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We went over to Jack Willies in Oldsmar for dinner tonight.  We sat on the patio, but I think we would have enjoyed our dinner more had we sat inside.  There was a table of loud, drunk people behind us and they allow smoking on the patio, so the overall atmosphere just wasn’t for us.  The food, however, was pretty tasty.

Loren ordered the blackened Mahi with fries.  He said the fish was fresh and tender with just the right amount of spice.

I ordered a fried seafood combo with oysters and grouper.  The waiter heard “shrimp” instead of grouper, so he had to take the plate back & then bring me another plate with the grouper.

It was  big ol’ plate of fried food.  The oysters were delicious.  I love me some tater tots and the hush puppies had a good flavor too.  The grouper is why we went there in the first place and it had a nice crispy coating and the fish was tender and flaky.  Total bill with a drink was $35.

Jack Willie’s Tiki Bar and Grill
1013 St Petersburg Dr
Oldsmar, FL

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Back Again

We can’t help it, we love the food at Craft Street Kitchen.  There’s always something new to try and it’s usually pretty darn tasty.  Tonight was no different.  We started off with the avocado hummus.

I’m not usually a big fan of hummus, but this was good.  The only thing I didn’t like about it were the chunks of bell pepper.  Other than that, it was rich and creamy and had pickled radish, mandarin oranges, and a corn relish.  We ran out of crackers before we ran out of hummus.  For his entree, Loren decided to try the SS Minnow.

It’s a mahi sandwich with a jalenpeno kraut on it.  He said it was reuben-esque and quite tasty.  I decided to try the crafty pasta.

I’m surprised I hadn’t tried this one before.  It was creamy and peppery from the arugula in it.  It had chicken and mushrooms, tomatoes & onions in a Madeira cream.  I would definitely order it again.  We also got a red velvet lover’s sundae to go.  No photos, but it was red velvet brownie cake with strawberry ice cream, whipped cream and two chocolate covered strawberries.  So good!  Total bill with a drink was $47.

Craft Street Kitchen and Drinks
3153 Curlew Rd
Oldsmar, FL

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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar
  • So Loud

    We went over to Hog Island Fish Camp in Dunedin for dinner tonight.  We got there around 5:45pm and there were a few tables left in the main dining area, but they filled up quickly.  The first thing we noticed was how loud it was in the dining area.  By the time it filled up, we could barely hear each other across the table.

    Loren ordered the Mahi Mahi with a side of greens, which for some reason came out well before the rest of our meal.


    Even though the braised greens had bacon on them, they just didn’t have the unctuous flavor he was craving.  They were tender enough, but the vinegar was overpowering.  For his entree, he ordered the mahi mahi.


    He said it was yummy.  The fish was perfectly cooked and he liked the mix of zucchini, tomatoes and onions.  I went for the salt & pepper oysters which came with fries & cole slaw.  I also ordered the mac & cheese.



    The oysters had a good crunch and flavor and there were plenty of them.  The mac & cheese had an interesting flavor that I couldn’t quite place.  The sides are a shareable size, but paying $11 for the two of them seemed a little high.  They had a salted caramel mousse on the dessert menu that we couldn’t pass up.


    This was really tasty.  Smooth creamy mousse with Oreo cookie crumbles and whipped cream.  One of the best things about the meal.  Overall, the food was good, but we prefer to eat at places where we can actually have a conversation without having to shout at each other.  Total bill with a drink was $59.

    Hog Island Fish Camp
    900 Broadway
    Dunedin, FL

    Hog Island Fish Camp Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


  • Filed under: Dunedin, Seafood
  • Tough Tuna

    We ate dinner at Molly Goodheads in Ozona tonight.  It was a bit too steamy to be out on the porch, so we sat inside.  Unfortunately, a lot of other people had the same idea, so it was pretty loud in there.  The bar area was overflowing and the waitresses were having to constantly ask people to move out of the way. 

    We started off with some He Crab soup. 

    It was very creamy and had a nice flavor, but the crab seemed a bit overcooked in it.  It’s still one of the tastier soups in town though.  We both got salads with our meals.

    Loren ordered the blackened mahi with garlic mashed. 

    He really enjoyed it.  The fish was cooked perfectly and the mashed taters were yummy.  I decided on the yellowfin tuna and mashed potatoes.

    Unfortunately, the tuna was tough.  Loren thought it had an odd flavor, not necessarily an unfresh flavor, but more that it had absorbed some other flavor while it was cooking.  I ate half of one piece and since Loren didn’t like it either, we didn’t want it for leftovers.  The waitress asked if there was a problem with it and when we said it was tough, she had a manager take it off the bill.  I do appreciate it when the waitstaff notices you’ve left a large amount of food on your plate and does what they can to rectify the situation.  Total bill after the tuna was removed was $25.

    Molly Goodheads
    400 Orange Street
    Ozona, FL

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  • Filed under: Ozona, Seafood
  • Looking for some great food and service, we went to Bonefish for dinner tonight.  This is another one of those restaurants where our expectations are high, so it’s even more disappointing when they don’t live up to them. 

    It started out well.  Our waitress promptly came to our table, took our drink order, brought our drinks and some bread and took our appetizer order, then she disappeared.

    The bread was warm and crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, just the way I like it.

    I was really looking forward to the calamari.  The last time we were here it was excellent.  This time, not so much.  It was tough and I hate chewy calamari.  When our waitress came back to take our entree orders, she asked how the calamari was.  I told her and thankfully, they took it off the bill.

    Loren started off with a salad and I got the corn chowder.

    He really enjoyed the salad.  The chowder was spicier than I remember it, but it was still pretty good. For our entrees, Loren ordered the mahi mahi with mashed potatoes.

    Mahi mahi is one of his favorites and this one did not disappoint.  He really enjoyed it.  I ordered one of the specials, the huge wild shrimp pad thai. 

    Here’s the thing about huge shrimp, they’re not easy to cook correctly and these were not good at all.  Four shrimp, overcooked, tough, and had an odd flavor.  My first thought was that they had the lingering taste of having been frozen.  I prefer my pad thai to have some sweetness as well as spice and this just had the spice.  I didn’t eat much of it and didn’t even bother taking it home. 

    Total bill was $45 after they removed the calamari.  Our waitress seemed to disappear for long periods of time, but when she was around, she was very attentive.  The dining room was very loud tonight and at one point, they turned down the lights so low that you could barely see your food.  Overall, this was not our best experience here.

    Bonefish Grill
    2519 McMullen Booth Rd
    Clearwater, FL

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  • Filed under: Seafood