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We went over to Ford’s Garage in Countryside for lunch today.  It wasn’t too busy, but they seemed to be seating everyone right on top of each other.  They have a wide variety of 1/2 lb burgers and a new limited edition menu of smaller burgers.  I decided to try one of those, the Cali Roadster, but was told I couldn’t add anything to it, even though I expected to pay extra for the cheese I wanted.  This is not one of those places where the customer is always right.

This was one of the least seasoned burgers I’ve ever had in a restaurant.  My first bite, I thought I was getting a mouthful of water.  It was so bland and more medium rare, than the medium that I had ordered.  Loren ordered the Model A burger and since he’s going low carb these days, he got it without a bun and with a side of asparagus.

He said his was flavorless too and he went straight for the salt & pepper shakers.  For $31, I expected a much better experience.  We won’t be back.

Ford’s Garage
26210 US Hwy 19 N
Clearwater, FL
727-228-3673

Ford's Garage Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food2/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value2/5
2.0/5

Quick Lunch


Got some quick takeout from Mizette Lebanese Grill.

Falafel, hummus and baba ghanoush.  Yum!  The falafel were crispy on the outside and tender in the middle without being mushy.  The hummus and baba ghanoush are delicious.  It was a tasty $14 lunch.

Mizette Lebanese Grill
30051 US Hwy 19N
Clearwater, FL
727-223-4060

Mizette Lebanese Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food5/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
4.1/5

We’re always on a quest to find new restaurants and tonight we ended up at the Daily News Cafe & Restaurant in Clearwater.  It was a Tuesday night and there weren’t very many people there.  We started off with the spinach & artichoke dip.

It was served with fresh pita, but it took us a few minutes to figure out how to eat it.  The pita was too soft to dip in the bowl so you had to spoon it on the pita instead.  The taste was familiar, almost like a broccoli cheese soup.  We decided to get the mixed grill for two so we could try a bit of everything.

I should have removed the pita and taken a better photo.  It had Cevapi, Sudzukice, Pljeskavica, Raznjici and fries.  Basically, it was a big plate of Balkan meats.  My favorite was the Cevapi.  They were small mildly spiced sausages.  The Pljeskavica was a very dense meat patty made with ground beef and lamb.  It was just too dense for me.  The Sudzukice were long, thin spicy sausages and the Raznjici were skewers of lamb and chicken.  The overall flavors were pretty mellow, though the Sudzukice was a little too spicy for me.   Overall, none of it really wow’d us.   We also got a slice of cake for dessert.

That was a tasty combo of chocolate cake and mousse filling.   Total bill with a drink was $49.

Daily News Cafe & Restaurant
401 S Belcher Ave
Clearwater, FL
727-251-7975

Daily News Cafe and Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food3/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
2.7/5
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    I had pizza on the brain, so we decided to try Big Roman’s Pizza on Drew St.  All the reviews I read said to order the meatball garlic rolls, so we did.

    These are truly a meal in themselves.  Tasty meatball wrapped up in a garlic roll.  They were good.  We ended up taking half of them home since we also ordered a large pizza.

    What can I say, I like leftover pizza.  We got meatballs & mushrooms with onions on half.  It was a good pie.  The crust & sauce were good and there was plenty of cheese and toppings.  I also got some cannoli to go.

    They were tasty little cannoli, though they weren’t quite filled all the way to the center.  Total bill with a drink was $28.

    Big Roman’s Pizza
    1719 Drew St
    Clearwater, FL
    727-441-3300

    Big Roman's Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Lebanese Food


    A coworker told me about Mizette Lebanese Grill out on Hwy 19.  How has this place been here for almost 2 years and I’ve never heard of it?  We went over there for dinner tonight and we’ll definitely be back again.  They have a platter for two so we got that so we could try a little bit of everything.

    The platter has beef and chicken shawarma, falafel, hummus, baba ghannouj, pickled veggies, tabbouleh, and pita.  It also comes with some tahini and a garlic paste.   Here’s a close up of the shawarma and falafel.

    Everything was fresh and flavorful.  The meat was tender and I’m a little embarrassed to say we ate the entire thing.  It was a lot of food, but we just couldn’t stop eating it.  The owners are very friendly and I would highly recommend coming here.  Total bill with a couple of drinks was $33.

    Mizette Lebanese Grill
    30051 US Hwy 19N
    Clearwater, FL
    727-223-4060

    Mizette Lebanese Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food5/5
    Service5/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value5/5
    4.9/5