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I was in the mood for some Jaegerschnitzel, so we went over to Lagerhaus in Palm Harbor.  Our meals came with salads and they had some pork stuffed mushrooms as a special appetizer tonight that we decided to try.

The pork in the mushrooms seems a bit sweet to me, but the mustard dipping sauce was a smokey, mustard, spicy sauce that counterbalanced the sweetness.  They didn’t last long.  Loren decided on a Club sandwich.

Lots of ham, turkey & bacon.  He ended up taking half of it home.  My reason for coming here, the Jaegerschnitzel and cheese spaetzle.

I hadn’t poured the mushroom gravy on it yet just to show how big this piece of pork is.  Definitely enough for two meals.  It’s very tender and flavorful with the gravy.  The spaezle is cheesy, and oh so yummy.  I even ordered a second side of it to take home with the rest of the pork.  There’s no way I could finish this in one sitting.  We tried the chocolate cake for dessert.

I’m thinking they heated it up just a tab bit too long.  It was tasty, but the fudgey frosting and middle was a bit liquified.  Don’t get me wrong, we ate every last bite of it.  Total bill with a drink was $47 and we both had leftovers.

Lagerhaus Brewery & Grill
3438 East Lake Road
Palm Harbor, FL
813-343-2449

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.4/5
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  • Italian Food


    We timed our dinner just right at Johnny’s Italian in Clearwater.  This place gets busy on the weekends but we were able to get in & get a table without a wait.  Loren started off with a salad and I went for the New England clam chowder, but let’s face it, we come here for the fresh baked Johnny bread.

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    That bread.  It’s warm and soft and you just don’t care that you’re going to smell like garlic for the rest of the night because that dipping oil is just so delicious.  The clam chowder was creamy, thick and rich and hit the spot.  We decided to try the crab cakes tonight.

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    They were quite good.  Very little filler, just lots of crab.  The sauce on the plate had a bit of a zing to it.  Loren tried the chicken Briscante for his entree.

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    The chicken was very tender and the pasta cooked perfectly.  It had a light cream sauce that was quite tasty.  I went for my favorite dish on the menu, the chicken marsala with fettucine alfredo.

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    I had lots of leftovers tonight.  The chicken was tender and the alfredo sauce is so creamy and delicious.  And since I took half of my entree home, we couldn’t pass up a slice of the chocolate dream cake.

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    This cake is so rich and chocolatety.  The frosting is a fudgey ganache and the cake is quite moist.  So good.  Total bill with a drink was $47.

    Johnny’s Italian Restaurant
    2907 SR 590 #1
    Clearwater, FL
    727-797-2940

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

    We decided eating outside of downtown Bar Harbor was the way to go, so we stopped at the Chart Room Restaurant for dinner.  Tasty rolls were brought to the table and I couldn’t pass up trying their lobster stew.

    Roll

    Lobster Stew

    They did a great job with the stew.  Big chunks of lobster meat in a creamy flavorful broth.  Loren went for the mixed grill which had tuna, scallops and swordfish.

    Mixed Grill

    He said all of the seafood was cooked well and there was plenty of it on the plate.  I decided it was time to break into a whole lobster.

    Lobster

    Potato

    I grew up in New England, so I know the ins & outs of getting all of the goodness out of a lobster.  This one was perfectly cooked and quite tasty.  The baked potato was fine, but the peas & carrots should have been left off the plate.  They added no benefit whatsoever.  Then there was dessert.

    Chocolate Raspberry Cake

    I think this may have been the tastiest chocolate raspberry cake I’ve ever had.  The cake was moist and chocolatety and the raspberry sauce added a nice zing to the cake.  Yum!  Total bill with a drink was $69.

    Chart Room Restaurant
    565 Eden St
    Bar Harbor, ME
    207-288-9740

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Filed under: Dessert, Maine, Seafood
  • Blaze


    After a day of hiking, we stopped at Blaze in downtown Bar Harbor for dinner.  The restaurant was crowded, but lucky for us there was an open table on the patio near the entrance that no one wanted because it was a bit chilly out.  We started off with some clam chowder and poutine.

    Clam Chowder

    Poutine

    This was the clam chowder we’ve been looking for.  Thick and creamy with a nice flavor.  Blaze is famous for their duck fat fries, so we had to try them with the addition of gravy and cheese curds to make it a poutine.  You could feel your arteries hardening as you ate it, but it was worth every bite.  I really don’t know that the fries cooked in duck fat tasted that much different from any other well cooked french fry, but add gravy and cheese and it’s just delicious.  Loren went for the haddock tacos and I decided to try the duck menag a trois.

    Haddock Tacos

    Duck Menagatrois

    The tacos weren’t really anything to write home about.  They were pretty plain and the fish was just ok.  My duck dish didn’t quite satisfy the way I had hoped it would.  The grilled duck was a little tough in places, but otherwise tender.  It was served with a sweet berry compote that complimented the duck well.  The white part of the sunny side up egg was very overcooked and like rubber.  The hash had duck, brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes but the brussel sprouts were way overpowering.  They just didn’t play well with everything else on the plate.  We decided to stick it out for dessert and ordered the chocolate cake.

    Chocolate Cake

    This was quite delicious.  Creamy and mousse like with a deep rich chocolate flavor.  This and the poutine were the highlights of the meal, especially when the bill for $73 came.  Service was slow throughout the meal.  I was pretty sure the waiter had forgotten we were even one of this tables.

    Blaze
    198 Main St
    Bar Harbor, ME
    (207) 801-2755

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    Food3/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value2/5
    2.4/5

    We made it to Lake City and had to stop for dinner.  We found Mike’s Cafe & Grille in a darkened strip mall.  I don’t know how they get any dinner business in this location.  There was just one other customer when we got there and we were alone the rest of the meal.  We got some potato soup to start off with, then Loren got the sriracha chicken salad and I tried the parmesean crusted chicken.

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    The soup had a familiar flavor, but neither one of us could place it.  It was very good.  Loren said the chicken wasn’t too spicy and had an almost sweet & sour taste to it.  My chicken was flavorful and tender.  The mac & cheese was very creamy with a unique taste to it.  I really enjoyed it.  And I needed just one more piece of chocolate cake before this vacation ended.

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    Tender & moist cake with a fudgy center.  Goodness all around.  Total bill with a drink was $36.

    Mike’s Cafe & Grille
    426 SW Commerce Dr, Ste 115
    Lake City, FL
    386-961-9911

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Filed under: American, Lake City