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Went to the movies this morning and saw “Knight and Day”.  It was entertaining, better than “Killers”.  We were out of there around noon and headed up Hillsborough to find some lunch.  We ended up at the Garden Grille Cafe.

We’d eaten here once before but neither of us could remember much about it.   Loren got the grilled chicken and Greek salad.

He liked it.  The chicken was tender, the Greek dressing was tasty, and the pitas were fresh.  What else could you ask for?

I ordered a gyro with a side of potato salad.

This was also very good.  The tzatziki sauce was pretty mild, but I like it when it’s not overwhelmingly garlicy.  The potato salad had a nice flavor to it too.   I didn’t think of this as a Greek restaurant, but both of our Greek dishes were pretty good.  Another $20 lunch and we both left with happy tasty buds and full stomachs.

Garden Grille Cafe
8425 Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL

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  • We went to see the movie “Killers” this morning (not great), and decided to just drive up US 19 until we found a restaurant for lunch.  We didn’t have to drive far before we saw a sign for the Marathon Grille in Palm Harbor.

    The restaurant is at the end of a shopping plaza in the back away from the highway.  We never knew it was there and just drove around the parking lot until we found it. 

    Loren ordered the Panini Italiano with fries.

    He said it was like an Italian Cuban sandwich.  Good flavorful meats on a lightly pressed roll. 

    I ordered a gyro with potato salad.

    This was a really good gyro.  Very fresh and the tzatziki sauce was flavorful without being overwhelming.  Too many have so much garlic that it’s all you taste.  This sauce complemented the meat and didn’t steal the show.

    As for dessert, how could I pass up a chocolate mousse cake?

    This was yummy.  It was covered with a chocolate shell and inside were moist layers of cake and chocolate mousse.  Total lunch was $20 and it was way better than the movie.

    Marathon Grille
    33675 US Highway 19N
    Palm Harbor, FL
    727-787-4246

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  • What used to be the Happy Greek in Palm Harbor is now Little Greek.  We asked the guy at the counter why they weren’t happy anymore and he said well, the economy’s rough right now.  He then went on to explain that they didn’t own the Happy Greek name and they’re part of the Little Greek franchise.

    Today was a gyro day for both of us, one chicken and one with gyro meat.

    I also got a side of potato salad.  It was typical gyro fare.  Nothing out of the ordinary.  The tzatziki sauce had me tasting garlic the whole rest of the day though. 

    I saw this is the dessert case and had to have one.

    It was chocolate sponge cake with layers of chocolate mouse and some chocolate sprinkles.  It was pretty good.  Not a deep down rich chocolate, but rather a lighter, fluffier chocolate dessert.   Total lunch was $20.

    Little Greek
    320 East Lake Road
    Palm Harbor, FL
    727-785-7782

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  • I’ve been wanting Greek food for a while now and we finally decided to try the Acropol Inn Restaurant over on Sunset Point Rd in Clearwater.  There were a bunch of cars in the parking lot, so that’s usually a good sign.

    We started off with some Greek salads.

    They were a rather simple Greek salad, just some lettuce, tomato, onions, Feta and a dollop of potato salad on the bottom.  The homemade dressing was pretty good though.  They bring the bottle of dressing to the table so you can have as much or as little as you want. 

    They also bring you a large basket of bread.

    It was very fresh and soft, but would have been better if it had been warm.  We decided to try their gyro appetizer.

    There was a lot of gyro meat on the plate along with some garlicy tzatziki sauce.  It was really tasty gyro meat.  We ended up bringing half of it home.

    Loren got the souvlaki platter with veggies and rice.

    He said the pork was tasty, but not tender.  It definitely hadn’t been marinated for very long.  The red sauce on the rice tasted like tomato soup and the veggies were water logged. 

    I saw pastitio on the menu and had to have it.

    It was a huge portion, half of it came home with me too.  It was good, but it had the same red sauce as Loren’s rice and tasted like tomato soup.  You could definitely taste the nutmeg in the meat.   Not the best I’ve ever had, but it satisfied my craving.  It also came with the same water logged veggies.

    This wouldn’t be my first choice for Greek food, but for $26 we definitely got a lot of food.

    Acropol Inn Restaurant
    2552 Sunset Point Rd
    Clearwater, FL
    (727) 796-2879

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  • Panos Kouzina is a little Greek restaurant close to our house.  I usually order something off their specials board, but they had a two dinners for $15 special going,  so we ordered from that and got the Souvlaki and Gyro dinners. 

    Let’s pause for a moment and talk about my obsession with bread.  I usually clean out the bread basket any time we go out to eat.  I love bread and rolls slathered in butter or dipped in olive oil.  It just makes me happy.  Panos Kouzina has some of the best garlic bread I’ve ever had.  It’s thick and soft and doesn’t have so much garlic that you can’t taste anything else (that’s their Tzatziki sauce).  I was through two pieces of bread before the soup came out.

    They had clam chowder for the soup today.  Good stuff.  By the time our dinners showed up, I was already full with soup & bread, so I just ate the gyro meat and some fries… and the last piece of bread.  Their Tzatziki sauce is really, really garlicly.  Not that it’s a bad thing, but you’ll probably still be tasting it the next day.

    $19 and our tastebuds were happy.

    Panos Kouzina
    3101 SR 580
    Safety Harbor, FL
    (727) 797–2667

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