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Archive for April, 2017

Quiet Here


We went over to Johnny Grits in Tarpon Springs for dinner tonight.  At first we weren’t sure they were open since the restaurant was empty.  We like quiet dinners though.  We started off with the fried okra.

There was way more on the plate than we could have eaten.  They were crunchy and tasty, but a little bland.  Loren got the buffalo chicken sandwich and I went for the fried chicken benedict.

He said the chicken was tender and it wasn’t overly spicy.  The chicken on the benedict was good, but the poached eggs were overcooked.  If the yolk doesn’t come oozing out, it’s just not right.  Overall it was ok.  We’ve definitely had better here.  Total bill with a drink was $25.

Johnny Grits
857 E. Klosterman Rd
Tarpon Springs, FL
727-942-4748
Johnny Grits Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

Mix it Up


We went over to the Pierogi Grill in Clearwater for a late lunch today.  I wanted to try the different pierogi that they have and the only way to do that is to get the mixed plate.  Their other menu items only give you a choice of one kind and since I wasn’t sure which one I’d like the most, I figured I’d try them all.

The mix had potato and cheddar, potato & farmers cheese, pork, and kraut & mushroom.  I found the potato and the pork ones to be a bit too dense.  I liked the kraut & mushroom ones the most.  The plate could have used some sort of sauce or at least more of the grilled onions.  Overall, it was just a bit on the dry side.  Loren got the Prince platter which had a cabbage roll, pierogi, sausage and kraut.

Everything on the plate was tasty.  He liked the pork pierogi, the stuffed cabbage was really good and the kielbasa had a nice flavor.  I’d probably order that next time with the mushroom & kraut pierogi.  Total bill with a drink was $33.

Pierogi Grill
1535 Gulf to Bay Blvd
Clearwater, FL
727-216-3055

Pierogi Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

Polish Food


Met my sister in Winter Park today and we had lunch at Anna’s Polish Restaurant.  While we perused the menu, the waiter brought over some rolls and bread.  My sister saw “pickle soup” on the menu and had to try it.

Underneath the rolls were slices of a flavorful bread.  The pickle soup was interesting.  It tasted like a creamy potato soup, but with the overwhelming flavor of pickles.  We both opted for the Polish platter for lunch in order to try a variety of items.  It came with sausage, pierogi, sauerkraut and stuffed cabbage.

She got the tomato sauce & I went for the mushroom and we got different pierogi.  It was all excellent.  I’m usually not a fan of sauerkraut, but I ate every last bit that was on the plate.  It was fresh and went perfectly with everything else on the plate.  The cabbage was stuffed with meat & rice and the pierogi were perfectly cooked.  Even though we were both stuffed, we couldn’t pass up dessert.

We tried the apple strudel and the crepes.  You can tell when something is homemade and these did not disappoint. The strudel had a nice cinnamon apple flavor and the crepes had a creamy cheese filling with a strawberry topping.  There were a lot more things on the menu that we would have loved to try, so we’ll definitely be back.  Total bill with a drink was about $45.

Anna’s Polish Restaurant
3586 Aloma Ave #7
Winter Park, FL
407-657-0020

Anna's Polish Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.6/5
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  • More Sushi


    We were heading to the beach to watch the sunset and stopped at Sushi Spot in Largo for dinner.  They have a large menu of sushi options and it took us a while to figure out what to try.  We started off with a ginger salad & egg rolls.

    The ginger salad dressing was pretty thick, but had a nice flavor.  Loren’s not usually a big fan of egg rolls, but he really liked these.  They were filled with shrimp, pork and veggies, had a nice crunch and flavor.  The sushi wasn’t quick to come out of the kitchen, but it was worth the wait.  We tried the John roll, the Snow Crab roll, the Lana roll, a Mexican roll, spicy Alaskan roll, and some salmon.

    The rolls were big and filled with so many tasty ingredients.  Neither of the spicy rolls were too spicy for me to eat.  The John roll had tuna, fish eggs, krab, cucumber, and avocado topped with fresh salmon.  The Lana roll had spicy tuna topped with tempura salmon, tempura white fish, avocado & fish eggs.  The spicy Alaskan had salmon, spinach, & carrots with a spicy mayo.  The snow crab roll was probably my least favorite, mostly because it paled in comparison to the rest of the rolls.  We’d definitely go back.  Total bill with a drink was $66.

    Sushi Spot Noodle World
    3665 E Bay Dr, Ste 146
    Largo, FL
    727-507-7400

    Sushi Spot Noodle World Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Wild Rover


    I’m sure we’re in the minority when we visit a brewery to check out the food.  We kept seeing the sign for The Wild Rover in Westchase and finally drove back into the industrial park where it is to see what they had to offer in the way of English food.

    The menu is small, mostly pub food so we decided to try a variety of things and nibble our way through them all.  We got the Cobb salad, the beer cheese dip, the sausage roll and the steak and ale pie.

    My favorite was the sausage roll.  It was wrapped in a puff pastry and had a thick, meaty filling.  I could have eaten a few of those.  The bread with the beer cheese dip had a nice crusty exterior and soft warm inside.  We ended up dipping the fries from the steak & ale pie plate into the cheese dip and that was divine.  The salad was a typical Cobb, but with arugula.  The steak & ale filling was tasty, but the puff pastry on top was way too dense.  I prefer puff pastry to be light & flaky.   They only had a couple of things available for dessert so we tried the banoffee pie.

    Not so much pie, but more a very tasty banana and toffee pudding.  It was delicious.  Overall, the food was pretty good.  Total bill with a drink was $40.

    The Wild Rover
    13921 Lynmar Blvd
    Tampa, FL
    813-475-5995

    Wild Rover Pub & Brewery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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