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Quiet Here


We went over to Johnny Grits in Tarpon Springs for dinner tonight.  At first we weren’t sure they were open since the restaurant was empty.  We like quiet dinners though.  We started off with the fried okra.

There was way more on the plate than we could have eaten.  They were crunchy and tasty, but a little bland.  Loren got the buffalo chicken sandwich and I went for the fried chicken benedict.

He said the chicken was tender and it wasn’t overly spicy.  The chicken on the benedict was good, but the poached eggs were overcooked.  If the yolk doesn’t come oozing out, it’s just not right.  Overall it was ok.  We’ve definitely had better here.  Total bill with a drink was $25.

Johnny Grits
857 E. Klosterman Rd
Tarpon Springs, FL
727-942-4748
Johnny Grits Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5

Breakfast


Going out for breakfast on a Sunday morning can be quite the adventure if you don’t want to stand in line for an hour.  We thought we’d try Lenny’s in Clearwater to find the line surrounding the building.  Then we drove through the Village Inn parking lot to find it completely full as well.  Eventually, we drove by Country Skillet on Roosevelt and didn’t have to wait for a table.  They brought a few mini blueberry muffins to the table.  I could have easily eaten a dozen of them and not thought twice about it.

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Loren got an omelette and I went for a southern scramble, both with hashbrowns.  His was smothered in hollendaise sauce, mine with sausage gravy.

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Let’s just say calorie count went out the window with this breakfast.  Everything was ok and there was plenty of it.  Hearty enough breakfast that neither of us needed lunch.   Nothing that wow’d us so much that we’d make a special trip out here, but it filled our bellies and we didn’t have to wait.  Total bill was $21.

Country Skillet Restaurant
2839 Roosevelt Blvd
Clearwater, FL
727-539-1428

Country Skillet Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5

Brunch


Craft Street Kitchen in Oldsmar opens for brunch on Saturday & Sunday.  We had just gotten out of a movie and was happily surprised that they weren’t too crowded.  While Loren opted for a burger and side salad, I went for the lobster benedict.

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He said the burger was tasty and he really liked the bacon on it.  As for the lobster benedict, I think these were the best eggs I’ve ever tasted in my life.

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I don’t often give much thought to eggs, but these must have been so fresh because my taste buds were immediately on alert after the first bite. There was plenty of lobster and the English muffin and hollandaise rounded out a pretty tasty breakfast.  Total bill with a drink was $30.

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

Craft Street Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.7/5

We stopped at Consciousness Blossoms for brunch this morning.  While I sipped on some pineapple juice, Loren started off with some chick pea soup.

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I’m not usually a fan of chick peas, but this soup changed my mind.  Aside from needing a little pinch of salt, there were a lot of tasty flavors going on here.  It all melded together very nicely.  He also decided to try the Hunza pie.

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It had spinach, brown rice, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, yogurt and a pinch of curry.  The curry was a little too strong for me, but he really liked it.  The whole wheat pastry crust added a nice crunch and he even liked the slaw that came with it.  He said it was a mix of cabbage and soy beans.

I love their croissant breakfast sandwich.

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They make the fluffiest eggs I’ve ever seen here.  The croissant is fresh, light, and buttery and the side of potatoes are perfectly cooked.  The whole meal was fresh and tasty.  Total bill with two drinks was $24.

Consciousness Blossoms
3390 Tampa Road
Palm Harbor, FL
727-789-1931

Consciousness-Blossoms Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.7/5

Brunch


We usually go to an early movie on Sunday morning and then grab a bite to eat afterward.  I like going to Daddy’s Grill because I can get breakfast until 2pm and Loren can grab some lunch.

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Loren went for the pastrami sandwich and veggie beef soup.  They make a tasty soup here.  I was craving biscuits and they were perfectly with my ham, eggs and potatoes.  There’s nothing fancy about the food here.  It’s simple food, done right at a great price.  Total bill was $17.

Daddy’s Grill
3682 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL
(813) 891-6556

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Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.2/5