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We were in Arcadia today and stopped at Wheeler’s Cafe for lunch.  It was a crowded little restaurant, but we were able to get a seat out on the porch.  Loren ordered the cheeseburger with a side of chili.



He said both were good.  The chili wasn’t spicy at all, but had a rich, tomatoey flavor.  I went for the country fried chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, and fried green tomatoes.


The chicken would have been better had it been flattened before being fried.  It was a bit on the tough side.  The mashed potatoes were homemade and yummy and the gravy had just the right amount of pepper in it.  As for the fried green tomatoes, they were quite greasy, but had a good flavor.  I wanted something sweet so we got a piece of the chocolate pudding pie.


This didn’t do it for me.  The pudding was a bit too gelatinous for me and I’d much rather have real whipped cream than whipped topping.   Overall, the experience was just ok.  The food took a long time to come out and our waitress disappeared completely.  She never came back to the table to check on us.  Another waitress brought our dessert and check.  Total bill with a drink was $21.

Wheeler’s Cafe
13 S. Monroe Ave
Arcadia, FL

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  • Filed under: American, Dessert
  • Back up to Tarpon Springs today to have lunch at Johnny Grits.  The place was packed when we got there.  We made a conscious effort to try something different on the menu this time.  Loren got the roast beef sandwich with a side of fries.



    Though the sandwich had good flavor, the roast beef wasn’t as tender as he’d have liked.  It was sliced thick, so even slicing it thinner may have helped.  I went for the chicken fried chicken with mashed potatoes and cole slaw and we shared a skillet of three cheese grits.




    The chicken had a crunchy exterior and was tender and juicy in the middle.  The batter had a good flavor to it and fulfilled all my requirements for a yummy fried chicken dish.  The mashed potatoes were real, which is such a delight nowadays.  Too many restaurants use fake potatoes and the taste difference is enormous.  The grits were cheesy and perfectly cooked, though they did need a little extra salt.  It was a hearty down home kind of meal for $23.

    Johnny Grits
    857 E. Klosterman Rd
    Tarpon Springs, FL

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    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
  • Great Dip

    When we were driving down Gulf to Bay Thursday night, we noticed Pappas Ranchhouse had finally opened, so we headed over there for dinner tonight.  It’s a large restaurant and they were pretty full when we arrived.  We waited about 15 minutes for a table.

    The first thing we noticed was how loud it was in the dining area.  This is definitely not a peaceful and quiet restaurant.  Turning down the music would help some, but they also need to find some way to damper the overall noise level in there. 

    I had read some other reviews that said if you wanted bread you had to ask for it, but our waiter brought us some without us having to say a word. 

    The bread had a nice flavor, texture and crispy crust, but either it needed to be warmer or the butter needed to be softer.   Trying to spread rock hard butter on barely warm bread is not an easy task.

    We decided to get the artichoke and spinach dip.

    This is definitely an appetizer for more than 2 people.  The crock was huge!  We ran out of chips way before we ran out of dip.  Hands down, this was the best part of the meal.  Loren said the key to a great spinach dip is garlic and this one had plenty.  It was cheesy, creamy, and full of flavor.  We’ll go back just for it.

    Loren ordered a 6 oz sirloin with mashed potatoes and a salad.

    They didn’t quite get medium right on his steak.  The majority of it was medium well, with just a small bit of the thicker piece of the steak anywhere close to the medium range.  He said it was tender, but just a bit dry from being overcooked. 

    I ordered the prime rib sandwich with sweet potato fries. 

    The prime rib was very tender and juicy.  The sandwich also had grilled onions and mushrooms on it.  I think they need a thicker bread to put it on though because the bottom slice was extremely soggy.  The au jois was a bit salty to me, but overall, the sandwich was really good.

    We also got a piece of chocolate cake to take home.

    It was a very moist cake and the mousse layers had chocolate chips in it.  I could have done without the chocolate chips though as they ruined the smooth texture for me.  Total bill was $41 which was pretty good for the amount of food we got. 

    Pappas Ranch Steakhouse
    2630 Gulf to Bay Blvd
    Clearwater, FL
    (727) 797-9800

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    We called around to a few places to see who was open on Memorial Day and ended up at Georgie Boy Restaurant in Clearwater.

    They have a big menu with lots of choices.  We both ordered off of the specials menu with came with bread, soup or salad, and dessert.

    Loren got a salad & and I got the cream of chicken soup.

    The soup was very flavorful.  Definitely homemade.

     Bread baskets always make me happy.  For our entrees, Loren ordered the roast beef dinner which came with mashed potatoes and corn.

    Down home goodness on a plate.  Nothing fancy, just good food and lots of it.  I ordered the fettucine with meatballs.

    Gotta love a place that actually gives you a bunch of meatballs.  The sauce was really good, very similar to my grandmother’s recipe.  The meatballs were also very tasty and had a nice consistency.  I ended up taking half of it home for leftovers.

    For dessert, we both decided to get cheesecake.  There were some options that came with dinner or you could substitute cheesecake for half price.

    This was a decandent NY style cheesecake.  Very thick and rich with a delicate flavor.  There were a few other desserts in the dessert case that looked amazing. 

    Total dinner was $25.  Great value, and lots of tasty food.  This is definitely a place we’ll try again.

    Georgie Boy Restaurant
    1101 S Missouri Ave
    Clearwater, FL

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