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We hadn’t been to Molly Goodheads in Palm Harbor for quite a while, so we headed out there tonight.  They were busy, but we were able to get a table on the air conditioned patio without a wait. 

We started out with some He Crab soup and a salad.

This was some tasty soup.  Sadly one of our “spoons” was a small crab fork, but we played nice and shared.  The soup had a lot of crab in it and a very nice texture and flavor.  There was definitely some cheese in the soup as well.  As for the salad, the ranch dressing was really good. 

Loren ordered the mahi dinner with garlic mashed potatoes.

Two nice sized pieces of mahi mahi and some of the best mashed potatoes we’ve had in a long time.  I say “we” because I ate quite a bit of them.  I couldn’t help myself, they were that tasty. 

I ordered the fish tacos which came with rice and beans.

The dish came with three tacos, but I ate one and just ate the fish out of the other two.  Both the tacos and rice and beans were ok, but it’s probably not something I’d order again.

And when it comes to dessert, I have a hard time passing up anything called chocolate decadence.

This was one very fudgy cake.  It could have used some whipped cream on the side, but otherwise it was rich, thick, and decadently chocolate.

Total dinner ran us $40 and was one of the better dining experiences we’ve had recently.  The service and food were both good.

Molly Goodheads
400 Orange Street
Ozona, FL

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  • Filed under: American, Ozona, Seafood
  • We didn’t feel like driving too far for dinner tonight, so we headed over to Panos Kouzina.  On my quest to try new restaurants, we haven’t been back to our old favorites for a while.

    The food here is consistently good, they give you plenty of it, and their prices aren’t bad at all.  Both our entrees came with either soup or salad and some bread.  We both opted for salad tonight.

    My only complaint was that the salad had chopped onions on it.  I’m not a fan of raw onions on anything and it took a while to pick all these off the salad.  The ranch dressing was very thick, but tasty, and the bread was thick and warm.  I’d forgotten how good it was.

    Loren got the chicken souvlaki with a side of fries.  He said the chicken was very tender.  The tzatziki sauce here is really garlicy. 

    I ordered the chicken marsala with a side of fettucine alfredo.

    The marsala sauce here is very sweet.  Loren said it tasted like molasses, but I didn’t think it was that harsh of a flavor.  I enjoyed it.   The dish came with two good sized chicken breasts that were incredibly tender.  This is how chicken should be cooked.  The fettucine alfredo was thick and creamy with a nice flavor.  I had plenty of leftovers and yet, I still ordered dessert.

    How was I possibly going to pass up this chocolate lovin’ spoon cake?  The waitress described it as a “prison dessert” because you eat it huddled over with your arms around it ready to poke anyone with a fork who tries to get too close to it.  It was pretty darn good.  It had a thick, rich mousse and tender chocolate cake.  What’s not to like?

    Total dinner was $33 and I’ve got leftover chicken and even a little cake for tomorrow.

    Panos Kouzina
    3101 SR 580
    Safety Harbor, FL
    (727) 797–2667

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    We went to see the movie “Killers” this morning (not great), and decided to just drive up US 19 until we found a restaurant for lunch.  We didn’t have to drive far before we saw a sign for the Marathon Grille in Palm Harbor.

    The restaurant is at the end of a shopping plaza in the back away from the highway.  We never knew it was there and just drove around the parking lot until we found it. 

    Loren ordered the Panini Italiano with fries.

    He said it was like an Italian Cuban sandwich.  Good flavorful meats on a lightly pressed roll. 

    I ordered a gyro with potato salad.

    This was a really good gyro.  Very fresh and the tzatziki sauce was flavorful without being overwhelming.  Too many have so much garlic that it’s all you taste.  This sauce complemented the meat and didn’t steal the show.

    As for dessert, how could I pass up a chocolate mousse cake?

    This was yummy.  It was covered with a chocolate shell and inside were moist layers of cake and chocolate mousse.  Total lunch was $20 and it was way better than the movie.

    Marathon Grille
    33675 US Highway 19N
    Palm Harbor, FL

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  • Filed under: Greek, Palm Harbor
  • We had front row tickets to the 7:30pm showing of Mary Poppins in Tampa tonight, so needed somewhere quick to stop for dinner.  Cody’s is on the way and they weren’t too busy for a Tuesday night.

    My favorite thing about Cody’s is the yeast rolls.

    Even when they’re not cooked perfectly (which they weren’t tonight), they’re still yummy.  The cinnamon butter is really what makes them awesome.  The salad is really good too.  You get a big bowl to share & they’ll bring you more if you want it.  Salad and rolls, that’s all I need.

    And yet, I still order an entree.  We were there early enough to order off of the early bird menu, so I got the steak chunks with a sweet potato.

    The steak was tender and served over grilled mushrooms and onions.  The only complaint I had is that it didn’t have much flavor.  The menu said the meat had been marinated, but it didn’t absorb any of the flavor of what it was marinated in.  The sweet potato wasn’t that great tonight even with gobs of cinnamon butter on it.

    Loren got their sirloin special with a loaded baked potato.

    He said it was adequate, nothing to write home about.  He said they normally make a smaller, thicker steak and he prefers that to what they served this time.

