The Dog Bar in St. Pete, FL

What could be better than dogs and bars? we love both.

I have a doggie named Bebe (Baby in Spanish, so original lol) I absolutely love him and he is my baby! He has many great qualities. Like he’s very opinionated, beyond intelligent, loving when he wants to be and oh so funny! He’s perfect. Daylin, on the other hand, does not have a dog but does like certain ones, especially pugs. She’s more of the play with them for a little but he’s yours.

It’s Saturday night Bebe was bored and I had promised him earlier I would hang out with him and take him to the park. Then something in my brain clicked and I remembered driving by The Dog Bar. I knew it was the perfect moment to go. I called Daylin of course! We also invited our cousin who has a Maltese, Summer. Off we went to the unknown.

We arrived and as soon as we walked in we went straight to the bar and checked the place out. Daylin had a mojito and I asked for something sweet. It was Delicious. It was a peachy color but I couldn’t pin point the flavors all I knew is that it tasted like sunsets and waves. Yumm! Sorry, we forgot to take pics of the drinks, we were too distracted with all the cute pups.

The Dog Bar
2300 Central Ave.
St. Pete, FL 33712
P: (727) 317-4968
Email: dogbarstpete@gmail.com

Hours
SUN 12PM-11PM || MON Closed || TUE-THUR 4PM-12AM || FRI 4PM-1AM || SAT 12PM-1AM

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-Dayana

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Brewery Bhavana in Raleigh, NC

I have to say that one of our favorite restaurants in Raleigh ended up being Brewery Bhavana. I actually found them thanks to an awesome foodie Instagram from the Raleigh area. I asked them if they could recommend places to hang out and drink and they recommend this place, among others, to start.

BREWERY BHAVANA (click link to visit their website)

Address: 218 S Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Phone: 919-829-9998

Lunch
Thursday – Saturday | 11:30am – 2pm

Dinner
Tuesday – Thursday | 5pm – 10pm
Friday – Saturday | 5pm – 12pm
Sunday | 5pm – 10pm

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It reminded me of our trip to New York with the really high ceilings and the brick walls, except that what makes it different is that it’s a brewery, dim sum restaurant, bookstore AND a flower/plant shop! We thought it was such a unique place and such a great hang out spot. Not only was the place really nice though, but the food was amazing!

It looks empty, but that’s because we were REALLY early lol

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The flower/plant shop is right in the middle section of the restaurant along with the book shop

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Love this picture I took of this lady reading a book while waiting on her lunch

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My hubby reading the longggg list of drinks and menu options

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After going around the restaurant taking a billion pictures, I finally sat back down for our drinks and ordered a few appetizers as well.

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Starting from right to left: Till (bright & tangy farmhouse ale), Dig (chocolate rye stout), Bloom (dry cardamom tripel) and Glean (mango peppercorn saison)

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Char Siu Bao-steamed buns stuffed w/ Cantonese barbeque pork. These were my fave appetizer! Price: $8.80 USD

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Jiaozi Chicken Dumplings-pan fried chicken, ginger, bok choy and water chestnut dumplings. So yummy! Price: $7.80 USD

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Pai Gu Spareribs-steamed spareribs w/ boiled peanuts, jalapeño peppers and black bean sauce (if you look closely you can kind of see the steam). These were really good also! Price: $7.80 USD

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I think it was on the expensive side, but definitely worth it for a special day/night out.

-Daylin

Noble Crust Review

I had heard about Noble Crust and knew it was a must try. There were a couple times I wanted to go but for some reason on Yelp it said it was closed and it was during normal eating hours. I wasn’t too sure why or if it was a glitch. Anyways I was finally able to go on a Saturday with my hubby.

When we arrived the place looked super cute! And there was plenty of parking. We could see it was busy and people kept arriving. We were very excited. The outside has very nice landscaping and greenery. I also loved the front and the sign.

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We were greeted and sat next to the window. I sat right next to the window as I love to soak up the sun. Husband, on the other hand, tries to avoid the sun at all cost. He sat on the other side of the table where no sun hit. Kind of a funny crisscross form.

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Our waitress was very friendly and gave us recommendations as we glanced the menu. They had many options. Breakfast, brunch, and lunch of course. Also, some starters, salads, and pizza on the front side of the menu which I have heard is really good.

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First, we started with Deviled Eggs. They had pickled mustard seeds and chives. They were really good. I like chives but didn’t personally care for the mustard seeds. It was a unique taste and were pretty much just little hard seeds. Not interested. Other than that it was yummy and I liked the paprika. The plate had a beautiful presentation with beautiful colors.

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I had the Fried Chicken Biscuit. With sausage gravy, fried egg, and a choice of side. I picked potatoes which were great. The portions were very big and everything looked good too. I absolutely love biscuits and gravy for some reason, so I knew I would like it.

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Husband had the Short Rib Benny. Poached eggs, caramelized onions, on a buttermilk biscuit with a little extra. He also liked it very much and was very full. He couldn’t finish it all.

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We absolutely loved Noble Crust and it’s on our list to go back. Check it out!

