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We went over to Thirsty Marlin for dinner tonight.  Loren was craving grouper and this plate of fried grouper cheeks hit the spot.

The fish had a good crunchy batter and came with two sides.  He enjoyed the grouper dipped in the spicy Bahamian sauce.  I decided to try some sushi.  I ordered a Mexican roll, lobster roll and some salmon.

I wasn’t terribly impressed with the sushi.  The batter on the shrimp & lobster was so thick & crunchy that you couldn’t distinguish the two from each other.  There was also way too much rice on the sushi rolls.  They were just too thick.  The lobster roll had fried onions on top which was an odd choice.  They really didn’t add anything worthwhile to the dish.  I don’t think I’d order either of these rolls again.  The salmon was good though.  Total bill with a drink was $52.

Thirsty Marlin
1023 Florida Ave
Palm Harbor, FL
727-784-3469

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

Good Seafood


I’ve pretty much taken Dunedin off of my radar since they installed parking meters, but since Hog Island has their own parking lot we ventured over there for dinner.  We say the same thing every time we come here, “the food’s good, but it’s way too loud!”  The noise hits you in the face when you walk in the door and doesn’t subside until you’re back outside again.  It’s just not enjoyable when you have to shout to have a conversation.  But, on to the food.  Loren ordered the swordfish which came with a salad and two sides.

He said the fish was tender & tasty.  A few too many carrots in the veggie mixture for him, but otherwise a tasty dish.  I ordered the po boy

It’s a mix of oysters, grouper, and shrimp on a ciabatta roll with fries.  There was no way I was going to be able to pick it up & eat it, but all of the seafood was crunchy and delicious.  The fries were nicely done as well.  Loren said he might have to order some fried grouper after tasting a piece in the po boy.  They didn’t have anything that tempted our sweet tooth tonight, so the bill was $39 with a drink.

Hog Island Fish Camp
900 Broadway
Dunedin, FL
727-733-1179

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere1/5
Value3/5
3.1/5
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  • So Slow


    We went over to Jack Willie’s in Oldsmar for lunch today with a friend.  We haven’t eaten there in a while because the food had been hit or miss the last couple of times we went.  There was a pretty good crowd on the patio and around the bar, but it didn’t seem busy enough for how slow the service was.

    Between the three of us, we ordered the Oyster Po Boy, the grouper sandwich and the Fish & Chips .

    The food took way too long to come out of the kitchen.  I don’t think I could have eaten the Oyster Po Boy as a sandwich unless I wanted to wear half of it.  The oysters were fried nicely though.  The grouper portion seemed a little small, but it was blackened ok.  Besides the service, the other issue I had is that they allow smoking on the patio which completely ruins a meal for me.  Total bill with two drinks was $44.

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

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    Food2/5
    Service1/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value2/5
    1.7/5
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  • Extra Crunchy


    We went over to the Thirsty Marlin in Palm Harbor for dinner tonight.  Our experiences here have been hit or miss.  From the food to the service, you never quite know what you’re going to get.  The food tonight was good for the most part, but the service could have used some improvement.  Loren got a salad & we started off with a Rainbow Roll.

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    The rainbow roll was tasty.  It wasn’t rolled quite as tight as you get from most sushi restaurants, but the fish was fresh and the rice had a good consistency.  It could have used a little more avocado on it though.  For his entree, Loren got the blackened mahi sandwich.

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    He enjoyed it.  The fish was perfectly cooked and the blackened seasoning had a bit of a kick to it.  I went for the fried grouper sandwich.

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    I found the coating on the grouper to be way too thick & crunchy.  It was hard to eat.  I ended up pulling most of the coating off and just eating the fish which was tender and flaky.

    Our waitress was friendly enough, but compared to the one waiting the table behind us, she just didn’t offer up the things I wanted to know.  If there are specials, I expect to be asked if I want to hear them and at the end of the meal, I expect to be asked if I want dessert before the check is brought to the table.  Total bill with a drink was $41.

    Thirsty Marlin
    1023 Florida Ave
    Palm Harbor, FL
    727-784-3469

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    Food3/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    2.7/5

    Madfish Grill


    I have an obsession with Ipswich fried clams, so when I see them on a menu for a restaurant, we have to go eat there.  Madfish Grill in Sarasota is supposedly the only place in town that carries them.  They weren’t very busy when we arrived around 6:30pm which was fine with us.  We started off with some bread & the lobster fondue.

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    The fondue was tasty with the toasted Cuban bread, but we didn’t like the strips of crunchy whatever it was that they put on top of it.  They tasted ok and we tried to remove most of them, but they sort of melted into the fondue so you couldn’t get a clean scoop without getting some of the now mushy garnish.  It was just unnecessary.  For his entree, Loren got the grouper Florentine.

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    The asparagus was perfectly cooked and still crunchy, so he really liked that.  The grouper was also perfectly cooked, but after just having the fondue, the cheese sauce was a bit much.  It also had mashed potatoes on the bottom of it.  He was happy and very full.  The whole belly clams were the only thing on my mind.

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    The clams were delicious.  Just like I remember from when I was a kid in New England.  The fries were ok, but the cole slaw was too tart for me.  I needed a touch of sweetness, so we got the chocolate lava cake.

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    Pretty standard lava cake with ice cream and whipped cream.  Tasty end to a a tasty meal.  Total bill with a drink was $68.

    Madfish Grill
    4059 Cattlemen Rd
    Sarasota, FL
    941-377-3474

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