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Tasty Brunch


We went back to Marker 39 with some friends for brunch today.  Everything on their brunch menu looks interesting but I went back to the same thing I had last time, the Cuban Tostada.

I just can’t resist this dish.  Their pulled pork is really tasty and then add some fried eggs, plantains, rice & beans on top of a crispy tostada.  What’s not to love?  Loren ordered the Crab Benedict.

My Cuban dish may have some competition now.  Those crab cakes were amazing.  Unbelievably flavorful with two perfectly poached eggs on top.  So tasty!   Our friends got the traditional Eggs Benedict and the waffle breakfast and all of the plates were clean when we were done.  They make some really tasty food here.  Total bill for the two of us was $35.

Marker 39
155 5th Ave N
Safety Harbor, FL
727-791-1939

Food5/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.8/5

Tasty BBQ


We were in Deland today and headed over to Brian’s BBQ for lunch.  There was no way Loren was passing up something called Rib Stew.

This is the chef’s own creation and had a lot of flavor.  Rib meat, beans and a variety of veggies simmered to make a tasty stew.  Loren did the soup & sandwich combo with a pulled pork sandwich.  The port was tender and smokey.  We also got a side of fried okra. Yum!

I went for the lunch baby back ribs with mac & cheese. The ribs were tender and flavorful and a nice portion for lunch.

Since it was pouring down rain when we finished eating, we decided to stick around and try the apple cobbler.

Add a little bit of ice cream and whipped cream and that’s one tasty dessert.  Definitely some of the best BBQ we’ve had recently.  If we’re ever out that way again, we’ll be sure to stop by.  Total bill with a drink was $35.

Brian’s BBQ
795 N Spring Garden Ave
Deland, FL
386-736-8851

Brian's Bar-B-Que Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.7/5
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  • Filed under: BBQ, Deland
  • Tasty BBQ


    We stopped at Jimbo’s BBQ in Tampa for lunch today.  We were in a hurry, so both got the pulled pork sandwich with different sides.

    We both liked the pork and bbq sauce.  It was tender and tasty with a nice smokey flavor.  The hush puppies were good, but none of the other sides really stood out.  The fried okra had a good crunch, the beans were a bit sweet, and the potato salad & mac & cheese were just ok.  Total bill with a drink was $20.

    Jimbo’s BBQ
    4103 W Kennedy Ave
    Tampa, FL
    813-289-9724

    Jimbo's Pit Bar-B-Q Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Filed under: BBQ, Tampa
  • Mainely Meat


    We stopped at Mainely Meat for some BBQ.  We ordered a sampler and a pulled pork sandwich.

    BBQ Sampler

    Pulled Pork Sandwich

    The ribs were very tender with a spicy rub on top.  The chicken and pulled pork were both cooked well and the sausage was a bit on the spicy side.  The sides, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, and cornbread, were all tasty as well. Total bill with a drink was $25.

    Mainely Meat
    15 Knox Rd
    Bar Harbor, ME
    (207) 288-9200

    Mainely Meat Barbeque Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Filed under: BBQ, Maine
  • Our travels took us over to Little Switzerland and the Switzerland Cafe for lunch.  It was really busy and we ended up waiting about 20 minutes for a table.  We started off with the cheese plate.

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    I had mixed feelings about this appetizer.  I ordered it because the menu said it had goat cheese on it, and there was none to be found on the plate.  That aside, the rest of the cheeses and bread and fruit were pretty tasty.  There was a gingered pear chutney that had a lot of cinnamon and clove in it.  The bread was crusty and very good.  For his entree, Loren ordered the French dip.

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    He really liked it.  Everything worked well together on the sandwich. The bread was fresh and crusty, the au jou had a nice flavor and the beef was tender.   Unfortunately, my pulled pork dish did not impress me.

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    There was something about this dish that I just didn’t like.  There was a spiciness to the pork that completely overwhelmed it.  The cole slaw needed more dressing on it and the beans were overly sweet.  I needed something to cleanse my tastebuds, so I had to order the chocolate cake.

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    This made up for the pulled pork.  It had a creamy mousse layer and other chocolatety textured layers within.  It had a deep, rich chocolate taste and we scarfed every last crumb.  Total bill with a drink was $40.

    Switzerland Cafe
    9440 Hwy 226A
    Little Switzerland, NC
    828-765-5289

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Filed under: American, BBQ, NC