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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

Caposey's Whole Works Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value5/5
4.0/5

Big Portions


We ate lunch at Cricketers in Dunedin today.  Loren wanted a bacon cheeseburger and I went for the banger sandwich with some onion rings.

He really enjoyed the burger, though it was huge.  I ended up eating half of my my banger sandwich.  It was big too.  I really enjoyed the flavor of the sausage and the onions, but there was way more cheese on it than I needed.  The onion rings were crispy and yummy.  And even though we were both pretty full, I wanted to try the bread pudding.

I’m so used to the bread pudding at the Cajun Cafe, that I was surprised when this came out since it looked completely different.  It was really tasty though.  Lots of cinnamon and a nice creamy sort of texture.  I’d order it again.  What’s funny is Loren said he’d only eat a bite of it since he was full, but he ate just as much as I did.  Total bill with a drink was $28.

Cricketers
2634 Bayshore, Blvd
Dunedin, FL
727-736-1322

Mike & Lisa's Cricketers Pub on Urbanspoon

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

Burgerlicious


We were going to a play in Tampa today so we ate lunch at Oakley’s Grille.  It’s a little sandwich shop and I’m glad we got there when we did because the place filled up fast.  I went for a mushroom burger since they’re famous for their burgers.  Loren got the muffaleta sandwich.

He said it was good, but more like a Cuban sandwich.  He prefers the muffalettas at the Cleveland Street Café.  He said he would have liked some additional veggies on it, maybe some lettuce and tomato and would have preferred it not pressed.

My burger was really flavorful.  Cooked a perfect medium, juicy, and dripping cheese and mushrooms.  They actually put the mushrooms on top of the cheese.  I think I would have put them under the cheese to help seal them in.  We split an order of fries between us.  At first, I really liked them, but the more I ate, the more I realized just how salty they were.  The staff was very friendly, though with the open kitchen, I could see the cooks getting a little confused with some of the orders.  Overall, though a pretty tasty lunch for $20.

Oakley’s Grille
17631 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Tampa,FL
(813) 523-5075

Oakley's Grille on Urbanspoon

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.9/5
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  • We ate lunch at Daddy’s Grill today.  Loren went for a bacon cheeseburger & fries and I decided to try the French Dip.

    He said his burger was pretty good, but I found my sandwich to be on the bland side.  Parts of it were pretty soggy when it got to the table.  I’m guessing the au jous spilled over the side.  The meat was tender, but it just lacked flavor.  I think some grilled onions or mushrooms would have helped.  Even the mayo I had asked for, but never received, would have added something to it.  Their macaroni salad tasted different today too.   Total bill with a drink was $16.

    Daddy’s Grill
    3682 Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL
    (813) 891-6556

    Daddy's Bar & Grill on Urbanspoon

    Food3/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    2.9/5
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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar
  • We were looking for some place new to eat tonight and ended up at Big Fred’s Famous Roast Beef in Clearwater.  It’s a little hole in the wall, greasy spoon type sandwich shop with a lot of things on the menu to choose from.  I figured I’d try the roast beef, since that is the name of the place, and Loren went for the bacon cheeseburger.

    The lady at the counter said the best way to have the roast beef was with bbq sauce, mayo & cheese, so I tried it that way.  It was really sloppy, but really tasty too.  The bbq sauce was a bit on the tangy side.  The roast beef was very tender.  Loren liked his burger.  It was also a bit on the sloppy side with all the condiments.  We also ordered a large order of onion rings.

    There were way too many onion rings for us.  Next time we’ll be ordering the small order.  They were crispy and crunchy.   Next time we’re looking for a quick meal, this is one of the places we’ll go back to.  The only downside was that the restaurant was a bit on the warm side.  Their air conditioner wasn’t quite keeping up with the July heat.  Total bill with a bottle of water and a soda was $17.

    Big Fred’s Famous Roast Beef
    2169 N. Hercules
    Clearwater, FL
    727-216-3733

    Big Fred's Famous Roast Beef on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value3/5
    3.3/5