 

-Dayana

Carnival Vista Food

In this post, I’m posting everything we had for each day we spent on Carnival Vista. Hope you enjoy the pictures and it doesn’t make you too hungry! haha 😀

 

Day 1

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Buffet for lunch. Beef, yellow rice, potatoes, and coleslaw

Night 1

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Clam Chowder
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Shrimp Cocktail
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Calamari
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Flat Iron Steak
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Sweet & Sour Shrimp
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A bottle of Moscato Please!

Day 2

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Breakfast in the dining room

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Mac n Cheese with Chicken and Bacon for breakfast was my favorite!
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Steak and Eggs Yum!
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Hot Chocolate

Night 2

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Wedding Soup
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Mushroom Cream
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Pasta Carbonara
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Lobster & Shrimp
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Creme Brûlée. My favorite
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Miami Vice Please!

Day 3

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Make your own. I loved this place!
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I chose Chicken & Beef Lomein with carrots, zucchini, green beans & soy sauce

Night 3

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Baked Meatballs
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Veal Parmesan
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Chocolate Tres Leche
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Movie & Popcorn Night

Day 4

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Guy’s Burger. Plain Jane
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Piña Colada

Night 4

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Minestrone Soup
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Cannoli
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Grilled Beef Tenderloin
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S’mores Dessert was really good
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Bitter & Blanc

Day 5

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BBQ Pork, Beef, Mac n Cheese, Potato Salad
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Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que was amazing!

Night 5

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Beef & Barley Soup
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Chicken Milanese
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Penne Marisco
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Strawberry Cheesecake Yum!

Day 6

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Seafood Shack. You pay for your food here. They also have crab legs & oysters
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Let’s you know when your food is ready
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Clam chowder
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Lobster BLT
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Seafood Platter

Night 6

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Alligator Fritters
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Lobster Bisque
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Antillean style grilled chicken. Has a peanut dressing. Port of call Aruba
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Beef Wellington
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Boston Cream Cake

Day 7

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Yummy Pizza
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Blue Hawaiian

Night 7

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Clam Chowder
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Crab Cake
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Duo filet mignon and Short Rib
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Jumbo Shrimp. Half eaten, it was too delicious
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Grand Marnier Soufflé
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One of my favorites!

Day 8  

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Beautiful layout and menu

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Miso Soup
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California Roll and Shrimp Tempura
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Bonsai Sushi was amazing! You pay for your food here.

Night 8

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Onion Soup
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Grilled chicken breast with potatoes veggies
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Carrot cake and ice cream

-Dayana

Proino Breakfast Club Review

It’s been some time that Dayana and I have gone out to eat together because we have been really busy or because we’ve already made plans. We decided to schedule something and I told her she could pick since I know she’s pretty good at finding yummy breakfast places and like always I wasn’t disappointed. She said she’d been wanting to try this place in Largo, so we decided to go on this lovely Saturday morning and it was better than we imagined.

Proino Breakfast Club

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Proino Breakfast Club
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Street facing Proino Breakfast Club

It wasn’t hard to find Proino and although we feared we would have to park far because we didn’t see much parking available, we were able to find a parking spot in front of the building.

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Parking
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Parking in front of Ulmer Park

Loved the location! We parked right in front of a small park called Ulmer Park right next to the little plaza Proino was located in. There were a few other businesses in the same plaza including a cute little cafe called Evermore Cafe which we will have to visit soon!

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Ulmer Park next to Proino Breakfast Club
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Ulmer Park next to Proino Breakfast Club
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View of the little plaza Proino Breakfast Club was located in (Proino was at the other end)
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The front of Proino Breakfast Club
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Front of Proino Breakfast Club (loved the pretty trees by the sidewalk)
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Front of Proino Breakfast Club

Once we were in we were seated immediately which was great because we were starving. The place looked full but had enough tables to accommodate plenty more if they needed to. They also had outside seating which would’ve been nice, except it’s been extremely hot & humid here lately, so we decided to pass and went straight inside. The decor wasn’t great and has the potential to look better in my opinion, but I guess it’s not as important to them as serving good food and that’s alright with me. We also noticed they are on UberEATS!

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Outside tables
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Inside Proino Breakfast Club
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Inside Proino Breakfast Club

When we opened the menu it was a little overwhelming because, like I said before, we were hungry and there were SO MANY options and all of them seemed like the “right choice” lol. Once we decided, the waitress placed the order and I would say that we waited about 20-25 minutes for our food. Our waitress was nice and gave me her recommendation on what to get as far as waffles or french toast. She also checked up on us enough times.

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Menu at Proino Breakfast Club
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Menu at Proino Breakfast Club
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Menu at Proino Breakfast Club

The food was delicious and we liked that they serve big portions. I loved how they make their home fries, they were so yummy! The waffles were really good as well and my cousins loved their Banana, Strawberry Crepe, which looked amazing!

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Coco-choco Waffle #34 on the menu
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Banana, Strawberry Crepe #58 on the menu
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Fruitti Waffle #32 on the menu

 

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Create your own omelette #75 on the menu
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Proino Special #5 on the menu

 

We had a great experience at Proino Breakfast Club and will most likely come back to pick something else from their awesome menu!

