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We went over to Thirsty Marlin for dinner tonight.  Loren was craving grouper and this plate of fried grouper cheeks hit the spot.

The fish had a good crunchy batter and came with two sides.  He enjoyed the grouper dipped in the spicy Bahamian sauce.  I decided to try some sushi.  I ordered a Mexican roll, lobster roll and some salmon.

I wasn’t terribly impressed with the sushi.  The batter on the shrimp & lobster was so thick & crunchy that you couldn’t distinguish the two from each other.  There was also way too much rice on the sushi rolls.  They were just too thick.  The lobster roll had fried onions on top which was an odd choice.  They really didn’t add anything worthwhile to the dish.  I don’t think I’d order either of these rolls again.  The salmon was good though.  Total bill with a drink was $52.

Thirsty Marlin
1023 Florida Ave
Palm Harbor, FL
727-784-3469

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

Big Rolls


We were in Oldsmar and noticed another new sushi restaurant, Oishi Sushi on the corner of Tampa Road & Forest Lakes.  The restaurant had a modern feel to it and was pleasantly quiet.   They had a big list of sushi rolls and we ordered some salmon, a Mexican Roll, Rainbow Roll, Atom Bomb, Tuna Garlic, and a Lobster roll.

The specialty rolls were all 10 pieces and a good size as well.  The fish was all very fresh and tasty.  The Atom bomb wasn’t overly spicy and the Mexican roll and lobster roll both had a good crunch.  Overall, it was one of the better sushi experiences we’ve had recently.  The only downside was the bill.  Good sushi ain’t cheap.  Total bill was $74.

Oishi Sushi & Thai
3705 Tampa Road, Ste 3
Oldsmar, FL
813-491-4570

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Food5/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value3/5
4.3/5
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  • Sushi Lunch


    Went over to Hot Tuna in Oldsmar for some sushi.  They have a 2 rolls & salad or soup for $9.99 deal, so we got two of them plus some fresh tuna & some gyoza.

    I love me some dumplings and these were tasty.  We could have easily eaten another plate of them.

    The lunch special rolls are pretty plain.  We got some spicy tuna, gator roll, Mexican roll and a California roll.  They were all tasty.  Total will with a drink was $35.

    Hot Tuna Sushi Bar & Grille
    3689 Tampa Road #302B
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-818-8862

    Hot Tuna Sushi Bar & Grille Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • More Sushi


    We were heading to the beach to watch the sunset and stopped at Sushi Spot in Largo for dinner.  They have a large menu of sushi options and it took us a while to figure out what to try.  We started off with a ginger salad & egg rolls.

    The ginger salad dressing was pretty thick, but had a nice flavor.  Loren’s not usually a big fan of egg rolls, but he really liked these.  They were filled with shrimp, pork and veggies, had a nice crunch and flavor.  The sushi wasn’t quick to come out of the kitchen, but it was worth the wait.  We tried the John roll, the Snow Crab roll, the Lana roll, a Mexican roll, spicy Alaskan roll, and some salmon.

    The rolls were big and filled with so many tasty ingredients.  Neither of the spicy rolls were too spicy for me to eat.  The John roll had tuna, fish eggs, krab, cucumber, and avocado topped with fresh salmon.  The Lana roll had spicy tuna topped with tempura salmon, tempura white fish, avocado & fish eggs.  The spicy Alaskan had salmon, spinach, & carrots with a spicy mayo.  The snow crab roll was probably my least favorite, mostly because it paled in comparison to the rest of the rolls.  We’d definitely go back.  Total bill with a drink was $66.

    Sushi Spot Noodle World
    3665 E Bay Dr, Ste 146
    Largo, FL
    727-507-7400

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • We had dinner at Thai Bay in Largo tonight.  They weren’t very busy for a Friday night.  We started off with some sushi; an East Bay roll, a Mexican roll, and some salmon.

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    The salmon was fresh and tasty and both of the rolls were good.  The East Bay roll had salmon, cucumber, scallions and avocado on top.  Loren also got a Nam sod and I tried their fancy duck.

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    The Nam Sod was good, but the duck was a bit on the tough side.  It was hard to eat.  I liked the veggies and sauce with it, but it just wasn’t tender enough.  Total bill with a drink was $53.

    Thai Bay
    1300 East Bay Dr, Ste O-P
    Largo, FL
    727-584-5522
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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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