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We decided to try the new Brick House Tavern and Tap in Clearwater tonight.  The noise level is off the charts from the moment you open the door.  I think we counted at least 30 TV’s from where we were sitting and I’m sure we missed some.  Our waiter came to take our order and after that, we barely saw him again.  We started off with the spiked calamari.

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We had to flag down another server to ask for plates and silverware since our waiter neglected to bring any to the table.  The calamari was really good.  Thick pieces with a nice crunch.  It was tasty.  For his entree, Loren ordered the grilled mahi mahi.

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He said it was cooked well.  The fish was tender and flaky and had a nice seasoning to it.  I ordered the pork meatball sandwich with a side of tots.

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I liked the flavor of the meatballs, but wasn’t too keen on the bbq sauce on them.  It was a bit spicy and just a little too strong that it covered up the delicate flavor of the meatballs.  My drink was empty halfway through the meal, but our waiter was no where to be found.  Eventually, he came by to clear the plates and cleared my empty glass without asking if I’d like something more to drink.  Now,  here’s the odd part.  When he brought the check, he brought two to-go cups filled with water & tea which we didn’t ask for.  It would have been nice to have our drinks filled during our meal, but why would you just bring to-go drinks for no reason??   Overall, the food was good, but the poor service and the fact that it’s a loud sports bar will likely mean we won’t be back anytime soon. Total bill with a drink was $41.

Brick House Tavern and Tap
28795 US 19 N
Clearwater, FL
(727) 726-6352

Brickhouse Tap And Tavern on Urbanspoon

Food4/5
Service1/5
Atmosphere1/5
Value3/5
2.5/5

The first thing we noticed when we walked into Roosterfish Grill was the noise level.  This is another one of those restaurants where it was difficult to have a conversation across the table.  The second thing we noticed were the rolls of paper towels hanging above all of the tables suspended by coat hangers.  The design flaw of this became very apparent every time the waiter came to our table and had to awkwardly bend down around it to talk to us.

We started off with a cup of clam chowder and a cup of crab chowder.

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Both chowders were on the thin side and needed salt.  We just both like thick, rich, creamy chowders and these had more of a soup consistency.  Next up calamari.

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The calamari itself was good.  It had the right crunch and the pieces were tender.  The marinara sauce that came with it tasted like canned tomato paste that hadn’t been cooked for very long.  For his entree, Loren ordered the mango mahi.

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He said the fish was ok.  It was tender and the mango salsa on top was tasty.  The broccoli was a mix of new green pieces and old brown ones that looked like they had been sitting in the kitchen all day.  I decided to try one of the specials, the fried oysters.

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The waiter told us this was the first night they were on the menu and from my first bite, I hope it was the last.  They were completely inedible.  There was so much salt in the breading that you couldn’t even taste the oysters.  Just absolutely awful.  The manager took it off our bill and offered us a free dessert.  We got the black forest cake.

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I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth, but the cake tasted like it had been recently frozen and improperly thawed because the cake was wet.  Not moist, but wet.  It actually had a good flavor to it, but the texture was wrong.  Total bill with a drink was $35 and since there were issues with every plate of food, we won’t be going back again.

Roosterfish Grill
776 Missouri Ave
Largo, FL
727-584-5888

Roosterfish Grill on Urbanspoon

Food1/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value2/5
1.6/5
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  • Filed under: Dessert, Seafood
  • Still Salty


    We usually spend our Sunday mornings at the movies and then head out for a late lunch.  Today it was Star Trek and Thirsty Marlin.  We started off with some calamari.

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    We order calamari almost every place we go, and this was surprisingly good.  It had a crunchy and flavorful batter and was pretty tender.  It came with marinara sauce, but I got a side of ranch which made it even better.  For his lunch, Loren ordered the blackened mahi sandwich.

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    He said the fish was cooked well and had good flavors.  I went for a steak philly and onion rings.

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    Though the first few bites were good, I found the saltiness became overwhelming after a while.  It just continued to build until I couldn’t take anymore.  I didn’t like the onion rings at all.  They lacked the appropriate crunch and were also overly salted.  I did enjoy the cole slaw though.  Total bill with a drink was $37.

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

    Thirsty Marlin Grill & Bar on Urbanspoon

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

    We went to a movie this morning and then ate lunch at BJ’s at Countryside Mall around 2pm.  I’m convinced that this place is busy no matter what time you go in there, but at least the roar of the crowd wasn’t as bad in the middle of the afternoon.  The key, we’ve learned, is to get a table by the front windows, otherwise, you can barely hear yourself think in there.

    The avocado egg rolls are the main draw for me here.

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    Crunchy on the outside, creamy and delicious on the inside.  And it’s avocado, so it’s healthy, right?  Right??  Doesn’t matter, they are just too yummy to pass up.  For his entree, Loren tried their mahi tacos.

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    He said they were pretty good.  He also liked the salsa and guac that came with them.  I went for the burger melt.

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    They make a pretty tasty burger here.  It was juicy and the bread was toasted just right.  I ended up bringing half of it home. The skinny fries were nice & crunchy and Loren couldn’t resist scarfing a few.   For $36, it was a very satisfying meal.

    BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
    27001 US Highway 19N
    Clearwater, FL
    727-726-8855

    BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse on Urbanspoon

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

    We haven’t been eating out much lately, mostly because both Loren & I caught a nasty little cold.  Chicken soup, the occasional take out, and the couch were about as far as either of us wanted to go.  But, now we’re back among the living and had a quick lunch at Cuban Breezes.

    Loren got the masitas with a side of ultimate rice and beans.

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    Tender and tasty as always.  I went for a mahi Cuban with a side of rice & beans.

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    The mahi was pretty thick today which made the sandwich a little difficult to eat.  It just kept wanting to fall out of the Cuban bread.  Nonetheless, it was cooked perfectly and with a side of rice and beans filled me right up.  Total bill with a drink was $21.

    Cuban Breezes
    13980 W. Hillsborough Ave.
    Tampa, FL
    813-814-9939

    Cuban Breezes on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    3.9/5
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  • Filed under: Cuban, Oldsmar