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Da Burger Joint recently opened up in Oldsmar in the space where Nosh Cafe was located.  We ordered at the counter and took a seat to wait for our food.  The first thing we noticed as soon as they started cooking our food was the smell of greasy smoke thick in the air.  Considering we were the only ones there, I can’t even imagine being able to sit in there after a bunch of food starts getting cooked.  They need to invest in a better ventilation system sooner rather than later.

Loren ordered the Pig & Cow burger, I went for the Get Ova Here burger and we split a side of panko breaded onion rings.

Loren & I disagreed about this whole meal.  He liked the flavor of his burger with it’s BBQ pork bits on it.  I didn’t like the texture of the onion rings and  I found the burger to be flavorless and way too greasy & sloppy to even pick up & eat.  Perhaps some cheese or condiments would have made it better, but on its own, it didn’t measure up to other burger places in the area.  Nothing about the experience made me think we need to try it again.  Total bill with a drink was $22.

Da Burger Joint
4058 Tampa Rd
Oldsmar, FL
727-301-0012

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Food2/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere1/5
Value2/5
1.9/5

Early Lunch


We went over to Thirsty Marlin for an early lunch.  We were the first ones in the restaurant, but it started to fill up quick.  We tried the pork nachos for an appetizer.

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The nachos are actually onion rings covered in shredded pork and cheese.  They were tasty.  The pork had a sweet BBQ sauce on it, so I liked it more than Loren did.  The only issue is that they are heavy handed with the salt here, so after a while it gets harder to eat.   For his entree, Loren got the salmon dill wrap.

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He liked the blackened salmon itself, but there was just too much of the dill sauce on the wrap.  He said after a bite or two all he could taste was the dill sauce.  He’d order it again, but with the sauce on the side.  I decided to try their Cuban sandwich.

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It didn’t thrill me.  The mustard was overpowering and there really wasn’t anything special about the sandwich itself.  The meats weren’t flavorful and the bread was pressed a bit too much.  I always have high hopes for the food here, but it seems to be hit or miss.  Total bill with a drink was $38.

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

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Food2/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value2/5
2.0/5

Sweet Bacon


We stopped for a late lunch at Cheddar’s today.  They were pretty crowded and we were seated way in the back of the restaurant, now known as the “ignored zone”.  I’m convinced our waitress’s tables must have been scattered throughout the restaurant because she certainly wasn’t anywhere near our table for most of the time we were there.  We decided to start off with some onion rings.

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It was a heaping pile of onion rings for $4.  Way more than we could eat.  They had a nice crunch and the onions were cooked perfectly.  The only downside was that the more you ate, the saltier they got.  For his entree, Loren got the World Class Chicken sandwich.

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He’s a big bacon fan, but he ended up taking this bacon off the sandwich.  It was a brown sugar cured bacon which meant it didn’t taste like bacon at all.  It was slightly sweet, but mostly had no flavor at all.  I ordered the half salad/half Monte Cristo combo.

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The Monte Cristo is like eating a ham & cheese doughnut, especially when you dip it in the raspberry preserves that come with it.   Very sweet and tasty too.   Total bill with a drink was $22.

Cheddar’s Casual Cafe
2655 Roosevelt Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33760
(727) 536-7770

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Food3/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
2.7/5

Winging It


We were looking for a quick late lunch after going to the movies this morning and ended up at Winghouse.  There must not have been any sporting events going on today because the restaurant was pretty empty.  We both went for some boneless wings and a basket of onion rings.

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The wings were tender and the onion rings were crispy.  What more could you ask for.  There were actually more wings in there than I could eat at one sitting.  Total bill with a drink was $25.

Winghouse
34900 US Highway 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
(727) 784-7706

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

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

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