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Sushi Lunch


Went over to Hot Tuna in Oldsmar for some sushi.  They have a 2 rolls & salad or soup for $9.99 deal, so we got two of them plus some fresh tuna & some gyoza.

I love me some dumplings and these were tasty.  We could have easily eaten another plate of them.

The lunch special rolls are pretty plain.  We got some spicy tuna, gator roll, Mexican roll and a California roll.  They were all tasty.  Total will with a drink was $35.

Hot Tuna Sushi Bar & Grille
3689 Tampa Road #302B
Oldsmar, FL
813-818-8862

Hot Tuna Sushi Bar & Grille Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

Flavorful Lunch


We went over to Mother’s in Westchase for lunch today.   We’re making our way through the menu.  Today Loren tried the Coffee Rubbed Beef on Weck and I went for the Meatloaf slider & soup combo.

We both got the soup of the day which was a chicken pot pie soup.  It did taste like a creamy version of the filling for a chicken pot pie.  The beef on weck had a horseradish sauce on it that gave it a little kick.  Loren enjoyed it.  The meatloaf sliders aren’t much to look at, but they have a surprising burst of flavor to them.   There’s something to be said for bacon onion jam and the caramelized onion aioli that’s on them.  They were delicious.  Total bill with a drink was $35.

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

Quiet Here


We went over to Johnny Grits in Tarpon Springs for dinner tonight.  At first we weren’t sure they were open since the restaurant was empty.  We like quiet dinners though.  We started off with the fried okra.

There was way more on the plate than we could have eaten.  They were crunchy and tasty, but a little bland.  Loren got the buffalo chicken sandwich and I went for the fried chicken benedict.

He said the chicken was tender and it wasn’t overly spicy.  The chicken on the benedict was good, but the poached eggs were overcooked.  If the yolk doesn’t come oozing out, it’s just not right.  Overall it was ok.  We’ve definitely had better here.  Total bill with a drink was $25.

Johnny Grits
857 E. Klosterman Rd
Tarpon Springs, FL
727-942-4748
Johnny Grits Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

Mix it Up


We went over to the Pierogi Grill in Clearwater for a late lunch today.  I wanted to try the different pierogi that they have and the only way to do that is to get the mixed plate.  Their other menu items only give you a choice of one kind and since I wasn’t sure which one I’d like the most, I figured I’d try them all.

The mix had potato and cheddar, potato & farmers cheese, pork, and kraut & mushroom.  I found the potato and the pork ones to be a bit too dense.  I liked the kraut & mushroom ones the most.  The plate could have used some sort of sauce or at least more of the grilled onions.  Overall, it was just a bit on the dry side.  Loren got the Prince platter which had a cabbage roll, pierogi, sausage and kraut.

Everything on the plate was tasty.  He liked the pork pierogi, the stuffed cabbage was really good and the kielbasa had a nice flavor.  I’d probably order that next time with the mushroom & kraut pierogi.  Total bill with a drink was $33.

Pierogi Grill
1535 Gulf to Bay Blvd
Clearwater, FL
727-216-3055

Pierogi Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

Polish Food


Met my sister in Winter Park today and we had lunch at Anna’s Polish Restaurant.  While we perused the menu, the waiter brought over some rolls and bread.  My sister saw “pickle soup” on the menu and had to try it.

Underneath the rolls were slices of a flavorful bread.  The pickle soup was interesting.  It tasted like a creamy potato soup, but with the overwhelming flavor of pickles.  We both opted for the Polish platter for lunch in order to try a variety of items.  It came with sausage, pierogi, sauerkraut and stuffed cabbage.

She got the tomato sauce & I went for the mushroom and we got different pierogi.  It was all excellent.  I’m usually not a fan of sauerkraut, but I ate every last bit that was on the plate.  It was fresh and went perfectly with everything else on the plate.  The cabbage was stuffed with meat & rice and the pierogi were perfectly cooked.  Even though we were both stuffed, we couldn’t pass up dessert.

We tried the apple strudel and the crepes.  You can tell when something is homemade and these did not disappoint. The strudel had a nice cinnamon apple flavor and the crepes had a creamy cheese filling with a strawberry topping.  There were a lot more things on the menu that we would have loved to try, so we’ll definitely be back.  Total bill with a drink was about $45.

Anna’s Polish Restaurant
3586 Aloma Ave #7
Winter Park, FL
407-657-0020

Anna's Polish Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.6/5