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Grouper Cheeks


We went over to Thirsty Marlin for dinner tonight.  Loren was craving grouper and this plate of fried grouper cheeks hit the spot.

The fish had a good crunchy batter and came with two sides.  He enjoyed the grouper dipped in the spicy Bahamian sauce.  I decided to try some sushi.  I ordered a Mexican roll, lobster roll and some salmon.

I wasn’t terribly impressed with the sushi.  The batter on the shrimp & lobster was so thick & crunchy that you couldn’t distinguish the two from each other.  There was also way too much rice on the sushi rolls.  They were just too thick.  The lobster roll had fried onions on top which was an odd choice.  They really didn’t add anything worthwhile to the dish.  I don’t think I’d order either of these rolls again.  The salmon was good though.  Total bill with a drink was $52.

Thirsty Marlin
1023 Florida Ave
Palm Harbor, FL
727-784-3469

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

German Lunch


I was in Orlando with my sister & niece and we had lunch at Schumann’s Jagerhaus.  The place was completely empty at noon on a Saturday.  We ordered the Jager Schnitzel, veal goulash,  and a burger.

The Jager Schnitzel was tasty and there was plenty of it.  It was tender and the had a nice mushroom gravy on it.  It came with two sides, but I wanted the Spätzle instead.  I don’t have an issue with an upcharge for something different, but I do expect the waitress to mention it.  In this case, all she asked is if I wanted Spätzle to replace both sides & I said yes, not knowing she was going to charge me separately for both.  I didn’t actually need two portions of it.

The goulash and the burger were both ok.  The beef was tender in the goulash, but the Spätzle without the cheese was kind of dry.

None of us were really that impressed with the food.  It was just ok.

Schumann’s Jagerhaus
25 West Church Street
Orlando, FL
(407) 985-1950

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

Tasty Seafood


We had lunch at the Lucky Lobster Co in Dunedin today.  It was a bit too warm to sit out on the patio so we chose a seat inside and ordered some lobster bisque and prosciutto wrapped scallops to start off.

The lobster bisque had an interesting taste to it.  It reminded me of tomato soup, but not quite.  It had some bits of lobster in it and you could taste some sort of wine or sherry.  It was a bit on the thin side and probably could have used some cream to thicken it up, but it was still tasty.   The scallops were melt in your mouth delicious.  They were perfectly cooked and seasoned and we both wanted more.

For his entree, Loren got the crab cakes with mashed potatoes and a side salad.

The dressing on the salad was a balsamic with bacon and he couldn’t get enough of it.  He really liked the crab cakes.  Not a lot of filler, lots of crab and lots of spices.  In fact, way too many spices for me.  I took one bite and my mouth was on fire.  I saw fried clams on the menu and when the waiter said they were whole bellied clams, I had to order them.

They reminded me of New England, crunchy and tasty, but not enough of them on the plate.  I definitely wanted more.  The fries and cole slaw were good too.  We finished off the meal with the chocolate lava cake.

It was rich and thick and chocolaty with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.  Overall, a really delicious meal, but on the expensive side.  Total bill with a drink was $71.

Lucky Lobster Co
941 Huntley Ave
Dunedin, FL
727-228-1222

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Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value3/5
3.9/5

Big Rolls


We were in Oldsmar and noticed another new sushi restaurant, Oishi Sushi on the corner of Tampa Road & Forest Lakes.  The restaurant had a modern feel to it and was pleasantly quiet.   They had a big list of sushi rolls and we ordered some salmon, a Mexican Roll, Rainbow Roll, Atom Bomb, Tuna Garlic, and a Lobster roll.

The specialty rolls were all 10 pieces and a good size as well.  The fish was all very fresh and tasty.  The Atom bomb wasn’t overly spicy and the Mexican roll and lobster roll both had a good crunch.  Overall, it was one of the better sushi experiences we’ve had recently.  The only downside was the bill.  Good sushi ain’t cheap.  Total bill was $74.

Oishi Sushi & Thai
3705 Tampa Road, Ste 3
Oldsmar, FL
813-491-4570

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Food5/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value3/5
4.3/5

Good Seafood


I’ve pretty much taken Dunedin off of my radar since they installed parking meters, but since Hog Island has their own parking lot we ventured over there for dinner.  We say the same thing every time we come here, “the food’s good, but it’s way too loud!”  The noise hits you in the face when you walk in the door and doesn’t subside until you’re back outside again.  It’s just not enjoyable when you have to shout to have a conversation.  But, on to the food.  Loren ordered the swordfish which came with a salad and two sides.

He said the fish was tender & tasty.  A few too many carrots in the veggie mixture for him, but otherwise a tasty dish.  I ordered the po boy

It’s a mix of oysters, grouper, and shrimp on a ciabatta roll with fries.  There was no way I was going to be able to pick it up & eat it, but all of the seafood was crunchy and delicious.  The fries were nicely done as well.  Loren said he might have to order some fried grouper after tasting a piece in the po boy.  They didn’t have anything that tempted our sweet tooth tonight, so the bill was $39 with a drink.

Hog Island Fish Camp
900 Broadway
Dunedin, FL
727-733-1179

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere1/5
Value3/5
3.1/5