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We decided to grab lunch before walking through John Chestnut park.  Varsity Club was open before noon so we grabbed some sandwiches.

I got the Philly Cheesesteak with tater tots.

Man, I love tater tots.  I don’t know what it is about them, hot, crispy little balls of yumminess.  The cheesesteak was ok.  Loren got the Varsity Club dip sandwich and to be honest, both sandwiches looked fairly similar.

He got his with carrots & celery.  Sure, it seems healthy, until you dip them in ranch dressing and scarf half my tots.  Total bill with a drink was $21.

Varsity Club 2
36355 East Lake Road
Palm Harbor, FL
727-781-4455

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

The Big O No


Ate dinner at Pete & Shorty’s in Clearwater tonight.  It was crowded and noisy inside, so we sat on the patio.  I have to say, every so often, you got a whiff of something not quite fresh out there.  I don’t know if we were upwind of some trash bins or what, but it definitely had a funky smell.  I also wish there was both smoking and non-smoking outside seating.  It got hard to breathe out there after a few people lit up.   I thought the water fountain on the patio was cool though.  A friend of mine called it the premium “tap” water fountain.

We both ordered burgers.  Loren got the BBQ Bonanza and I got the Chalet Burger with some onion straws and tater tots.

I like the burgers here.  They’re cooked to order and just taste good.  The onion straws and tots are really tasty too.  We decided to try the Big O dessert which is four deep fried Oreo cookies on top of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.

Though deep fried Oreos sound interesting, they were really pretty nasty.  It was like eating stale Oreos covered in batter.  Just not good.  Total bill was $27.

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

Pete & Shorty's Tavern on Urbanspoon

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

We’ve been craving burgers for a while now, so we headed over to Pete & Shorty’s on Gulf to Bay.  It’s been quite a while since we’ve eaten here.  The parking lot was full, but the dining area didn’t have a lot of people in it.  They were either in the bar area or out on the deck with the live music.

We both ordered the mushroom swiss burger with some onion straws and some tater tots.  While we were waiting for our food to arrive, we watched the fireworks in Clearwater.

I was a happy camper.  The burgers were tasty, cooked a nice medium, and the onion straws and tater tots were yummy too.  I think this is one of the best burgers I’ve had in a long time.  Total bill was $20 and our burger craving had been satisfied deliciously.

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
Value4/5
3.6/5

I met my sister in Orlando today to go see the “Out of this World” costume exhibit at the Orange County Regional History Center.  Last time we were in Orlando we ate at the Crooked Bayou and really enjoyed it, so we headed there again today.

It’s more of a bar than a restaurant and you really need to sit outside.  Inside smells really stale.  But since it was such a beautiful day today we wanted to be outside anyway.

I ordered the oyster po’ boy with tater tots.

This place makes a great tater tot.  My sister got an order of the spicy tots plus a cup of jambalaya.  The po’ boy was really good.  Nice crisp oysters with lettuce, tomato and mayo lightly pressed in French bread.   For $14, it was plenty of food for both of us. 

Crooked Bayou
50 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL
407-839-5852

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Food0/5
Service0/5
Atmosphere0/5
Value0/5
0.0/5
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