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Crab Cakes


Another tasty lunch at Craft Street Kitchen.  We eat here almost every week and although their regular menu is good, it’s the monthly chef’s specials that make it that much more interesting.  Today I tried the crab cakes

Three crunchy, home made crab cakes on a bed of Asian slaw.  The crab cakes had a lot of flavor, a nice crunch, and a bit of spicy heat.  I could have definitely eaten more than 3 of them.  Loren went for the Yippee Hippy salad.

This is an interesting salad with chicken, apple, walnuts, dried cherries & goat cheese.  I kept stealing the cherries & goat cheese off his plate.  Good stuff.  Total bill with a drink was $31.

Craft Street Kitchen and Drinks
3153 Curlew Rd
Oldsmar, FL
727-314-4270

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Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.0/5
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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar
  • Tasty Brunch


    We went back to Marker 39 with some friends for brunch today.  Everything on their brunch menu looks interesting but I went back to the same thing I had last time, the Cuban Tostada.

    I just can’t resist this dish.  Their pulled pork is really tasty and then add some fried eggs, plantains, rice & beans on top of a crispy tostada.  What’s not to love?  Loren ordered the Crab Benedict.

    My Cuban dish may have some competition now.  Those crab cakes were amazing.  Unbelievably flavorful with two perfectly poached eggs on top.  So tasty!   Our friends got the traditional Eggs Benedict and the waffle breakfast and all of the plates were clean when we were done.  They make some really tasty food here.  Total bill for the two of us was $35.

    Marker 39
    155 5th Ave N
    Safety Harbor, FL
    727-791-1939

    Food5/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.8/5

    Tasty Seafood


    We had lunch at the Lucky Lobster Co in Dunedin today.  It was a bit too warm to sit out on the patio so we chose a seat inside and ordered some lobster bisque and prosciutto wrapped scallops to start off.

    The lobster bisque had an interesting taste to it.  It reminded me of tomato soup, but not quite.  It had some bits of lobster in it and you could taste some sort of wine or sherry.  It was a bit on the thin side and probably could have used some cream to thicken it up, but it was still tasty.   The scallops were melt in your mouth delicious.  They were perfectly cooked and seasoned and we both wanted more.

    For his entree, Loren got the crab cakes with mashed potatoes and a side salad.

    The dressing on the salad was a balsamic with bacon and he couldn’t get enough of it.  He really liked the crab cakes.  Not a lot of filler, lots of crab and lots of spices.  In fact, way too many spices for me.  I took one bite and my mouth was on fire.  I saw fried clams on the menu and when the waiter said they were whole bellied clams, I had to order them.

    They reminded me of New England, crunchy and tasty, but not enough of them on the plate.  I definitely wanted more.  The fries and cole slaw were good too.  We finished off the meal with the chocolate lava cake.

    It was rich and thick and chocolaty with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.  Overall, a really delicious meal, but on the expensive side.  Total bill with a drink was $71.

    Lucky Lobster Co
    941 Huntley Ave
    Dunedin, FL
    727-228-1222

    Lucky Lobster Co. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value3/5
    3.9/5
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  • Oh, Cajun Cafe on the Bayou, you make such amazing food.

    There was fried okra, spicy and crunchy, then some crab cakes, gumbo, and my go -to dish, the crawfish etouffee.  There’s also whiskey bread pudding that will get consumed later.  We were too full to eat it there.  We just love the flavors of everything they make here.  The etouffee is always delicious, sometimes spicier than others (this was one of those times), but I still manage to eat the entire thing.  It’s $50 well spent.

    Cajun Cafe on the Bayou 
    8101 Park Blvd
    Pinellas Park, FL
    727-546-6732

    Cajun Cafe on the Bayou Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food5/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    4.1/5
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  • Filed under: Cajun
  • 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