Friday, July 24, 2015

Great food at an unexpected place!!! All American Sports Pub at Liberty Lanes in Largo

I have driven up and down Starkey Road a billion times (ok, that is an exaggeration) and I did not even know there was a bowling alley back there! Yes, just north of 102nd at 115th Avenue!  Perhaps at some point in my life, I knew it was there - but I am not a bowler. The thought of going there just for food had NEVER even crossed my mind. Until now.
I entered the restaurant/lounge area and was immediately impressed with the number of televisions (10, yes 10).  I thought, "Wow, this is a great place to watch a game!" But, admittedly, I was still not thinking about food. 
I saw down and picked up a menu.  I was amazed at the amount of food and the choices I had to make. I was informed by Robin ~ cook extraordinaire (she said that she was not a chef, but had been cooking since she was 8) that everything (except one thing) is home made.  Right down to the stock for the chicken noodle soup! "No way," I exclaimed. 
When I said there was a lot of choices on the menu, I meant it! There are five different salads (chicken, spinach, Caesar, taco, dinner) ranging in price from $4.29 to $7.99.  Not in the mood for a salad, then pick from one of eight different burgers.(ranging from $3.99 to $7.29)  There is another option of a Statue of Liberty burger that is too massive to even describe for $24.99
Still not seeing anything that suites your fancy?  Continue through the menu to find 15 different sandwiches, wraps and more!  I am just going to show you this page, because it is fabulous!

With all of those options, you would think that was it for the menu, but No - the options continue. PIZZA! Fresh baked pizza in either 7" personal or 16" sizes.
If you have the liberty of having a beer with your lunch, there are a ton of choices, too!
Since the chicken soup was homemade, I had to try it. I am always searching for a good chicken noodle soup.
A cup of soup is $2.69 and a bowl is $3.69.  If you are not into chicken noodle, there is also tomato soup or homemade chili.
I quickly decided on the sriracha aioli burger.  1/3 pound burger smothered in caramelized onions, fire roasted sweet peppers, provolone cheese, and finished off with fresh-made sriracha aioli sauce. ($5.99).  You can add French fries, tater tots or fried chips for 99 cents or add onion rings or $2.59
When I finished my burger, dessert was suggested.  WHAT? If I would have known that a fresh brownie sundae was even an option, I wouldn't have eaten that burger!!  I will just have to save that for next time!
The All American Sports Pub at Liberty Lanes is open 7 days a week from 8am til 10pm. (Later on Friday and Saturday nights.)  Breakfast is served daily.  This is a great place for a large group of people as the tables can be rearranged to seat a big group.  There is ample bar seating as well. 
For guests 12 and younger, there is a kids menu.
Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 3-6 with $1.00 domestic drafts.
Liberty Lanes  is located at 11401 Starkey Road in Largo.  You can call ahead for orders to go 727-397-3947.  Click HERE to see the entire menu. And, like them on Facebook.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

A Big Breakfast on Sunday at the Hollander

This really isn't a lunch, but it is also something that you should not miss. Besides, it goes until noon, so you technically have breakfast for lunch!

 On Saturday and Sunday mornings, The Hollander Hotel offers a breakfast buffet which starts at 8am and ends at noon.  The buffet options include: scrambled eggs, cheese scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, yogurt, fresh fruit,  homemade muffins (which are always different), an omelet station and home fries.  Today's muffin selection included a mocha muffin or a carrot oat muffin. 
Sundays also includes biscuits and gravy, while Saturdays French toast is available. 

An assortment of fresh fruit is always a welcome! I love when the fruit is already cut into bite sized pieces and I do not have to do any of the work.

I spent some time chatting with Mac while he prepared my made to order omelet.  He is normally the pastry chef (yep, he made the muffins); but on the weekends he is the omelet chef. 
My omelet had a little bit of everything and it was delicious. Topped with some salsa, and I was good to go! On the way back to the table, I grabbed a biscuit and sausage gravy and some bacon.
But, the fun doesn't stop there!  Not only can you pick and choose your breakfast items, but you can also build your own bloody mary!!!   ($6)

The Hollander Hotel is located at 421 - 4th Avenue North. The Taphouse at the Hollander is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Breakfast is served Monday through Friday from 7am until 10:30am.  Questions, call 727-873-7900

If you would like to see and read more lunch at the Hollander - check out a previous blog post. (Although the post is 2 years old and some things have changed, the high quality of the food remains the same.)