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We ate dinner at the House of Enchiladas in Clearwater tonight.  It used to be Carambas.  They weren’t busy tonight, but then again, we were there around 8:30pm, so a bit after the dinner crowd.  The waitress brought over some chips and salsa, which Loren enjoyed. 

He said it wasn’t very spicy, but it was fresh and had lots of flavor.  Though there were a lot of choices for enchiladas on the menu, we both opted for something else.  Loren got the chicken fajitas.

He said they were good.  Tender chicken and plenty of it.  He brought enough home for another meal.  I can’t help but order chimichangas if they’re on the menu.

This one was crispy on the outside (so many restaurants miss this key component) and the filling was abundent and tasty.  The chicken was moist and had been cooked in a lot of mellow, but tasty spices. Total bill was $23.

House of Enchiladas
1840 Drew St
Clearwater, FL
(727) 286-6208

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.6/5
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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Mexican
  • Great Dip


    When we were driving down Gulf to Bay Thursday night, we noticed Pappas Ranchhouse had finally opened, so we headed over there for dinner tonight.  It’s a large restaurant and they were pretty full when we arrived.  We waited about 15 minutes for a table.

    The first thing we noticed was how loud it was in the dining area.  This is definitely not a peaceful and quiet restaurant.  Turning down the music would help some, but they also need to find some way to damper the overall noise level in there. 

    I had read some other reviews that said if you wanted bread you had to ask for it, but our waiter brought us some without us having to say a word. 

    The bread had a nice flavor, texture and crispy crust, but either it needed to be warmer or the butter needed to be softer.   Trying to spread rock hard butter on barely warm bread is not an easy task.

    We decided to get the artichoke and spinach dip.

    This is definitely an appetizer for more than 2 people.  The crock was huge!  We ran out of chips way before we ran out of dip.  Hands down, this was the best part of the meal.  Loren said the key to a great spinach dip is garlic and this one had plenty.  It was cheesy, creamy, and full of flavor.  We’ll go back just for it.

    Loren ordered a 6 oz sirloin with mashed potatoes and a salad.

    They didn’t quite get medium right on his steak.  The majority of it was medium well, with just a small bit of the thicker piece of the steak anywhere close to the medium range.  He said it was tender, but just a bit dry from being overcooked. 

    I ordered the prime rib sandwich with sweet potato fries. 

    The prime rib was very tender and juicy.  The sandwich also had grilled onions and mushrooms on it.  I think they need a thicker bread to put it on though because the bottom slice was extremely soggy.  The au jois was a bit salty to me, but overall, the sandwich was really good.

    We also got a piece of chocolate cake to take home.

    It was a very moist cake and the mousse layers had chocolate chips in it.  I could have done without the chocolate chips though as they ruined the smooth texture for me.  Total bill was $41 which was pretty good for the amount of food we got. 

    Pappas Ranch Steakhouse
    2630 Gulf to Bay Blvd
    Clearwater, FL
    (727) 797-9800

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value3/5
    3.3/5

    We were headed to the Sprint store on Gulf to Bay and since there was a coupon in the last Val-Pak envelope for a BOGO at Diner Sixty West, we decided to stop there for dinner.

    They weren’t very busy tonight and our food came out pretty quick.  Loren decided to try the chicken fajitas.

    He said it was ok, but lacked flavor overall.  The chicken was tender and the food was actually sizzling when it came to the table  (it’s just not fajitas if it you can’t hear it sizzling as the waiter brings it to the table).

    I went for the meatloaf with mac & cheese and a baked potato.

    The meatloaf also lacked flavor.  Even with the onion straws and gravy it was still rather bland.  The baked potato needed to stay in the oven a bit longer as well.  It wasn’t quite soft enough.  The mac & cheese, however, was very good.  It was a buttery flavor to it.  It was the only thing on the table that actually tickled my taste buds. 

    After the coupon, the total bill with 2 drinks was $16.  The prices here are really good even without any coupons, but unfortunately, the food is just very generic and lacks flavor.

    Diner Sixty West
    2525 Gulf to Bay
    Clearwater, FL
    (727) 437-0255

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    3.2/5

    The Bomb


    On the way home from dinner, we stopped at Greek City Cafe for some take out dessert.

    It’s called “The Bomb” and it’s delicious.  Chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, vanilla mousse all covered in more chocolate.  Mmmm….

    Greek City Cafe
    2518 SR 580, Ste C
    Clearwater, FL
    727-726-9600

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    Food5/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.8/5
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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Dessert
  • The Big O No


    Ate dinner at Pete & Shorty’s in Clearwater tonight.  It was crowded and noisy inside, so we sat on the patio.  I have to say, every so often, you got a whiff of something not quite fresh out there.  I don’t know if we were upwind of some trash bins or what, but it definitely had a funky smell.  I also wish there was both smoking and non-smoking outside seating.  It got hard to breathe out there after a few people lit up.   I thought the water fountain on the patio was cool though.  A friend of mine called it the premium “tap” water fountain.

    We both ordered burgers.  Loren got the BBQ Bonanza and I got the Chalet Burger with some onion straws and tater tots.

    I like the burgers here.  They’re cooked to order and just taste good.  The onion straws and tots are really tasty too.  We decided to try the Big O dessert which is four deep fried Oreo cookies on top of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.

    Though deep fried Oreos sound interesting, they were really pretty nasty.  It was like eating stale Oreos covered in batter.  Just not good.  Total bill was $27.

    Pete & Shorty’s Tavern
    2820 Gulf to Bay Blvd
    Clearwater, FL
    (727) 799-0580

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