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We headed over to the Lucky Dill Deli for dinner tonight.   I noticed it across the street when we got sushi the other night.  It was fairly crowded for a Sunday evening.  I’m not sure if it was a good thing or a bad thing, but we were seated next to the dessert counter.  I just wanted to skip dinner and fill up on pastries. 

The rolls brought to the table were fresh and tasty.

If you’ve read this blog before, you know by now if there’s mac & cheese on the menu, I gotta try it. 

This was a huge bowl of homemade mac & cheese.  It had some really good flavors,  but it wasn’t heated all the way through.  It also needed some more liquid in it.  It was quite solid and not very creamy.  The parmesean cheese on top was very strong.  If you got a bite with it, that’s all you tasted.

I ordered the cheeseburger sliders, thinking it wouldn’t be that much food.  I was wrong.

Three thick cheeseburger sliders with fries.  I don’t think I’ve ever had sliders where the meat was this thick.  They had good flavor, but were a little dry. 

Loren ordered the chicken kabobs.

The chicken wasn’t very tender and the knife he had was very dull.  At one point, while trying to cut a piece, it slid off the plate along with much of his rice.  He said it tasted ok and the veggie side with it was tasty.

Since he ordered a drink, he got a free dessert and chose the raspberry cheesecake.

We were so full, that we got it to go.  It was very creamy.  I also ordered a napoleon to go as well.  Granted, there were about a dozen desserts that tempted me, but I settled for just one.

The chocolate ganache topping on this was excellent and the cream was rich and tasty too.  I didn’t like the pastry layers in between though.  They were very dry. 

Total dinner with desserts was $24 and we both had leftovers.  We were amazed at the size of some of the sandwiches being served around us.  You definitely get your money’s worth here. 

Lucky Dill Deli
2800 Alt 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
(727) 789-5574

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We’ve been craving burgers for a while now, so we headed over to Pete & Shorty’s on Gulf to Bay.  It’s been quite a while since we’ve eaten here.  The parking lot was full, but the dining area didn’t have a lot of people in it.  They were either in the bar area or out on the deck with the live music.

We both ordered the mushroom swiss burger with some onion straws and some tater tots.  While we were waiting for our food to arrive, we watched the fireworks in Clearwater.

I was a happy camper.  The burgers were tasty, cooked a nice medium, and the onion straws and tater tots were yummy too.  I think this is one of the best burgers I’ve had in a long time.  Total bill was $20 and our burger craving had been satisfied deliciously.

Pete & Shorty’s Tavern
2820 Gulf to Bay Blvd
Clearwater, FL
(727) 799-0580

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We first visited the Grind House Bar and Grill in February and really enjoyed it.  We tried again yesterday, but it was closed for the 4th of July, so tonight we made our way over there for dinner.

I’m still amazed that a bar can serve such great food.  I couldn’t resist getting a bowl of the shrimp and lobster bisque.

This was one of those dishes that I fondly remembered from our first visit.  Thick and creamy with a wonderful flavor and chunks of shrimp and lobster.  Definitely one of the best chowders around.

Loren went for a Grindhouse burger and fries. 

This was one messy burger and probably enough calories for a few days.  Burger, bacon, egg, and cheese.  It was cooked perfectly and the fries were nice and crispy. 

I tried their chicken and veggie pie which came with broccoli and mashed potatoes and gravy.

It had a light, flaky crust covering a creamy, chicken and veggie filling.  It was a lot of food and not something you’d expect from a bar.  We were completely stuffed and had very happy tastebuds.  Total bill was $28.

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

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We drive by the Monte Cristo Family Restaurant any time we go into Dunedin and I keep saying I want to try it.   We were finally there early enough in the day to check it out.  They only serve breakfast and lunch.

They had a bunch of breakfast specials today and I ordered the Eggs Benedict Florentine.

Two poached eggs over English muffins with spinach, tomatoes, and Hollandaise sauce plus a side of hash browns.  The eggs were a little overcooked, but the tomatoes were definitely fresh.  It’s always nice to actually taste a tomato.  The hashbrowns were pretty bad.  Shaved potato slices with no seasoning whatsoever.

Loren ordered a burger with everything.

The waitress heard “plain burger”, so it came out with nothing. Another waitress heard the conversation as our waitress started to take the plate away & told her to just get a side of lettuce, tomato, onion, etc. 

Overall service was pretty bad.  We had to ask for silverware and for the most part, our waitress was no where to be found.  The other waitress in the restaurant cleared the plates and brought our check.  Total bill with a glass of OJ was $13.  We both agreed that it’s unlikely that we’ll be back.

Monte Cristo Family Restaurant
1617 Main St
Dunedin, FL

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This was our first visit to Jolli Mon’s Grill in Dunedin.  Luckily, we weren’t there for the live music as the band finally showed up as we were leaving.  The patio was full nonetheless, so we grabbed a table inside.  The bar area filled up quickly with people watching the Rays/Red Sox game. 

The restaurant had all the typical island decor.  Palm trees, tropical fish, mermaids, and pirates decorated the walls.

Loren started out with a salad and I got a cup of crab chowder.

The mango poppyseed dressing on the salad was kind of sweet, whereas the chowder had a peppery flavor that wasn’t exactly pepper.  We couldn’t figure out exactly what spice it was.  It was a really thick chowder, lots of crab in it. 

Loren ordered the mahi fish tacos.

It was three tacos, but he wasn’t really impressed.  The mahi had been pre-cooked and was cold and the tortillas didn’t taste fresh either.

I got a Scallywag burger with gouda and a side of mac and cheese.

The burger was pretty good.  It had a lot of onions and mushrooms, though the onions were really strong.  I ordered it medium and it came out more of a medium rare, but still had good flavor.  The mac and cheese wasn’t very creamy, but it tasted good. 

Overall, dinner was just ok.  The food and service didn’t wow us enough to make us say we need to go back again.    Total bill was $27.

Jolli Mon’s Grill
941 Huntley Ave
Dunedin, FL

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