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Little Lamb


The Little Lamb Gastropub recently opened up in the shopping center on the corner of McMullen Booth & Enterprise in the space where Laziz Indian Restaurant used to be.  It’s a small space with about 10 tables as well as bar stools around the open kitchen.  We got there early which was good because by the time we left, there were people occupying all of the open space waiting for a table.

We started off with the poutine, which is basically fries, cheese curds & gravy with a sprinkling of chives.

The fries themselves were cooked & salted well, but I thought the gravy lacked any flavor.  The first cheese curd I grabbed from the top was still cold, but the ones further inside were ooey and gooey as melted cheese should be.   We finished off the poutine and for his entree, Loren chose the short ribs.

It was a boneless piece of meat, well seasoned on a Celeriac puree.  The meat was very tender and the puree gave the dish a unique flavor.  He ate every last bite of it, but commented that perhaps a few mushrooms would have been a nice addition.  I decided to try the lamb shank.

The lamb shank was huge and also fall off the bone tender.  The menu said roasted root vegetables, but they seemed more boiled than roasted to me.  Though cooked well, I found the dish lacking in flavor and texture.  The lamb tasted like, well… lamb, which isn’t a bad thing, but it was completely one note.  The veggies, red & purple potatoes and carrots, didn’t taste seasoned at all and there simply wasn’t anything interesting about the dish to tempt my tastebuds and keep them interested.  We tried the s’mores tart for dessert.

It was a graham cracker crust with a thick chocolate ganache filling and burnt espresso marshmallows.  The marshmallows were a bit too dark for me, but Loren liked them.  The little crisps on top had an interesting flavor.  I thought it was lemony, but I think it was ginger.  The wait staff was friendly and the food was quick to the table, but nothing really wow’d me enough to immediately think we need to return.  As people came in waiting for tables, the room started to get loud and crowded.  Total bill with a drink was $60.

Little Lamb Gastropub
2475 N. McMullen Booth Rd
Clearwater, FL
727-401-3339

The Little Lamb Gastropub Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food3/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.3/5

What’s New Tonight


One of the reasons we enjoy going to Craft Street Kitchen is you never know what sort of tasty concoction will be on the menu.  They change the specials board and brunch menu often and there’s always something new & yummy to try.  Tonight’s new addition was Aunt Sally’s Drunken Chicken.

Half a chicken with potatoes, carrots & mushrooms in a delicious red wine sauce.  The veggies were all perfectly cooked and the chicken was tender.  There was more than enough food there for two meals, aka, lunch tomorrow.  Loren went with the shrimp & grits which is on the regular menu.

While not spicy overall, the sausage has a nice kick to it.  The shrimp are cooked just right and the grits and sauce have a tasty flavor to them.   For $40, it was a very filling and enjoyable meal.

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

Craft Street Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.0/5

Welcome to Mother’s


We stopped by Mother’s in Westchase for lunch today.  They have an outside patio and the weather was perfect for it today.  The menu had some interesting choices and we started off with the smokey Chipotle Gouda mac & cheese bites.

These were tasty.  Crispy on the outside, cheesy & gooey on the inside and the cheese sauce on the side had lots of flavor.  A little smokey with crispy Pancetta.  $8 for 4 of them seemed a little high to me, especially since I could have eaten a dozen and not thought twice about it.  For his entree, Loren got their grilled chicken sandwich with fries.

He was a happy camper.  It had arugula, tomato, pepper jack cheese, bacon and an avocado ranch sauce.  The chicken was very tender and tasty.  I went for their Citrus Duck Flatbread.

It’s a rare occurrence when I like every single ingredient in a dish.  This flatbread was perfect for me.  The flatbread itself was thin & crispy with duck confit, goat cheese, Mandarin oranges, Asian pears, and a Ponzu reduction.  It was delicious.  All of the flavors blended together just right.   Total bill with a drink was $36.  The food and service were both great and we’ll definitely be back to try some other things on the menu.

Mother’s
12227 W Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL
813-814-1533

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Food5/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value3/5
4.3/5

So Slow


We went over to Jack Willie’s in Oldsmar for lunch today with a friend.  We haven’t eaten there in a while because the food had been hit or miss the last couple of times we went.  There was a pretty good crowd on the patio and around the bar, but it didn’t seem busy enough for how slow the service was.

Between the three of us, we ordered the Oyster Po Boy, the grouper sandwich and the Fish & Chips .

The food took way too long to come out of the kitchen.  I don’t think I could have eaten the Oyster Po Boy as a sandwich unless I wanted to wear half of it.  The oysters were fried nicely though.  The grouper portion seemed a little small, but it was blackened ok.  Besides the service, the other issue I had is that they allow smoking on the patio which completely ruins a meal for me.  Total bill with two drinks was $44.

Jack Willie’s Tiki Bar and Grill
1013 St Petersburg Dr
Oldsmar, FL
813-854-1972

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Food2/5
Service1/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value2/5
1.7/5

After Movie Lunch


We went over to Craft Street Kitchen in Oldsmar for lunch today after seeing the movie “Arrival” at the AMC theater in the same shopping center. (good movie, by the way).  We eat here a lot.  They always have interesting specials and a different brunch menu on Sunday mornings.  Today, we both opted for burgers.  Loren got the Duck Dynasty special.

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This was duck with arugula, a sunny side up egg, apple chips and a cranberry jalepeno spread.  He said it was pretty tasty.  Different combinations of sweet and heat.  I went for the Belly Up Burger.

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This one had braised pork belly and an over easy egg.   It was juicy and flavorful, definitely something I’d order again.  It also required quite a few napkins because it was a messy burger.  I also can’t resist their sweet potato tots.  Yum!  Total bill with a drink was about $30.

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

Craft Street Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value3/5
3.9/5