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I wanted to go walk around Moccasin Lake Nature Park in Clearwater today, so I searched for a restaurant close by.  We’d never been to Lenny’s before, but it sounded like a good ol’ fashioned diner and those are the places I love to eat.  Plus, you gotta love a place that has an “Employee of the Month sh*t list” posted by the front counter. 

The parking lot was full which is always a good sign.  Luckily, it’s a pretty big restaurant, so we didn’t have to wait for a table.  The menu is huge.  I decided on breakfast, Loren went for lunch. 

We started off with the danish basket that came with my breakfast entree.

This  little basket had quite the treats buried inside.  Five different kinds of sweet goodies including a brownie, cream cheese danish, fruit danish, a cinnamon danish and another custard like danish. 

Then came the relish tray that came with Loren’s lunch.  You get two choices and we picked pickles and macaroni salad.  Both were very tasty.

 At this point, we already knew we were going to have a hard time finishing our entrees. 

Loren got the Deli Triple Threat with potato salad.

It’s three half sandwiches, turkey, pastrami and corned beef.  He said the corned beef was pretty mild, but the turkey and pastrami were really good.  And the meat was piled on the sandwiches.  The potato salad was kind of sweet.  I liked it, but it was too sweet for him.

I ordered a country style breakfast with scrambled eggs with cheese and bacon.

Loren used the bacon on his sandwich, and the eggs were very good.  I love it when you order eggs with cheese and they get it right.  The cheese was mixed in and all melted into the eggs.  Good stuff.

My breakfast also came with 4 silver dollar pancakes.

When I read silver dollar pancakes, I figured they’d be small.  These were four regular sized pancakes and they were delicious.  Light and fluffy and I was barely able to eat half of it.  And because I thought the pancakes were going to be small, I also ordered a side of home fries.

This was absolutely not what I imagined when I ordered home fries.  This dish was awesome.  The potatoes were cooked on the grill and then topped with sauteed onions.  I could have just eaten this and been happy.  Way too much food though, I barely made a dent in it. 

Now we know why the place was so crowded.  Good food, large portions, and very friendly service.   Total bill was $23 and well worth it.

Lenny’s Restaurant
21220 US Hwy 19 N
Clearwater, FL
727-799-0402

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One is Plenty


Watched “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” the other night and they were doing a French toast throwdown.   I’ve been craving French toast since then, so I dragged Loren out of bed and we headed over to Yanny’s in Clearwater because the reviews I read said they had the best pancakes and French toast around. 

Yanny’s is a small diner type restaurant.  Looked like a lot of locals in there.  Luckily, we were able to get a table without a wait.  While we looked over the menu, I ordered a Jungle Juice.

It had bananas, strawberries, cranberries, kiwi, and blueberries in it.  It was tasty, but the banana was definitely the overwhelming flavor in it.  I had to add some ice cubes to it because it wasn’t cold enough for me. 

Loren ordered their homemade corned beef hash. 

It also comes with 2 eggs and toast.  The corned beef hash was really good.  Lots of fresh corned beef, not out of a can, onions, peppers, mushrooms, mixed with hashbrowns.  We got scrambled eggs with cheese with it and they were ok.  I admit, I like my scrambled eggs a little mushy with the cheese mixed in, not just melted on top.  He also ordered a pancake. 

Do not adjust your screen.  That’s one pancake.  It’s huge and thick.  Not your typical light and fluffy pancake.  This one definitely has some texture going on.   We had to drench it in syrup, otherwise, it was kind of dry.  It almost had a biscuit-like feel to it. 

And I ordered one piece of French toast.

This was the most bizarre looking French toast I’ve ever had.  They cook extra custard over the piece of French toast to give it a very unique presentation.  The French toast was good, but the extra custard around the outside didn’t do much for me.  This wasn’t my idea of great French toast.  Good flavor, yes, but texture-wise it wasn’t what I was looking for.

The portions are definitely big here.  I couldn’t imagine how anyone could eat more than one of those pancakes.   We don’t drink coffee, but they were constantly stopping by the table next to us with refills.  

 Believe it or not, the whole meal was just $16.  There was enough pancake left over for another meal. 

Yanny’s
1258 S Highland Ave
Clearwater, FL

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We’ve been craving breakfast for a while now, so looked for a breakfast place on our way to Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin.  Landed at Benedict’s Restaurant on Bayshore Blvd.

Benedict’s is a small restaurant with a bit of kitzch going on.  Looks like a place where the locals hang out.

We both opted for breakfast option #2, 2 eggs, 2 sausage or bacon, and 2 pancakes.  We ordered our eggs scrambled with cheese and a side of seasoned potatoes.

The eggs were really cheesy and that’s a plus in my book.  I’m usually disappointed when I order scrambled eggs because most places cook them until they’re dry and rubbery.  Not these eggs though.  They were just the right texture with the cheese melted in.  The seasoned potatoes were very seasoned with garlic. 

And though we’re no pancake professionals like our friends Andy and Marek of Tampa Bay Breakfasts, I gotta say, these pancakes were pretty darn tasty. 

It took a while to get our food, but right on the table, it says every meal is made to order, so please be patient.  Our patience was rewarded.  All in all, a good, tasty breakfast for $16.50.

Benedict’s Restaurant
2676 Bayshore Blvd
Dunedin, FL
727-736-1600

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