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The last time we ate at Benedict’s in Dunedin was in 2010.  Where has the time gone?  Unfortunately, our experience today didn’t live up to what I remembered about the food here.

Loren got souvlaki and I went for some breakfast.

He said it was seasoned ok, but didn’t taste like it had been marinated and wasn’t very tender at all.  I ordered scrambled eggs with cheese, home fries, and pancakes.

It’s funny what you remember about a restaurant.  The last time we were here, I was so impressed with the way they made my eggs with cheese.  The eggs were cooked with the cheese, so they were ooey, gooey and yummy.  This time, not so much.  The cheese was sprinkled on top after the eggs were cooked, so the whole thing was just dry and rubbery.  The home fries were ok, but the pancakes were on the thin side, so not quite light and fluffy.   Total bill with a drink was $18.

Benedict’s Restaurant
2676 Bayshore Blvd
Dunedin, FL
727-736-1600

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It’s funny what sticks with you about a restaurant.  The only thing I remembered about it was that they did a really great job

Food2/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
2.6/5

Met my sister & niece in Orlando today & we ate breakfast at Keke’s Breakfast Cafe in Winter Park.  This place is always packed.  My sister ordered a Florida Belgium Waffle, which had strawberries, bananas and blueberries plus enough whipped cream to qualify it as a dessert.

She wolfed the entire thing down and was happy as could be about it.  My niece & I went the less sweet route.  She had a make your own veggie omelet and I went for a scrambler with spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes and cheese.

It was all really good.  This has been our go-to place for breakfast when we meet up in Orlando.   Total bill was $35.

Keke’s Breakfast Cafe
345 West Fairbanks Ave
Winter Park, FL
407-629-1400

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

We were headed to the Fringe Festival in Orlando and stopped at Dixie Belles Cafe for breakfast.  It was a cute, clean little restaurant with friendly servers.  Loren got some scrambled eggs, bacon, ham steak & pancakes while I went for some over easy eggs, hashbrowns & a biscuit.

The ham actually came with my breakfast combo, but I didn’t think I really wanted any meat with my breakfast so I put it on Loren’s plate.  Then I tasted it and ended up eating half of it anyway.  The ham wasn’t overly salty or sweet, it was just tasty.  The pancakes were light & fluffy, so was the biscuit.  Eggs were cooked fine and the hashbrowns were crispy on the outside & soft in the middle.  Overall, just a pretty good and inexpensive breakfast.  Total bill was $14.50.

Dixie Belles Cafe
7125 S Orange Ave
Orlando, FL
(407) 812-7012

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Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.9/5
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  • We were going to a movie this morning & decided to get breakfast beforehand, completely forgetting that it was Mother’s Day.  We went by three different restaurants with lines out the door before we finally got a table at Consciousness Blossoms.  They were pretty busy too, but at least we were able to get some breakfast and get to our movie on time.

    Loren went for an omelette and pancakes & I got a breakfast croissant with home fries.

    Fresh & tasty all around.  The eggs here are just so light & fluffy.  Loren enjoyed his veggie omelette and the pancakes had a nice texture and consistency as well.  They even came around and gave all the moms a sample of one of their smoothies and a chocolate covered cookie.  Total bill with some juice was $20.

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

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

    Sometimes the simplest dishes can be the tastiest.  We went to Nana’s Restaurant in Tarpon Springs for brunch and Loren was just as happy as could be with his BLT sandwich and soup.

    The sandwich just made him happy.  Crispy bacon, lightly toasted bread, mayo, crunchy lettuce and tomato.  So simple, yet so tasty.  Plus he really likes their black bean soup too.  I went for a Country Scramble.

    This was one heavy dish.  Eggs, potatoes, cheese, sausage gravy, biscuit and it also came with bacon that I got on the side.  There was way too much of it for me to finish.  It was good, but one note texture-wise.  Total bill with a drink was $21.

    Nana’s Restaurant
    857 E Klosterman Rd
    Tarpon Springs, FL
    727-944-5788

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    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    3.9/5