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We had dinner at Daddy’s Grill in Oldsmar tonight.  Looks like the last time we were here was New Year’s Day.  There was a baby shower going on in their banquet room, so lots of ooooh’s and aaaahhh’s could be heard throughout the restaurant.

I started out with a salad and Loren got a bowl of the vegetable beef soup. 

The rolls were tasty, especially dipped in the soup.  Everything in the soup was nice and tender and the broth had a good flavor to it.  Loren thought it sort of had the flavor of  French onion soup. 

For his entree, he ordered off of the specials menu and got the salmon mediterranean with a baked potato.

He really enjoyed the salmon.  It was topped with spinach, olives, tomatoes, and feta cheese.  The baked potato was overcooked and had a burnt taste to it.  The waitress brought him some mashed potatoes instead, but they weren’t that great either. 

I ordered the lasagne which came with garlic bread.

The lasagne was pretty good.  It had lots of ricotta cheese (which I love) and also a meat layer that was heavy on the sausage.  The sauce was a little sweet, but didn’t really have any depth of flavor. 

Total dinner ran us $30.  It was nice to get an experienced waitress for a change.  She knew how to pace the dishes coming out to the table and kept drinks filled. 

Daddy’s Grill
3682 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL
(813) 891-6556

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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar
  • Since Boston Cooker was closed last week when we tried to go on Sunday, we figured we’d try again on Saturday night instead.

    This time we went for the lobster bisque instead of the clam chowder.

    It had a really nice flavor.  Very smooth with a hint of sherry.  And don’t forget about the fresh baked yeast rolls.  I managed to down three of them before I remembered I needed to save room for my entree.

    Next up, salad.

    Served family style with a light creamy dressing on it.  Loren ordered the mahi special they had tonight.

    He said the fish was good, but the sauce was pretty bland. As for me,  I come here for one reason and one reason only, fried Ipswitch clams with bellies.

    It’s a taste of childhood for me and there are few places around here where you can get them.  Tonight’s were a little smaller than usual, but more tender.  I also like the red potatoes, but never have room enough to finish them.  Must be all the yeast rolls.

    I got a piece of their Boston Cream Pie to go.

    I’ve never understood why it’s called a pie when it’s obviously cake.  The cake was very fresh and moist.  I’m used to more of a vanilla pudding filling and this was an actual cream-type filling.  Still satisfied my sweet tooth sitting on the couch later in the evening.

    For $47, I got my fried clam craving satisfied. 

    Boston Cooker
    3705 Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL

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  • Filed under: Oldsmar, Seafood
  • We had front row tickets to the 7:30pm showing of Mary Poppins in Tampa tonight, so needed somewhere quick to stop for dinner.  Cody’s is on the way and they weren’t too busy for a Tuesday night.

    My favorite thing about Cody’s is the yeast rolls.

    Even when they’re not cooked perfectly (which they weren’t tonight), they’re still yummy.  The cinnamon butter is really what makes them awesome.  The salad is really good too.  You get a big bowl to share & they’ll bring you more if you want it.  Salad and rolls, that’s all I need.

    And yet, I still order an entree.  We were there early enough to order off of the early bird menu, so I got the steak chunks with a sweet potato.

    The steak was tender and served over grilled mushrooms and onions.  The only complaint I had is that it didn’t have much flavor.  The menu said the meat had been marinated, but it didn’t absorb any of the flavor of what it was marinated in.  The sweet potato wasn’t that great tonight even with gobs of cinnamon butter on it.

    Loren got their sirloin special with a loaded baked potato.

    He said it was adequate, nothing to write home about.  He said they normally make a smaller, thicker steak and he prefers that to what they served this time.

    Since we had some time to kill before the show, we ordered a piece of chocolate cake.  The waitress warned us that it was big.

    She wasn’t kidding.  It was easily enough for three people to share.  The cake was moist and the frosting was very thick and rich.  This was a very enjoyable dessert and we had leftovers.  It’s not often that we have leftover dessert.

    Total bill was $34 and we made it to our show on time.

    Cody’s Original Roadhouse
    11202 West Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL

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  • Filed under: American, Tampa
  • “Who eats well, lives well”.  This was on the wall by our table at Dominic’s Italian Grille tonight.  We’ve eaten at Dominic’s a few times.  There are things I really like about it and other things that I don’t, such as the first aromas I smelled tonight were of bleach or cleaning solutions.  Though I appreciate that the place is clean, that’s not the overwhelming first smell I want when I sit down at a restaurant.

    But, now on to a few things I do like…. the bread basket.

    These light, airy, buttery delicious rolls are awesome.  There were 8 of them in the basket and not a one left by the time our entrees arrived.  Dip them in the olive oil and herbs and it boosts the flavor, or you can order up some pasta fagioli and dip them in that too.

    The soup had good flavors.  Lots of beans, celery, onions, and pasta.  I don’t think it left the kitchen quite as messy as the photo makes it out to be.  Our waiter all but spilled it on the floor when he was trying to put it on the table.  Speaking of our waiter, I wasn’t all that impressed.  He never filled our drinks and didn’t check up on us at all once we got our entrees. 

    Loren ordered the chicken piccata.

    He really enjoyed it.  Two chicken breasts with the piccata sauce, plus broccoli and their angel hair pasta souffle.  I stole half of the souffle.  It’s one of my favorite things here. He said the sauce had a really good lemon flavor, but wasn’t overpowering. 

    I normally don’t order spaghetti and meatballs in a restaurant because I never feel as though you get your monies worth.

    Face it, $11 just seems much for 3 meatballs and some spaghetti.  The meatballs were pretty good, not a lot of fillers in them.  The sauce was really bland and acidic.   It tasted like it hadn’t been cooked for very long.  I’m Italian so I  expect a lot more depth of flavor in my sauce.  I think it should be simmering on the stove all day.  This isn’t a dish I’d order again.

    Their dessert special of the day was an ultimate chocolate cake.  How could I pass that up?

    This was really good.  It had layers upon layers of different types of chocolate.  The crust was a chocolate cookie layer.  Then it had two layers of a chocolate mouse, one dark and one milk chocolate.  The middle was a dense chocolate cake, then a layer of ganache and frosting.  Plus the end was covered in frosting and chocolate chips.  A chocolate lovers dream.  And to boot, it was only $3.95. 

    I do have to mention one other thing that did not impress me tonight.  There was a flat screen TV on the wall across from us that was playing a slideshow of food photos from the restaurant.  A couple was then seated at the table directly below it. About halfway through their appetizers, one of the waiters tuned the TV to a basketball game.  The customers asked if the waiter wouldn’t mind just turning off the TV while they ate and the waiter complied.  Then about halfway through their meal, the owner came over and turned the TV back on.  I heard the customers ask again if he could just leave it off, but the owner continued to mess with it, until he got the slideshow of food photos back on.  I just thought it was rude for them not to just leave the TV off until the customers left.  There were only two other tables with customers besides us, so it wasn’t like anyone was missing anything by the TV being off.   

    Our total bill was $38.  Again, our waiter didn’t impress me when he brought the bill and there was only one credit card receipt in the folder.   Though I wasn’t impressed with the overall customer service, for the most part, our food was good.

    Dominic’s Italian Grille
    3163 Curlew Road
    Oldsmar, FL

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  • Filed under: Italian, Oldsmar