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Thanksgiving in Tampa Bay

Check out Capital Grill

Nov 26, 2014
sarge in Florida

Turkey brining question

Epicurious says don't rinse

Nov 20, 2014
sarge in Home Cooking

Need update on BBQ stands and restaurants: central FL

I tried First Choice in Plant City yesterday. It's never a good sign when you pull up to the BBQ joint at noon on Saturday and you can't smell any smoke. The have a nice pit out back and some wood laying around, but nothing was going, and it looked like nothing had been going for awhile. It's a nice enough looking place, fairly traditional in appearance for BBQ places, which probably explains the good reviews it gets. (The mens bathroom was very clean) The pork dinner includes 2 sides. I always order the same thing, if available- slaw and beans. The slaw was very good, and generous. That was the highlight of the meal. The beans tasted more like pumpkin pie than baked beans, and the consistency was too runny, which means they weren't baked, just heated in a pot. The meat was the biggest disappointment. I knew when the guy grabbed a handful and put it on the chopping block that things were going downhill. If the pork is properly cooked, it doesn't need to be chopped. No smoke flavor at all. The sauce was sort of a midwestern style, too sweet for me, but lots of people like that. So the scores are: Appearance: A; Slaw: A; Beans: D; Meat: D; Sauce:B-

Nov 09, 2014
sarge in Florida

Christmas Dinner in Tampa

Capital Grill is doing a Thanksgiving dinner this year. You could check to see if they may do the same for Christmas. I would expect them to do it well

Oct 29, 2014
sarge in Florida

Brunswick Stew

I am from South GA but went to UGA. The BBQ in NE GA leaves much to be desired. It is more of a NC style, and that has zero appeal to me.

Your stew looks great. I just made some last week, and I left the peas out as well. I did use the limas.

Oct 25, 2014
sarge in Home Cooking

cutting avocados??

The foodsaver works well. But if you dont have one, wrap saran wrap over the left over half, then put the pit back in the hole on top of the wrap. Smooth out the surface and put in a covered container

Apr 08, 2014
sarge in General Topics

PORT ST LUCIE HELP PLEASE!

I think they'll like Crawdaddy's

Mar 09, 2014
sarge in Florida

Ft Pierce, Port St Lucie area local restaurants?

Not really. There are a few PSL threads and if you review them, you'll see there's not much of interest.

Mar 09, 2014
sarge in Florida

Ft Pierce, Port St Lucie area local restaurants?

Advise. Go to Jensen Beach or Stuart.

I have lived in the area for 14 years. I avoid Ft. Pierce like the plague.

I find that most people choose their BBQ by the way the building looks. Dale's is a classic BBQ building with mediocre BBQ

Mar 09, 2014
sarge in Florida

Ft Pierce, Port St Lucie area local restaurants?

I ate lunch at the Tiki Bar the other day. The food was very good, but 2 small to medium fish tacos with a side of beans and rice and iced tea was $17.50 before tip.

Dale's BBQ is mediocre at best.

Whatever you do, just stay to the east side of US-1. Ft. Pierce is a pretty rough place overall

Mar 08, 2014
sarge in Florida

Lakeland area

Curts Family BBQ is the real deal. No dine in

Jan 24, 2014
sarge in Florida

Shun Sora Knives: Your thought?

Is this the same knife as the Shun Haru sold by Williams Sonoma? The handle is a bit different, but it looks the same otherwise.

Jan 12, 2014
sarge in Cookware

Christmas Day Dinner close to Lakeland (not in Tampa)

Check with Eaglebrooke Country Club

Dec 20, 2013
sarge in Florida

Tampa Foodies - where are they?

They have had the St Augustine and Sarasota locations for decades. I see they now have one in Clearwater, a small cafe at Tampa Riverwalk, and a spot in the Tampa Airport terminal.

When they start franchising locations, they'll be a chain. Right now, they're not much different than they have been for a long time.

I have been to the Original, Sarasota and St Augustine locations. I was not thrilled with St Augustine, but I liked Sarasota.

Aug 17, 2013
sarge in Florida

Tampa Foodies - where are they?

Columbia is not a chain

Aug 15, 2013
sarge in Florida

Visting Tampa from NYC. Recommendation please (researched)!

For sausages I would look at Dunderbak's I don't care for Land and Sea for anything. If you're going all the way to Mid Peninsula, you could stop by Mazzaro's. For steaks, I am not too impressed with anywhere around here. They all seem to be hit or miss. May as well just go to Pube's. Whole Foods has good meat often, and they have really good sausages.

As far as Pane Rustica's Shut Up selection, the one time I got it, it was a lamb chop that was completely unseasoned and tougher than a flip flop. Pane's is good, but it ain't all that.

Aug 11, 2013
sarge in Florida

Eye round steaks

In my experience, asking "someone in the meat dept." yields about the same result as asking the plumber or the postman. If you want advice on cutting up a dead carcass, ask a butcher. If you want advice on cooking, ask a cook.

As proof, take note that it was the meat dept who cut the eye of round into steaks.

Feb 24, 2013
sarge in Home Cooking

Recommendations near Tampa Airport

Mid-peninsula seafood is casual and very good= and not really out of the way.

Jan 14, 2013
sarge in Florida

Lunch eats near Port of Tampa

Columbia in Ybor City

Jan 14, 2013
sarge in Florida

Ft Pierce- update on what's good.

You should try New England Fish market in Jensen Beach. It's as nice a seafood market as I have ever seen. They have great daily specials, (20% off salmon on Wednesday, and it's really nice salmon) and the lobster prices have been great for the last few months. It's worth the short drive. newenglandfish.net

Jan 01, 2013
sarge in Florida

Ft Pierce- update on what's good.

11 Maple in Jensen Beach is certainly a nearby contender. There are numerous places in the Palm Beach area.

Jan 01, 2013
sarge in Florida

Ft Pierce- update on what's good.

Ft Pierce is pretty bad. If you're staying on the South Island, just drive south on A1A to Jensen Beach or Stuart. If you're on the North Island, go up A1A to Vero.

Dec 31, 2012
sarge in Florida

Really, really large group in Orlando

I had reservations once at Wolfgang Puck's in Downtown Disney and got a cancellation phone call informing me that it had been bought out for the evening

Nov 15, 2012
sarge in Florida

Pasco County, Florida - any must eat's?

Try Molly Goodheads in Ozona. I like their grouper sandwich.

Nov 09, 2012
sarge in Florida

UofFL/Gainesville area

"Also, is it possible or worth doing a Saturday day trip to Georgia?"

In a word-NO

Sep 21, 2012
sarge in Florida

Beer Growlers in Savannah

Only in Savannah!! Alcohol is a way of life in that town

Sep 11, 2012
sarge in Southeast

Please Critique my Port St Lucie (& Vicinity) List

I am most disappointed to report that after a change in ownership, Fredgie's quality has diminished to an unacceptable level

Jul 08, 2012
sarge in Florida

What is the best home barbecue grill?

A grill investment is only as good as the availability of replacement parts. Buy a Weber. You can always get parts

Jul 08, 2012
sarge in Cookware

Best Deviled Crabs in Tampa

I really don't care for the things, being from coastal GA, but far and away the best I have had around here are from the CITGO Station by the Post Office in Wesley Chapel. They are crabby, crunchy and just a little greasy. My wife and mother-in-law who are native Tampanians say they are the best they have had.

Jul 08, 2012
sarge in Florida

Great hot dogs near downtown Tampa

I can confidently advise avoiding the hot dog stand just to the east of the County Court House. I shall check out Frankie

Jun 23, 2012
sarge in Florida