Believe it or not, I think we actually ordered the right amount of sushi from Mike’s Sushi this time. Either that or we were both really hungry. The “Ooops” came when I tried to pick up a piece of the Rainbow roll only to discover the roll hadn’t been sliced. We both started laughing and when the sushi chefs saw it, they started making jokes about how it’s a new way to eat sushi, just pick it up like a candy bar and bite off the end. I think the whole restaurant got a good chuckle out of it.
As for the sushi, everything was really fresh and tasty.
The shrimp in the Mexican Roll was fried perfectly and the fish in all of the other rolls was very good. Besides the Rainbow & Mexican rolls, we got a scallop roll, a Pink Dragon which is a California roll topped with salmon, a Crazy Roll which is spicy tuna with avocado, crunch & smelt roe, and a “make your own” with tuna, salmon, avocado and cucumber.
I know I say the same thing every time we come here, but it’s just worth noting that we really enjoy those sushi restaurants that don’t drench everything in sauces. It’s those pure, clean flavors that tickle the taste buds and at least with this visit, tickled the funny bone a bit too. Total bill with a drink & a salad was $57.
33855 Us-19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
We ate lunch at the Surf Shack in Westchase today. It was too hot to sit outside on the patio and luckily they had the big doors closed and the air conditioning cranking inside. They bring chips & salsa to the table and there’s something about the chips that I really like. They’re almost Dorrito like. I tried the Orange Chicken Bowl.
It was spicy and had quite a few things in it that I didn’t really care for. The menu said it had “house veggies” in it. Unfortunately, the term “house veggies” could mean anything and the ones in this dish weren’t ones that I liked. The whole dish just fell flat for me. It tasted more processed than fresh and the chicken wasn’t very tender. Loren tried the hula pork burrito.
He didn’t care for it much. The pork had very little flavor and the pineapples in it added both a texture and flavor that didn’t work well together. I thought the whole thing tasted sort of watery. There just weren’t any prominent flavors and he ended up putting some salsa on it just to give it some taste. Neither of us would order these dishes again. Total bill with a drink was $20.
Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen
12217 West Linebaugh Ave
We’ve lived in Florida long enough that hunger wins out over rain any day. We had just gotten out of a movie and even though it was pouring out, we braved the weather and ended up at the Marathon Grille for lunch. Loren tried the chicken keftedes (at least I think that’s what it was) which came with a Greek salad and potatoes.
They were little chicken patties of tastiness. Lots of Mediterranean type spices in a flavorful little package. He really liked them along with the salad. I got a gyro with Greek salad.
It was very good. There were cucumbers & tomatoes on it (I had them hold the onions) and the tzatziki sauce was tasty. Most of the places that I get gyros from have lettuce on them, but I kinda liked the cucumbers. My only complaint was having the Greek salad served on the same plate. The dressing just went everywhere and I had to save my gyro was getting soggy. Since the rain decided to whip up to a frenzy about the time we were finished, we decided to try some dessert.
It was a tasty chocolate cake which we ate slowly to savour every bite and avoid getting drenched by Tropical Storm Debby. Total bill with a drink was $26.
33675 US Highway 19N
Palm Harbor, FL
I’ve been craving German food for a while so we headed off to the German Restaurant in Holiday. They were pretty busy when we got there and as it turned out, I think all the tables showed up right before us, so it took quite a while to get our food tonight. This definitely isn’t a place you go for a quick meal. We both started out with bread and the potato sausage soup.
The sausage took over the flavor of the soup, but it was yummy. There’s nothing quite like fresh, home made soup. From here the long wait began. We were beginning to think they had lost our order when they finally brought it out. Loren got the Rinder Roulade.
He said it had some interesting flavors. There was a pickle in the middle, which they actually warned him about, saying it gets really hot and doesn’t cool down quickly. The only thing he really didn’t care for was the cabbage. He thinks it’s too tart. I’m pretty predictable when it comes to food here. The Jaegerschnitzel and spaetzel were the two things I was looking forward to.
The portions are huge and I ended up taking half of it home. I did find it a little on the salty side, but overall it just has such a nice flavor and texture. Comfort food at its best. And there’s no coming here without a slice of the Black Forest cake.
Cream filled chocolate cake goodness. Delicious! Total bill with a drink was $46.
