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We were headed to the Sprint store on Gulf to Bay and since there was a coupon in the last Val-Pak envelope for a BOGO at Diner Sixty West, we decided to stop there for dinner.

They weren’t very busy tonight and our food came out pretty quick.  Loren decided to try the chicken fajitas.

He said it was ok, but lacked flavor overall.  The chicken was tender and the food was actually sizzling when it came to the table  (it’s just not fajitas if it you can’t hear it sizzling as the waiter brings it to the table).

I went for the meatloaf with mac & cheese and a baked potato.

The meatloaf also lacked flavor.  Even with the onion straws and gravy it was still rather bland.  The baked potato needed to stay in the oven a bit longer as well.  It wasn’t quite soft enough.  The mac & cheese, however, was very good.  It was a buttery flavor to it.  It was the only thing on the table that actually tickled my taste buds. 

After the coupon, the total bill with 2 drinks was $16.  The prices here are really good even without any coupons, but unfortunately, the food is just very generic and lacks flavor.

Diner Sixty West
2525 Gulf to Bay
Clearwater, FL
(727) 437-0255

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Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.2/5

Hurricane Grill & Wings recently opened up on Hwy 19.  The first thing I smelled walking in the door was a tangy, pineapple, coconut, island sort of scent that had to come from some of their 30 sauces.  They range from a Category 1 (where I stayed) which are mild and sweet sauces all the way up to a Category 5, which I assume brings tears to your eyes. 

The restaurant’s decor has a Key West sort of vibe.  Rustic looking as if you’ve entered an old bar & grill on the water.  As for the menu, it’s got the typical fare, burgers, sandwiches, wings, quesadillas, nothing out of the ordinary. 

Loren ordered the monterey quesadilla with the Thai Ginger and Garlic sauce.

He said it was pretty good.  The ginger sauce was very tasty.  That was definitely what made it worthwhile.  I ordered some boneless wings, half with the honey BBQ sauce and half with mango BBQ sauce.

Again, it was definitely the sauces that made the difference.  The wings were tender, but no different than you find at most places.  The mango sauce had a little bit of island tang to it and the honey BBQ sauce was very sweet, which I like.  Overall, for $21 it was a very flavorful meal.

Hurricane Grill & Wings
33086 US Highway 19 N.
Palm Harbor, FL
(727) 771-2923

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Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5

Quiet Dinner


We attempted to eat dinner at Bonefish tonight, but it was mobbed, so we headed over to Big Bok Choy.  With several other food events going on in the area tonight, the restaurant was empty except for us, which makes for a nice, quiet meal.

We both started off with the wonton soup.  Loren’s with green onions, mine without.

Loren got the Hunan Beef and I tried something different tonight, the chicken chop suey.

Mine had very mellow flavors, which is what I was after tonight.  The chicken was tender and there were plenty of veggies.  Loren’s had just enough heat for him.  He likes this dish because it has a lot of vegetables. 

I don’t think we’ve ever had room for dessert here, but the owner surprised us with a complimentary piece of cheesecake. 

It was very thick and creamy with a nice overall flavor.  Even though we were stuffed from dinner, we managed to eat the whole thing.  Total bill was $39.

Big Bok Choy Bistro
3730 Tampa Road #6
Oldsmar, FL
813-854-1961

Big Bok Choy Bistro on Urbanspoon

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.7/5

After seeing “Fast Five” at the movies, we went over to Cracker Barrel for lunch.  They were still pretty busy for 2pm on a Sunday.  I figured the crowd would have been gone already.  Luckily we didn’t have too long to wait for a table though.

Loren got some chicken tenders and I got meatloaf with mac & cheese.

What can I say, it’s Cracker Barrel.  It’s stick to your ribs comfort food for $22.  I’m here for the mac & cheese and it didn’t disappoint.

Cracker Barrel
13833 West Hillsborough Avenue
Tampa, FL
813-855-4200

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Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5
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  • We ate dinner at Juan’s Mexican Grill in Dunedin tonight.  It’s a little place on Main Street with a very limited menu.  It’s definitely what you’d consider fast food.  Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos and a taco salad make up the menu and all them use the same ingredients from behind the counter.  I guess the difference is what’s served with it. 

    I got the “Flamin’ Fajitas”, which was such an amusing title for what it was.

    The chicken (which would be the same chicken served in any of the other dishes) is served with onions & peppers, jalapenos, sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, cheese and flour tortillas.  For fast food, it was pretty good.  Definitely better than Taco Bell, but not what you’d consider fajitas in any sit down Mexican restaurant.  I actually liked the guacamole because it was very mild. 

    Loren got the grande burrito which came with chips & salsa.

    He liked it.  It was big and filled with rice, beans and most of the toppings they had.   With a drink, the total bill was $17.  If you’re looking for quick take out, this was pretty good for the price.

    Juan’s Mexican Grill
    1409 Main Street
    Dunedin, FL
    727-738-5826

    Juan's Mexican Grill on Urbanspoon

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5