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Watery Clams


I was bummed when the Boston Cooker closed their location in Oldsmar, but today we decided to drive up to their remaining location in Spring Hill.  Unfortunately, the experience wasn’t worth the drive.  The restaurant in Spring Hill looks identical to the interior of Daddy’s Grill.  The best part of the meal was the rolls fresh from the oven.  We started off with some lobster bisque and Loren got a salad.

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The bisque was really thick and in need of salt.  There weren’t any actual pieces of lobster in there either.  Loren got the seafood platter.

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It had shrimp, scallops, fish, and oysters in it.  He said it was ok with the fish being the best thing on the plate.  The only reason I wanted to go here was for the whole belly clams.

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What a total disappointment.  I had to send the first plate back because the clams were watery and mushy.  It was terrible.  By the time, the new batch came out, Loren was just about finished with his meal.  The second batch wasn’t as watery, but they weren’t great either.  Nothing like I remembered having them before.  We won’t be heading back up there again.  Total bill with a drink was $37.

Boston Cooker
5375 Springhill Drive
Spring Hill, FL
352-684-6000

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

Our last few ventures to Cody’s Original Roadhouse have been less than satisfying.  Though we usually enjoy the salad and yeast rolls, the entrees have been hit or miss.  Tonight’s dinner, though, was much improved.  The salad and rolls were fresh and tasty.

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This is usually the best part of the meal for us.  I was good this time though and didn’t order a second basket of rolls.  It was tempting though.  Loren went for the chef select NY Strip with a loaded baked potato.

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The steak was cooked a perfect medium and was very tender.  He only ate half of it and took the rest home.  This was definitely one of the better steaks he’s had here.  I went for the 1/2 rack of baby back ribs.

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They were very tender tonight and the portion seemed larger than usual.  Fall off the bone with a sweet and tangy bbq sauce.  I actually had some leftovers as well.  This is the first time in a while that we actually left here satisfied.  Total bill with a drink was $35.

Cody’s Original Roadhouse 
26210 US 19 Clearwater, FL
(727) 726-6800

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

Prime Rib Day


So, did you know that April 27th is National Prime Rib Day?  Prom was also going on tonight, so we needed to find a place that the kids weren’t going to be, so we settled on Cody’s out on Hillsborough.  I have a love/hate relationship with Cody’s.  Love the rolls & salad, but the entrees don’t always live up to expectations.

They were pretty busy tonight and it took our waiter quite a while and two tries to get us a salad without onions and some rolls.

The rolls were fresh and so good that we had to order a second basket.  Like I said, this is the best part of the meal to me.  Loren, being in the holiday spirit, decided to try the prime rib.

He said it was pretty tender and he enjoyed it.  Surprisingly, he actually ate the whole thing.  I ordered the half rack of baby back ribs.

Some of the ribs were tender, some parts were not.  They definitely don’t have the smoked taste and flavor you get from an actual BBQ joint.  I’m still working my way through the menu.  Eventually, I’ll find something I like.  Total bill with a drink was $33.

Cody’s Original Roadhouse
11202 West Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL
813-855-2787

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Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5
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  • We ate dinner at Cody’s in Clearwater tonight.  I’ve come to the conclusion that I should just order rolls and salad here and not bother with an entree anymore.  The last few times we’ve eaten here, it’s just been disappointing.

    Loren munches out on peanuts and I devour the yeast rolls.  Ok, he devours them too.

    These were fresh out of the oven and so delicious.  The cinnamon butter just puts them right over the top.  The salad is also yummy minus the onions.

    Loren ordered their 7 oz sirloin steak & shrimp special.

    He said it was ok, not great.  It lacked seasoning, but was cooked ok.  The garlic shrimp were also just ok.  I thought I ordered something that couldn’t be screwed up, a mushroom burger with baked potato.

    The bottom bun on this was soggy, not juice running off of the burger juicy, but actually soggy.  It was just gross.  By the time our waitress came back to the table, Loren was finished eating, so they just took it off the bill and instead charged me for a side salad.  Total bill was still $22.

    Cody’s Original Roadhouse
    26210 US 19 Clearwater, FL
    (727) 726-6800

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

    We headed into Tarpon Springs tonight for my birthday dinner.  I wanted to go back to the Zante Cafe.  We’ve just never been disappointed by the food here.

    The fresh rolls are so buttery and garlicy and just melt in your mouth.

    Next up is the gumbo which also has amazing flavors.

    At this point, our taste buds are very happy, but my water glass is lacking ice and the restaurant is a bit warm.  I don’t know if it was just our seat by the window or what, but it was uncomfortably warm in there tonight.  The owner’s children wait the tables and tonight they just weren’t on the ball.  I had to ask for ice several times before it showed up and my water glass got empty a few times as well.  They would say they were going to bring things out, but then quickly forgot.

    Our crab cake appetizer came next.

    You gotta love crab cakes that are mostly crab.  These are so flavorful and delicious and the sauce isn’t very spicy, which I like.  For our entrees, Loren ordered the crawfish etouffee and I got one of the specials.

    He ordered the etouffee with a spice level of 2.5 out of 5 and he was sniffling a bit by the end.  Deep, rich flavors in this dish make it a winner.  The special I ordered was called mo-fun-go or something like that.  It was lamb shank pulled off the bone with pasta, eggplant, onions, mushrooms, carrots, tomato and a sprinkling of feta cheese.

    It was very tasty.  It had a good “mouth-feel” to it.  There was way more on the plate than I could eat, plus I was just uncomfortably warm and my water glass was empty, but it’ll make good leftovers.  Total bill after the $25 Restaurant.com coupon was $32.  As much as I love the food in this restaurant, I just wish they were able to get an actual waitstaff.

    Zante Cafe Neo
    13 N Safford Ave
    Tarpon Springs, FL
    727-934-5558

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    Food5/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5