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We were going to have lunch at the Latin American Grill in Oldsmar only to find out it’s closed and an Indian restaurant will be moving into the space soon.  So, we headed over to the Oldsmar Cop Shop since it’s in the same plaza.

It wasn’t too busy for a Tuesday afternoon.  We both decided on burgers for lunch.

I got mine with sweet potato fries and they serve them with a little container of whipped cream.  Can’t say I’ve ever had whipped cream with my fries before, but it was actually pretty good.  The burgers were both juicy and flavorful.  The only issue I had was that they charge 79 cents each for every topping.  Total bill for the two burgers, fries, and a drink was $22.

And I wasn’t as enamored at the scantily-clad waitresses as Loren was.  😉

The Cop Shop
3780 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL
813-855-1052

Oldsmar Cop Shop on Urbanspoon

Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value2/5
3.3/5

Went to Disney today with my sister.  Neither of us had been to the Magic Kingdom in years and we were quickly reminded as to why we haven’t been back in so long.  I think almost every ride we went on stopped at some point and the food wasn’t that great.

We ate lunch at the Columbia Harbour House.  I ordered the chicken nuggets with fries and my sister got a hummus sandwich.

Almost $8.50 for this small basket.  Good thing I didn’t order a drink or it would have been over $10.  The hummus sandwich had very little hummus on it.  It came with coleslaw, which my sister assumed would be on the side, but it was actually in the sandwich, so in essence, she had a coleslaw sandwich for lunch for $11 with a drink.

We spent another $12 at the Main Street Bakery on an apple turnover, chocolate cupcake and two drinks.  And then another $11 each for cheeseburgers at Pecos Bill’s.

I will say, though, that Pecos Bill’s does offer some yummy sauteed onions and mushrooms plus other toppings in a sidebar in the restaurant.

The best part of the day was when they lit up the castle.

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Food2/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value2/5
2.5/5
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  • Had lunch at the Cop Shop today. My son, Alex, has applied for work there a couple times, but I’d never been there before. It didn’t take long to realize why he didn’t have a shot in hell at getting hired as a server there. He just doesn’t have the right equipment! The place has the appearance of a classic dive bar. Big wide-open room with cheap paneling on the walls, a big bar and lots of TVs. But, it tries to be a lot like Hooters or Wing House with the hot waitresses and big focus on chicken wings. Their “uniforms” work. Leather, handcuffs and cleavage all go well together, and it sort of supports the “cop” theme of the restaurant.

    The menu is a little goofy. It plays the “cop” theme way too hard. It’s difficult to find what you’re after with all of the cutesy names. Themes are good, but they shouldn’t get in the way. On this menu, that’s what they do.

    Eventually, we figured out what we wanted. Between the three of us, we ordered 15 wings (breaded and tossed in medium sauce), a club sandwich (that would be the “Billy Club” found under “Probations” on the menu) on a hoagie roll with provalone cheese, and a side Caesar salad (called “The Cooler”, found under “Misdemeanors”… yeah). Hot young waitress with leather vest and black leopard-print push-up (hey, I didn’t even HAVE to be looking to notice this!) took our order, and we waited. Then we waited some more.

    Finally, after we waited a little more, our food came out. I’m very happy to report that it WAS worth the wait! The wings were great! Good sized wings, just like they claim they are, and the medium sauce was very tangy and just hot enough. I’m not a big wing fan, but I could have eaten more of these!

    Alex and I split the club sandwich with curly fries. The curly fries were fresh, hot and crispy. Good enough to not require catsup, I was pleased. The portion of fries was a little light, however. The sandwich was toothpicked and quartered, like a good club should be. For some reason, I thought it looked kind of small at first glance, but it turned out to be just fine. Fresh turkey and ham, really good and well-cooked bacon, lettuce and tomato… some kind of condiment? (I didn’t give it much thought at the time, it just tasted good!) I ate half of the sandwich, two wings and some fries and didn’t leave hungry.

    Our friend, Ed, had 10 wings and the Caesar salad. Looked like a fresh, tasty salad and Ed had no complaints.

    Overall, I’d say that this is (surprising to me) one of those places where somebody “gets it”. They understand the importance of the food, from the ingredients used to the preparation and presentation. What could have been better? Not a lot. Even the celery and ranch dressing was great! Okay, maybe a pickle with my sandwich and a couple more fries. The tea was a little on the strong/bitter side for those of us who drink it without sweetener, but it was drinkable.

    Sorry I didn’t take any pictures. I know you all wanted to see our waitress!

    The Cop Shop
    3780 Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-855-1052

    Oldsmar Cop Shop on Urbanspoon

    Food5/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value3/5
    3.7/5
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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar
  • We eat at Cuban Breezes quite a bit since it’s close, inexpensive, and the food’s pretty good.  Loren and I went there for lunch today.  He ordered a Havana burger with fries and I ordered a chicken philly with rice & beans.

    Loren was only able to eat half of the Havana burger.  It’s a half pound burger and very filling.  Their seasoned fries are yummy.

    Unfortunately, either the waitress or the kitchen didn’t get my order right and it came out as a chicken wrap.  Fortunately, though, when I told them it wasn’t right, they very quickly made it right and took it off the bill.   That’s the kind of service we’ve come to appreciate here. 

    The chicken philly has onions and peppers on their delicious Cuban bread.  I drench it in Havana sauce and my taste buds are happy.  Total bill was $9 for the burger and a drink.  

    Cuban Breezes
    13980 W Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL

    Cuban Breezes on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    3.9/5
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  • Filed under: Cuban, Oldsmar
  • We went over to Jack Willies around 3:30pm today for lunch.  It must have been in-between shifts as the service seemed to be lacking throughout the restaurant.   Our waiter took our orders before another table who had been seated before us and several people seated on the deck came inside to ask when someone would be coming to take their orders. 

    Loren ordered a blackened grouper sandwich with fries.

    He said it was tasty.  I ordered the mushroom swiss burger with fries.

    It tasted good, but was cooked a medium well instead of medium.  I usually love the fries at Jack Willies, but these weren’t as good as they have been in the past. 

    I wanted a chocolate dessert, but they were out, instead on the advice of the waiter, we got the apple crumble.

    It wasn’t very good.  The apples weren’t cooked long enough.  We ate the ice cream and some of the crust but left almost all of the apples on the plate.  Total bill was $33.  We used to love going to Jack Willies.  The food and service were always good.  Lately though, it seems to have gone downhill.

    Jack Willie’s Tiki Bar and Grill
    1013 St Petersburg Dr
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-854-1972

    Jack Willie's Original Tiki Bar and Grill on Urbanspoon

    Food3/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value2/5
    2.6/5