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We made our way back to Craft Street Kitchen tonight, but had to wait about 30 minutes for a table.  This place is hopping on the weekends.  Unfortunately, that does mean it gets pretty loud inside, but the food makes up for the noise. Tonight we tried the short rib tots for an appetizer.

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Thai chili braised short ribs and sweet potato tots make for a tasty, tangy, sweet and spicy combination.  It was interesting.  I couldn’t stop eating it even though it was a bit on the spicy side.  Loren decided to try the Ziggy sandwich with a side of collard greens.

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Though he liked the flavors in the sandwich, there was way too much bread going on there.  I went for the dish he had last time, the Belgium Clucker.

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These are hands down the best waffles we’ve eaten. The chicken was tender and tasty, but the collard greens were a bit too strong for me.  They really overwhelmed all of the other flavors on the plate.  Total bill with a drink was $42.

Craft Street Kitchen and Drinks
3153 Curlew Rd
Oldsmar, FL
727-314-4270

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Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5
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  • Time for tater tots so that means Pete & Shorty’s.

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    A bacon cheeseburger for Loren and a mushroom burger for me.  This was a two napkin burger.  Really juicy and tasty.  Oh yeah, and the tater tots were yummy!  Total bill with a drink was $17.

    Pete & Shorty’s Tavern
    2820 Gulf to Bay Blvd
    Clearwater, FL
    (727) 799-0580

    Pete & Shorty's Tavern on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value3/5
    3.6/5

    Time for Tots


    When I’m in the mood for tater tots, we head over to Pete & Shorty’s.  Loren got a pork tenderloin and I got the Chalet burger, both with tots, of course.

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    At first Loren said he didn’t really want tots, but he ate every last one of them in his basket.  As usual, the pork tenderloin was way bigger than the bun and the burger was nice & juicy.  For $18, my tot craving was satisfied and my taste buds were happy.

    Pete & Shorty’s Tavern
    2820 Gulf to Bay Blvd
    Clearwater, FL
    (727) 799-0580

    Pete & Shorty's Tavern on Urbanspoon

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

    A new seafood restaurant recently opened up in Safety Harbor.  The Nantucket Bucket is located on 2nd Street S, just off of Main Street.  Their indoor seating was full when we got there, so we sat out on the back patio.  As we walked back there we noticed the kitchen was in what looked like a trailer to the left of the building.  There were plenty of long tables on the patio and we were seated on one end while another couple was at the other end.  This wasn’t really an issue, but as the place filled up, there was a family of four seated between us and it felt a bit crowded to me.  I’m just not a fan of community seating, I prefer having my own table.

    We started off with some potato bites (tater tots) and lobster based corn chowder.

    The key word here is lobster based, meaning there wasn’t actually any lobster pieces in the chowder.  In fact, the only thing in the chowder was corn.  It tasted like frozen corn to me which has a texture I’m not fond of.  The chowder itself was ok; rather peppery, but the amount of corn in it was ridiculous. I can’t imagine anyone being able to consume that much corn in one sitting.  It really needed some other vegetables to alleviate the monotony of the dish.

    The tater tots were good; but in all fairness, it’s hard to mess up a tater tot.   Loren said the cheese sauce was pretty bad.  Basically canned cheese sauce with canned jalapenos on top.  For his entrée, Loren ordered the house salad with blackened mahi on top.

    The salad was huge, but he said the menu indicated it should have had bacon on it and it didn’t.  He liked the mahi and said it was cooked well, but he didn’t finish the salad.  He also had to wait for the salad dressing since the waiter didn’t ask him which kind he wanted when he took the order.  I decided to try the lobster roll and lobster based mac & cheese.

    Let me start off by saying I’m originally from a fishing family in New England and we had fresh lobster quite frequently right off the boat.  There is very little that needs to be done with lobster in order to make it delicious.  A lobster roll, in my opinion, needs just a little bit of mayo, some salt & pepper and you’re done.  Maybe a little celery or lettuce for crunch.  I don’t know what they did to this lobster roll but it was quite inedible.  The only word I can use to describe the taste is briny.  It just got more and more unpleasant to eat with every bite and after just a few bites, I gave up completely.  Loren tasted a chunk of the lobster and didn’t think it was bad, but then took another bite and tasted exactly what I did.   The mac & cheese suffered the same fate.  It had that same briny flavor to it.  It was also a rather waxy mac & cheese versus a creamy version.  Even the coleslaw had way too much vinegar in it.

    When our waiter came back to our table and saw my uneaten meal, he asked if I wanted a box.  I said no because it wasn’t very good.  He cleared our plates and an experienced server would have mentioned something to the manager.  That didn’t happen in this case.  He brought the check and that was it.  Granted, this place has only been opened a few weeks, but there was absolutely nothing about the experience that would make me go back again.  Total bill with a drink was $41.

    Nantucket Bucket
    519 2nd Street South
    Safety Harbor, FL
    727-724-2933

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    Food1/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value2/5
    1.6/5

    Tots


    I felt the need for tater tots tonight and the best place I know to go for them is Pete & Shorty’s.  Actually, we couldn’t even come up with another restaurant that served them since the Sonic close to our house closed down.

    Mmmmm… little bundles of crunchy potato joy.  I can’t explain it.  There’s just something about tater tots that make me happy.  I’m pretty sure I didn’t even need to order a burger, but I still did, the mushroom swiss.

    Ok, so I order the mushroom Swiss with American cheese instead of Swiss, but it’s still one of the tastier burgers around.  The buns they use here are very soft and doughy in a good way.  I really like them.  The burger was juicy and quite messy.  Loren went for the tenderloin sandwich.

    The piece of pork on this sandwich was enough to fill two sandwiches.  He said it was tender & crispy.  With a drink, the total bill was $21.

    Pete & Shorty’s Tavern
    2820 Gulf to Bay Blvd
    Clearwater, FL
    (727) 799-0580

    Pete & Shorty's Tavern on Urbanspoon

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