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We needed to get out of the cold and grab some dessert so we stopped in Cafe Drydock & Inn for some hot chocolate, brownie & Tollhouse pie.


Tollhouse Pie

Very rich and chewy chocolate brownie and the Tollhouse pie was basically a chocolate chip cookie in a pie crust.  Of the two, the brownie was better.  Total bill was $18 with some hot chocolate.

Cafe Drydock & Inn
357 Main St
Southwest Harbor, ME

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  • Filed under: American, Dessert, Maine
  • Surf Shack has become my go-to place for mac & cheese lately.  The filet with mushrooms and onions is my favorite, but the spinach, bacon & goat cheese is pretty tasty too.


    The filet is unbelievably tender and the addition of the crunchy haystack onions on top gives the dish that little bit of texture it needs.  The pasta is perfectly cooked with a creamy Monterey jack & American cheese blend.  While I’m going the decadent route, Loren leans toward their salads.  This time he chose the chicken & walnut salad.


    The chicken was nicely cooked and the mixture of ingredients gives you a bunch of different textures and flavors, from crunchy walnuts to tangy dried cranberries and creamy goat cheese.  Then on occasion, we feel the need for something sweet… ok, on most occasions.


    Their brownie sundae should really be served in a big bowl because it is messy!  Vanilla ice cream, brownie pieces, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce and whipped cream.  We made a huge mess, but it was tasty.  Total bill with a drink was $30.

    Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen
    12217 West Linebaugh Ave
    Tampa, FL
    (813) 475-5916

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  • Filed under: American, Dessert, Tampa
  • We drove into New Port Richey today to have lunch at Caposey’s.  The place was packed and we ended up waiting a while for a table, but the whole time, everyone in there was very friendly.  We even had another customer ask us if we wanted to share his table.  This is one of those locals places where they know everyone’s name and what they’re ordering.

    Loren decided to try their salad, soup, and 1/2 sandwich combo.

    He got the chicken salad sandwich and said it was pretty good, just needed a bit of salt.  Same with soup, great flavor, just a little underseasoned for his taste.  I ordered the cheeseburger and fries.

    It was a tasty little burger.  I also couldn’t pass up dessert.  I ordered the brownie & the waitress asked if I wanted it heated…well, of course, and would I like whipped cream… most definitely.

    Yummy, yummy, yummy, though I would have preferred real whipped cream with it.  Heating it up really made the difference since it got all warm and gooey.  Good stuff and the best part was the whole thing was $17 with a drink.  I really do love little restaurants like this.  The customers come first and they put out simple, tasty food for great prices.

    Caposey’s Whole Works Restaurant
    5250 Green Key Rd
    New Port Richey,FL
    (727) 842-4307

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    New Waiter

    We ate dinner at Rumba Island in Oldsmar tonight.  When the waiter came to our table, he told us we were his first customers ever.  At first I was a little scared, but I gotta say, he did better than most of the wait staff we’ve had recently.  Have I mentioned that I love the corn muffins here?

    I ordered off of the early bird menu and got the BBQ salmon with mashed sweet potatoes and rice.

    I really enjoyed this dish.  The salmon was cooked perfectly and the BBQ sauce was sweet and tangy.  Loren got the blackened hogfish with greens and mashed potatoes.  It also came with a salad.

    He said it was a bit on the spicy side, but cooked very nicely.  I felt the need for something chocolatey, so we split the smores brownie.

    Loren thought the chocolate sauce was overkill, but I liked it.  It had toasted marshmallow on top the brownie.  This was probably one of the best meals I’ve eaten here.  Total bill with a drink was $34.

    Rumba Island Bar & Grill
    3687 Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL
    (813) 475-5974

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    I really should learn to listen to myself.  The last time we ate at Grind House before a show at Ruth Eckerd Hall, I vowed not to do it again and yet, that’s where we went for dinner tonight anyway.  They were crowded when we got there, but there were still some empty tables.  The bartender greeted us, brought us menus, and took our drink order.  He also brought out our water and iced tea.  When our waitress finally came by to take our dinner order, I gave her the free appetizer coupon we received last time we were here (because of issues with our food) and we ordered the spinach dip.

    They were having a special tonight for buy one, get one free fish & chips with the purchase of two drinks.  Since I had ordered water, I told the waitress to bring me a Mr. Pibb instead.  Our appetizer came out, but the waitress didn’t bring my drink.   The spinach dip was really good.  It was creamy and had good flavors and the chips were hot and fresh.  Our fish & chips came out and the waitress asked if we needed anything else and I said my drink.  She wandered off, but never came back with the drink.

    The fish & chips were really good.  The batter is so crunchy and the fish was silky and flaky.  The fries had a nice crunch too.  Again, our waitress returned and asked if we wanted anything else.  I ordered a dessert and she realized again that she hadn’t brought my drink and asked if I wanted it to go.  Ummm, no, I wanted it with my meal.  The brownie sundae was very yummy though.

    It needed to be in a slightly larger bowl because every time we put a spoon in, the whipped cream started flowing out the sides.  You’ll notice I didn’t say it needed less whipped cream.  That would be just silly.  The brownie was soft and chewy and very tasty.   I was half expecting our waitress to charge us for the drink I never got, but instead, she charged us for the appetizer that we had the free coupon for.  Someone else saw that we had our check ready to go so I had to explain to them that we shouldn’t have been charged for the appetizer.  It’s such a shame that we’ve had such terrible service here because most of the time, the food is really good.  Total bill was $18.

    Grind House Bar & Grill
    1500 McMullen Booth Rd
    Clearwater, FL

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