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Johnny Leverock's -- Pinellas Park -- truly awful

Coyote | Aug 23, 200305:31 PM

This was an absolutely abysmal dining experience! Hope to save other hounds from this mistake!

Yes, it is a chain, albeit looks to be only about 8 locations and local, and somehow in business since 1948. In my defense, I found nothing adverse about it on chowhound search, and I had a coupon to use up, and thought it would be a typical Florida fried fish fest kind of place and OK. It wasn't.

The restaurant featured dark paneling and dark carpet and fishing memorabilia, including outboard motors, attached to the walls. Music was a notch below elevator music.

The bread looked like a nice pumpernickel but was sweet and spongy and served with a kind of whipped butter spread with granules of sugar mashed in as well as a LOT of cinnamon. Caesar salad was reasonably fresh as to romaine, but smothered in a gloppy, soupy dressing, that had not a hint of garlic or anchovy in it. One combo platter included what was easily the most overcooked piece of salmon I have EVER encountered, a crab cake that was largely filler which was a good thing because the little crab there was tasted dangerously fishy and old, and something called wet battered shrimp that turned out to be a thick, greasy clump of fried dough with a little bit of stringy shrimp lurking within. That was the better meal of the two. The shrimp combo featured the aforementioned wet battered shrimp, an awful baked and stuffed shrimp with a horrid bechamel on it, spicy buffalo shrimp in an oddly chemical tasting tomato based sauce, and coconut shrimp, that with the sugary sauce served along side, was so sweet they made our teeth ache.

Will say the tartar sauce was OK, as was the cocktail sauce, and the French fries were acceptable.

Will also report our server was very good. Unfortunately, the three noisy kids at the next table, were not.

Including one glass of Pinot Grigio the bill would have been $40, plus tip. We deducted one $15 dollar entree.

Will not post location and phone; you don't want to go there.

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