The German Restaurant
2616 US Hwy 19
A new Beef O’Brady’s opened up on Enterprise recently so we checked it out for dinner today. It still smelled like new paint and the music was a bit too loud, but otherwise, the experience was pretty good. Loren went for an O’Brady Burger with fries.
He said it was juicy and had a pretty good flavor to it. The fries were crunchy and quite yummy. I went for a patty melt and added some grilled mushrooms to it plus a side of onion rings.
I was happy with the burger. Just like Loren’s, it had good flavor but the sour dough bread was toasted a bit unevenly. The onion rings were really good. We both devoured those. They had a great crunch and flavor. Total bill with a drink was $23.
2471 N McMullen Booth Rd
Safety Harbor, FL
We decided to stop at Fratelli’s Italian Restaurant for lunch today. They have an inexpensive lunch menu with a lot of different dishes from sandwiches to pastas and pizza. Both the food and service have been hit or miss here, but today everything was ok. Loren got the meatball sub with fries.
The meatballs are pretty tasty, but the fries were just ok. They really weren’t very crispy and that’s the way he likes them. I got the cheese manicotti.
It was like lava when it got to the table, so I had to munch on the bread while it cooled. The bread was very buttery and had a nice texture. It’s a dense bread which makes it great for dipping in the sauce. The two manicotti were cheesy and tasty. I wish they would add more lighting to this restaurant though. It just looks like a dark bar when you walk in. Total bill with a drink was $15.
Fratelli Italian Restaurant and Bar
120 Commerce Blvd, Ste 1
Tasty Thai Cafe just opened up in the Publix Shopping center near Ruth Eckerd. The space used to be Zeno’s Grill but they definitely made some nice improvements to the decor. It’s a small restaurant, but it’s very inviting. We started off with some spring rolls.
Loren didn’t think they had much flavor, but I liked them. They had pork and veggies in them and had a nice crunch. For his entree, Loren tried something different and got the Yum Beef.
He ordered it medium spicy and originally said it didn’t taste all that spicy to him, but it did build up after a while. He said it was ok, but lacked some seasoning. I ordered the Lad Nar and had the same thought, the seasoning just wasn’t there.
I had to add salt to mine and that’s something I rarely do. It just lacked flavor. The veggies and chicken were cooked well and the noodles were tender, but it just didn’t have enough seasoning. I’ve had the same dish at other Thai restaurants and unfortunately, this one just didn’t live up to the others. They’re a new restaurant and they gave us a promotional coupon for a buy one, get one free dinner, so we may try them again. Total bill with a drink was $28.
Tasty Thai Cafe
1530 McMullen Booth Rd, Ste D4
From the moment we walked into the Thirsty Marlin, the overwhelming smell of bleach was in the air. It was not a pleasant, clean smell; it was a hit you in the face chemical smell that burned your nose and ended up giving me a headache. It was awful. We should have just turned around and left because the food didn’t make the experience much better.
We started off with some onion rings.
They had a good crunch, but were overly salty. Loren tried the tuna salad.
He liked it. The tuna was fresh and he enjoyed the wasabi dressing. I tried the lobster quesadilla and it was not good.
I didn’t like the tortilla, the texture was off. I ended up just opening it up & eating the pieces of lobster inside but the lobster tasted like imitation crab with some spices on it and the cheese just overpowered everything. Definitely not something I’d order again. If we go back and the chemical smell is still there, we won’t stay next time. Total bill with a drink was $35.
1023 Florida Ave
Palm Harbor, FL
Let’s face it, we have a sushi problem. Loren tells me we ordered enough rolls and I always think we need one more. Trust me, tonight, we needed two less rolls because we had enough left over for another entire meal. Between the different sushi restaurants we frequent, I forget which ones serve large rolls. The ones here at Ban Thai are 10 pieces each, plus I ordered the Lobster roll, which is huge, and decided to try the Snow Crab roll, which is equally huge.
We got a spicy tuna, rainbow roll, and a salmon roll. The lobster roll & the snow crab roll were almost identical in taste, so I won’t be ordering both again. They’re both drenched in sauce too. All the sushi was tasty and was just as tasty for a late night snack since we had plenty left.
I don’t know if the regular staff was all off tonight or if the restaurant has changed owners. We come here fairly frequently and I didn’t see any faces that I recognized. In fact, the waiter that first came to our table had to go get someone else to take our order because he didn’t understand what I was trying to order. Total bill was $69.
Ban Thai Restaurant
2519 McMullen Booth Road