    Since we had some time to kill before the show, we ordered a piece of chocolate cake.  The waitress warned us that it was big.

    She wasn’t kidding.  It was easily enough for three people to share.  The cake was moist and the frosting was very thick and rich.  This was a very enjoyable dessert and we had leftovers.  It’s not often that we have leftover dessert.

    Total bill was $34 and we made it to our show on time.

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

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  • Filed under: American, Tampa
  • On Saturday, we were heading up to Hawi to go ziplining and drove though Kamuela to eat breakfast at the Hawaiian Style Cafe.  This is a cash-only restaurant that gives you a ton of food for the money.  

    I ordered a loco moco, but it wasn’t as good as the other ones I had on the island. 

    I didn’t like the hamburger patty and my over-easy eggs were a bit overcooked.  There was plenty of it though.

    Loren ordered their Kalua Pork omelet special which came with hashbrowns and pancakes.

    This was a breakfast made to be shared.  The pancakes alone were enough to feed at least 2 people and the omelette was stuffed full of pork.  The whole breakfast was under $20 and there were plenty of leftovers.

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    After ziplining, we hiked down to Pololu Beach.  Beautiful views from the trail as you head down. 

    Then we stopped for some Tropical Dreams Ice Cream in Hawi.  Loren had the Coconut cream and the Ginger White Chocolate.  I got the Tahitian Vanilla and chocolate.  They were all wonderful.  The only thing I didn’t like was that my chocolate ice cream had M&M’s in it and ice cream as good as this really didn’t need anything extra.

    We stopped to watch the sunset before stopping for dinner.

    Huli Sue’s BBQ in Waimea was our dinner stop tonight.

    We split the BBQ Sampler which had pork, ribs, chicken, sausage and brisket plus two sides.  We got cole slaw and corn bread pudding and ordered a couple of extra sides as well, an Oriental Bok Choy dish and some black beans. 

    Again, lots of food (this seems to be a theme in Hawaii).  The BBQ sauce had a tang to it and all the meats were pretty good.  The black beans were ok, but the other sides were better.  The Bok Choy completely did not go with the meal, but it was still tasty. 

    And I had to get a piece of their famous banana cream pie to go. 

    I understand why it’s famous.  It was soooo good.  I took it out to take a bite and almost finished it right there.  Smooth and creamy with a nice crust and topping.  Total dinner was $47 and there were plenty of leftovers.

    We actually went back to Huli Sue’s later in our vacation after a very disappointing meal at Manago (I’ll get to that later).  We were just going to get dessert, but ended up getting some BBQ nachos as well as a slice of chocolate cake.

    The nachos were good, but I just wanted some sweetness. 

    Thick, rich, chocolatey goodness, in a moist delicious cake.  Huli Sue’s makes good BBQ, but their desserts are amazing.  Our little snack run cost us $17.

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    By Sunday, day 5 of our vacation, we were completely whooped.  But that didn’t stop us from doing some spelunking in Kaumana Cave.   It was a very cool walk through an old lava tube. 

    For lunch, we headed over to Pahoa to Kaleo’s Bar and Grill.  We ordered the Tempura Ahi roll for our appetizer.

    It was absolutely amazing.  This was one of the best things we ate on the island.  Crispy on the outside, with Ahi, rice and veggies on the inside.  I should have just ordered a second one for my entree.

    I ordered the Chicken Katsu, but wasn’t too impressed.

    The rice wasn’t cooked well, and the chicken was a little dry.  It definitely needed a dipping sauce, but the one that came with it was a bit too spicy and when I asked for a sweeter sauce, I ended up with an even spicier chili Thai sauce.

    Loren was much happier with his meal.  He ordered the Mahi BLT and just raved about it.

    And, what did they have for dessert?  Lilikoi cheesecake!  My new favorite dessert in the whole wide world.

    It was so good.  Light and creamy with a wonderful passionfruit flavor.  I have got to find a recipe for this pie. $46 for lunch and we left with happy tastebuds.

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    We spent the afternoon walking around the Lava Tree Park, McKenzie Park, and East Point, then headed back to Hilo for dinner at Pescatore’s. 

    If there’s calamari on the menu, we usually order it.

    Normally, the calamari we get is in rings and not quite as thick as these pieces were.  The batter didn’t have a lot of flavor, but the marinara sauce was good.

    I’m always happy when they bring out the bread basket.

    Loren started with a salad and I got some pasta fagioli.

    They were both ok.  The soup had a nice flavor and lots of veggies in it.

    I ordered the fettucine alfredo with shrimp for my entree.

    It was ok, but there was a flavor in it that I didn’t care for.  I don’t know what it was, but it just wasn’t one of my favorite alfredo dishes.  Loren ordered their mahi ahi fish special. 

    He really enjoyed it.  There were two different sauces on the fish and it came with a pesto spaghetti.  I had heard they had a killer chocolate truffle cake here so I got one to go.

    Talk about disappointing.  I don’t know how to describe the texture, it wasn’t smooth at all.  Sort of crumbly.  The flavor was ok, but overall, it was not as good as I had been led to believe.  This was our most expensive meal on the island at $72.  We had much better meals for a lot less money elsewhere.

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