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We ate lunch at Hurricane Grill today and the place was deserted.  Granted, it was about 2pm when we got there.  It’s amazing what the power of suggestion can do for you though.  We passed Burger King on the way to the restaurant and when I think of Burger King, I think of onion rings, so I had to order some.

They were nice & crunchy with a mild beer battered flavor.  They were served with a honey mustard sauce that was tasty.  Loren ordered some chicken sliders.

He said they were ok.  He got them with the mango BBQ sauce, but ended up dipping them in the remaining onion ring sauce.  I ordered some boneless wings, half with the raspberry sauce and half with honey mustard sauce.

They really need to offer a smaller portion of boneless wings.  Ten really is too many for me.  I found the wings to be rather tough overall.  They’re just too crunchy for my taste.  I enjoyed the raspberry sauce; it had a nice sweetness that went well with the chicken.  The other one just paled in comparison.  I ended up bringing most of them home.

Total bill was $28 with a drink.  For the price, I just don’t think it was worth it.

Hurricane Grill & Wings
33086 US Highway 19 N.
Palm Harbor, FL
(727) 771-2923

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We keep driving up Hwy 19 to try the new Mexican restaurant opening up where Aunt Chilada’s used to be, but it still hasn’t opened yet.  Wing House is right next door, so we ended up there for lunch instead.

They weren’t too crowded for a Sunday afternoon.  Loren got some blackened wings, I went for the boneless wings with honey BBQ sauce, and we split an order of onion rings.

I like the honey BBQ sauce here.  It’s not overly sweet.  The boneless wings were very tender and there were quite a few of them in the basket.  Loren said the blackened wings were very peppery, but not too spicy.  Total bill with a drink was $22.

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

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We were headed down to Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St Petersburg today and ate lunch at Munch’s Sundries.  Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive Ins and Dives filmed there earlier this year and based on our experience, I think it was a good pick. 

It’s got that diner feel to it.  Been around since the 1950’s and the photos on the walls bring you back to an era long gone.  We started off with some onion straws.

It was a big ol’ basket of lightly battered, very yummy onion rings.  This is one of those addictive appetizers.  Loren even found a few bonus items in the basket, some okra and a piece of fried chicken.  The waitress said sometimes you may even end up with a fried shrimp in there.  For lunch, Loren got a cheeseburger with fries.

He said the burger was good, but that the bun had a bit too much mustard and relish on it for this taste.  He ended up having to help me eat my lunch, the BBQ rib sandwich.

Ok, I’m not really sure why they called it a sandwich, maybe because there were two pieces of bread on the plate?  It was just three of the tastiest BBQ ribs I’ve had in a long time.  They were so tender and had lots of flavor.  I didn’t even bother with the BBQ sauce.  I would definitely come back for more BBQ.  Loren’s even thinking about using them to cater BBQ for one of their autocross events.

And when there’s homemade apple pie on the menu, I find it very hard to resist.

Lots of apples and cinnamon on a tasty crust.  And the best part was that the whole meal with a drink was $21.  Next time we’re in south St Pete, we’re definitely stopping here again.

Munch’s Sundries
3920 6th St S
St Petersburg, FL
(727) 896-5972

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We ventured over to Jack Willies for lunch today.  They weren’t very busy, but you wouldn’t have guessed that by the service.  We split a mushroom swiss burger with some fries and onion rings.

It took a long time for the burger to come out.  Our medium burger was more like well done and both the fries and onion rings had been in the fryer too long or the oil was too hot.  Overall, just not a very satisfying meal. 

Then, their credit card machine went on the fritz so our waitress disappeared to go deal with that.  I really used to love going to Jack Willies, but the last few times we’ve been there, it’s been disappointing.  Total bill was $14 with a drink.

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

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Fast Food

We try to avoid fast food burgers as much as possible, but tonight was one of those nights where it was just convenient to drive through Burger King on the way home.  Surprisingly, this was our first Burger King stop all year. 

I grabbed a couple of Whoppers, some fries and onion rings and brought them home.  Typical fast food.  The burgers were plopped together and messy and the onion rings had been waiting around too long.  I’m convinced the only way you can get fresh onion rings at BK is if you stand there and wait until a new batch comes up.  They just don’t have a long shelf life.   Total was $10.

Burger King
27282 U. S. Hwy. 19 North
Clearwater, FL
(727) 796-4441