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We had dinner at Asian Pearl in Clearwater tonight.  This is our go-to Chinese restaurant.  The food is always so fresh and tasty.  We started off with some spring rolls.

Perfect crunch and a tasty filling.  Loren ordered the X.O. beef.  He’s ordered it before and always asks the waitress what’s in the XO sauce.  Whatever it is, it’s flavorful stuff.

The beef is tender and he likes all of the different veggies in it.  I tried the cashew chicken tonight.

This also had a lot of well cooked veggies, plus tender chicken in a tasty brown sauce.  There was enough on the plate that I had leftovers for the next day.  We’ll definitely be back for more.  Total bill with a drink was $33.

Asian Pearl
2551 Drew St #104
Clearwater, FL
727-797-1888

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Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.7/5
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  • Tucked away in a little strip mall on East Bay Drive in Clearwater, you’ll find the flavors of the Mediterranean.  The East Bistro is a small, casual restaurant where they definitely know how to marinate and season tender cuts of beef and chicken.  We started off with the baba ghanoush and pita and then split the trifecta plate.

    The Baba Ghanoush had a wonderful smoky flavor with just the right amount of garlic, tahini, & lemon juice.  The pita was fresh and perfect for dipping.  This was a small order and just the right size for the two of us.  The Trifecta place normally has beef kebabs, but they had run out, so they gave us beef shwarma instead.  It was so tender with just the right blend of Mediterranean spices.  The chicken was also incredibly tender and tasty.  The plate also came with Kibbeh, rice, salad, and hummus.

    Everything we ate was amazing and there were a few other things on the menu we wanted to try, but that’ll have to wait until next time.  And there will definitely be a next time.  The restaurant is small and there aren’t a lot of tables.  The food is fresh and takes a while to come out of the open kitchen and it was certainly worth the wait.  Total bill with a drink was $24.

    East Bistro
    4100 E Bay Drive, Unit B34
    Clearwater, FL
    727-798-4567

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    Food5/5
    Service5/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value5/5
    4.7/5

    Mix it Up


    We went over to the Pierogi Grill in Clearwater for a late lunch today.  I wanted to try the different pierogi that they have and the only way to do that is to get the mixed plate.  Their other menu items only give you a choice of one kind and since I wasn’t sure which one I’d like the most, I figured I’d try them all.

    The mix had potato and cheddar, potato & farmers cheese, pork, and kraut & mushroom.  I found the potato and the pork ones to be a bit too dense.  I liked the kraut & mushroom ones the most.  The plate could have used some sort of sauce or at least more of the grilled onions.  Overall, it was just a bit on the dry side.  Loren got the Prince platter which had a cabbage roll, pierogi, sausage and kraut.

    Everything on the plate was tasty.  He liked the pork pierogi, the stuffed cabbage was really good and the kielbasa had a nice flavor.  I’d probably order that next time with the mushroom & kraut pierogi.  Total bill with a drink was $33.

    Pierogi Grill
    1535 Gulf to Bay Blvd
    Clearwater, FL
    727-216-3055

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5

    Looking for a new Mediterranean restaurant and ended up at Mirage Restaurant in Clearwater on Gulf to Bay.  Normally, we’re not too keen on buffets, but this one was surprisingly fresh and tasty.

    The buffet had a variety of salads and dips, my favorite being the babaganoush.  There were several different rice and vegetarian options, stuffed grape leaves, plus chicken and beef kababs.  We tried a bunch of different things and the meats were all very tender and everything had a good mix of flavorful spices.  The baklava for dessert wasn’t too sweet and had a warm cinnamon flavor to it.  The restaurant itself is just a big open dining room, plus a patio out front.

    Total bill was $47 and we’ll definitely be back again.

    Mirage Restaurant
    2284 Gulf to Bay Blvd
    Clearwater, FL
    727-724-3604

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    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    3.9/5

    Little Lamb


    The Little Lamb Gastropub recently opened up in the shopping center on the corner of McMullen Booth & Enterprise in the space where Laziz Indian Restaurant used to be.  It’s a small space with about 10 tables as well as bar stools around the open kitchen.  We got there early which was good because by the time we left, there were people occupying all of the open space waiting for a table.

    We started off with the poutine, which is basically fries, cheese curds & gravy with a sprinkling of chives.

    The fries themselves were cooked & salted well, but I thought the gravy lacked any flavor.  The first cheese curd I grabbed from the top was still cold, but the ones further inside were ooey and gooey as melted cheese should be.   We finished off the poutine and for his entree, Loren chose the short ribs.

    It was a boneless piece of meat, well seasoned on a Celeriac puree.  The meat was very tender and the puree gave the dish a unique flavor.  He ate every last bite of it, but commented that perhaps a few mushrooms would have been a nice addition.  I decided to try the lamb shank.

    The lamb shank was huge and also fall off the bone tender.  The menu said roasted root vegetables, but they seemed more boiled than roasted to me.  Though cooked well, I found the dish lacking in flavor and texture.  The lamb tasted like, well… lamb, which isn’t a bad thing, but it was completely one note.  The veggies, red & purple potatoes and carrots, didn’t taste seasoned at all and there simply wasn’t anything interesting about the dish to tempt my tastebuds and keep them interested.  We tried the s’mores tart for dessert.

    It was a graham cracker crust with a thick chocolate ganache filling and burnt espresso marshmallows.  The marshmallows were a bit too dark for me, but Loren liked them.  The little crisps on top had an interesting flavor.  I thought it was lemony, but I think it was ginger.  The wait staff was friendly and the food was quick to the table, but nothing really wow’d me enough to immediately think we need to return.  As people came in waiting for tables, the room started to get loud and crowded.  Total bill with a drink was $60.

    Little Lamb Gastropub
    2475 N. McMullen Booth Rd
    Clearwater, FL
    727-401-3339

    The Little Lamb Gastropub Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food3/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.3/5