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After a day of geocaching in Dunedin, Ozona, and Palm Harbor, we headed over to the Thirsty Marlin for dinner.

We’ve been to the Thirsty Marlin a few times.  This was the first time I noticed sushi on the menu.

I ordered a Mexican roll which is fried shrimp, avacado, and mayo.  I was very impressed.  The shrimp was cooked perfectly, nice and crunchy, the avacado was very fresh and the rice had great flavor to it.  I should have just ordered another one for my dinner.

Instead, I ordered the ahi tuna and Loren got the Mahi Mahi.  Don’t get me wrong, I like my tuna rare, but I thought this one could have been seared just a bit longer.  It was covered in sesame seeds and the whole thing was cold.  I got Miss Bliss potato salad and Smugglers sweet potatoes for my side dishes.

 

I ended up sending the potato salad back.  I took one bite and realized it was full of raw onions.  I don’t like raw onions in anything, so I got another order of the sweet potato casserole.  At first, I really liked it.  It was sweet with brown sugar and marshmallows all melted on top, but as I got further into it, it had a bitter flavor to it, but I couldn’t figure out what it was.  When I scooped the second order into our to-go box, there were really dark parts of it that turned out to be mollasses.  Ruined the entire thing for me.  All that awesome sweetness, turned bitter because it wasn’t mixed well.

Loren enjoyed his mahi, baked potato and salad.  I should have just stuck with the sushi.  Our total bill was around $50 and there’s plenty of leftovers for tomorrow.

As we were leaving, there were cop cars out where we parked asking if we had locked our car because several cars had just been broken into.  Luckily, there wasn’t anything in ours to steal, but I’d suggest locking your car if you’re eating there at night. 

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

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Another Friday, another decision on where to go for lunch.  Decided it was a good day for sushi, so we headed over to Sakura Japanese Restaurant in Oldsmar.  It’s in the little plaza in front of the Lowe’s in Oldsmar.  I think they opened in December 2009.

They have a good deal for lunch, any 2 rolls on the lunch menu for $8.99 or 3 rolls for $11.99 plus soup and salad. 

They serve a miso soup.  Unfortunately, neither of us really like the taste of it.  The salad had a nice ginger dressing on it though.

 

We got a 2 roll and 3 roll lunch to split between us.  A California Roll, Salmon and Avacado, Salmon and Cucumber, Spicy Tuna, and a Shrimp and Cucumber roll.   The shrimp roll was the only one that wasn’t very good.  The shrimp had no flavor whatsoever.  Like it had been boiled or something.  Just a very bland roll.  The rest of the rolls were pretty tasty.  I love fresh avacado and the salmon had good flavor too.

They have some other lunch specials as well.  A Bento box with soup or salad, vegetable egg roll, California roll and white rice for $8.99 and a Japanese curry for $8.50.  They also have about 30 special rolls on their menu, ranging from $8.00 to $13.99 each. 

Total for our lunch today was $22.

CLOSED

Sakura Japanese Restaurant
13823 W. Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL
813-855-7888

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