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After Movie Lunch

We went over to Craft Street Kitchen in Oldsmar for lunch today after seeing the movie “Arrival” at the AMC theater in the same shopping center. (good movie, by the way).  We eat here a lot.  They always have interesting specials and a different brunch menu on Sunday mornings.  Today, we both opted for burgers.  Loren got the Duck Dynasty special.


This was duck with arugula, a sunny side up egg, apple chips and a cranberry jalepeno spread.  He said it was pretty tasty.  Different combinations of sweet and heat.  I went for the Belly Up Burger.


This one had braised pork belly and an over easy egg.   It was juicy and flavorful, definitely something I’d order again.  It also required quite a few napkins because it was a messy burger.  I also can’t resist their sweet potato tots.  Yum!  Total bill with a drink was about $30.

Craft Street Kitchen and Drinks
3153 Curlew Rd
Oldsmar, FL

Craft Street Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



Going out for breakfast on a Sunday morning can be quite the adventure if you don’t want to stand in line for an hour.  We thought we’d try Lenny’s in Clearwater to find the line surrounding the building.  Then we drove through the Village Inn parking lot to find it completely full as well.  Eventually, we drove by Country Skillet on Roosevelt and didn’t have to wait for a table.  They brought a few mini blueberry muffins to the table.  I could have easily eaten a dozen of them and not thought twice about it.


Loren got an omelette and I went for a southern scramble, both with hashbrowns.  His was smothered in hollendaise sauce, mine with sausage gravy.



Let’s just say calorie count went out the window with this breakfast.  Everything was ok and there was plenty of it.  Hearty enough breakfast that neither of us needed lunch.   Nothing that wow’d us so much that we’d make a special trip out here, but it filled our bellies and we didn’t have to wait.  Total bill was $21.

Country Skillet Restaurant
2839 Roosevelt Blvd
Clearwater, FL

Country Skillet Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


New Mexican Restaurant

A Senor Tequila location recently opened up in Westchase on Race Track Road.  It’s a spacious restaurant, but they’ve got it set up with two entrances so if you go in the wrong one, you have to walk through the restaurant to get to the hostess station even though there are servers standing at the other entrance.

I’ve actually been twice, once with a friend for lunch & then again for dinner.  Lunch service was slow to get the food out, but it seemed better at dinner time.  For the lunch visit, I had a chimichanga and my friend had the enchiladas with mole sauce.



This is pretty generic Mexican food.  The flavors are ok, but nothing is overly spicy or overly flavorful.  When Loren & I went for dinner, we started with some queso and then got the fajitas for two.



Loren said the salsa was vibrant.  Had a fresh taste to it.  The queso dip wasn’t too spicy.  The fajitas were a mix of chicken, beef, shrimp, and pork.  It was plenty of food for two people and the meats were all very tender and cooked well.  The lunch entrees ran about $8 and dinner with a drink was $35.

Senor Tequila
12950 Race Track Road
Tampa, FL
(813) 510-3488
Señor Tequila Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Tasty Lunch

We went back to Cafe Mezze Mediterranean in Oldsmar for lunch today.  We were surprised that there wasn’t anyone else in the restaurant.  I guess people haven’t found it yet; but the food is definitely worth a visit.  For lunch, they have a appetizer & entree special for $10.

Loren got a salad with the vegetable stew with lamb and I got the gyro with babaganoush.




This was a lot of food for lunch and I had leftovers.  Everything was very flavorful and cooked perfectly.  I really liked the babaganoush.  It was creamy and light with a subtle smokey and lemony flavor.  The gyro was delicious and Loren said the lamb was tender in the stew.  For $21, it was a very tasty lunch.

Cafe Mezze Mediterranean
4013 Tampa Road, Ste 19
Oldsmar, FL

Cafe Mezze Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



Busy Friday Night

We went over to Tampa Bay Brewing Co on Race Track Road in Oldsmar for dinner and it was busy.  We had to wait a while for a table and the noise level in there is rather deafening.  We started off with the Cantonese Calamari because it’s soooo good.


There’s a bit of heat going on in this dish, but the calamari is very tender and the flavors are delicious.  There are also a few shrimp tossed in there for good measure.  Loren went for the Chicken Spinach Salad and I decided to try the baby back ribs with a side of loaded mashed potatoes.



He said the chicken was tender and flavorful, but there was way more spinach on the plate than he could eat.  The ribs were just ok.  Not quite as tender as I would have liked and the loaded mashed potatoes were inedible.  The cheese on top made a very solid barrier and the potatoes within were too thick.  It needed something saucy to loosen it up.  We wanted something sweet to end the meal, so dug into a deep dish apple crisp.


Loren said he’d ordered it before and it had a lot more ice cream, but this one was pretty good.  Just enough sweet & cinnamon, plus tart apples, a crispy crunch, whipped cream and ice cream.  We all but licked the bowl clean. Total bill with a drink was $52.

Tampa Bay Brewing Co
13927 Monroe Business Park
Tampa, FL

Tampa Bay Brewing Co Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato