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Ate lunch at Cody’s up on Hillsborough today.  We weren’t sure if they were open for lunch, but looks like they are on Sunday.  This is one of those places where I shouldn’t even bother ordering an entree.  Fill me up on salad and yeast rolls and I’ll be happy.  In fact, I was most of the way finished eating those two things before I remembered to take any photos. 

The yeast rolls were right out of the oven.  When these are fresh, they are definitely my favorites in town, even winning out over the rolls at Boston Cooker.  The cinnamon butter melts in and gives them a sweet, warm deliciousness that makes me crave more.  I like the salad here as well.  The dressing is very good.  While I pigged out on rolls and salad, Loren dug into some peanuts.

For lunch, he got a buffalo chicken sandwich & fries.  It was a huge piece of chicken, but he said it didn’t have much spice to it. 

I got the chicken fried chicken with a baked potato. 

I ate the potato, but just a few bites of the chicken.  It was so dry.  They pounded it so thin that it just didn’t hold any juices or moisture whatsoever.  Completely inedible in my book.  I should really learn to read my past reviews.  I didn’t like the chicken fried chicken the last time either.

One of the desserts not on the menu is their humongous chocolate cake.

There’s enough here for 4 servings.  We got a piece to go, but I it wasn’t as moist as it’s been in the past. Still lots of fudgy goodness, but I just don’t think it was very fresh this time.  Overall, the meal was just ok.  The rolls & salad were the highlights by far.  Total bill with a drink was $31.

Cody’s Original Roadhouse
11202 West Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL

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  • Filed under: American, Dessert, Tampa
  • We ate dinner at the House of Enchiladas in Clearwater tonight.  It used to be Carambas.  They weren’t busy tonight, but then again, we were there around 8:30pm, so a bit after the dinner crowd.  The waitress brought over some chips and salsa, which Loren enjoyed. 

    He said it wasn’t very spicy, but it was fresh and had lots of flavor.  Though there were a lot of choices for enchiladas on the menu, we both opted for something else.  Loren got the chicken fajitas.

    He said they were good.  Tender chicken and plenty of it.  He brought enough home for another meal.  I can’t help but order chimichangas if they’re on the menu.

    This one was crispy on the outside (so many restaurants miss this key component) and the filling was abundent and tasty.  The chicken was moist and had been cooked in a lot of mellow, but tasty spices. Total bill was $23.

    House of Enchiladas
    1840 Drew St
    Clearwater, FL
    (727) 286-6208

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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Mexican
  • 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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    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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    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

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