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When we were in Ozona last week, we noticed the Quirky Fork Cafe and went over there tonight with some friends.   Come to find out, they’ve been there almost a year.  They weren’t very busy for a Saturday evening.  The waitress told us the chef is the owner and she makes everything fresh, so once it runs out, that’s all there is.  Nothing frozen.  They had some specials on the board and three of us ordered from there.

We started with some pita and tzatziki sauce.

The pita was warm and tasty.  The tzatziki was ok, very sour creamy.  It needed a little more of something; cucumber, garlic, lemon, just something to cut the sour cream flavor a bit more.  Two of us ordered the flounder special.

It came with asparagus, but I asked it they had any other vegetable & they made some grilled zucchini for me instead.  The flounder was very fresh with a crab and breadcrumb coating on it and it had a side of lemon potatoes.  The flavors were good, but it needed a different texture element.  Everything on the plate was very soft.  Loren got another one of the specials.  The Lombardy chicken & pasta.

It had a gorgonzola cheese sauce and sun dried tomatoes.  The chicken was tender and it had a very gorgonzola flavor to it.  Not his favorite cheese, but the dish was very creamy and the flavors worked well together.  Our other friend went for a cheese burger.

She said it was very good and the fries were tasty too.  They also got a piece of chocolate cake to go.  Overall, it was a good experience and we’ll go back again.  The server was friendly, but drinks were empty and not filled quickly enough and when the restaurant isn’t busy, there’s just no excuse for that.

Quirky Fork Cafe
191 Orange St, Ste 403
Palm Harbor/Ozona, FL

Quirky Fork Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

  • Filed under: American, Ozona
  • Lots of BBQ

    Let me start off by saying the goal of this evening was to have leftovers.  We went over to Ozona Pig and got some Brunswick stew and the big Boss Hog special.

    The Brunswick stew has a little bit of a kick to it, but it’s oh so good.  The boss hog platter has pulled pork, brisket, ribs, & chicken.  We hardly made a dent in it.  The ribs were fall off the bone tender and the rest of it was smoky and yummy.  Total bill with a drink was $42.

    The Ozona Pig
    311 Orange St
    Ozona, FL

    Ozona Pig Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

  • Filed under: BBQ, Ozona
  • After visiting the Irish 31 at Westshore Mall, I discovered it has another location in Westchase which is much more convenient for us.  We’ve actually been there twice in the last few weeks and the weather’s been so nice that we were able to sit outside.

    We started off with some hummus.

    The hummus was tasty.  Not too much garlic and it was served with both pita and sliced cucumbers which was a nice change.  Loren got the corned beef and turkey club.  It was piled high and he ate every last bit of it.

    I went for the Forest Mushroom chicken.  This has 3 chicken breasts plus fingerling potatoes and veggies.  I definitely had leftovers.  The chicken was very tender and the port wine mushroom sauce was yummy.

    We both wanted something sweet, so he got a root beer float and I went for the chocolate lava cake.

    Both satisfied our sweet tooth. The root beer float was huge and the chocolate cake with thick and fudgey.  Good stuff.  Total bill with a drink was $52.

    We went back again and had a quick lunch of appetizers.

    This time we got the hummus again, plus the pot pie bites and the gyro flat bread.

    All of them were delicious.  The pot pie bites were “burn the roof of your mouth” hot, so those had to be eaten last.  The flat bread had a very flavorful Greek dressing along with the chicken, lettuce, tomato & tzatziki sauce.  Loren also got another root beer float.  Truth be told, that’s the reason we went back so soon.  Total bill was $29.

    Irish 31
    10102 Montague St
    Westchase, FL

    Irish 31 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


    Irish 31

    We had dinner over at Westshore Mall with some friends at Irish 31.  It seemed like more bar than restaurant, but the food was very good.  We started out with two appetizers, the guacamole and the boxty.

    The chips were homemade, but a little hit or miss on crunchiness.  The boxty had Velveeta, bacon & chives surrounded by mashed potatoes.  They were interesting.  There was nothing left by the time our entrees came out.    Between the four of us, we ordered the shepard’s pie, the chicken pot pie, the ribeye sandwich and the forest mushroom chicken.

    Everyone was happy with the food. Good flavors and textures.  I had the chicken pot pie and the puff pastry was so light & fluffy.  And since everything was tasty, we couldn’t pass up dessert.  Our friends got the bread pudding & we got the molten chocolate lava cake.

    Again, nothing to complain about here.  The cake was moist with a deep dark chocolate flavor.  We were all stuffed by the time we left.  Our side of the bill was $45 with a drink.

    Irish 31
    214 Westshore Plaza
    Tampa, FL
    813- 207-0308

    Irish 31 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

  • Filed under: Irish, Tampa
  • Lebanese Food

    A coworker told me about Mizette Lebanese Grill out on Hwy 19.  How has this place been here for almost 2 years and I’ve never heard of it?  We went over there for dinner tonight and we’ll definitely be back again.  They have a platter for two so we got that so we could try a little bit of everything.

    The platter has beef and chicken shawarma, falafel, hummus, baba ghannouj, pickled veggies, tabbouleh, and pita.  It also comes with some tahini and a garlic paste.   Here’s a close up of the shawarma and falafel.

    Everything was fresh and flavorful.  The meat was tender and I’m a little embarrassed to say we ate the entire thing.  It was a lot of food, but we just couldn’t stop eating it.  The owners are very friendly and I would highly recommend coming here.  Total bill with a couple of drinks was $33.

    Mizette Lebanese Grill
    30051 US Hwy 19N
    Clearwater, FL

    Mizette Lebanese Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato