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Crab Cakes


Another tasty lunch at Craft Street Kitchen.  We eat here almost every week and although their regular menu is good, it’s the monthly chef’s specials that make it that much more interesting.  Today I tried the crab cakes

Three crunchy, home made crab cakes on a bed of Asian slaw.  The crab cakes had a lot of flavor, a nice crunch, and a bit of spicy heat.  I could have definitely eaten more than 3 of them.  Loren went for the Yippee Hippy salad.

This is an interesting salad with chicken, apple, walnuts, dried cherries & goat cheese.  I kept stealing the cherries & goat cheese off his plate.  Good stuff.  Total bill with a drink was $31.

Craft Street Kitchen and Drinks
3153 Curlew Rd
Oldsmar, FL
727-314-4270

Craft Street Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.0/5
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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar
  • There’s not much better than sitting out on the porch at the Cajun Cafe in Pinellas Park looking over the water and enjoying some delicious Cajun food.  Loren started off with a cup of gumbo and we munched on some fried okra while we waited for our entrees.

    Lots of flavor, a bit of spice and a nice crunchy exterior on the okra.  So tasty.  We both got etouffee today, one with chicken & one with crawfish.

    I love their etouffee sauce.  It’s rich and tomatoey with enough spice to make it interesting.  The crawfish are cooked perfectly and I can’t help but eat the whole thing.  We got a whiskey bread pudding to go because we were too full to eat it there.  Total bill with a drink was $51.

    Cajun Cafe on the Bayou 
    8101 Park Blvd
    Pinellas Park, FL
    727-546-6732

    Cajun Cafe on the Bayou Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food5/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    4.4/5

    A Bit Spicy


    We were in Tampa today and decided to try Datz for lunch.  We had about a 10 minute wait for a table and then we were seated on the second level.  This is another one of those loud restaurants.  Lots of choices on the lunch menu and we eventually settled on the Ty’s Two Fister and the Cluck Yeah.

    Loren liked the corned beef, pastrami, & swiss sandwich.  He said it had good flavors and there was plenty of meat on the sandwich.  I should have asked more questions before I ordered the Cluck Yeah.

    I noticed the chips came with blue cheese drizzle & green onions, two things on my “do not eat” list, so I ordered mine plain.  They were a little sweet and salty.   I should have asked what the Nashville sauce had in it.  It was a little sweet and a lot spicy.  Way too spicy for my taste.  The chicken was ok, but I just couldn’t get past the sauce.   We ordered a piece of the Buffalo Trace chocolate cake for dessert.

    It was a big piece of cake & we ended up taking most of it home.    The cake was a little dry and there really wasn’t much flavor overall.  I’ve heard people rave about this restaurant, but I honestly didn’t find anything special about the food that would make me want to go back again.   Total bill with a drink was $38.

    Datz Tampa
    2616 S. MacDill Ave
    Tampa, FL
    (813) 831-7000

    Datz Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Filed under: American, Tampa
  • 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

    Schumann's Jäger Haus Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Filed under: German, Orlando
  • Looking for a new Mediterranean restaurant and ended up at Mirage Restaurant in Clearwater on Gulf to Bay.  Normally, we’re not too keen on buffets, but this one was surprisingly fresh and tasty.

    The buffet had a variety of salads and dips, my favorite being the babaganoush.  There were several different rice and vegetarian options, stuffed grape leaves, plus chicken and beef kababs.  We tried a bunch of different things and the meats were all very tender and everything had a good mix of flavorful spices.  The baklava for dessert wasn’t too sweet and had a warm cinnamon flavor to it.  The restaurant itself is just a big open dining room, plus a patio out front.

    Total bill was $47 and we’ll definitely be back again.

    Mirage Restaurant
    2284 Gulf to Bay Blvd
    Clearwater, FL
    727-724-3604

    Mirage Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    3.9/5