-Daylin

They have TWO locations in Largo

Proino Breakfast Club BAY DR LOCATION

201 W Bay Dr, Largo, FL 33770

Ph: (727) 444-0937

Hours: Mon-Sat 6:00AM-3:00PM &

Sundays 7:00AM-3:00PM

Proino Breakfast Club WALSINGHAM RD LOCATION

14400 Walsingham Rd, Largo, FL 33774

Ph: (727) 303-3896

Hours: Mon-Sat 6:00AM-3:00PM &

Sundays 7:00AM-3:00PM

Story Brooke Craft Coffee Bar Review

I’m always looking for new places to eat at and small local ones are my favorite. My friend found Story Brooke Craft Coffee Bar on Instagram and immediately sent me a screenshot. After looking at the few pictures I realized they were still new but already looked amazing. I knew it was a must try and asap. Also, it wasn’t too far from my home, so decided to go with my husband on a Saturday.

It was located in a part of St. Pete I had never been to and I don’t recall there being any other places to eat around there. So I thought it was a random location. We drove right by it and didn’t even notice it so we had to turn back. Maybe we were just distracted by the location, not the nicest street in St. Pete. There were many people walking around and the parking was behind the building in a grass area. I was so glad I went with my husband because around the building there were a bunch of men just standing around looking “sketchy” I was ready to turn back but then I thought it would all be worth it.

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I walked up to the front clueless about what I wanted. The lady was very friendly and super patient with me trying to figure out what to order. She recommended what Coffee I might like that was sweet enough since I don’t really drink coffee. My husband had the Costa Rica Coffee since we’re visiting pretty soon. I also had waffles of course! That’s why I went there. With strawberries and chocolate, please!

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Their description of “Craft Coffee” is nicely written on a chalkboard. They offer a variety of different coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, and teas. They also have “Inventive Waffles” with many toppings. For example strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, banana, blackberries, raspberries, mango and peach. And sweets like marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate, white chocolate, coconut, macadamia nuts, peanuts, almonds, pecans, caramel sauce, brûléed ice cream and Nutella. Making pretty much a million different possible combinations.

The coffee and waffles were amazing! I look forward to visiting again and I’m literally craving it right now. I liked the feel of the place, it would be a very nice date or hangout place. If the pictures look yummy trust me you have to go! And take me with you.

-Dayana

Story Brooke Craft Coffee Bar

Location: 1437 4th Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30AM-6PM, Saturdays 8AM-4PM & Sundays 8AM-2PM

Ph: (813) 479-7585

Pho Kien Giang Vietnamese Restaurant Review

I came across this little gem by accident. Scrolling through Instagram I found a post that caught my eye. I will start off by saying I absolutely love Asian food! I’m even thinking I must have some Asian in my DNA because my love for Asian cuisine is outrageous. I even annoy my husband when deciding where to eat because that’s always my first choice. Anyways, the picture was a delicious bowl of ramen. Yumm! I find it a little difficult to venture out and find authentic Asian restaurants. I want to always make sure I fully understand what I’m eating and that it will taste good. So I was really excited when I read the caption and it was ramen and they said it was so good. I had to try it!

The location was easy to get to from my house. The place was clean and tables were full which is a very good sign. Also, the menu was very well translated and the prices were good. Our server was very friendly and helpful as I always have many questions. We ordered a couple items just to try it out. When our food arrived everything looked good and smelled good. Let’s dig in!

Pho Kien Giang

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For appetizers, we chose spring roll with shrimp and roast pork. It was two of them for $2.95 it was my first time trying it. They looked very pretty and I love shrimp so I was very excited about this one. It was very fresh and the shrimp tasted good. The only thing is there was a taste to it that was not of my liking. I believe a herb but I couldn’t tell what it was called so I just gave it to my husband which liked it very much. He had the wonton soup $3.50 the flavor was very good but for my liking, it was too fatty tasting. Of course, he loved it too!

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My main plate was the same exact thing I came for, Ramen. I have had Pho before but I didn’t like it. Why!? I felt like something was wrong with me. I had done all my research and imagined how great it would taste. I was so disappointed and sad but everyone else liked it, what was I doing wrong? It’s ok, my life was changed when I met real ramen and from that day forward I was on the hunt to find the best ramen spots. This spot did not disappoint. The herbs were so fresh and smelled great. The ramen bowl was beautifully colored. I could not wait to get my hands on it and it was oh so delicious! Egg noodle soup with roast pork and shrimp $7.75 my husband had the caramelized spare ribs with onions $9.95 they were made in fish sauce. A little skeptical at first but it tasted amazing as well. It came with white rice.

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We were very happy with this restaurant we came back two days later for the ramen again. We will try different things from the menu but sometimes those ramen cravings just take over. Thanks for the great food and friendly service. Make sure you give this place a try!

-Dayana

Pho Kien Giang

Location: 8730 49th Street North, Pinellas Park, FL 33782

Hours: Sunday-Thursdays 10AM-9PM & Friday-Saturdays 10AM-10PM

Ph: (727) 544-1393