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How About Greek for Dinner?

I’ve been wanting Greek food for a while now and we finally decided to try the Acropol Inn Restaurant over on Sunset Point Rd in Clearwater.  There were a bunch of cars in the parking lot, so that’s usually a good sign.

We started off with some Greek salads.

They were a rather simple Greek salad, just some lettuce, tomato, onions, Feta and a dollop of potato salad on the bottom.  The homemade dressing was pretty good though.  They bring the bottle of dressing to the table so you can have as much or as little as you want. 

They also bring you a large basket of bread.

It was very fresh and soft, but would have been better if it had been warm.  We decided to try their gyro appetizer.

There was a lot of gyro meat on the plate along with some garlicy tzatziki sauce.  It was really tasty gyro meat.  We ended up bringing half of it home.

Loren got the souvlaki platter with veggies and rice.

He said the pork was tasty, but not tender.  It definitely hadn’t been marinated for very long.  The red sauce on the rice tasted like tomato soup and the veggies were water logged. 

I saw pastitio on the menu and had to have it.

It was a huge portion, half of it came home with me too.  It was good, but it had the same red sauce as Loren’s rice and tasted like tomato soup.  You could definitely taste the nutmeg in the meat.   Not the best I’ve ever had, but it satisfied my craving.  It also came with the same water logged veggies.

This wouldn’t be my first choice for Greek food, but for $26 we definitely got a lot of food.

Acropol Inn Restaurant
2552 Sunset Point Rd
Clearwater, FL
(727) 796-2879

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Cutest Host Ever

We haven’t been to Big Bok Choy Bistro in Oldsmar since Christmas Day, so it was way past time to head back to one our favorite restaurants. 

It’s a small Asian restaurant in a non-descript strip mall, but it has never disappointed us.  Everything is fresh and the people who own it are extremely friendly.

You’re greeted at the door by their young son who seats you, hands you the menus, and then takes a step back and gives you a quick, full bow.  He is the most polite, cutest child I’ve ever seen.  I find myself watching him as he greets other customers and it just puts a smile on my face every time.

We’ve eaten here enough times, that they know what we like and how we like it before we even order it.  I think they’re surprised when we actually order something different.

We both started out with wonton soup.

Hot, flavorful and perfect on a cold evening.  I also like it when I’m able to order my entree without scallions and they automatically don’t put them in my soup either (the picture is of Loren’s bowl).

Loren ordered the garlic chicken.  Normally he orders something either Szechuan or Hunan which comes with really hot, evil peppers, but he went a bit less spicy this time.

The dish had a lot of flavor and did have a spice element that was more than just garlic.  Everything is so fresh here and has great flavor components.  The garlic chicken comes with lots of broccoli and water chestnuts.

I ordered the teriyaki chicken. 

I’ve been hooked on this dish since I ordered it the first time.  The chicken is incredibly tender and has a nice teriyaki flavor.  It also comes with fried or white rice, lo mein, broccoli, two dipping sauces, and a little side of pickled veggies.  I don’t think I’ve ever finished the entire thing.  There’s usually some noodles, rice and broccoli left over. 

Our two entrees with soup came to $33.  Everything is made to order and well worth the wait and price.  They seem to do a lot of take-out business as well.   One of the really nice things about them is  that they’re very good at warning you about the spice levels or ingredients in the dishes.   You can tell they really care about the food they serve and want their customers to have a great experience….which we always do.

Big Bok Choy Bistro
3730 Tampa Road #6
Oldsmar, FL

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Feeling Cheesy

Loren picked me up for lunch today and I had a cheesesteak craving, so we headed over to Marina’s in Westchase on Linebaugh for lunch.

I’ve been to Marina’s a few times, but I don’t think I’ve ever had anything but their cheesesteaks.  Today they had a 1/2 size on special with fries and a drink.  That’s probably a good thing since their regular size cheesesteak is huge!

It was ooey and gooey and cheesy, but the bread wasn’t as soft as I like it.  I think they use a different roll on the full size sub.   Not the best cheesesteak I’ve ever had, but it definitely fills you up. 

Loren got the Italian sub.  He said it was good, but lacked something.  Then he doused it with oil and vinegar and that did the trick.

For $13, we got 2 subs, fries and a drink. Marina’s also has pizza and other Italian dishes.  One of these days, I’ll try something other than the cheesesteak. 

Marina’s Pizza and Pasta
12121 W Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL

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Feeling Wicked

I’ve been whining for weeks that I wanted to go see Wicked again (I’ve seen it twice), but that the ticket prices were way too high.  There’s no way I was going to shell out $180/ticket.  Then last night, TBPAC posts $49 tickets on Facebook.  Seriously, $49, 8th row, I’m so there.

Since the show was in Tampa at 7:30pm, we needed to eat somewhere that was going to be quick, so we headed over to Cuban Breezes.

They had their Havana burger on special, so Loren got one of those with the ultimate beans and rice.

Cuban Breezes makes a pretty good burger.  He scarfed it.  I opted for the steak philly with beans and rice.

Their steak philly is different than a cheesesteak you get other places.  It has it’s own special blend of spices, onions and peppers on their yummy Cuban bread.  I smother the whole thing in their Havana sauce.  Good stuff.  The rice and beans were a little dry this time, though. 

We were in and out of there for $15 in about 45 minutes.  Got to Tampa in plenty of time.  The show was great.  The actress playing Elphaba had a fantastic voice and Richard Kline (yup, Larry from Three’s Company) played the Wizard of Oz. 

Cuban Breezes
13980 W Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL

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Lunch at Brady’s

Had an unscheduled lunch with the boss today.  Conveniently, he chose a place near me this time.  One of our favorite lunch places (yes, we have a lot of favorite lunch places), Brady’s Backyard BBQ in Safety Harbor.

I forgot to take pictures of the food, but I had my phone out while I was waiting for the boss, so you get an “atmosphere” shot.

Brady’s has been around for 4-5 years, and used to be in a quaint old house on 3rd street across from the post office.  I liked that place, it had a homey feel to it.  But, I guess it wasn’t the greatest place to run a restaurant, and the parking wasn’t the best.  They moved a couple blocks to one of the strips along Main street a few months ago.

I love me some pulled pork, and some ribs (their rib tips are AWESOME), but a few months ago I discovered their brisket sandwich, and that’s what I had today.  It’s pretty basic.  A bun with two huge chunks of super-tender and tasty brisket.  It’s gotta be a half-pound of meat, and it’s good stuff.

The small sandwich comes with chips and a pickle.  What else do you need?  Well, you need collard greens!  Fortunately, their chip guy hadn’t shown up yet today, so we got to choose a side.  Did I mention that their collard greens are top notch?  Really, all of their sides are good.

The kicker for me, however, is their mango barbecue sauce.  It is to die for!  Very unique flavor, just sweet enough, just tangy enough… MmmMmmMmm!

The small sandwich basket is only like $7, you can’t go wrong.  So, yeah.  We like Brady’s.  Best BBQ in this area.  I like Hot Rod’s a little better, but I’d have to drive 20 miles to Lutz for that.  Within 5 miles, nobody else challenges them.

Brady’s Backyard BBQ
340 Main Street
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

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