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New Mexican Restaurant


A Senor Tequila location recently opened up in Westchase on Race Track Road.  It’s a spacious restaurant, but they’ve got it set up with two entrances so if you go in the wrong one, you have to walk through the restaurant to get to the hostess station even though there are servers standing at the other entrance.

I’ve actually been twice, once with a friend for lunch & then again for dinner.  Lunch service was slow to get the food out, but it seemed better at dinner time.  For the lunch visit, I had a chimichanga and my friend had the enchiladas with mole sauce.

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This is pretty generic Mexican food.  The flavors are ok, but nothing is overly spicy or overly flavorful.  When Loren & I went for dinner, we started with some queso and then got the fajitas for two.

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Loren said the salsa was vibrant.  Had a fresh taste to it.  The queso dip wasn’t too spicy.  The fajitas were a mix of chicken, beef, shrimp, and pork.  It was plenty of food for two people and the meats were all very tender and cooked well.  The lunch entrees ran about $8 and dinner with a drink was $35.

Senor Tequila
12950 Race Track Road
Tampa, FL
(813) 510-3488
Señor Tequila Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

Tasty Lunch


We went back to Cafe Mezze Mediterranean in Oldsmar for lunch today.  We were surprised that there wasn’t anyone else in the restaurant.  I guess people haven’t found it yet; but the food is definitely worth a visit.  For lunch, they have a appetizer & entree special for $10.

Loren got a salad with the vegetable stew with lamb and I got the gyro with babaganoush.

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This was a lot of food for lunch and I had leftovers.  Everything was very flavorful and cooked perfectly.  I really liked the babaganoush.  It was creamy and light with a subtle smokey and lemony flavor.  The gyro was delicious and Loren said the lamb was tender in the stew.  For $21, it was a very tasty lunch.

Cafe Mezze Mediterranean
4013 Tampa Road, Ste 19
Oldsmar, FL
813-510-4080

Cafe Mezze Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

Food5/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.4/5

Busy Friday Night


We went over to Tampa Bay Brewing Co on Race Track Road in Oldsmar for dinner and it was busy.  We had to wait a while for a table and the noise level in there is rather deafening.  We started off with the Cantonese Calamari because it’s soooo good.

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There’s a bit of heat going on in this dish, but the calamari is very tender and the flavors are delicious.  There are also a few shrimp tossed in there for good measure.  Loren went for the Chicken Spinach Salad and I decided to try the baby back ribs with a side of loaded mashed potatoes.

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He said the chicken was tender and flavorful, but there was way more spinach on the plate than he could eat.  The ribs were just ok.  Not quite as tender as I would have liked and the loaded mashed potatoes were inedible.  The cheese on top made a very solid barrier and the potatoes within were too thick.  It needed something saucy to loosen it up.  We wanted something sweet to end the meal, so dug into a deep dish apple crisp.

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Loren said he’d ordered it before and it had a lot more ice cream, but this one was pretty good.  Just enough sweet & cinnamon, plus tart apples, a crispy crunch, whipped cream and ice cream.  We all but licked the bowl clean. Total bill with a drink was $52.

Tampa Bay Brewing Co
13927 Monroe Business Park
Tampa, FL
813-247-1422

Tampa Bay Brewing Co Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

 

Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value3/5
2.9/5

Not What I Expected


We had lunch at Molly Goodheads today.  It was early, so they weren’t very busy.  We started off with a bowl of the He Crab soup.  Loren got the turkey avocado bacon sandwich and I tried the seafood salad sandwich.

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The soup was good.  Loren really liked his sandwich.  He said it had a good combination of flavors with a bit of kick from the chipolte mayo.  My sandwich; however, was not at all what I was expecting.  It was more of a seafood spread than anything else and it’s also on the menu as an appetizer like that.  It was supposed to be shrimp, crab & lobster, but it was indistinguishable as any of those things.  I didn’t like the texture, flavor or anything about it.  At a minimum, it needed some crunchy lettuce.  It probably would be ok warmed up with some chips to dip in it, but just didn’t work as a sandwich.  Total bill with a drink was $29.

Molly Goodheads
400 Orange Street
Ozona, FL
727-786-6255

Molly Goodheads Raw Bar & Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

Loud but Tasty


We went over to Dunedin tonight and had dinner at Hog Island Fish Camp.  It was a little too warm to eat outside, but I wish they could do something to damper the noise inside.  It’s hard to have a conversation when the dining room is full.  It’s the same thing I said last time we were here.  We started off with the crab cake appetizer.

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The crab cake had a nice crunch on the outside and it was filled with crab.  One of the better crab cakes we’ve had around here.  Loren went for the mixed grill for dinner.

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He said the fish was blackened nicely and the kebab was cooked well.  The rice dish had a lot of fresh corn in it.  I went for the half portion of the shrimp & grits.

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The half portion was a bit too small for me for dinner.  It had shrimp and grouper cheeks over creamy grits.  The tomato gravy was ok.  It had a familiar flavor to it, but I couldn’t place it.  For dessert, we couldn’t pass up the orange cake.

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It tasted just like a creamsicle.  The cake was moist and the orange flavor was prevalent throughout the entire thing, in the cake, the filling, and the frosting.  We licked the plate clean.  Total bill with a drink was $55.

Hog Island Fish Camp
900 Broadway
Dunedin, FL
727-733-1179

Hog Island Fish Camp Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value3/5
3.6/5