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We went over to Jack Willies in Oldsmar for dinner tonight.  We sat on the patio, but I think we would have enjoyed our dinner more had we sat inside.  There was a table of loud, drunk people behind us and they allow smoking on the patio, so the overall atmosphere just wasn’t for us.  The food, however, was pretty tasty.

Loren ordered the blackened Mahi with fries.  He said the fish was fresh and tender with just the right amount of spice.

I ordered a fried seafood combo with oysters and grouper.  The waiter heard “shrimp” instead of grouper, so he had to take the plate back & then bring me another plate with the grouper.

It was  big ol’ plate of fried food.  The oysters were delicious.  I love me some tater tots and the hush puppies had a good flavor too.  The grouper is why we went there in the first place and it had a nice crispy coating and the fish was tender and flaky.  Total bill with a drink was $35.

Jack Willie’s Tiki Bar and Grill
1013 St Petersburg Dr
Oldsmar, FL
813-854-1972

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value3/5
3.3/5

Crowded


We were down in Gulfport tonight and stopped at O’Maddy’s Bar & Grill for dinner.  They were busy and we had about a 30 minute wait before being seated at an inside table.  It was so cramped and loud in there that you couldn’t have a conversation without yelling across the table.  The food, however, did make up for the close quarters.

We started off with the crab cakes.

Very little filler, which is the way a crab cake should be.   It had a nice crust on the outside, a little bit of heat, and a light drizzle of hollandaise sauce on the plate.  Loren’s meal came with soup or salad and he got the mushroom soup.

It was tasty.  It had an earthy flavor to it and had some sort of cheese in it.  I kept stealing bites of it.  For his entree, he got the swordfish with mashed potatoes.

The swordfish had a spicy tomato jam on it.  He said the fish was cooked perfectly and it all worked well together.  I went for the lobster BLT with a side of onion rings.

The sandwich had big chunks of lobster in it.  The bacon was a bit too crispy for my taste, but overall it was pretty darn good.  I’d order it again.  The onion rings were nice and crunchy on the outside and tender in the middle.  Total bill with a drink was $51.

O’Maddy’s Bar & Grille
5405 Shore Blvd S
Gulfport, FL
727-323-8643

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value3/5
3.3/5

We were down in St Pete today to see the Star Wars Costume Exhibit at the Museum of Fine Art.  Afterward, we had lunch at Stillwaters Tavern.  It was busy, but we were able to get a table without a wait.  We started off with the artichoke dip.

It was tasty.  Smoked Gouda and Parmesan with kale & artichokes served with homemade crackers.  The crackers were a little odd.  Some had way too much salt on them, some didn’t have enough.  Loren got the F.L.T which is a fish sandwich with fried green tomato, lettuce and pickled veggies.

He said it was good, but as you can see from the photo, a little awkward to eat.  I tried the Tavern burger.

Though I liked the texture of the burger, it was desperately in need of seasoning.  Just a little bit of salt would have gone a long way.   It was tender and juicy with caramelized onions and a thousand island dressing.  Total bill with a drink was $43.

Stillwaters Tavern
224 Beach Dr NE
St Petersburg, FL
727-350-1019

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.7/5

Bar Fly Saltwater Grill recently moved to a new location in Safety Harbor, so we went over there for dinner.  We were able to get a table without a wait, but the restaurant was crowded and loud.  We started off with some grouper bites and I somehow managed to delete the photo.   They had a very thin, flavorless coating and most of the fish was overcooked.  When I ordered the appetizer, I asked for a side of ranch dressing.  Of course, it didn’t come when the food was delivered and we were almost finished before the waitress came back around.   Our entrees came out before we finished the appetizer.

Loren ordered the Mahi Bowl and I went for the lobster mac & cheese.

He said the mahi itself was good, but the rest of the dish was simply missed opportunities.  Right ingredients, wrong execution.  There was no flavor to the beans or rice and the whole thing just fell flat.  The lobster mac & cheese wasn’t much better.

It came with a cup of lobster bisque and kettle chips.  The bisque needed salt and didn’t have a lot of flavor overall.  There were enough lobster pieces to cover the bread, but I’m not convinced that grilled cheese & lobster should go together.  The sandwich was dry and all you could taste was the cheese.  Total bill was $43 and I don’t think we’ll be returning anytime soon.

Bar Fly Saltwater Grill
100 Main St, Ste 107
Safety Harbor, FL
727-400-4790

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Food2/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value2/5
2.0/5

We went over to Thirsty Marlin for dinner tonight.  Loren was craving grouper and this plate of fried grouper cheeks hit the spot.

The fish had a good crunchy batter and came with two sides.  He enjoyed the grouper dipped in the spicy Bahamian sauce.  I decided to try some sushi.  I ordered a Mexican roll, lobster roll and some salmon.

I wasn’t terribly impressed with the sushi.  The batter on the shrimp & lobster was so thick & crunchy that you couldn’t distinguish the two from each other.  There was also way too much rice on the sushi rolls.  They were just too thick.  The lobster roll had fried onions on top which was an odd choice.  They really didn’t add anything worthwhile to the dish.  I don’t think I’d order either of these rolls again.  The salmon was good though.  Total bill with a drink was $52.

Thirsty Marlin
1023 Florida Ave
Palm Harbor, FL
727-784-3469

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Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5