We celebrated Loren’s birthday at Green Springs Bistro in Safety Harbor. We’d eaten here once before and enjoyed the food, but this time around it just wasn’t up to par with the prices they charge.
We were seated in one of the front rooms and it was really loud. For such a cozy little restaurant, you’d think they could figure out a way to dampen some of the noise in there. Our waitress brought over a taste of their potato and scallion soup.
It was creamy, but the first thing Loren did was grab for the salt shaker. That was the start of the relatively unseasoned food we had all night. Next up came our appetizer, Harold’s shrooms.
Roasted portobello mushroom caps with red peppers, olives and garlic goat cheese. I found the olives to be overpowering in the dish, though I really liked the taste of the goat cheese. The mushrooms were meaty, but a little tough to cut. Salads also came with our meal.
For his entree, Loren ordered the filet mignon which came with mashed potatoes and roasted veggies.
The filet was very tender and cooked medium, but underseasoned. The gorgonzola on top completely overwhelmed the taste of the meat though. As you can see from the photo, some of the veggies were a bit charred while others were a bit underdone.
I ordered the blue crab and lobster stuffed mahi.
The mahi was overcooked and tough. My first reaction was that the mahi I had recently at Cuban Breezes, for less than half the price mind you, was cooked way better than this piece of fish. The crab and lobster stuffing tasted like a crabcake. There was absolutely nothing textural, visual, or taste wise that would have indicated to me that it had any lobster in it whatsoever. The Key Lime white wine sauce had very little lime flavor ( I actually thought it was a lemon sauce) and there wasn’t much of it on the plate. My butter knife was also a bit inadequate to cut through some of the roasted carrots.
I’d heard good things about their black & blue cobbler so I got some to take home.
It was very sweet and there wasn’t enough of the crumb topping. It came with a tasty vanilla bean ice cream though. Our waitress was very friendly and kept plates cleared and drinks full. Overall though, we were fairly disappointed in the whole $73 experience. If I’m going to pay that much for dinner, I expect wonderful flavors and textures and to leave the restaurant wondering when I’ll be able to go back again. After this meal, I don’t think we’ll be returning anytime soon.
Green Springs Bistro
156 Fourth Ave North
Safety Harbor, FL
When you live in Pinellas County, Spring Break takes on a whole new meaning. One of extremely dense and slow traffic and out-of-state morons who have no understanding of the term “courtesy”. Today’s high-powered lunch meeting takes us to the Sloppy Pelican in St Pete Beach, Florida… which, for me, meant a 22.5 mile journey across the county at the peak of Spring Break season. Joy.
Now, I didn’t think to take any pictures of the food today. But, I did get a shot from the upper deck while I was waiting for the boss to show up. Would you just look at that view! Almost worth over an hour of driving in Spring Break traffic to get to even if the food wasn’t good… and the food IS good.
I had a nice lightly blackened Mahi Mahi sandwich. About $8 with chips, pretty typical for that kind of sandwich. Did I mention the view?
677 75th Avenue
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
On our quest to try new places, we set out to the Green Springs Bistro in Safety Harbor for dinner tonight.
It’s an eclectic little restaurant. Lots of bright colors and artwork in the three dining rooms and outside. We wanted a quiet part of the restaurant and were seated on the back porch. The restaurant is in a 1930′s house. The live music was in the dining room in front of ours. It was very soothing and we knew every song.
Loren ordered an iced tea which turned out to be a raspberry blend that he really liked. He normally doesn’t like fruity teas, but he was really impressed with this one. We were served a complimentary taste of their potato soup. It was tasty.
Because we just can’t resist appetizers, we ordered the Saganaki, an oven-roasted Greek Kefalograviera cheese, bathed in olive oil and fresh-squeezed lemon.
It had a strong parmesean cheese taste to it. I don’t think I’d order it again, but it was good with the bread. The salad had a poppy seed dressing on it that was good, though the onions were really strong.
For my entree, I ordered the Roasted Duck with a blackberry orange sauce. It came with mashed red potatoes and roasted veggies.
The duck was tender, but it had the skin still on and it was just the wrong texture. The same with the blackberry orange sauce, great flavor, bad texture. I kept getting blackberry seeds between my teeth. The mashed potatoes were really good. The roasted veggies were peas and sweet potatoes. I thought it was odd to serve a roasted potato with mashed potatoes, but I liked them nonetheless.
Loren ordered the special, a swordfish in a Beurre blanc sauce with the same mashed potatoes and roasted veggies as mine.
He really enjoyed the swordfish. He joked about having leftovers, but there wasn’t anything left on his plate except a bite or two of mashed potatoes.
We were both pretty full by this point, but I kept hearing the waitress describe the desserts at other tables. All I had to hear were the words “7 Layer Dark Chocolate Cake” and I was sold.
At first glance, and even in the photo, the cake doesn’t look all that appealing. My first thought was that it was going to be really dry. Boy, was I wrong. It was one of the moistest, freshest cakes I’ve ever tasted. One bite and I tried to steal the plate away from Loren. It had a decadent thick chocolate frosting on top and rich, dark chocolate mousse between 7 layers of cake. Even though we felt like we couldn’t eat another bite, we managed to finish the entire thing. I’d go back for the cake alone.
The only downside was the bill. This was not a cheap dinner. $72 for the two of us. We’re not likely to go back often, but this is definitely a place I’d recommend if you want the occasional special night out.
Green Springs Bistro
156 Fourth Ave North
Safety Harbor, FL