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Need Soup


We got a bit of a cold spell this week, so I was craving soup for lunch.  The lobster bisque at MecaFresh was calling to me so I went for the soup and half of their bacon, ham & cheese panini special.

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I’m not a big bacon fan, but there actually wasn’t that much on the sandwich, so all I really tasted with a bit of saltiness.  The panini was tasty though.  The bisque was hot as lava when it came to the table, but once it cooled down, it was smooth and delicious.  Satisfying my soup craving for a while.  Loren got the soup/salad combo.

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This was some sort of Mexican bean soup.  It wasn’t very spicy, but he said it had some good flavors.  Perfect for a chilly day.  They offered us some frozen yogurt today too.

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Loren finished every last bit of his.  He said the vanilla flavor was just yummy today.  Total bill with a drink was $20.

MecaFresh
3235 Tampa Road
Palm Harbor, FL
727-773-8839

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.4/5

I’m on vacation all week and we’ve been craving cheeseburgers, so headed over to Athens in downtown Safety Harbor.

A mushroom cheeseburger with fries for me and a bacon cheeseburger with a side of chicken noodle soup for Loren.

He really liked the soup and we both devoured the burgers.  They’re just fresh, simple, inexpensive, and tasty.   Total bill with a drink was $16.

Athens Restaurant
226 Main St
Safety Harbor, FL
727-726-3471

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Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.9/5

Brunch


I’m on vacation this week and we were heading to an 11:30am movie so decided to grab some brunch at Cracker Barrel.  I say brunch because Loren’s not much of a breakfast eater.  He got a chicken BLT and some soup, while I went for pancakes, eggs, and hashbrowns.

He said the sandwich was ok, not a lot of seasoning on it.  His soup went missing and he was half way finished with his meal before our waitress came back & we could tell her.

My over-easy eggs were perfect and they make a darn good pancake here, especially with the warmed up syrup.  I don’t know how anyone could get through a stack of pancakes with just one little bottle of their syrup though.  I barely manage it with two.   Total bill with a drink was $21.

Cracker Barrel
13833 West Hillsborough Avenue
Tampa, FL
813-855-4200

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Food3/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
2.7/5

After another long day hiking, we ended up at Hell’s Backbone Grill in Boulder, UT for dinner.  It’s a cute little restaurant and we had high hopes for an amazing dinner.  Sadly, that didn’t happen.  We both ordered soup, Loren got the black bean and I got the corn chowder.

The thing they boast most about here are the fresh vegetables grown in their own garden.  I really enjoyed my corn chowder.  It was creamy and had a nice flavor to it.  Loren wasn’t quite as enthused about his.  He thought it tasted more like a chili.  The bread was very good and came with a basil butter.

The entrees took quite a while to come out of the kitchen.  We both ordered the specials of the night.  Loren got the prime rib and I got the filet.

Talk about appearances being deceiving.  As beautiful and appetizing as this plate looked, the prime rib was stone cold.   The vegetables were a mix of warm and cold and we’re still not sure if that was on purpose or not.  The carrots were so hard that we could barely cut them with a knife.

I ordered my filet medium, but it was closer to a medium rare.  The main issue I had with it though was the sauce that was on top of it.  It was horribly spicy.  Loren said it tasted like jalepeno, but I don’t what it was, I just had to cut off the top part and put it on Loren’s plate.  The mashed potatoes were supposed to be some sort of lemony potatoes, but I couldn’t taste even a hint of lemon in them.  Overall, it was just so disappointing and even more so when we got the $99 bill.

Hell’s Backbone Grill
N0 20 North Hwy 12
Boulder, UT
435-335-7464

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Food1/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value1/5
1.9/5
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  • We drove into New Port Richey today to have lunch at Caposey’s.  The place was packed and we ended up waiting a while for a table, but the whole time, everyone in there was very friendly.  We even had another customer ask us if we wanted to share his table.  This is one of those locals places where they know everyone’s name and what they’re ordering.

    Loren decided to try their salad, soup, and 1/2 sandwich combo.

    He got the chicken salad sandwich and said it was pretty good, just needed a bit of salt.  Same with soup, great flavor, just a little underseasoned for his taste.  I ordered the cheeseburger and fries.

    It was a tasty little burger.  I also couldn’t pass up dessert.  I ordered the brownie & the waitress asked if I wanted it heated…well, of course, and would I like whipped cream… most definitely.

    Yummy, yummy, yummy, though I would have preferred real whipped cream with it.  Heating it up really made the difference since it got all warm and gooey.  Good stuff and the best part was the whole thing was $17 with a drink.  I really do love little restaurants like this.  The customers come first and they put out simple, tasty food for great prices.

    Caposey’s Whole Works Restaurant
    5250 Green Key Rd
    New Port Richey,FL
    (727) 842-4307

    Caposey's Whole Works Restaurant on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value5/5
    4.0/5