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We ate lunch at Siam Thai in Westchase today.  The restaurant was completely empty at noon on a Sunday.  We weren’t sure if that was an omen or not. 

We both started off with some soup.  Loren ordered the chicken and rice and I got the Tom Kha.

They were both fairly big bowls of tasty soup.  The Tom Kha had a wonderful lime flavor,  but there were way too many chopped onions in it.  We also ordered some egg rolls.

Crisp and crunchy with a slightly spicy dipping sauce.  Between these and the soup, I didn’t even need an entree.  Loren ordered the ginger chicken and I got the masaman curry with shrimp.

Both were tasty.  My only concern with my dish, though, was that I tried to order it without certain items and was told that couldn’t be done.  I was able to pick around the things I didn’t like, but if you’ve got peanut allergies, stay away from this dish because they weren’t willing to make it without them.

We both ended up with some leftovers.  Total bill was $36.  There wasn’t anything that really distiguished this place from any of the other Thai restaurants that we’ve eaten at.

Siam Thai Restaurant
9546 W Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL
813-475-6999

Siam Thai Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5
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  • Loren said he wanted a salad for dinner so I suggested Olive Garden.  We haven’t eaten there in a long time.  Being Superbowl Sunday it wasn’t very crowded, yet the service was a bit slow.

    We started off with salad and breadsticks.

    Normally, I scarf an entire basket of breadsticks, but these weren’t all that fresh.  The salad was good though.  I really like the dressing they use.

    Loren got the stuffed chicken marsala.

    The chicken was tender and the sauce was tasty, especially over mashed potatoes.  He managed to stop himself from eating the whole thing and took some home for leftovers.  (he knew I was planning on ordering dessert).

    I got the same thing I always get at Olive Garden, the fettucine alfredo.

    They make a nice alfredo sauce here, but they need to put more on the plate.  The dish gets dry after a while, but it’s still my favorite thing on the menu.

    And for dessert, I just couldn’t pass up the dolcini.

    Three little dessert cups of yummy goodness.  We got the chocolate mousse, the dark chocolate with caramel, and the strawberry & white chocolate.  They were all really delicious.  The chocolate mousse was my favorite, but the strawberry one ran a close second.  The nice thing about them is that they were all fairly light, which was perfect after such a heavy meal.  Plus the different flavors were wonderful.  Total bill with a drink was $39. 

    Olive Garden
    29461 Us-19 N
    Clearwater, FL
    (727) 787-3988

    Olive Garden on Urbanspoon

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

    You gotta hate it when your eyes are bigger than your stomach.  We went over to Chico’s Wood Fired Grill for lunch and even as the words “whole sandwich” came out of my mouth, I knew I should have just gotten a half sandwich.  The sandwich in question is the Latin BBQ Pork sandwich.

    Granted, there’s probably more bread then meat on it, but it was still pretty tasty.  The bread was soft and the pork had a sweet mango bbq sauce on it plus fried onions.  It was really good.  The fries were crispy and tasty as well.

    Loren ordered the chicken ranchero tacos with a side salad.

    He really liked the tacos.  The chicken was seasoned well and with guacamole, pico de gallo and black beans on it, he was a happy camper.  Total lunch ran us $21.

    Chico’s Wood Fired Grill
    12217 W Linebaugh Ave
    Tampa, FL
    813-814-2023

    Chicos Woodfired Grill on Urbanspoon

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

    We went over to BJ’s at Citrus Park Mall for lunch today.  A few of Loren’s friends said the food was good there, so we just had to check it out.  We started off with the avacado egg rolls.

    From the description on the menu, I wasn’t really sure if I was going to like them or not.  Besides the avocado, it had cream cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, pine nuts, and chipotle peppers.  It was all blended together to create a wonderful smoky, creamy filled egg roll.  I don’t think I’ve ever had anything quite like it.  And the tamarind dipping sauce was tasty too.

    Timing wasn’t so good on the food though, we hadn’t quite finished the appetizer and our entrees came out.  Loren ordered the grilled chicken club.  He was still craving that bacon he didn’t get yesterday.

    It was a nice sized sandwich with fresh avacado and bacon along with the chicken.  He liked it, but was full from the egg rolls, so ended up taking half of it home.  The crispy fries were good too.  I ordered the knife and fork meatloaf sandwich.

    See the veggies on the side of the plate?  They were raw.  They were supposed to be steamed and a couple of them were, but the rest were completely raw.  The mashed potatoes and gravy were very good and the meatloaf was ok.  It was made with a lot of veggies and was a loose, rather than dense meatloaf.  I don’t think I’d order it again, but I ate half and took the rest home.

    The service was pretty good right up to the point where the waitress spilled one of our drinks onto my purse.  Luckily, it wasn’t open at the time.   Total lunch ran us $34.  For a chain restaurant, the food was surprisingly good.

    BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
    8002 Citrus Park Town Center
    Tampa, FL
    (813) 852-1910

    BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse on Urbanspoon

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

    Constant Roar


    We went to Dunedin tonight to take photos of the sunset and ate dinner at Casa Tina.  I really wish they would do something about the acoustics in the restaurant.  It’s so loud in there that you can barely have a conversation across the table.  And being Friday night, they were busy, so it was even louder.

    Loren likes their salsa.  It’s fresh and tasty.  I think the chips should be warmed though.

    And since I wanted warmed chips, we ordered the Monterey Nachos minus the jalapenos.

    I really liked this dish.  Layers of black beans, queso fresco, Monterey Jack cheese and sour cream.  It had an almost buttery flavor to it.  In fact, I liked it so much that I ate way more than I should have and ended up not eating most of my dinner. 

    They were out of Loren’s first choice for his entree and the waitress suggested things that were similar, so he ended up with the Arroz Cabezon.

    Neither one of us could really describe the flavor.  It was sort of familiar, but not quite.  He didn’t really like it all that much.  He also thought it was supposed to come with guacamole, yet all that was on the plate was a small slice of avacado.

    I ordered the chicken and cheese flutes.  This is probably my favorite thing on their menu.

    Loren got my guacamole since I found it a bit spicier than usual.  The flutes were nice and crispy on the inside and have a wonderful chicken cheese filling.  Unfortunately, because I ate so many nachos, I ended up taking half of it home.  Total bill with a drink was $44. 

    Casa Tina’s
    365 Main Street
    Dunedin, FL
    727-734-9226

    Casa Tina on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value3/5
    3.6/5
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