since their regular size cheesesteak is huge!

    It was ooey and gooey and cheesy, but the bread wasn’t as soft as I like it.  I think they use a different roll on the full size sub.   Not the best cheesesteak I’ve ever had, but it definitely fills you up. 

    Loren got the Italian sub.  He said it was good, but lacked something.  Then he doused it with oil and vinegar and that did the trick.

    For $13, we got 2 subs, fries and a drink. Marina’s also has pizza and other Italian dishes.  One of these days, I’ll try something other than the cheesesteak. 

    Marina’s Pizza and Pasta
    12121 W Linebaugh Ave
    Tampa, FL
    813-854-1616

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    Given the choice between going to the grocery store or going out to eat, I’m choosing a restaurant every time.  Tonight’s choice was Cafe’ Alfresco in downtown Dunedin.  The patio was really loud, so we sat inside.

    Let’s face it, we both like soup.

    I got the Sicilian white bean soup and Loren got a cup of the creole.  The rice wasn’t quite done enough in his, but overall the flavor was good.  My bean soup was very tasty.

    We got the “must try” appetizer, the Feta Alfresco.

    It’s feta cheese, lightly breaded in panko crumbs, fried golden brown
    and served over red sauce with garlic cheese bread.  Neither of us had ever had feta cheese this way.  At first, the flavor seemed overwhelming, but the more you ate, the more it mellowed out.  The garlic bread was good too.  I doubt we’d order it again, though.  As usual, we were both pretty stuffed at this point, but then came the entrees.

    Loren ordered the salmon salad.

    It was a huge piece of blackened salmon over a salad of lettuce, olives, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and artichokes with a Greek dressing.  He said it was very good.

    I ordered the half portion of the chicken marsala.

    It had a very nice marsala sauce.  The chicken was very tender and the pasta was good.  Both meals came with rolls that were really tasty too.

    And because I just can’t pass up dessert, I got a slice of raspberry cheesecake to take home.

    It was a hard choice between this and the death by chocolate cake.  I’ll have to try the cake next time.

    Appetizer, two soups, two entrees, dessert and a drink for $38.  The food was fresh and had very good flavors.  The only downside was that our waitress wasn’t very good at refilling drinks.  Otherwise, it was a really nice dining experience.

    Cafe Alfresco
    344 Main St
    Dunedin, FL
    813-736-4299

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  • Filed under: American, Dunedin