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Mediocre Meal


So, the plan was to eat at the Bavarian Haus Restaurant in Winter Garden on our way back from Disney.  We drove around the area where the GPS said it was, but couldn’t find it.  Loren even called the number on their website, but it wouldn’t connect, so we ended up at Mimi’s Cafe.  They started us off with some rather hard rolls and banana bread.

Loren ordered the Monterey Chicken burger.  You know you have a new waitress when she asks you how you want that cooked.

The piece of chicken on the sandwich was very thick.  I wasn’t sure how he was going to eat it.  He said it was ok.  I ordered the chicken crepes and made it a meal with some corn chowder and a chocolate mousse for dessert.

The corn chowder was rich and creamy, but the temperature was lukewarm at best.  It makes it really hard to enjoy something when it’s not heated properly.

The crepes were ok and the salad had a nice balsamic vinegarette on it.  It was just all very generic.  The chocolate mousse was tasty with the added sweetness of strawberry on top.

Total bill with a drink was $30.  There was nothing about the experience that would make me want to come back.  It was just average at best.

Mimi’s Cafe
3130 Daniels Rd
Winter Garden, FL
407-656-5075

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Food3/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value2/5
2.6/5

We’re at Disney for the Backstage Magic Tour and decided to spend the night since we’ve got to be here early in the morning.   We went to a movie in Downtown Disney and ended up eating dinner at Bongos Cuban Cafe.  Unfortunately, it was too late for us to go find a restaurant off property which we would have preferred.

This was another one of those restaurants where you can’t hear yourself think.  It was really crowded and we had about a 15 minute wait for a table.  We started off with some fried stuffed potatoes.

They were interesting.  They looked like they had a crunchy exterior, but it was actually pretty soft.  The filling was flavorful, but the overall texture didn’t really do it for me.  Loren ordered the masitas.

He said they were ok. Honestly no better than what he gets at Cuban Breezes for half the price.  He didn’t like the rice and beans that came with it.   I tried the shredded chicken breast.

I liked the flavor of the chicken.  It had a lime flavor to it and the onions were flavorful too.  The rice was very soft, but I kinda like it that way.  My only complaint is that the dish felt like it needed some tortillas or Cuban bread to go with it.  Total bill with a drink was $47.  Overpriced for what it was, but what we expected in Downtown Disney.

Bongos Cuban Cafe
1498 E Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, FL
(407) 828-0999

Bongo's Cuban Café on Urbanspoon

Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value2/5
2.7/5
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  • Filed under: Cuban, Orlando
  • We’re on our way to Orlando and stopped in Lakeland for lunch at Bosphorous Turkish Kitchen.  From the moment we walked in the door, the aroma from the kitchen made our mouths water.  Everything on the menu sounded delicious, so we opted for a Mixed Grill platter for two so we could try several different things.  But first, Loren decided to try the lentil soup.

    It was a rather thin soup, but packed a bunch of flavor.  It had a deep, rich spicy flavor that consumes all your taste buds.  The Mixed Grill platter didn’t disappoint either.

    Besides the salad and rice, the dish had Chicken Adana Kebab, Lamb Shish Kebab, Doner Kabab, Chicken and Lamb Kofte.  It was all very, very tasty.  Seasoned perfectly and all the meats were tender.  I really enjoyed the texture and flavor of the Kofte.  Loren preferred the kebabs.  We were quite stuffed by the end of the meal.  Service was very friendly as well.  Definitely a place we’ll return to the next time we’re in Lakeland.  Total bill with a drink was $28.

    Bosphorous Turkish Kitchen
    127 S. Kentucky Ave
    Lakeland, FL
    863-937-9686

    Bosphorous Turkish Kitchen on Urbanspoon

    Food5/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    4.3/5
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  • Filed under: Lakeland, Turkish
  • Prime Rib Day


    So, did you know that April 27th is National Prime Rib Day?  Prom was also going on tonight, so we needed to find a place that the kids weren’t going to be, so we settled on Cody’s out on Hillsborough.  I have a love/hate relationship with Cody’s.  Love the rolls & salad, but the entrees don’t always live up to expectations.

    They were pretty busy tonight and it took our waiter quite a while and two tries to get us a salad without onions and some rolls.

    The rolls were fresh and so good that we had to order a second basket.  Like I said, this is the best part of the meal to me.  Loren, being in the holiday spirit, decided to try the prime rib.

    He said it was pretty tender and he enjoyed it.  Surprisingly, he actually ate the whole thing.  I ordered the half rack of baby back ribs.

    Some of the ribs were tender, some parts were not.  They definitely don’t have the smoked taste and flavor you get from an actual BBQ joint.  I’m still working my way through the menu.  Eventually, I’ll find something I like.  Total bill with a drink was $33.

    Cody’s Original Roadhouse
    11202 West Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL
    813-855-2787

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Filed under: American, Tampa
  • We ate lunch at Chef Li today in Oldsmar.  Our lunches came with soup and we both ordered the wonton.

    It was ok.  I scooped out the green onions & tossed them in Loren’s bowl.  He got some hunan chicken & I went for the orange chicken.

    Though I liked the flavor of mine, the chicken wasn’t tender enough.  A bit too chewy for my taste.  I got the sauce non-spicy, so it had a nice sweet & tangy flavor.  Loren’s chicken was in much smaller pieces than mine & he liked it.  Quick lunch for $14.

    Chef Li
    4013 Tampa Rd, Ste 20
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-814-9988

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    Food2/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    2.6/5
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  • Filed under: Chinese, Oldsmar