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05/30/2013
By: 360rocket
Oakley's Grille
Man Im so mad that this diner has escaped my culinary radar screen for this long! I have missed out on some really great food and meeting a really great staff. Had the burger this past Saturday along my wife and we had an order of fresh cut piping hot fries in an overfilled basket. All of it delicious! Met the owner Keith, a real genuinely nice guy. He spent a lot of the time making sure we were comfortable, well taken care of, and knew his philosophy and what Oakleys offered its customers. The Burger was simply amazing, hot juicy, stuffed with toppings and flavor. Fries were excellent and perfectly salted. I wasnt overly excited with the drinks offered, never a big fan of what I call "fake" tea, (Peak, Lipton, etc.) I love homemade southern sweet tea and at the level of food being presented here agt Oakleys it deserves better. So the food and experience was so good on Saturday I had to return with my wife and other family members and I had to try the Ribeye Philly Cheesesteak. It is easily the best cheesesteak I have ever experienced. We met the owners son Ryan, and Keith you can be very proud as he matched your level of service and communication with my family and other customers today. We are now going to be loyal frequent return customers and you are really missing the boat if you don't give Oakleys Grille a try. This is a platinum operation and taste for sure.Thank you Oakleys grille.
05/12/2017
By: Tom K.
The Refinery
Just visited last weekend for the first time since they changed their menu and their scope from being a "farm to table" different menu every week restaurant to more of an Americana sort of predictable dining experience. And while I miss the funny adventurous menu, it's now the sort of place I can take people without worrying if they're going to order head cheese and not realize that that dish isn't actually cheese (google it...). Gone are the days of ordering something there only to either be very surprised (in one way or another) at your flavor experience. So: This time around everything was excellent and they actually had ketchup! The staff is cool, and it reminds me of a college town sort of restaurant except they seem to take it all very seriously even though it's become more of a burger and roast chicken place.Craft beer selection is good, wine selection my wife thinks is fun (I don't know anything about that) and overall I really enjoyed the new "Refinery" even if in many ways it's the same. Sitting upstairs on the patio in the nice weather at sunset is a bonus!
05/16/2015
By: john d.
Thai Lanna & Sushi Bar
It's OK but ultimatly the food was bland,needs more seasoning and flavor.* A+ to F- Scale A+=Excellent,C=Standard,F- =RepulsiveMy opinion (Would not denigrate another person's hard work,food industry is hardest.), Quality: C-, ingredient's in Lana roll were little better than expected,curry puffs were low quality almost zero flavor. Salad was cheap iceberg lettuce with carrot shreddings,poorly matched peanut sauce,much more spices needed.Uniqueness: My first Thai restaurant.Convenience: C,Hours should be extended to 11:00 p.m.Service: C-, No utensils or napkins with my take away food.Difficult to understand servers elaborate menu options though they spoke English,I need to know what I am eating.Ambience: A,impressed well done.Presentation:B,I do enjoy eye appeal with my meal,makes food some how more pleasurable.Quantity: C,Plenty of menu options,sampler option would be popular, descriptions need to be present on all menu options and susinct. Price: D+, $4.50 for 1 standard 12oz bottle is not toleratable even if it is foreign beer.
05/12/2017
By: Tom K.
Kojak's House of Ribs
A good, non-chain southern BBQ place, but with more of a Kansas City style BBQ, very authentic, seems like it's been there for years. Quite often its packed but I've been able to walk right in, get a table and sit down to ribs in a matter of minutes. Service is great, all the staff seems like family or that they've been there a long time. Their BBQ sauce is also quite good. The chicken is great and cheap with two sides, the sausage is respective southern style and good, and the ribs can be either just good, or very good. On the other side: Pulled pork is bland. And the beef (may not be served anymore) was very dry and bland, I pretty much couldn't eat it and it's not recommended.Sides are simple and passable, the sort of stuff that you'd expect at a southern potluck, which I rather enjoyed. Desert, the Apple Cake with vanilla ice cream is excellent. So: Good for ribs and chicken, and sausage, sides are simple but good, but other items on the menu are passable at best. Why would you want something aside the ribs anyway?
06/03/2013
By: richard.stage
Chili's Grill & Bar
This pertains to the Chili's on Bruce B Downs in New Tampa only. My family and I have been to this Chili's on many occasions in the past so on 6/2/13 we decided to drop in for an evening meal. It was raining on our arrival and they were not as busy as they usually are. We were seated promptly and were waiting for a server to take our drink order when 2 other couples were seated adjacent to our booth. After no response for about 15 minutes a server came out and took the order of the other table before ours. At that time my wife told the server we had been waiting almost 20 minutes and we were there before they were. His response was less than adequate at which time we did something we have never done in my 56 years of age. We promptly got up and left your establishment and went across to Friday's for our meal where the service was perfect. I gave 3 stars for past times. THIS ONE FAILED MISERABLY.
03/20/2016
By: Helmut R.
Ranch House Grill
My new favorite place to eat the last couple of months. Lived here since 2002 and never until recently set foot in here. The greeters definitely make you feel welcome. I often get seated with Debbie. She is awesome! Food is much better and better priced compared to the new Applebees that opened across the street a few months ago.To the veteran complaining above.....the discount isn't something you demand. It's a privately owned restaurant, not a big chain fast food joint. They have to make money. The active duty rule is fair. Don't be selfish. I'm a 6 year veteran. If I get a discount, great! If not, I'm not going to demand it, though! If you want a discount there's a BX on MacDill AFB. I'm sure you have an ID card, so use it!
07/30/2014
By: Kelly R.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
I finally decided to try this place and I was surprised. I don't eat red meat so I had no interest, but my boyfriend took me here. The Assistant Mgr. Mike actually introduced me to the menu and that I could substitute any burger with a vegan, veggie or turkey patty! Now I love this place. All the staff is welcoming and go above and beyond to make you feel special and accommodate your requests. Thank you Asst. Mgr. Mike!
06/04/2013
By: michelelichota
Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
I love some of the features of this place and hate some of them.The good thing was the food is so tasty and awesome specially the desert menu. The decoration was nice. But the bad thing was that the staff were not treat us professionally. They were not taken care of us as we expected.Also some of the tables and chairs were not arranged properly. All over it was an average place to have some food and Wine.
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04/04/2015
By: Jean J.
La Giraldilla Hanley Inc
This place is great. I've been to the Hanley Road location three times so far, and I think it is probably the classiest restaurant in Town & Country. The Cuban pizza is the best, and the café con leche is very good. The service is also good, and the prices are what they should be. There are several tables on an outside porch, which is nice when the weather is good. I highly recommend it.
11/13/2016
By: Daniel T.
Nicki's Omelette & Grill
The place is a little old but you have not had an omlette in Tampa until you have tried Nikis. Love the Popeye's Revenge one the best. They have this other one called the Debris. This restaurant is legit. Parking is a pain though especially if you come on the weekends. You might have to park accross the street or next door but watch that they don't tow your car.

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