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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

This is Why


Yes, we eat at Craft Street Kitchen a lot.  The reason why?  They’re always coming up with new & flavorful specials so the menu never gets stale.  Today was no exception.  While I ordered an Angry Pig sandwich off of the regular menu, Loren tried the new Capone Sandwich off the specials board and he wasn’t disappointed.

Thin strips of beef cooked out back on the smoker, with cheese and pickled vegetables giardiniera that had been soaking for 3 days.  We were told that the chef wouldn’t even let anyone touch those veggies until the three days were up.  This sandwich had a little bit of everything going on.  Sweet, salty, spicy, smokey, tangy, tenderness, & crunch.  What more could a person ask for?

The Angry pig is no slouch either when it comes to sandwiches.  Mojo Braised Pork, Apple Slaw, Fried Pickles, and Angry Orchard BBQ Sauce.  It’s tender with a little bit of spicy going on.  Alongside an order of sweet potato tots and I’m one happy gal.  Total bill with a drink was $32.

Craft Street Kitchen and Drinks
3153 Curlew Rd
Oldsmar, FL
727-314-4270

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

Food5/5
Service5/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
4.6/5

Whistlestop


I hadn’t been to the Whistle Stop Grill in Safety Harbor in quite a while, so a friend of mine & I headed over there for lunch today.  It’s an open air casual kind of place and we settled in for a chicken sandwich and a burger.

The Cali-Style Chicken Sandwich has bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato & avocado.  My friend said it was tasty, especially with some sweet potato fries.  I went for the mushroom and onion burger with a side of onion rings.

The burger was big with lots of portabello mushrooms and onions on it.  It was cooked a perfect medium and had a nice flavor to it.  Total bill with a drink was less than $25 for the two of us.

Whistle Stop Grill
915 Main St
Safety Harbor, FL
(727) 726-1956

 

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

A Little German


I was in the mood for some Jaegerschnitzel, so we went over to Lagerhaus in Palm Harbor.  Our meals came with salads and they had some pork stuffed mushrooms as a special appetizer tonight that we decided to try.

The pork in the mushrooms seems a bit sweet to me, but the mustard dipping sauce was a smokey, mustard, spicy sauce that counterbalanced the sweetness.  They didn’t last long.  Loren decided on a Club sandwich.

Lots of ham, turkey & bacon.  He ended up taking half of it home.  My reason for coming here, the Jaegerschnitzel and cheese spaetzle.

I hadn’t poured the mushroom gravy on it yet just to show how big this piece of pork is.  Definitely enough for two meals.  It’s very tender and flavorful with the gravy.  The spaezle is cheesy, and oh so yummy.  I even ordered a second side of it to take home with the rest of the pork.  There’s no way I could finish this in one sitting.  We tried the chocolate cake for dessert.

I’m thinking they heated it up just a tab bit too long.  It was tasty, but the fudgey frosting and middle was a bit liquified.  Don’t get me wrong, we ate every last bite of it.  Total bill with a drink was $47 and we both had leftovers.

Lagerhaus Brewery & Grill
3438 East Lake Road
Palm Harbor, FL
813-343-2449

Lagerhaus Brewery & Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.4/5

Burgers


Da Burger Joint recently opened up in Oldsmar in the space where Nosh Cafe was located.  We ordered at the counter and took a seat to wait for our food.  The first thing we noticed as soon as they started cooking our food was the smell of greasy smoke thick in the air.  Considering we were the only ones there, I can’t even imagine being able to sit in there after a bunch of food starts getting cooked.  They need to invest in a better ventilation system sooner rather than later.

Loren ordered the Pig & Cow burger, I went for the Get Ova Here burger and we split a side of panko breaded onion rings.

Loren & I disagreed about this whole meal.  He liked the flavor of his burger with it’s BBQ pork bits on it.  I didn’t like the texture of the onion rings and  I found the burger to be flavorless and way too greasy & sloppy to even pick up & eat.  Perhaps some cheese or condiments would have made it better, but on its own, it didn’t measure up to other burger places in the area.  Nothing about the experience made me think we need to try it again.  Total bill with a drink was $22.

Da Burger Joint
4058 Tampa Rd
Oldsmar, FL
727-301-0012

Da Burger Joint Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food2/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere1/5
Value2/5
1.9/5