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We haven’t been to Big Bok Choy Bistro in Oldsmar since Christmas Day, so it was way past time to head back to one our favorite restaurants. 

It’s a small Asian restaurant in a non-descript strip mall, but it has never disappointed us.  Everything is fresh and the people who own it are extremely friendly.

You’re greeted at the door by their young son who seats you, hands you the menus, and then takes a step back and gives you a quick, full bow.  He is the most polite, cutest child I’ve ever seen.  I find myself watching him as he greets other customers and it just puts a smile on my face every time.

We’ve eaten here enough times, that they know what we like and how we like it before we even order it.  I think they’re surprised when we actually order something different.

We both started out with wonton soup.

Hot, flavorful and perfect on a cold evening.  I also like it when I’m able to order my entree without scallions and they automatically don’t put them in my soup either (the picture is of Loren’s bowl).

Loren ordered the garlic chicken.  Normally he orders something either Szechuan or Hunan which comes with really hot, evil peppers, but he went a bit less spicy this time.

The dish had a lot of flavor and did have a spice element that was more than just garlic.  Everything is so fresh here and has great flavor components.  The garlic chicken comes with lots of broccoli and water chestnuts.

I ordered the teriyaki chicken. 

I’ve been hooked on this dish since I ordered it the first time.  The chicken is incredibly tender and has a nice teriyaki flavor.  It also comes with fried or white rice, lo mein, broccoli, two dipping sauces, and a little side of pickled veggies.  I don’t think I’ve ever finished the entire thing.  There’s usually some noodles, rice and broccoli left over. 

Our two entrees with soup came to $33.  Everything is made to order and well worth the wait and price.  They seem to do a lot of take-out business as well.   One of the really nice things about them is  that they’re very good at warning you about the spice levels or ingredients in the dishes.   You can tell they really care about the food they serve and want their customers to have a great experience….which we always do.

Big Bok Choy Bistro
3730 Tampa Road #6
Oldsmar, FL

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  • Power Lunch

    What to do when you need to discuss a potential $100,000 project?  Have a cajun lunch!

    Went to one of the boss’ favorite lunch dives today, the Cajun Cafe in Pinellas Park.  Situated right on the waters of Cross Bayou right next to the Wagon Wheel flea market, it’s the only real Cajun restaurant that I know of in Pinellas county.  Their food is very authentic and quite good.  Most of it is also spicy!  There isn’t much on the menu that isn’t at least somewhat hot.  Cathy doesn’t do spicy food, and she absolutely loves their Shrimp Étouffée… but won’t touch anything else on the menu other than maybe the Gumbo because she thinks it’s too spicy.

    We started off with a basket of their Cajun Popcorn (spicy batter-fried crawfish), which is worth going there for by itself.

    I usually go for the Chicken Étouffée, same sauce as Cathy’s Shrimp Étouffée, just with chicken.  A little less expensive and just as good.  (in fact, sometimes I just get their “Mama Lynn’s supper”, which is the plain sauce over rice!)  That’s what I had today, but sadly, for the first time ever, I had an iffy meal.  The chicken tasted funny, and I don’t like taking chances with chicken.  So, I just ate around it and enjoyed the sauce and rice!  It was more than I needed to eat for lunch, anyway.  When our waiter came around, I told him the chicken was a little off, he took it back to the kitchen and took my entree off of our bill.  Even offered to bring me something else.  Great service, as always.

    Fritz had his usual Aligator Sauce Piquant, which comes with a written warning on the menu, and they are required to caution you when you order it to be sure you understand that it’s HOT.  No complaints from Fritz, but I don’t even like my food to get too close to that dish!  Ash had a bowl of Jambalaya, which is REALLY good stuff, just a little spicier than what I wanted today.

    Cajun Cafe on the Bayou
    8101 Park Blvd
    Pinellas Park, FL
    (727) 546-6732

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