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We can’t help it, we love the food at Craft Street Kitchen.  There’s always something new to try and it’s usually pretty darn tasty.  Tonight was no different.  We started off with the avocado hummus.

I’m not usually a big fan of hummus, but this was good.  The only thing I didn’t like about it were the chunks of bell pepper.  Other than that, it was rich and creamy and had pickled radish, mandarin oranges, and a corn relish.  We ran out of crackers before we ran out of hummus.  For his entree, Loren decided to try the SS Minnow.

It’s a mahi sandwich with a jalenpeno kraut on it.  He said it was reuben-esque and quite tasty.  I decided to try the crafty pasta.

I’m surprised I hadn’t tried this one before.  It was creamy and peppery from the arugula in it.  It had chicken and mushrooms, tomatoes & onions in a Madeira cream.  I would definitely order it again.  We also got a red velvet lover’s sundae to go.  No photos, but it was red velvet brownie cake with strawberry ice cream, whipped cream and two chocolate covered strawberries.  So good!  Total bill with a drink was $47.

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
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
4.3/5

Tasty BBQ


We stopped at Jimbo’s BBQ in Tampa for lunch today.  We were in a hurry, so both got the pulled pork sandwich with different sides.

We both liked the pork and bbq sauce.  It was tender and tasty with a nice smokey flavor.  The hush puppies were good, but none of the other sides really stood out.  The fried okra had a good crunch, the beans were a bit sweet, and the potato salad & mac & cheese were just ok.  Total bill with a drink was $20.

Jimbo’s BBQ
4103 W Kennedy Ave
Tampa, FL
813-289-9724

Jimbo's Pit Bar-B-Q Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

Big Burgers


We went back over to Mother’s in West Chase for lunch.  Today we both decided to try some burgers.  Loren built one with bacon & cheddar and I went for the Mac Burger.

They make a pretty good burger here.  Loren said the burger itself didn’t have enough seasoning, but it had a schmear of Cajun aioli on it that he liked.  My Mac burger was a heart attack on a plate.  Pork belly, burger, and a patty of fried mac & cheese, plus a side of cheese sauce.

It was actually quite tasty.  Fried mac & cheese is just so wrong and so right in so many ways.  I could have just eaten that part of the sandwich and been happy.   Not a cheap lunch at $30, but we certainly weren’t hungry all afternoon.

Mother’s
12227 W Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL
813-814-1533

Mother's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

Brunch


We headed back over to Mother’s in Westchase for Brunch today.  They were pretty crowded by 11:30am, but we were able to get a table inside without a wait.  They have a brunch menu on Saturday & Sunday along with their regular lunch menu.  Loren went for the mahi sandwich.

He got the mahi blackened and said the fish was good.  The bun to fish ratio was a bit off with way more bread than he needed for the size of the fish.  The fries were nice & crunchy too.  I tried the crab benedict off of the brunch menu.

I wouldn’t order it again.  The crab was like an afterthought; a relatively small amount scattered haphazardly over the top.  But, it was the hollandaise sauce that actually ruined it for me.  It had a sharp metallic taste to it.  It either didn’t have enough butter or too much lemon or something.  Whatever it’s downfall, it did not live up to what a good hollandaise sauce should be.  Total bill was $28.

Mother’s
12227 W Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL
813-814-1533

Mother's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

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

Like Grandma’s House


Tonight we went over to La Trattoria Da Gaetano in Dunedin for dinner.  This is one of those places that makes you feel like you’ve walked into an Italian Grandma’s kitchen.  From the pictures on the walls to the red & white checkerboard tables, it just has old world Italy written all over it.  If you’ve never been here, it’s a little odd in that they don’t have a menu.  First, they drop off bread at the table and then for the appetizers, they bring over what’s available that day.  Tonight there were artichokes, stuffed mushrooms, and cheese stuffed rollatini.  We got a couple of mushrooms and split the rollatini so we’d have room for our entrees.

Everything’s made fresh that day.  I could have eaten a few of each and not thought twice about it.  Once you finished up your appetizers, they come around with a cart of proteins and list off all of the different ways they can cook them.  They’ll pretty much accommodate whatever you want.  Surf or turf, they have ways to cook all of it.  I come here specifically for the amaretto cream sauce with crab and pasta.

It’s all about the sauce for me.  It has one of those flavors that makes my tastebuds sing.  The sauce is a bit on the sweet side and goes perfectly with crab and pasta.  I all but lick the bowl.  Loren went for a NY strip steak with garlic and a side of spaghetti.

He said the steak was tender and there was plenty of garlic on top.  It’s a simple dish, done right.  We ordered the ricotta cheesecake for dessert.

It’s not a smooth and creamy cheesecake and honestly, not one of my favorites.  It’s dense and just doesn’t have the right mouth-feel to me.  Otherwise, though, it was an enjoyable meal.  Total bill with a drink was $69.

La Trattoria Da Gaetano
2152 Main St
Dunedin, FL
(727) 733-5664

La Trattoria Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.7/5