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Ate dinner at Thirsty Marlin tonight.  There are so many things on their menu that sound good, it’s hard to choose sometimes.  We started off with a Rainbow Roll.

I’ve found sushi to be hit or miss here.  The fish is usually good, but the rice isn’t always quite right.  Tonight’s rice was a bit too dense, but otherwise the roll was good.  Loren & I split a bowl of lobster bisque, though I really didn’t want to share.

It had a wonderful creamy texture and amazing flavor.  I kept trying to pull the bowl closer to my end of the table.  Loren went for a lightly blackened mahi sandwich tonight.

He said the fish was tasty.  You never quite know what you’re going to get when you say lightly blackened, but they did it pretty well.  I went for a mushroom swiss burger.

I only managed to eat half of it.  It was cooked a nice medium and had good flavor to it, but between the soup and sushi, I was getting full… not to mention I had my eye on the fried cheesecake.

I’m always intrigued by how different restaurants interpret a dish. I’ve had different versions of fried cheesecake and this one was pretty good.  It sits on a layer of Oreo cookie crumbs and the cheesecake is wrapped and deep fried, so you get a crunchy outer layer and creamy interior.  Just add chocolate sauce and whipped cream and you’ve got yourself a yummy little dessert.  Total bill with a drink was $44.

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

Thirsty Marlin Grill & Bar on Urbanspoon

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

Another order of masitas and a mahi cuban and a tasty $20 lunch is had by all.  Yeah, we eat here a lot.  Believe it or not, I don’t even post all the times we eat here.

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
  • We celebrated Loren’s birthday at Green Springs Bistro in Safety Harbor.  We’d eaten here once before and enjoyed the food, but this time around it just wasn’t up to par with the prices they charge.

    We were seated in one of the front rooms and it was really loud.  For such a cozy little restaurant, you’d think they could figure out a way to dampen some of the noise in there.  Our waitress brought over a taste of their potato and scallion soup.

    It was creamy, but the first thing Loren did was grab for the salt shaker.  That was the start of the relatively unseasoned food we had all night. Next up came our appetizer, Harold’s shrooms.

    Roasted portobello mushroom caps with red peppers, olives and garlic goat cheese.  I found the olives to be overpowering in the dish, though I really liked the taste of the goat cheese.  The mushrooms were meaty, but a little tough to cut.  Salads also came with our meal.

    For his entree, Loren ordered the filet mignon which came with mashed potatoes and roasted veggies.

    The filet was very tender and cooked medium, but underseasoned.  The gorgonzola on top completely overwhelmed the taste of the meat though.  As you can see from the photo, some of the veggies were a bit charred while others were a bit underdone.

    I ordered the blue crab and lobster stuffed mahi.

    The mahi was overcooked and tough.  My first reaction was that the mahi I had recently at Cuban Breezes, for less than half the price mind you,  was cooked way better than this piece of fish.  The crab and lobster stuffing tasted like a crabcake.  There was absolutely nothing textural, visual, or taste wise that would have indicated to me that it had any lobster in it whatsoever. The Key Lime white wine sauce had very little lime flavor ( I actually thought it was a lemon sauce) and there wasn’t much of it on the plate.  My butter knife was also a bit inadequate to cut through some of the roasted carrots.

    I’d heard good things about their black & blue cobbler so I got some to take home.

    It was very sweet and there wasn’t enough of the crumb topping.  It came with a tasty vanilla bean ice cream though.  Our waitress was very friendly and kept plates cleared and drinks full.  Overall though, we were fairly disappointed in the whole $73 experience.  If I’m going to pay that much for dinner, I expect wonderful flavors and textures and to leave the restaurant wondering when I’ll be able to go back again.  After this meal, I don’t think we’ll be returning anytime soon.

    Green Springs Bistro
    156 Fourth Ave North
    Safety Harbor, FL
    727-669-6762

    Green Springs Bistro on Urbanspoon

    Food2/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value1/5
    2.5/5

    Mmm… Mahi


    We stopped by Cuban Breezes for lunch today around 1pm and it was packed.  We luckily snagged the last available table.  I had no idea Sunday afternoon was such a busy time for them.  Loren ordered his usual lechon and I went for something light today, the grilled mahi with rice/beans and a side salad.

     

    Both dishes were really good today.  The pork was tender and flavorful and the mahi was some of the best I’ve eaten.  It’s cooked perfectly, tender and flaky, with just a hint of seasoning.  Definitely something I’d order again.  With a drink, the total bill was $19.

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

    Cuban Breezes on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Filed under: Cuban, Oldsmar, Tampa
  • The plan tonight was to eat dinner & then go watch the sunset on Indian Rocks Beach, but dinner at Jimmy Guana’s took a bit longer than expected.  It was busy and we had to wait about 15 minutes for a table, but we were very happy with the table we ended up with.  Back of the restaurant, overlooking the water and secluded enough that we could actually hear each other and have a conversation over the live band that was playing.

    We started out with some gumbo and grouper nuggets.

    The gumbo had sausage, crawfish, and a nice spice blend which gave it a lot of  flavor.  It wasn’t very spicy at all.  The grouper nuggets were pretty good.  Loren liked the spicy sauce that came with them.

    For dinner, he ordered the blacked mahi sandwich and I got the fried grouper sandwich.

    Loren liked his a lot more than I liked mine.  Actually, the grouper was ok, but after the nuggets, it was just too much of a one note taste in my mouth.  Total bill was $40.

    Jimmy Guana
    401 2nd St
    Indian Rocks Beach, FL
    (727) 595-8356

    Jimmy Guana on Urbanspoon

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value3/5
    3.2/5